Miha Bodytec EMS
What is EMS training?
That is the biggest question we get asked all the time! EMS stands for Electro Muscle Stimulation. It is not a quick fix nor is EMS training a gimmick. The sessions will be extremely tough as it is designed to be a low impact, high intensity session. One 20-minute session a week will feel tougher than hitting the gym regularly and gets equal or better results.
EMS training is supported by extensive research. In short, we use a device that has the capacity to contract your muscles via an electrical current which is passed through your muscles.
How is our EMS at Imogen’s Laser Skin Clinic different from Normal EMS?
Imogen’s Laser Skin Clinic uses a top-of-the-range specialised Miha BodyTec EMS training device, which has been extensively researched and studied.
Our personal trainer will be with you every step of the way, ensuring you get the full benefit of each workout. He will use the most intense and most effective training programme of the Miha BodyTec EMS device suitable for your individual needs and personal training plan.
Why should I only train once a week?
For your body to achieve the most effective results from intensive training, your body needs time to rest and recover. Research shows that recovery and adaptation periods, especially for a whole-body EMS training sessions, are significantly longer than for weight and resistance training. It does not help or assist your body to train more than once a week on the EMS device. As EMS training is so intense and effective, you only need one session per week.
Are there long term side effects of EMS Training?
No. EMS training has been extensively researched over the past few decades. We can provide you with the research from the company’s website.
How soon will you see results?
With every training program, there is an adaption phase; your body needs time to get accustomed to something new. All training programs take time for you to see and feel the results. With that being said, you will feel a difference after your first EMS training session, as most major muscle groups in your body have been activated. After a day or two, you’ll feel some muscle stiffness, which is normal and is a part of your body’s recovery process. Within four weeks, you’ll feel stronger, feel better and you will notice a difference in your core and posture.
After 6 to 8 weeks you will not only feel, but also see, a visible difference from the EMS training. There will be gradually increased muscle formation and a possible reduction in body fat (depending on your diet and other external factors). As with conventional training, EMS training needs to be done regularly to ensure and maintain results.
What improvements can I see from using EMS training?
Over the last few decades, an extensive amount of research has proven the effectiveness and scientific validation of EMS training. This list includes but is not limited to:
Diastasis recti (abdominal separation post pregnancy)
Hypertrophy (muscle growth)
Speed, responsiveness and agility
Perceived physical well-being
Balancing of muscular imbalances (i.e. reduction of back pain, posture)
What should I eat or drink before?
EMS training is a high-intensity training session and it is very important to have a well-balanced meal two to three hours before training. We also recommend drinking at least 500ml water an hour before training to ensure proper hydration. Please try and avoid heavy, starch-based meals and sugary or carbonated drinks.
What do I wear to a session?
We will provide you with the specially designed shirt and tights you need for an EMS training session. When you sign up you can purchase your own set or use one of ours. Each garment is washed after every client. You can train barefoot or wear trainers.
What diet is recommended by the trainer?
There are many nutrition programmes out there and there is no perfect fit for all. We will offer general nutritional guidelines and assist you in any way possible. We can also suggest a qualified nutritionist who can work out a nutrition program for you.
Can anyone do EMS training?
EMS training imitates the natural principle of muscle contraction. This is a result of the interaction between the brain, the central nervous system and muscle tissue. The EMS device uses a low frequency stimulus to activate intense muscle contractions. As there are no high impact movements, this is particularly great on your knees and joints as the movements are focused and controlled.
EMS training has been scientifically proven to be effective for people of different age groups and different fitness levels. However, EMS training is not recommended in certain cases as there are certain medical conditions known to be contraindications. For some medical conditions, a doctor’s consent might be needed and suitability for the training needs to be assessed on an individual case-by-case basis. This must be discussed with your trainer.
Medical conditions* requiring assessment include the following:
Circulatory disorders, acute stroke, stent, thrombosis and cardiovascular diseases (i.e. arteriosclerosis)
Bleeding, bleeding tendency or haemophilia
Abdominal wall hernia or inguinal hernia
Severe neurological disorders (i.e. epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis etc.)
Acute operation (within 8 weeks, depending on individual case)
However, certain medical conditions are known to be contraindications of EMS training is not recommended for the following conditions:
Pacemaker or other electrical implants
Acute illness, such as fever, viral infections or acute inflammatory processes.
*Please note: the above list is not exhaustive and if you have any medical condition which could be affected by EMS training, it is your responsibility to inform your trainer and doctor so an appropriate assessment can be made.
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