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Training with EMS for the next athletic challenge

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Training for a big triathlon or to run the marathon? Whatever athletic contest it is, you know that you will need to train and push yourself harder to meet the training plan goals. Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) may be the final piece to include in your training plan to be effectively prepared for the race and also keep your strength en event of a joint injury.

A number of top professional athletes use EMS as regular part of their training program. In fact, all training programs should integrate EMS to contract muscles forcefully.

What are the benefits of including EMS in the training plan of athletes?

With the adequate help will increase strength and power

EMS targets specific MMs isometrically, but it must be combined with regular sprinting and running to allow for the gains in raw strength to be converted to coordinated strength and power. Positive results support the use of EMS for strength enhancement and performance gains. Like any training tool, you will achieve optimal results when using the technology appropriately in terms of specific settings, timings, frequency, and overall volume of work. The best way to use it effectively, especially if you are new to the method, is to work togheter with a qualified personal trainer who has expertise in training programs including EMS.

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If you would like to reach your health and fitness goals effectively, without injuries and wasted time on the machines and in a gym, hiring the adequate, experienced personal trainer can change your life in a positive manner.

Reduces atrophy and knee-pain

EMS can play an important role in cases when you are injured and must accelerate strengthening or avoid muscle atrophy. This is very common when a joint injury occurs, the limb cannot be used and muscles are not being worked normally. For the athlete that sprains their ankle or knee in the latter stages of their training cycle, electrical muscle stimulation can help to maintain muscle strength until you are ready to get back to conventional training.

Studies have shown that EMS of the VMO (part of the quad near the knee on the inside of the thigh) can help reduce Knee Pain [Witvrouw et al., 2005]. The recommendation is for eight weeks of 20 minutes electrical muscle stimulation training sessions twice a day (18 sec stimulation and 25 sec rest).

Ensures effective and clean muscle contractions

Accumulated physical and psychological stress can not only lead to excessive fatigue, but also interfere with athletes’ thought processes and autonomic signals within their brains and bodies. Using EMS technology, athletes can contract a muscle group more completely and cleanly than by just lifting weights. Because electrical muscle stimulation does not require input from the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord), it will not fatigue the already over-taxed athlete’s brain and will bypass any interference caused by stress by working directly on the muscle to get a complete contraction. With the appropriate amount of current, EMS will cause more effective muscle contractions than when training three times per week.

Coaches will be happy and more intelligent

When coaches combine conventional training and EMS, this strategy provides a significant advantage over either method. The cumulative effect of both methods will maximize results with less energy cost to the athlete. Not only does the use of EMS helps coaches and personal trainers to acheive better results with their athletes but it also makes them think more about the recruitment characteristics of skeletal muscle and helps them to diagnose problems related to fatigue and injury.

Personal EMS trainer in 20'Fit London

Personal EMS trainers in 20’Fit London

It is important to emphasize that coaches and personal trainers maximize EMS benefits when they integrate the technology with well-planned conventional training. Many research studies say the use of EMS alone, at best, provides the same benefit as voluntary training.

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References and sources

  1. Witvrouw E, Werner S, Mikkelsen C, Van Tiggelen D, Vanden Berghe L, Cerulli G. Clinical classification of patellofemoral pain syndrome- guidelines for non-operative treatment. 2005. Knee Surgery Sports Traumatololgy Arthrosclerosis.
  2. https://simplifaster.com/articles/electrical-muscle-stimulation-five-reasons-need-adopt-technology-athletes-now/