“We can get some benefits,” explained Fornusek, a lecturer in sports and exercise science at the University of Sydney. “For people with a complete spinal cord injury, their muscles will increase a bit, they will get blood flow, they will get things like reduced muscle spasms.”
In some cases, it can even help to re-train a muscle on fire: “Sometimes it can return to the brain because it also activates the sensitive fibers. It’s possible. “
Companies often promote its potential by selling it to the public for a quick fit.
Sixpad has been accused of marketing falsely when it was removed from sale after Danoz Direct’s Abtronic The ACC has declared it fraudulent With its claims it can explode fat and cellulite, flatten the stomach and equivalent to 10 minutes 600 sit-ups.
When I have a phone fetching before a SpeedFit EMS training class – there are currently 29 SpeedFit studios in Australia – I am told that during a typical workout, we only work on one muscle group at a time. Although via EMS, we can activate up to eight muscle groups at once. A 30-minute session, the woman tells me on the phone, like 960 sit-ups and 960 bar weightlifting.
Upstairs Speedfit website, Explaining that by transmitting electrical impulses that compress your muscles, “incredibly time efficient: in just 20 minutes, an EMS machine will give you the same results as sweating for several hours in the gym”.
I go to their rare North Sydney gym where only two people can exercise at a time. A vest-like vest and straps around my biceps, thighs and buttocks are sprayed with water to electrify and plugged into the station.
Co-owner Roland Safar, a friendly Slovakian with no background in fitness or health, led me to a 20 minute session. He invested in the business when his university friend Matez brought back a machine from Europe and asked Safar to try it out for three months. Safar used to do it once a week, he tells me, and fascinated by the changes in his body, he agreed to invest. We do some basic squats, lunges and bicep curls because they manually increase or decrease the intensity of the electrical vibration that causes my muscles to contract rhythmically. I didn’t swell up during class but after a very early 20-minute session, my muscles definitely hurt and it felt like they worked. “Could this be the cause of the cramps,” I asked as my biceps twisted. “No,” he assured me, emphasizing that it relieves them and also hurts the muscles.
The workout is suitable for people who are time-poor or who do not really like fitness, he said, because you get more legs for money.
This may or may not be true.
The truth is that EMS can do much more muscle damage than normal exercise because it activates our muscles “in a weird way,” Furnusek said.
Excessive intensity and simultaneous activation of many muscles can cause injury and even life-threatening. Rhabdomyolysis, “Which is extremely difficult to wake up during normal exercise,” Balzevich added. There it is Also reported Pushing, burns, wounds, skin irritation, and pain are all associated with the use of EMS devices.
For this reason, Blazevich warns those who wish to try it to undergo a detailed safety check, and ensures that it is conducted by a qualified professional (especially a fellow health professional with a PhD or clinical experience).
And when some athletes use EMS, it’s unusual.
“Of course it’s not a recognized part of any training plan I’ve seen internationally,” Blezevich said, referring to performance as more about efficiency than muscle size or even strength.
In fact, the Australian Institute of Sport says its use is “very limited and only in certain circumstances”.
Fornusek adds that “there is not much strong evidence” that it enhances post-exercise recovery or mainly benefits otherwise healthy people who want to improve fitness or strength.
“My gut feeling is that it’s good for people with central nervous system blockage or trauma,” he says. “But if it works for you, and it makes you more active, that’s a good thing. It definitely has a place.”
Its appeal, to many, is that you can complete each session faster – it provides a short-cut if you do not enjoy the exercise.
Although everyone likes a short-cut, I wonder if we miss something along the way. Shortcuts focus on the destination, not on how to enjoy the process.
And given a high percentage of people do not use their gym membership and More than half of Australian adults Don’t go for less that your full potential, if you want to improve your fitness, we’ll all get better and have more fun, if we forget the destination and find a way to enjoy the ride. You don’t need to explode your muscles with electricity.
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