EMS (electric muscle stimulation or electric myostimulation) is an emerging form of training that is shaping up to be an effective alternative to conventional workout regimens.
EMS increases the body’s natural muscle contractions by using low and mid-frequency electric currents. When compared to traditional training methods, more muscle fibers are engaged as a result of these electrical impulses.
It isn’t a miracle workout by any means, and it needs to be paired with actual exercise in order to yield results—and we’re sure you’re wondering just how much exercise is needed when you have the power of electricity fueling your workout.
To give you a better idea of how the method can transform your fitness journey, we’ve prepared this article to explain just how much EMS training you’d need.
How Does EMS Work?
EMS equipment stimulates muscle tissue using electric currents, which activate the muscle tissue. When correctly applied, these low or mid-frequency impulses are absolutely safe and make for more complete muscular contractions—the goal of thorough exercise.
The main difference between electric stimulation and traditional training methods is that EMS allows more muscle fibers to be engaged during the workout. In a nutshell, more muscle is put to use.
The intensity can be regulated by controlling the electric current as well as the workouts that are performed.
One very promising aspect of wireless EMS training is that trainees can achieve the benefits of a full-blown workout in just under 30 minutes per session. Since time constraints are one of the major concerns of fitness buffs, this makes it easy to integrate exercise into your daily routine.
Naturally, this begs the question: how much EMS training do I actually need to see the desired results? Is a time span of 20 minutes per workout session really that effective or do I have to compensate for that by working out more days than I would in a traditional routine?
We tried out our very own We202 wireless EMS training program for a few weeks to observe the difference in our bodies and here’s what we found out!
The Ideal EMS Routine
A typical We202 wireless EMS training session is just like your usual traditional workout routine—only with a drastically reduced time requirement owing to the EMS equipment you’d be wearing.
If it’s your first time undergoing an EMS training program, a certified trainer will sit down and discuss your medical history with you to see if you have any existing conditions that might restrict (or even disqualify) you from proceeding to a full-blown wireless EMS workout.
The trainer will then outfit you with our We202 wireless EMS suit, which you’ll be wearing throughout the program. Depending on your target muscles, you’ll then undergo a series of exercise activities—all while electrical impulses are being discharged into you.
This goes on for around 20 minutes or until the muscle groups you want to work out on a particular day are all covered.
When Do Results Start to Show?
On average, it takes around four to five weeks before visible results can be seen. Here’s how it breaks down over the course of a month with the We202 training program:
Weeks One and Two
You’ll begin with the usual reps: squats, lunges, crunches, bicep curls, and so on. When your body warms up, your natural electrical impulses will get weaker, which is where the electrical stimulation kicks in.
As with any type of exercise, you can expect to feel some aches and pains following your first few sessions—it’s a natural part of any exercise routine, and introducing EMS to your workouts shouldn’t result in any significantly worse soreness.
While your muscles should already be showing some slight signs of improvement, it’s still difficult to tell at this point. Nevertheless, the aches and pains mean you’re well on your way to the gains you’re after.
Weeks Three and Four
The workouts are normally intensified in your sixth to eighth sessions. We may add metabolic training to the last five minutes of each session, in addition to the regular toning and strengthening activities you’ve done in the first couple of weeks.
You’ll also do more cardio-based exercises to help you lose weight while still connected to the EMS equipment, so expect workouts like squat jumps, kettlebell swings, and shadowboxing.
The goal is to stay moving for the entire five minutes of exercise. It will be a lot more intense than the toning and strengthening routine. In addition, the frequency of the toning pulse differs from that of strengthening so don’t be surprised if you feel the electricity a bit more intensely.
There will be lots of noticeable changes by the end of your fourth week in training, especially if you have been consistent in working out. You should already have a leaner figure by then, complemented by improved muscle definition and enhanced strength.
In the final week of our program, you’ll really be pushed to your limit. You’d be made to undergo reps from Weeks One to Four under varying intensities and intervals.
At the end of your tenth session, you may already see some definition in your abdominal area. Moreover, the overall composition of your body would be a lot closer to your desired outcome since we targeted all major muscle groups that needed to be worked out.
Overall, you’ll find that the areas that you wanted to be reduced will be noticeably leaner, and the areas that you wanted bulked up will have more muscle packed into them.
It’s reasonable to say that after five weeks of the We202 wireless EMS training program, you can expect to be wowed by how quick, efficient, and enjoyable it is. Furthermore, if you’re a career-oriented person without the luxury of time, it should fit well into your already packed schedule.
If you’re interested in the next generation of exercise and fitness, or if you’re after significant results after only ten sessions, drop us a message at We202 and our experts will talk you through the next steps in your fitness journey.