EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation) is the stimulation of muscle contraction using electric impulses. It activates muscle contraction via electrical stimuli. In EMS training electrical impulses activate the muscles externally, to the muscle there is no difference whether the electric stimuli originate from the brain or the electrodes, the muscle contracts. The EMS session does not affect the joints, reaches the deeper muscle tissue and has many benefits according to multiple studies.
It's the 21st century training: It's EMS training.
As all muscles work simultaneously, so you only need 20 mins of training once or twice a week depending on your fitness level and goals.
Each 20 mins session of EMS training equal 90 mins of traditional weight training, with the added cardio benefit as well. Adding time to back to your days and weeks.
The electrodes are placed on the body in the form of our EMS suit, aligned with each important muscle group; so all the impulses reach their target muscles. It's easy, effective technique to build muscle tone, strength and endurance.
As there are electrodes built into the training suit along the spinal column, those rarely trained muscles get worked as well. So those hard to reach muscles get stronger, which can lead to the relief of back problems. Leading to better posture and less strain.
Since it is an effective strengthening workout, it transforms how the body uses up calories due to the high intensity of the training. Thus is very effective tool for weight loss, reduction of inches, cellulite and fat removal.
The effective impulses work on the muscles directly, increasing joint stabilization. As there is no pressure on the joints, you do not over work them - as is often the case with traditional weight workouts. This saves and protects your joints in the long run.
The built in electrodes can stimulate and develop all the muscle groups or just selected ones if desired, so the otherwise 'weaker links' of the body can be strengthened. Thus mimimzing & possibly eradicating any muscle imbalances.
EMS training from FITtec.® is a full body workout that doesn’t only target one specific muscle group. During EMS training, up to 90% of muscles are activated simultaneously and the muscle contractions are of higher quality and more intense than a voluntary exertion can do alone. Compared to conventional weight training, EMS training activates deeper muscle groups which leads to better balance amongst the muscles in the body and increased core stability.
The FITtec.® EMS device is able to stimulate multiple muscle groups simultaneously, allowing for a repeated activation of the whole body. You’ll always do your EMS training under the guidance of a personal trainer who can activate eight muscle groups individually (such as the lower back, stomach, biceps and glutes) according to your goals and needs.
FITtec.® studios specializes in EMS training – we don’t offer other forms of training in our studios. This allows us to provide a full-time personal training service, which we consider to be the major factor in enabling you to reach your training goals and for you to save time. Our trainers use the most intense and most effective programme of the EMS device suitable for each individual.
A personal trainer guides your training every step of the way ensuring you get the full benefit of each and every workout. Our specialization in EMS training also allows us to work with a simple price and membership system, without any hidden or additional costs for extra services.
In order to achieve the most effective results for muscular adaptation and physical functioning, your body needs time to rest and recover. Research shows that recovery and adaptation periods after whole-body FITtec.® EMS training sessions are significantly longer than for weight and resistance training. It is not beneficial to train more often to gain better results because FITtec.® EMS training is so intense and effective, you only need one or two sessions per week.
You’ll feel a difference after your first EMS training session. As your body releases endorphins and as most major muscle groups in your body have been activated, you will experience increased physical awareness, resulting in an improved posture. After a day or two, you’ll feel some muscle stiffness, which is normal and is indicative of your body’s recovery process. Within a period of about 4 weeks, you’ll feel stronger and different muscles will improve to coordinate movements more effectively.
After roughly 6 to 8 sessions (6 to 8 weeks) you will not only feel, but also see a visible difference from the EMS training in the form of gradually increased muscle formation and a possible reduction in body fat (depending on your diet). As with conventional training, EMS training should be done regularly to ensure and maintain optimal results.
Over the last few decades, an extensive amount of research has proven the effectiveness and scientific validation of EMS training. Amongst others, areas of improvement include:
No, any type of physical training is an activity that requires you to get out of your comfort zone, but never to hurt you!
Yes, EMS training imitates the natural principle of muscle contraction, which is a result of the interaction between the brain, the central nervous system and muscle tissue. FITtec.® uses a low frequency stimulus to activate intense muscle contractions and your personal trainer will ensure your individual training levels are an optimum fit for you. In comparison to other strength training, EMS training is known to be particularly gentle on joints.
However, certain medical conditions are known to be contraindications and EMS training with FITtec.® is not recommended for the following conditions: (1) pregnancy; (2) pacemaker or other electrical implants; (3) acute illness, such as fever, viral infections or acute inflammatory processes. Medical consent might be necessary for some physical conditions and these should be discussed with your personal trainer before any training commences. Please see further details outlined in our answer to: Can anyone do EMS training?
EMS training with FITtec.® has been scientifically proven to be effective for people of different age groups and different fitness levels. This means a performance athlete with many years of training experience can train next to a person who has been physically inactive for many years. However, certain medical conditions are known to be contraindications and EMS training with FITtec.® is not recommended in certain cases (see Is EMS Training Safe?).
For some medical conditions, a doctor’s consent might be needed and suitability for the training needs to be assessed on an individual case-to-case basis. Medical conditions* requiring assessment include the following:
All trainers at FITtec.® are experienced and qualified personal trainers, health professionals or sport scientists and have received FITtec.® training from Germany. FITtec.® also has an in-house FITtec.® Training Academy, where all trainers receive further annual (basic and advanced) EMS-specific training based on scientific sports knowledge. The wide range of experience in our national trainer team is not just limited to EMS training − our personal trainers have professional background knowledge about fitness training and can advise you on training and nutrition-related questions.
No. FITtec.® EMS training has been extensively researched over the past few decades. See the links above for an extensive review of the research findings.
EMS training has been used for decades in the fields of sports medicine and rehabilitation. Over the last 10 years EMS training has widened its spectrum of application to include general fitness and sports performance. Therefore a wealth of research information exists on EMS training amongst its different areas of application and has proven its scientific effectiveness. Some of the most significant research findings have shown positive training effects on muscle-mass (Kemmler & Von Stengel, 2013).
Research from the German Sports University Cologne (Filipovic et al., 2012; Speicher et al., 2008) found significant improvements in speed and maximum strength after a period of EMS training.
Research in the field of rehabilitation at the University of Bayreuth (Boeck-Behrens et al., 2002) has shown significant levels of pain relief in participants suffering from back pain.
EMS training has further shown to be an effective training method for the elderly (Kemmler & Von Stengel, 2012) and for cardiologic patients, as research from Bad Oeynhausen has shown (Fritzsche et al., 2010).
EMS training with FITtec.® is a high intensity training session and it is therefore important to have a sustainable meal (carbohydrate and protein-based) 2 to 3 hours before training. We also recommend drinking at least 500ml water an hour before training to ensure proper hydration. Avoid heavy, starch-based meals and sugary or carbonated drinks before your EMS training session.
Come as you are! For your trial we will provide you with the specially designed FITtec.® shirt and tights you need for an EMS training session. When you sign up you can purchase your own set or make use of our laundry service that gives you access to a set of garments and a towel at each session. You can train barefoot or wear trainers.
Yes. Each training session can accommodate two people. It’s often more fun and motivating if you train with someone you know, so we actively encourage it.
There are many nutrition programmes out there and there is no perfect fit for all. We offer general nutritional guidelines free of charge. We also partner with a qualified nutritionist who can work out the best nutrition program for you so you can get the best results in the shortest possible time.
EMS training from FITtec.® is full body training that doesn’t only target one specific muscle group. You’ll always train under the guidance of a personal trainer who can activate each muscle according to your goals and needs. Another essential difference is that the FITtec.® EMS device is able to stimulate the agonist and antagonist muscles simultaneously. This means you are able to activate multiple muscle groups at the same time. Deeper muscle tissue, which is often underused due to the dominance of the bigger muscles, is also activated to a higher degree in comparison to conventional tele-EMS or weight training in a gym.
From a technical perspective, FITtec.® training is based on a bipolar impulse mode, which allows for the whole muscle to contract, while other EMS training devices often operate using a unipolar impulse mode. This form of whole body training, combined with our selected exercises and the guidance of a personal trainer, leads to effective and quick training results.