Applying electrical muscle stimulation to the pectoral area is something that many athletes have already discovered improves their performance on many levels. EMS training has a number of advantages that greatly enhance the performance of conventional exercise. And more so in an area like the chest, which tends to be complicated to work out due to the way the muscles are arranged and their internal structure. If you’re interested in better muscle definition and power in this area, don’t miss anything that we’re going to teach you here.
The pecs are the muscles that connect the upper chest to the arms and part of the abs. Their importance is key, and they’re often overlooked. Keep in mind that this area of the musculature is directly involved in everyday activities like breathing or the strength that we apply with the upper body.
What we have just pointed out about the relationship between the chest and breathing is something that you shouldn’t ignore. In workouts that include running, lifting weights, or even in everyday life, having good lung capacity is something that provides a superior quality of life. Well, as already mentioned, the pecs are essential, since these muscles allow the rib cage to expand more fully.
But not everything is about breathing. The muscular power of the arms will not be the same if we neglect the pecs. There are several movements in which these muscles are involved, which are terribly affected if we don’t have the proper strength in this part of the torso.
And finally, there is no need to say how important this muscle is on an aesthetic level. Whether you’re a man or a woman, having a well-defined and toned chest is the key to achieving a figure that you can be proud of. It’s not easy to reach the highest levels of definition in this muscle, true, but this is exactly where EMS can help us the most.
Now, let us remind you that the pectoral is not just a muscle. It’s actually a set of several muscles. So we’re going to explain to you below which are the areas that comprise it, since this is the key to carrying out a more complete training.
Types of pecs
As we already mentioned, there are several parts or types of pecs that must be taken into account in your training, since they require different kinds of training, and the application of the EMS electrodes is also different.
The first area to consider is the pectoralis major. Actually, this is the one that occupies most of this area of the musculature and the one that you can easily see with the naked eye or if you touch it.
The pectoralis major is a really thick and powerful muscle, as long as it’s well trained. It’s fan-shaped and is key in a wide variety of movements. These range from flexing or extending your arms to various actions that require greater involvement of the shoulder.
Just below the pectoralis major the other important part of this muscle is hidden. We’re talking about the pectoralis minor, which is triangular in shape, connects directly to the ribs, and is key to breathing. It’s also important in the stabilization of the scapula, that great shoulder bone that is so important in many movements.
There are other muscles within what we call the pectorals, which we will mention, but which are less important than the previously mentioned. The fascia, for example, connects the pectoral and the dorsal. Then, we have the subclavian muscle, which you can see in the armpit. And finally, the serratus anterior, involved in frontal movements like punching.
How do you exercise your pecs?
Although here we’re going to highlight the benefits of EMS for developing this part of the body, keep one thing in mind: this kind of stimulation is a complement to a good exercise routine, not the routine itself.
In other words, you need to train in a conventional way and add electrode stimulation later as a complement, but don’t focus solely on this and hope to achieve results effortlessly.
When training these muscles, you can either choose a routine in which the movements are concentrated (applied only to this area), or develop multi-joint exercises on which the chest has a direct action.
The first includes the classic bodybuilding routines you can see at any gym dedicated to fitness. Routines like the classic bench press or push-ups are activities that engage the pectoral in a decisive way, giving it the activity it needs to grow and tone.
These exercises are ideal when you want to specifically target this set of muscles. They’re also perfect after a localized EMS session, which greatly multiplies its advantages and the work done previously.
On the other hand, functional exercises like crossfit or swimming directly involve the pectoral. In these cases, the work is not focused on this muscle. But the exercise carried out will, in the long run, make them grow naturally.
What is electrical muscle stimulation for pectorals?
Now that you have seen and understood what the pectoral muscle is as a whole and the correct ways to train it, we want to explain what EMS training can do to develop this area in a much more effective way.
Electrical stimulation, as we have already pointed out, must always be applied after having done the corresponding chest routine. To give you an idea, it would be like including one last part of the training you have completed.
It’s true that you don’t have to do it right after you complete an exercise routine. But this is when we can give the muscle some extra work before letting it rest, so that it can then recover and generate new fibers.
The intensity of the sessions is something that will depend on each athlete’s fitness. It’s not the same to work with the chest of a professional athlete than with that of a person who is taking their first steps in the world of exercise.
Fortunately, the EMS systems we work with at Wiemspro are designed to offer different intensities. The training time also depends on each individual’s condition, although this is best determined by a qualified professional. In this way, sessions may grow in both intensity and duration so that the muscle has the kind of progressive work that suits its nature.
How do the electrodes work on pectorals?
If your question is how EMS training makes the pectorals grow and develop, we can tell you that it does so exactly the same way as the natural movement that we consciously perform.
Keep in mind that muscles are moved by electrical impulses they receive from the nervous system. So, they contract in a natural way, fully developing their movement phase, giving them the opportunity to move naturally.
Well, what the EMS system does is send the same electrical impulses, but generated from the outside. In this way, by placing the electrodes just on the muscle you want to work (the pectoral, in this case), it receives the appropriate impulses in a very localized way to perform its full movement. This way, it receives the same stimuli as if you were training it the conventional way.
This has many advantageous aspects that we’re going to point out to you below.
Benefits of electrostimulation for pectorals
When we first put on the EMS suit and the electrodes located in the chest area are activated, the athlete begins to do an exercise that will be tremendously complete. The first advantage that we want you to take into account is that the training sessions will start to be shorter and more productive.
EMS will make them develop an extra effort in a very short time, so you can save yourself a lot of hours at the gym. On the other hand, the levels of definition and strengthening when training with this system are really high. Remember that you can work the chest in isolation, this way ensuring that it receives a workout that you won’t be able to achieve with conventional training.
Finally, EMS will make your metabolism speed up and burn fat naturally. This is essential to define the pectoral, since it eliminates the adipose tissue that may be hiding the proper growth of this muscle.
In short, electrostimulation is tremendously helpful to work the pectorals more effectively. In fact, EMS training has proven to be efficient enough to develop and enhance the muscles, both in sports professionals and amateurs. Subscribe to our blog if you want to be up to date with the latest news.