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FUTURE FITNESS: ELECTRICAL MUSCLE STIMULATION TRAINING

Could Electrical Muscle Simulation (EMS) training be the future of fitness? The new E-Pulsive EMS personal training sessions work a wider range of muscles than a traditional gym workout, and works them deeper…

Words: Trish Lesslie

For those of us who feel too time-strapped for exercise, the new E-Pulsive workout could be the solution. It’s a form of Electrical Muscle Simulation (EMS) training, which aims to give a full body workout in just 20 minutes.

During traditional exercise, the brain sends signals to the muscles bringing about contractions. In EMS training, electrical impulses cause the muscles to contract. It’s claimed the system targets a wider range of muscles than traditional workouts, working deeper muscles for improved posture without straining joints or tendons. Sessions can be tailored to target certain muscle groups, working, say, abs or glutes harder if that’s where you’d like to see maximum results.

It’s claimed the system targets a wider range of muscles than traditional workouts, working deeper muscles for improved posture without straining joints or tendons

Your personal trainer sets things up as you change into a fitted, stretchy black t-shirt and knee length shorts. You also put on a vest – a bit like a scuba-diving vest – which has electrodes that deliver electric impulses through the skin into the muscles of the upper and lower back, lats, abs and chest muscles. Straps are fixed around your upper arms, thighs and glutes to deliver impulses to the muscles in those areas.

E-Pulsive Electronic Muscle Stimulation (EMS) training

E-Pulsive Electronic Muscle Stimulation (EMS) training

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The straps and vest are sprayed with warm water first so they feel a bit soggy when you put them on. You’re then plugged into the control device and the four-second bursts of electrical impulses begin. Starting at a low intensity, the trainer gradually turns up the power – but only as far as is tolerable for you.

The four-second bursts of electrical impulses begin, starting at a low intensity. The trainer gradually turns up the power – but only as far as is tolerable for you

It’s a similar sensation to using a Slendertone belt, only working muscles all over the body at once.
You’re then guided to through a series of simple moves – lunges, arm lifts, standing crunches and the like. The contractions create resistance so simple moves feel challenging. In fact, it feels like you’re weight training without actually using any weights.

The day after each of my sessions, I experienced the kind of muscle ache more usually felt after training much harder for longer. It’s claimed toning results can be visible after as few as four sessions. I can’t say I saw a great change, but I did feel stronger in my regular yoga class.

An ideal add-on to any exercise routine, E-Pulsive can also be great for those who have difficulty exercising due to injury. And it’s so fast and convenient, I may give up my gym membership.

£60 per session (packages available). E-Pulsive currently has studios in Knightsbridge & Canary Wharf and can arrange home or office visits in central London. Call 020 7584 0812 or see e-pulsive.co.uk

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