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Stimulation current increases muscle size

Defined body shapes, quick relief from discomfort, improving postural deformities – all of this in a very short time with a minimum of effort. It sounds like a fairy tale but it has become reality: EMS training makes it possible and it's even scientifically proven.

Strenuous weight training and sweaty endurance training seems to be a thing of the past. 

The new exercise wonder is electronic muscle stimulation (EMS). It sounds fairly technical but is really nothing but an enhancement of a natural process, because muscles need to be stimulated in order to be activated. In any body movement, from a physical aspect, the central nervous system naturally transmits electrical impulses to nerve fibres and ultimately to the muscles. EMS utilizes stimulation current for the targeted enhancement of the body's natural impulses, which is significantly more effective than regular weight training. 

The body's posture improves already after very few training sessions. Changes in girth and strength can be measured after approximately 4 to 6 weeks.

A session lasts approximately 20 minutes. The exercising person receives special, functional clothing in the studio and must wear belts or vests with cables so that small impulses can be transmitted. An electrical impulse is transmitted for four seconds, followed by a pause of four seconds. Special movements must be performed during the impulse.

The trainer controls the electronic impulses via the connected device and demonstrates the exercises. A corresponding electrical impulse is triggered for every exercise that leads to a contraction of muscles. This increases the tension of the muscle and optimizes its growth. The current however reaches not only common muscle groups but also deeper layers that are usually not affected by regular exercise.

The enormous effect of EMS has been proven in various studies performed by German universities: Muscle size increases faster, tension and blockages can be dissolved easier. Astonishing results are reported for back pain, which is a widespread disease. Weak muscles in the back in particular can profit from the new method, as has been discovered by the Sport University of Cologne. EMS originates from rehabilitation exercise where it has been used for many years after injuries and surgeries in order to prevent muscle loss. Professional athletes have been using this kind of training to increase their performance long ago.

There seem to be no risks involved in EMS. The impulses are in a so-called low-frequency range. They merely activate skeletal muscles; heart and organ muscles are not affected. However, an examination by your doctor is recommended to exclude any possible doubts regarding the body's constitution. Pregnant women and people with a pacemaker cannot participate in this kind of exercise.

Experts are of the opinion that EMS is an ideal addition to endurance training and regular weight training, but should not replace it permanently. 

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