How long has EMS technology been around?

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In 1902 a French researcher invented the first stimulation machine, which he used successfully to treat muscle atrophy/paralysis. More research followed and 70 years later two Russian scientists, Kotz and Chwilon, proved the outstanding results of muscular stimulation on human beings. Their experiments showed a 30-40% increase of muscular strength with minimal physiological and mental efforts in a short period of time. Back then EMS training was mainly used in therapy for the treatment and rehabilitation of muscle atrophy and muscle imbalance and in professional sports to improve performance.

Research studies from the Bayreuth University in Germany report the following results after a 6-week training program with EMS:

  • The effectiveness of EMS training is 18 times higher than a conventional workout.
  • 20 minutes of EMS training is as effective as a 3 x 60 minutes of strength training sessions.
  • Over 30% of the subjects reported their recurring back problems had disappeared.
  • 75% showed improvement with incontinence problems, while 33% of those were cured of it altogether.
  • Overall maximum strength ability increased by 12% while endurance/fitness levels improved by 69%.
  • On average, 85% of people tested felt an improvement of their body shape and 90% ranked the EMS training method as positive.
  • Training with higher intensity produced effective results, especially with subjects who suffered from recurring pain and other ailments.
  • EMS can decrease subcantaneous body fat while increasing muscle mass

    The study clearly shows that after 16-18 electro muscle stimulation sessions the muscle mass and the subcutaneous body fat have significantly changed. The average reduction in Body Part Circumferences was 4-6%, an equivalent to a 3.8 cm (1.5 inch). More surprising were the results of the Skin Fold Measurements. The average reduction in skin fold was 30-50 %, an equivalent to 9-11 mm (6/16 inch). Given the fact that skin fold measurements are the most accurate way to measure subcutaneous body fat, we can conclude that with the Electro Muscle Stimulation one is able to reduce overall body fat.

    Based on research done by István Koczka, University College of Nyiregyhaza, Hungary. Supervised by Leonel Calderón, M.D. Louisiana State University Medical School, Shreveport, LA.

  • EMS can give professional sportspeople the edge

    German professional soccer players who incorporated EMS training into their workouts improved significantly in maximum strength, speed, jumping and running performance. 

    Based on EMS research done by Andre Filipovic and Dr Heinz Kleinoeder (2013)

  • EMS training is very effective at healing back pain

    EMS research findings showed that EMS not only activates the major back muscle groups but also the deeper muscle groups which are difficult to activate through conventional training methods. 

    Based on EMS research done by W.-U. Boeckh-Behrens, N. Grützmacher and J. Sebelefsky (University of Bayreuth, 2002).

  • The effectiveness of EMS training is much higher than conventional weight training

    EMS training increased maximum strength of the tested muscle groups by and improved the maximum power output by an average of 29% in only 4 weeks. 

    Based on research done by J. Mester, S. Nowak, J. Schmithuesen, H. Kleinoeder and U. Speicher (2008/2009)

  • EMS training offers an attractive alternative method of training for people 60 years and older

    Significant positive effects were observed in terms of body fat reduction and increased strength and power for both elderly men and women. 

    Based on EMS research done by Wolfgang Kemmler and Simon von Stengel (2010 – 2012)

  • EMS training is better than conventional aerobic training for cardiac patients

    Cardiac patients who were tested after 6 months of EMS training showed improvements in performance, muscle strength, physiology and metabolic rates far in excess of the the results of conventional aerobic training. 

    Based on Will EMS training become important for secondary prevention? by FRITZSCHE, D. / FRUEND, A. / SCHENK, S. / MELLWIG, K.-P. / KLEINÖDER, H. / GUMMERT, J. / HORSTKOTTE, D., Cardiology Clinic Bad Oeynhausen, Herz 2010; 35 (1): 34–40

  • EMS training improves both strength and endurance

    The maximum body strength of the participants in 6 week test increased by 12% and their endurance by 69%. 

    Based on research conducted by VATTER, J, Universität Bayreuth, 2003; Publication AVM-Verlag München 2010.

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