What is EMS?
The EMS system is a training method with electrostimulation based on muscular electrostimulation using low intensity or mid-frequency electrical impulses. Thanks to the electrostimulation suit, the electrodes are strategically located around the body, producing a natural muscle contraction to the muscles. This impulse reaches the deepest layers of muscle which are more difficult to activate through conventional training.
This form of training is aimed at increasing our muscle mass in a quick, effective and visible way, whether for sporting or therapeutic reasons or for an aesthetic purpose.
If you are emerging from an injury, suffer from muscle pains, are in a rehabilitation phase, or on the contrary, if you are looking to improve muscle strength and sporting performance, you should know that training with electrostimulation is one of the best resources to speed up muscle recovery, and achieve your objectives.
Electrostimulation is achieved thanks to a special training vest or suit. This equipment has electrodes located strategically around our body, which causes muscles to activate due to a muscular shock.
EMS training is active. This means that while the muscles receive that muscular shock from the electrodes of the electrostimulation vest or suit, we accompany the exercise with movements.
The personal trainer controls each muscle group using an iPad or device, adjusting the training intensity in accordance with your objectives, and achieving visible and effective results in little time, which otherwise would not be seen with conventional methods.
The abbreviation EMS
Did you know that training with EMS electrostimulation has to do with astronauts and space? What is its origin? How did this concept emerge?
EMS is the English abbreviation of Electrical Muscle Stimulation. This electrostimulation method arose out of the need to be able to provide the necessary rehabilitation to astronauts after the loss of muscle mass caused by weightlessness in space.
In the 90´s EMS devices emerged that were aimed at professional sport, rehabilitation and some cosmetic centres thanks to their excellent results.
At present, an increasing number of people ask us about this way or method of training. It has gone from being an electrostimulation training method aimed at elite sportspeople and sports professionals (who require a greater performance in their physical and sporting activity) to being highly requested among average users, who are not sporting experts, but who wish to obtain good results during training in the least possible time. Efficiency and saving time.
The muscle electrostimulator is the preferred technology or training formula in rehabilitation centres, which use pulses of electrical current to cure injuries. Therefore, this system is increasingly recommended in the spheres of physiotherapy and sports training.
The EMS system works as a muscle electrostimulator. This means that the electrical current that passes through the electrodes of our electrostimulation vest or suit, activates the nerves of deepest layers of muscle which are difficult to activate through conventional training, which causes a muscle contraction, which simulates the electrical stimulus the central nervous system produces.
If you are emerging from an injury, suffer from muscle pains, are in a rehabilitation phase, or you want to achieve quick and visible results, you should know that a muscle electrostimulator is of the best resources at your fingertips.
Electrostimulation. Does it work?
Do electrostimulators work? It is normal for doubts to arise. We wonder if the EMS system works, or if it is another fairy-tale to sell us a product that we really don´t need, and more so if we haven´t heard much or anything about it.
For many years, the electrostimulation system has been targeted at elite sportspeople, astronauts and sporting professionals. Figures such as Daniel Carvajal, Roberto Bautista and Blanca Manchón use this form of training to intensify their exercise routine and achieve better results.
Until relatively recently, the world of celebrities and influencers such as David Bisbal and Patricia Montero have provided coverage for EMA training, creating noise on social networks, and getting another “less specialised audience to take an interest in it.
The word of mouth resulting from the effectiveness of this type of training has led to an increasing number to people becoming interested in this method: whether to lose weight, gain muscle, get toned, treat injuries or to use as an accessory for all kinds of rehabilitation.
The EMS system uses electrical impulses and simultaneously activates almost 100% of muscle fibres in a more intense way than through conventional training or voluntary effort. In other words, deeper muscle groups are activated, achieving greater intra and intermuscular coordination, and an increase in sporting performance, and fat burning.
With 20-minutes of active electrostimulation you will begin to note the results in your first session. This is due to the fact that your body releases endorphins, and your posture automatically improves by activating your muscles through EMS technology.
As with any high-intensity exercise, you may note muscle rigidity or stiffness the following day, but after 3 or 4 sessions you will see more visible and effective results: your muscles will be increasingly defined.
If you want to maintain and improve your objectives during training, and achieve significant results, you need to integrate EMS 2 or 3 times a week for at least 20 minutes: you will achieve better results with a reduced risk of injury.
TENS and EMS
Have you ever heard of TENS? What about EMS? What do these two concepts have in common, and how are they different? Let´s clarify these two terms by offering a quick summary of their characteristics and differences.
In order to talk about TENS electrostimulation, first we need to be clear about what analgesia is.
Medical analgesia is defined as the loss or modulation of the perception of pain. It can be local and only affect a small part of the body, or regional, and affect a broader part. This is where the concept of TENS electrostimulation comes into action.
TENS has its origins in China, as it applies the concept of electropuncture to achieve its objectives, and it is an English abbreviation of Transcutaneus Electrical Nerve Stimulation.
TENS electrostimulators cause a tingling sensation in order to only excite sensory fibres. Thanks to this electric charge we produce electrical pulses which manage to alleviate pain in a very natural way. The objective is to eliminate or modulate pain in key or systematic areas of our body without the need to use drugs or analgesics. In more technical language, it produces local or regional analgesia.
On the contrary, EMS uses low intensity or medium frequency electrical impulses to generate a natural muscle contraction in our muscles, whether for sporting or therapeutic reasons or for an aesthetic purpose.
To conclude, we can say that the main difference between them is that with TENS electrostimulation we seek to calm a pain located in a specific area of our body through small impulses using a tingling sensation; while EMS trains and makes your muscles work in order to make them more resistant, stronger, tone them, create hypertrophy, etc.
The use of muscular electrostimulation is ideal for sporting or therapeutic matters, or for an aesthetic purpose. This system is increasingly recommended in the sphere of physiotherapy and sports training, as it:
Prevents muscular atrophy and improves overload. That is to say, it prevents the wasting, loss or reduction of skeletal muscle.
Contrary to popular belief, the intensity of EMS training does not depend on the weight load, but rather on the electrical stimulation that the muscles receive. As the joints are freed of these loads, we avoid future injuries and problems resulting from muscle overloading, thus reducing muscle tension.
It helps muscle recovery after injuries. Also, at lower intensities it can function like TENS.
Due to a sedentary lifestyle, we may suffer muscular imbalances, and the muscles in the shoulders and back are normally the most affected. Thanks to the EMS system, we can exercise these muscle groups in a selective and specific way, groups which are difficult to train effectively using conventional or voluntary training.
Ideal for resistance or strength training.
Muscular electrostimulation effectiveness is undisputed. Electrostimulation boosts your training, which means that you achieve effective and visible results within a short time. In electrostimulation training by women, a reduction of the diameter of the waist, hips and thighs has been observed. On the contrary, in electrostimulation training by men, a reduction in waist size is observed, and there is a slight increase in the muscle of the arms, check, back and legs.
Contraindications of electrostimulation
There are many doubts that may arise when it comes to thinking of the side effects of electrostimulation. Can I injure myself? And what if I overload the muscle too much? Do muscle tears occur?
None of that.
EMS training doesn´t take your body to the limit, it adapts to your objectives and intensity. Its impulses are a low or moderate frequency, and it doesn´t harm the body.
When we do conventional or voluntary exercise, our body receives electrical impulses from the central nervous system that produce a muscle contraction. EMS simply uses this natural principle in a more intense and effective way.
As with any sport or form of training, one of the possible side effects of electrostimulation is that you can suffer from the typical injuries if: you don´t warm up appropriately, you don´t carry out the exercise correctly, or you work your muscles to fatigue. If you are not a professional, or do not regularly do sport, it is necessary, as with any other sporting skill, for your training to be supervised by a fitness technician.
Pregnant women, as well as people who have electrical devices, such as pacemakers, implanted in their body are recommended to avoid the use of these types of devices. It is also important to never place electrodes on areas of the spine, the neck or on wound.