ABOUT ELECTRO MUSCULAR STIMULATION (EMS)
What is EMS?
EMS stands for “Electro Muscular Stimulation”. From a technical point of view, it is a full body training exercise using impulse current. In everyday life our central nervous system constantly sends electrical impulses to control our muscle action. EMS uses this natural principle and is able to intensify this process to reach deep muscle layers which are hard to activate through conventional training. This is achieved by applying EMS electrodes to the skin directly above the muscle. All in all you can call EMS simply a selective intensification of electrical stimuli from the outside. Best results are achieved if you workout with dynamic movements while using the miha bodytec EMS device. Muscles are additionally stimulated through the electrodes while doing a series of low-impact exercises. This combined training leads to an additional increase of tension producing highly effective training results. The personal trainer can control each muscle group individually by adjusting the training intensity according to your individual goals. With EMS-training you achieve visible and tangible success in a very short time. The training is not painful or harmful to your body.
Why is EMS so effective?
During EMS training, 90% of muscles are activated simultaneously with EACH contraction and the muscle contractions are stronger and more intense than a voluntary exertion can do alone. Compared to conventional weight training, deeper muscle groups are activated which leads to better intra and inter muscular coordination. Based on these scientifically proven facts you achieve highly effective results in a short period of time.
How long has EMS technology existed?
In 1902 a French researcher invented the first stimulation machine which he used successfully to treat muscle atrophy/paralysis. More research followed and 70 years later two Russian scientists, Kotz and Chwilon, proved the outstanding results of muscular stimulation on human beings. Their experiments showed a 30-40% increase of muscular strength with minimal physiological and mental efforts in a short period of time. Back then EMS training was mainly used in therapy for the treatment and rehabilitation of muscle atrophy and muscle imbalance and in professional sports to improve performance. Training with electro muscular stimulation these days is a popular and proven training method which enjoys fast growing popularity all over the world.
Can you lose weight with full body EMS-training?
Nowadays "losing weight" and "getting slim”, which is weight and fat diminution, is usually tackled with (one-sided) diets. At the attempt to save (excessive) calories one-sided and maladjusted eating habits are frequently switched over to. This often leads to a short-term diminution of the weight though at the expense of the increased reduction of muscular tissue. The combination of wrong nutrition, lack of exercise or exaggerated endurance training leads to "undesirable developments in the body metabolism". In a deficiency situation the body keeps due to its genetic disposition its body fat tightly in order to still have sufficient reserve powers in emergencies. A so-called Jojo effect often appears after the completion of the diet since a reduction of the basal metabolism of the body has arisen by the muscle tissue reduction and more calories are now taken excessively again. At the attempt of the weight reduction by endurance training the negative effect of the deficiency is left aside, but no muscle mass is built up either. However, the work volume is increased, but not the basal volume. A fall in the muscle mass is often established at frequent endurance training, too. The work musculature is reduced. An effective and continuous diminution of weight and body fat is possible with the miha bodytec by the construction of a fat-free muscle mass. Due to the high metabolic activity during and still lasting for hours after the EMS training a high work volume is caused and the basal volume increases long-term through a gain of muscle mass. With a parallel proceeding healthy nutrition weight can be reduced appropriately and sustainably. By a weight and fat diminution it can be noticed that women training with the miha bodytec also realize a diminution of the girth primarily in the area of the problem zones: Waist, hip and thigh. A tightening of chest and arms can also be carried out.
Benefits of EMS training compared to conventional workouts
Comparing the time under tension (the time a muscle is contracted during a workout) of a 20 minute full body EMS-training and an hour of weight training at the gym, the effectiveness of EMS training is up to 30 times higher than the conventional workout.
Increased muscle formation and definition.
miha bodytec uses electro stimulation to achieve stronger and more intense muscle contractions than a voluntary exertion can achieve alone. Depending on intensity and individual goals, you can build muscles and achieve better definition while also making them stronger and more responsive – your muscles simply become more efficient.
Increased maximum strength and endurance
With EMS training you gain rapid strength in a shorter period of time. Individual adjustment of intensity, duration and frequency helps achieve personal training goals quickly, effectively and consistently – no matter whether it’s increasing maximum strength or improving endurance and overall fitness levels.
EMS is gentle on your joints
There is no strain on your joints as you don’t use any weights during your workout. The intensity of a miha bodytec workout is regulated through electro stimulation, whereas conventional weight training is carried out by heavy weights or high impact running or jumping which can cause strain and injury if you don’t maintain the correct posture and coordination. EMS training is not dependent on weights or high impact training, so the risks of strain and injury are therefore greatly reduced which makes EMS training the ideal workout for older people or people with joint problems and injuries.
Compensation of muscular imbalances
Many people suffer from a muscular imbalance in their back, stomach or pelvic floor which often results in recurring back pain. With EMS training you can target specific problem areas and help strengthen weaker muscle groups to correct imbalances. Muscle weakness and imbalances are often the result of our increasing lack of movement in our daily lives (e.g. sitting at a desk for long hours).
SPECIFIC benefits of EMS training
EMS and body shape
Cellulite: Anti-cellulite treatment needs activity and stimulation. Instead of only treating the surface, miha bodytec activates the muscular and connective tissue in its entirety which leads to better circulation and the reduction of superfluous fat cells. The result is a firmer, tighter body!
Fat & padding: EMS training is an optimal solution for lasting weight-loss and fat removal. Healthy eating alone is not enough, you need effective, regular training to reduce fat in problem areas. With EMS training you can focus specifically on your stomach, waist, hips, thighs or even your bingo wings!
Improved circulation: EMS training enhances circulation through all connective tissue which helps improve skin tone; the removal of metabolic byproducts and toxins in the lymph glands. It also helps stimulate internal organs and peristalsis. Wellbeing made easy!
EMS and rehabilitation & health
Wellbeing at all levels: EMS training has a therapeutic effect as it promotes a feeling of physical and mental wellbeing.
Pain reduction: Back pain is the most common ailment among the general population. One of the main causes is muscular imbalance in the torso caused by poor posture and a sedentary lifestyle. miha bodytec EMS training targets and strengthens the deeper layers of the torso muscle group which helps alleviate back pain as these deep muscles are difficult to activate with conventional methods.
Rehabilitation and mobility: After injury or an operation, your muscle volume and strength decreases. Training with EMS provides optimal support when it comes to gently rebuilding a specific muscle or muscle groups. All exercises can be performed in either a horizontal or a standing position.
Incontinence: Bladder weakness is a common and embarrassing condition. Training with miha bodytec can prevent and relieve incontinence by strengthening the pelvic floor muscles after just a few sessions. EMS training is especially beneficial for women suffering from post-pregnancy bladder weakness.
EMS and professional sports
Performance and sport: miha bodytec is the perfect backup for athletes: The EMS training device in combination with conventional training methods quickly leads to a new level of power and high-speed performance. This training is especially interesting for athletes whose type of sport is governed by speed as specific speed training is needed.
Muscle formation and definition: miha bodytec uses electro muscle stimulation to achieve stronger and more intense muscle contractions than a voluntary exertion can achieve alone. Depending on intensity and individual goals, you can build muscles and achieve better definition while also making them stronger and more responsive – your muscles simply become more efficient.
Strength and training: With EMS training you gain rapid strength in a shorter period of time. Individual adjustment of intensity, duration and frequency helps achieve personal training goals quickly, effectively and consistently – no matter whether it’s increasing maximum strength or improving endurance and overall fitness levels.
Research results from EMS training
Research studies from the Bayreuth University in Germany report the following results after a 6-week training program with EMS:
- 88% of people tested reduced their back pain.
- Over 30% of those reported their recurring back problems had disappeared.
- 75% showed improvement with incontinence problems, while 33% of those were cured of incontinence altogether.
- Overall maximum strength ability increased by 12% while endurance/fitness levels improved by 69%.
- On average, 85% of people tested felt an improvement of their body shape and 90% ranked the EMS training method as positive.
- Training with higher intensity produced effective results, especially with subjects who suffered from recurring pain and other ailments. It also resulted in enhanced muscle definition and tone.
The values that were measured underscore the fact that whole body EMS-training is up to 40% more intensive than traditional strength training with weights!
University of Bayreuth 2002 (PDF):
Whole body electromuscular stimulation (EMS training) for back ailments
University of Bayreuth 2002 (PDF):
Electromuscular stimulation (EMS) of the whole body musculature - An innovative method to relieve urinary incontinence
AVM Verlag, Munich 2010 (PDF):
Electrical muscle stimulation as whole body training – Multicenter study on the use of full body EMS in fitness centers
Medical Sports Network 04/2007 (PDF):
Short and long-term training effects on strength-related diagnostic parameters from mechanical and electrical stimulation
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg 2009 (PDF):
Influence of adjuvant EMS training on body composition and cardiac risk factors in older men with metabolic syndrome
Bad Oeynhausen Heart Clinic 2010 (PDF):
Electromyostimulation (EMS) in cardiac patients. Is EMS training becoming significant for secondary prevention?