There’s a Speed Fitness Boutique in Portals Nous. You go in, put on a fancy jacket, do a few lunges and bicep curls and then leave, supposedly with the benefits of a 2-hour gym session. Sounds wonderfulMany other scientists thin, doesn’t it? As somebody who makes a living motivating his clients to do some proper exercise, the twenty-minute whole-body electric muscle stimulation workout (WB-EMS) offered by Speed Fitness sounds like an overpriced con. I wondered; does one of the fastest-growing fitness trends really provide an effective workout? And, if so, is it safe?
Electric muscle stimulation has been around for a long time. The ancient Egyptians used the shock from the electric catfish of the Nile to treat pain from arthritis. In 1745, German physician Altus Kratzein asserted that electrical currents could manipulate muscles. Soon after, the Italian physician and pioneer of bioelectromagnetics, Luigi Galvani, provided the first scientific evidence that current can activate muscle in 1761. He passed an electric current through a frog’s spine to control muscle contractions in its legs. The new technology suggested that electricity could restart life, fuelling fantasy and providing a storyline for Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, Frankenstein.
In the 19th century, English scientist Michael Faraday used EMS to treat motor paralysis effectively. It was another hundred years before EMS found applications in sports run of seven curling competitions with four now complete.. Soviet physician, Dr Yakov Kots, used EMS to enhance USSR athletes competing in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.RELATED: Israel reopens economy after vaccinating nearly 40% of population
Today, electric muscle stimulation helps immobilised patients, such as those with spinal damage, to maintain muscle mass. Top athletes, such as Usain Bolt, Cristiano Ronaldo and Rafael Nadal, use EMS to repair injured muscles. Being low impact, the whole-body electric muscle stimulation workouts offered by boutique fitness centres, like Speed Fitness, provide an alternative for those suffering from sore knees or shins or for post-partum mothers with diastasis recti (abdominal muscle separation) or a prolapsed pelvic floor. But is WB-EMS really a replacement for anyone who says they lack the time, enthusiasm or ability for a more traditional gym workout?
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