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The Scientific Research

Study One

Based on research from Ahmad & Hasbullah 2015

The aim of the study was to compare classical methods of strength training to the dynamic full-body EMS training in regards to strength and speed. Training groups using classical methods worked on machines for leg extensions and leg bending muscles and working with different weights (30- 90%). The EMS groups did lunges and squats without additional weights (60% intensity). The training took place twice a week for 4 weeks. Separate output and input tests were undertaken before and after the training as well as after a regeneration phase of two weeks.

Results 

Significant increase in speed

Speed performance improved by about 30 %,

Combined EMS and hypertrophy training showed the typical effects as would be expected from the combined training with both stimuli (7% increase of maximal strength and a 12% increase of performance).

Conclusion 

Dynamic full-body EMS training with Miha bodytec machines proved to be a highly effective means of increasing strength and speed as compared to other training methods. Full body
EMS training was the only training method that succeeded in improving the speed factor within the overall performance. In addition, the results achieved by this training methodology open up new possibilities for frequency and duration of training. The regular use of EMS training in combination with dynamic movement is a promising combination for improved strength, endurance, and speed work.

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Study Two

Based on research conducted by Vatter, J., 2003.

The objective of this field study was to assess if positive impact on body strength, anthropometry, body wellness, mood, overall health conditions, back pain can be reached through electrical stimulated muscle training. During 6 weeks 134 volunteers with an average age of 42 years completed 2 EMS training sessions per week. After this period the results in various body parameters were compared with a control group.

Results 

82% noticed a relief in back pain, 30% of those were free of pain

The maximum body strength of participants increased by 12%, and their endurance by 69%

Body fat percentage decreased by 1.4%

Female trainees lost 1.5 cm at the waistline and 1.1 cm at the hips

Male trainees gained 1.5 cm in the upper arms and reduced their waistline by 1.1 cm

83% of participants noticed positive changes and had an increased feeling of wellness.

Conclusion 

When compared to the control group doing regular exercise, EMS trainees showed better results in an increase in body strength, desired body shape, and treatment of back pain. The overall mood and wellness were scored higher than in conventional strength training. The study supports EMS training as extremely effective and efficient, which can benefit a broad range of target groups; from couch potatoes to professional athletes.

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Study 1

Based on EMS research done by Weissenfels and colleagues in 2018.

The aim of this study was to investigate whether 1 x 20-minute Whole-Body EMS (WB-EMS) session per week can improve symptoms of chronic lower back pain compared to non-training.The study was conducted with 30 participants over 12 weeks.

Results 

Pain intensity decreased significantly in the WB-EMS group with no change observed in control group

Frequency of lower back pain decreased significantly in the WB-EMS group compared to the control group

The strength of the trunk extensor (lower back) muscles increased significantly by 15% ± 19% while no change was observed in the control group.

Conclusion 

This study concluded that Whole-Body EMS training was found to be a timesaving, low impact, effective training method for reducing non-specific lower back pain compared to no training. WB-EMS also improved the strength of the core muscles which aids in preventing future lower back issues and injuries.

Study 2

Based on Boeckh-behrens et al. 2002

The study was to find out how EMS training impacts on back pain. Participants trained 45 minutes, 2x per week for a total of 10 sessions. They began with a 10 to 15-minute long familiarization phase to adjust for the individual’s pulse, followed by a 25-minute long training session, during which different static exercise positions were taken up by the participants. There was a five minute long relaxation period at the end of the training session.

Results 

89 % of the participants noticed a reduction in back pain

42 % of the participants felt a mild improvement in their condition.

There was a significant decline in the frequency and intensity of pain during the exercise period.

61% of the participants felt an improvement in their overall condition.

Conclusion 

This study demonstrates that full-body EMS training was effective at relieving back pain symptoms in the majority of cases studied. The electrical impulses from the machines work on outer as well as the deeper inner muscles, which are not easily reached through conventional methods of exercise.

Study 1

Based on research from Fritzche et al. 2010

The medical field has proven that moderate endurance training improves chronic cardiac insufficiency. Unfortunately in reality, patients suffering from a cardiac disease struggle to commit to this exercise in a safe and reliable way to make any positive improvements on heart and health. With previous EMS studies showing the training to have great potential in improving cardiac health, this study was set out to medically assess what those improvements could be. 15 patients diagnosed with CHI completed a 6 month EMS course and medical tests followed the function of their heart and overall health, including weight and body fat distribution.

Results 

Patients proved to take up 96% more oxygen when their cardio threshold was tested

Blood pressure lowered significantly

Muscle mass increased with 14% and internal body fat dropped dramatically

All patients stated they felt a profound increase in their performance capacity.

Conclusion 

Results showed that EMS training has a great potential of secondary treatment in the symptoms of chronic cardiac insufficiency. Not only did all the medical tests showed a great improvement in numbers, the patients themselves reported to have an increased quality of life with their performance capacity increasing dramatically.

 

Study Two

Based on research by Kemmler et al. 2009

The study aimed to find out how full body electromysostimulation (EMS) training impacts on body composition and cardiac risk factors in elderly men with metabolic syndrome (risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes).

Results 

Using a high electrical strength, the change in abdominal fat mass showed significant differences between the EMS and control group with the EMS group lowering abdominal fat mass quicker.

Conclusion 

Full body EMS training leads to significant effects on body composition of elderly people, which occur already after a short training period (45 min/week) and a short intervention period (14 weeks). Therefore, EMS training is a valuable alternative to conventional training methods for people with low cardiac and orthopaedic strength.

Study One

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

The EMS research by Filipovic and Kleinoeder focused on the benefit EMS training could have for professional soccer players. 22 professional soccer players from a German soccer team participated in EMS training over a period of 14 weeks and were tested 4 times during the research period on strength, speed, jumping and kicking performance.

Results 

The results of the EMS research revealed that the players who incorporated EMS training into their workouts improved significantly in all tested areas. The evaluation of the individual tests showed:

(Maximum) strength performance increased on average by 30.07 %

Jumping performance increased on average by 9.14 %

Speed and sprint performance increased on average by 19.38 %

Kicking speed increased on average by 16.3 %

Conclusion 

All in all, the results of Filipovic and Kleinoeder’s EMS research highlights the effectiveness of EMS training and also supports other research done on athletes in different sport disciplines. The authors concluded that whole body EMS training is an effective and more time efficient alternative to conventional strength training in high performance and professional sport.

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Study One

Based on research conducted by Boeckh-Behrens, 2002

The study was aimed to assess the effects of EMS training on urinary incontinence. In this study, 17 people (15 female, 2 male) were tested on the improvement on EMS training on their medium level of urinary incontinence. Trainees trained twice per week for a total of 10 consecutive sessions. Isometric EMS exercises were performed during a 25-minute long training session each time.

Results 

23% of participants were free of symptoms after the training period

A further 24% noticed a marked lessening of their discomfort

36% felt no change in their condition.

Conclusion 

Besides being a full-body workout, EMS training can also offer effective relief for a group of people suffering from discomforts caused by incontinence. It helps build pelvic floor muscles, core muscles and body stability, which helps to treat and prevent this condition. It will improve body condition, overall mood, daily comfort, and increased quality of life.

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