FAQ – WHAT IS EMS TRAINING?

Electrical Muscle Stimulation Training

What is Impulse (EMS) Training and how does it work?

EMS stands for “Electric Muscle Stimulation”. From a technical point of view, it is a full body training exercise using impulse current. In everyday life our central nervous system constantly sends electrical impulses to control our muscle action. EMS uses this natural principle and is able to intensify this process to reach deeper muscle layers, which are hard to activate through conventional training. This is achieved by applying electrodes to the skin directly above the muscle. All in all you can call EMS simply a selective intensification of electrical stimuli from the outside. You gain the best results if you work out actively while using our EMS device. Muscles are additionally stimulated through the electrodes while doing a series of low-impact exercises. This combined training leads to an additional increase of tension producing highly effective training results. Our Impulse Trainer can control each muscle group by adjusting the training intensity according to your goals. With Impulse Training you achieve visible and tangible success in a very short time.

Why is Impulse (EMS) Training more effective than conventional fitness training?

Impulse Training is a  high intensity training. During Impulse Training, 90% of all muscles are activated simultaneously. In addition, the muscle contractions are stronger and more intense than a voluntary exertion can do alone. Compared to conventional weight training, also the deeper muscles are being activated which leads to better intra- and inter muscular coordination. Based on these scientifically proven facts, you achieve highly effective results in a short period of time. Considering the contraction time and – intensity for the trained muscles, the effect of up to 20 minutes Impulse Training at Impulse Studio is comparable to up to four hours of conventional training, which in turn means quickly visible and tangible results.

Can anyone do Impulse (EMS) Training?

Most people can do Impulse Training but if you have a health condition which prevents you from participating in conventional sports then you must definitely get approval from your doctor.

The absolute contraindications are:

  • Heart pacemaker
  • Pregnancy
  • Severe circulatory disorder; arterial circulatory disorder
  • Abdominal wall or inguinal hernia
  • Tuberculosis
  • Tumor diseases
  • Arteriosclerosis in advanced stadium
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Severe neurological illnesses (epilepsy, multiple sclerosis)
  • Fever, acute bacterial or viral infections
  • Bleedings (hemorrhages); heavy bleeding tendency (hemophilia)
  • If you suffer from any of the above conditions please consult your doctor to obtain medical approval before starting with Impulse Training.

How much time can I save through Impulse (EMS) Training?

A general gym workout, including a warm-up, averages 1-1.5 hours per session. To see and feel results, you need to train at least 2-3 times a week, which can add up to 4.5 hours per week. Many people cannot afford to spend this required amount of time getting fit and keeping in shape. With Impulse you only need up to 20 minutes per week to get comparable results to several hours of conventional workout.

Is Impulse (EMS) Training dangerous?

No. The use of low frequency impulse current is widely used in training and rehabilitation therapy. Muscles are electro chemical organs and need electrical impulse from the central nervous system to contract. EMS technology uses this natural principle but is able to intensify the contraction by applying electrodes directly above the muscle.

What does Sport Science say about EMS?

Numerous German studies at the University of Bayreuth (Germany) (2002 – 2003) and Erlangen-Nuremberg (2009), at the German Sports Academy Cologne (2008), as well as the German heart clinic in Bad Oeynhausen (2010) have shown the effectiveness of EMS training. Trained and untrained people achieve visible and tangible results in very short time. As a matter of fact, not only general muscle-building is achieved: EMS training works excellently for increasing an athlete’s acceleration, due to the fast twitching (FT) muscle fibers being activated first by the external impulse. EMS also works great when certain areas are targeted: for example buttocks, stomach or back, especially for reduction of back pain. Furthermore and most importantly: Impulse Training – unlike conventional training – puts no stress on the joints.

Is it safe and hygienic to wear the training vests?

The electrodes work through the special fabric of the training gear and does not make direct contact with your skin. The electrodes are covered with a special anti-bacterial fabric for long and hygienic use. The electrodes are cleaned and washed daily after each training session with a special detergent.

Why is Impulse (EMS) Training so effective?

During Impulse Training, 90% of muscles are activated simultaneously with each contraction and the muscle contractions are stronger and more intense than a voluntary exertion can do alone. Compared to conventional fitness training, deeper muscle groups are activated which leads to better intra and inter muscular coordination. Based on these scientifically proven facts you achieve highly effective results in a short period of time.

How long has EMS technology existed?

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. Training with electro muscular stimulation these days is a popular and proven training method which enjoys fast growing popularity all over the world, alone in Germany there are over 2,500 EMS studios!

What programs does Impulse Studio offer?

Impulse Studio offers 4 different training programs:
  • WeightLoss
  • Slim, Shape & Tone
  • BodySculpting
  • SportsPerformance

We are happy to explain more in detail in one of our Impulse Studios.

Can you lose weight with Impulse (EMS) Training?

Nowadays “losing weight” and “getting slim”, which is weight and fat diminution, is usually tackled with (one-sided) diets. At the attempt to save (excessive) calories one-sided and maladjusted eating habits are frequently switched over to. This often leads to a short-term diminution of the weight though at the expense of the increased reduction of muscular tissue. The combination of wrong nutrition, lack of exercise or exaggerated endurance training leads to “undesirable developments in the body metabolism”. In a deficiency situation the body keeps due to its genetic disposition its body fat tightly in order to still have sufficient reserve powers in emergencies. A so-called Jojo effect often appears after the completion of the diet since a reduction of the basal metabolism of the body has arisen by the muscle tissue reduction and more calories are now taken excessively again. At the attempt of the weight reduction by endurance training the negative effect of the deficiency is left aside, but no muscle mass is built up either. However, the work volume is increased, but not the basal volume. A fall in the muscle mass is often established at frequent endurance training, too. The work musculature is reduced. An effective and continuous diminution of weight and body fat is possible with impulse by the construction of a fat-free muscle mass. Due to the high metabolic activity during and still lasting for hours after the EMS training a high work volume is caused and the basal volume increases long-term through a gain of muscle mass. With a parallel proceeding healthy nutrition weight can be reduced appropriately and sustainably. By a weight and fat diminution it can be noticed that women training with impulse also realize a diminution of the girth primarily in the area of the problem zones: Waist, hip and thigh. A tightening of chest and arms can also be carried out.

Is Impulse (EMS) Training suitable for post-natal exercise?

There are numerous studies that clearly indicate that the EMS method quickly and effectively trains the deep pelvic floor muscles. It is an elegant countermeasure to a tendency towards incontinence. The positive effects naturally apply to all of the connective tissue and skin structures that are stretched and overstretched during a pregnancy. IMPORTANT: Consult your gynecologist and do not begin training until four to six weeks after delivery. Training starts at a very low intensity, which also serves as lymph drainage. Depending on how the body reacts, the intensity is increased gradually over the course of multiple sessions.

Impulse (EMS) Training as rehabilitation…

Well being at all levels: Impulse Training has a therapeutic effect as it promotes a feeling of physical and mental well being.

  • Pain reduction: Back pain is the most common ailment among the general population. One of the main causes is muscular imbalance in the torso is caused by poor posture and a sedentary lifestyle. Impulse Training targets and strengthens the deeper layers of the torso muscle group which helps alleviate back pain as these deep muscles are difficult to activate with conventional methods.
  • Rehabilitation and mobility: After injury or an operation, your muscle volume and strength decreases. Training with EMS provides optimal support when it comes to gently rebuilding a specific muscle or muscle groups. All exercises can be performed in either a horizontal or a standing position.
  • Incontinence: Bladder weakness is a common and embarrassing condition. Impulse Training can prevent and relieve incontinence by strengthening the pelvic floor muscles after just a few sessions. Impulse Training is especially beneficial for women suffering from post-pregnancy bladder weakness.

Impulse (EMS) Training for professional sports…

  • Performance and sports: EMS Training is the perfect backup for athletes: The EMS device in combination with conventional training methods quickly leads to a new level of power and high-speed performance. This training is especially interesting for athletes whose type of sport is governed by speed as specific speed training is needed.
  • Muscle formation and definition: EMS Training uses electrical muscle stimulation to achieve stronger and more intense muscle contractions than a voluntary exertion can achieve alone. Depending on intensity and individual goals, you can build muscles and achieve better definition while also making them stronger and more responsive – your muscles simply become more efficient.
  • Strength and training: With EMS training you gain strength in a shorter period of time. Individual adjustment of intensity, duration and frequency helps achieve personal training goals quickly, effectively and consistently – no matter whether it’s increasing maximum strength or improving endurance and overall fitness levels.

How can Impulse (EMS) Training counter incontinence?

EMS training reaches the deep muscle layers and thus the pelvic floor. EMS is probably the most effective pelvic floor training.

Why do we need to drink a protein shake?

36-48 hours after your workout your body begins to increase calorie consumption! However, the calorie consumption is equal to the fat burning! The protein shake help nourish your muscles.

Why only a 20-minute workout?

That’s because a 20-minute workout consists of up to 50,000 muscle contractions, including the deep stabilizing muscles as well. More than 20 minutes workout would lead in overtraining and will exhaust your muscles completely.

Why do I need to take a break between workouts?

Because the workout is intense and the strength training corresponds to your body’s recovery which you need. If you train too often, on the one hand you would cause overtraining to your body and on the other hand, you will not have the same results.

Why should I attend regularly Impulse Training?

That’s because you can only achieve results if your muscles are regularly exposed to the strain of the training. It is important to rest for muscle recovery, but it is also important not to completely relax your muscles. If you have a goal you want to achieve, you can exercise  at Impulse Studio every 2-3 days!