Whether you are an athlete or someone recovering from an injury, Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) can help build muscle strength and help prevent muscle atrophy.
Wondering if this can help you? Let’s take a look as some of the evidence from scientific studies.
Good for Non-ExercisersIf you are like most people, you don’t exercise enough. And, you may think that muscle building resistance type training is for the “lunks” doing squats and deadlifts in the gym. But, you need to know that after about age 35 your muscles start to shrink or atrophy if you don’t exercise them with enough resistance and stress. Muscle fibers can be replace by fat cells so for a long time you don’t even realize that you are losing muscle.
The article Prolonged electrical muscle stimulation exercise improves strength and aerobic capacity in healthy sedentary adults in the Journal of Applied Physiology described an experiment that showed the effectiveness of EMS for the average non-exercising person. It showed that you can now overcome muscle loss and retain a shapely physique.
The study looked at 15 healthy but sedentary men and women. They went through 20 hour-long electronic muscle stimulation sessions that exercised their large leg muscles without stressing their joints. The EMS signals stimulated the muscles to contract, similar to shivering. This exercised the muscles and increased the need for oxygen which had a physiological effect similar to exercise.
The results were amazing. The utilization of oxygen (peak VO2) improved, they could walk longer distances, and their quadriceps strength increased. These normally sedentary men and women improved their cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength while remaining sedentary with the help of electrical muscle stimulation.
The article concludes by indicating that electrical muscle stimulation could also be suitable for individuals suffering from joint discomfort such as arthritis where exercise, and even walking was painful.
Is Electrical Muscle Stimulation As Effective as Exercise?
An article, Muscle Strength and Its Development New Perspectives, in the journal Sports Medicine reviews a number of EMS studies. It indicates that “The general conclusion to emerge from these studies is that the strength gains associated with electro-myostimulation procedures are similar to, but not greater than, those that can be achieved with normal voluntary training.’
A wide range of pulse frequencies have been shown to produce favorable results in increasing muscle strength using electrical muscle stimulation. The article Muscular Strength Development by Electrical Stimulation in Healthy Individuals in the journal Physical Therapy indicates that frequencies from 33 to 200 pulses per second have been proven effective.
Different pulse rates affect the body in unique ways. For example:
- Around 9 pulses per second increase blood flow to the area and helps in recovery after exercise
- Between 10 and 20 pluses per second the body’s slow twitch muscle fibers are activated which help endurance
- Between 50 to 70 pulses per second both slow and fast twitch muscle fibers are activated for resistance and muscle building
- Between 75 to 100 pulses per second only the fast twitch fibers are activated for building strength
- Between 100 and 120 pulses per second the body’s very fast twitch fibers are activated for explosive strength
You can learn more about how the different pulse frequencies affect different muscle types from the following video.
How Compex Muscle Stimulators Work
A great video on how Compex Muscle Stimulators work by using EMS (electronic muscle stimulation) to increase strength and muscle development, improve recovery and allow you to train not only harder, but smarter.
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EMS Good at Preventing Muscle Loss
EMS can also be helpful to prevent muscle loss in individuals who cannot exercise because of injury or illness. The article Electrical muscle stimulation preserves the muscle mass of critically ill patients: a randomized study in the journal Critical Care indicates that critically ill patients who cannot exercise can reduce muscle atrophy by use of electrical muscle stimulation.
Details of the Compex Sport Elite Muscle Stimulator
Learn more about how the Compex Sport Elite Muscle Stimulator work with this video:
The Sport Elite is the muscle stimulator model recommended for the competitive/high performance athlete who has a rigorous training and exercise regimen. It features a total of 9 programs, and 5 levels of progression will keep elite athletes challenged with every training session, resulting in a true competitive advantage!
COMPEX SPORT ELITE HAS 9 TRAINING PROGRAMS:
Helps you cope with long-duration aerobic activities and increases muscle resistance to fatigue by building slow-twitch muscle fibers
An all-around program for endurance and strength, building both slow-twitch and fast-twitch muscle fibers
Increases sheer muscle strength better than conventional weight lifting alone, with less risk of muscle-tendon injury
-EXPLOSIVE STRENGTH PROGRAM
For developing short bursts of power without the traumatic or violent movements associated with conventional training
AND 5 ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS:
Warms up muscle faster without psychological, muscular or cardiovascular fatigue.
-ACTIVE RECOVERY® PROGRAM
Facilitates relaxation of muscles and reduces muscle soreness and stiffness following competition or demanding workouts
-RECOVERY PLUS® PROGRAM
Does not contract the muscle. Helps clear lactic acid and increase blood flow at lower frequencies -perfect for muscles that are fatigued after a vigorous workout or competition..
-PRE-WARM UP PROGRAM
Does not contract the muscle. Runs at a frequency specifically targeted to increase blood flow that oxygenates the muscles prior to a workout or competition. This program is recommended if there is any risk of cramp.
Electrostimulation develops the blood capillary network of the exposed muscles. This improves irrigation and oxygenation.
Learn more about the Sport Elite here: https://www.compexusa.com/compex-sport-elite.html
Compex Sport Elite Kit includes: Compex Sport Elite Muscle Stimulator, Battery Charger, CD with User Manual, Electrode Placement Guidebook, Carrying Case, Easy Snap Electrode Lead wires (set of 4), 2″x4″ Easy Snap Gel Electrodes (2 packs of 2) and 2″x2″ Easy Snap Gel Electrodes (2 packs of 4)
REACH YOUR GOALS WHEN TRAINING WITH COMPEX SPORT
Cyclists – Improve Endurance
Runners – Recover Faster and Avoid Muscle Injury
Triathletes – Build Muscle and Increase Strength
Sprinters – Gain Explosive Speed and Power
Football Players – Increase Your Maximal Strength
Baseball Players – Get Quicker to Your Strength Threshold
Basketball Players – Develop Quick Reactivity and Forceful Response
Other Athletes – Enjoy all these benefits and more!
No matter what sport you are into, they all require different physical preparation to achieve peak performance: Speed, Strength, Explosive Power, Resistance, Endurance and Muscle Recovery.
The Compex electric muscle stimulation device helps you maximize your muscles effort when working out to reach 100% of your muscle fibers, including slow twitch and fast twitch muscles. Muscle stimulation trains your muscles in ways your traditional workout can’t.
Take a look at the Compex Sport Elite Muscle Stimulator here:
Compex Sport Elite Matte Black Muscle Stimulator Bundle Kit: Muscle Stim, 12 Snap Electrodes, 9 Programs, Lead Wires, Battery, Case / 4 strength, 2 warm-up, 3 recovery
- Recommended for the competitive, high performance athlete who has a rigorous training and exercise regimen
- With 9 programs to choose from, you can achieve peak performance and fitness with virtually no cardiovascular fatigue
- Choose from Endurance, Resistance, Strength, Explosive Strength, Potentiation, Active Recovery, Recovery Plus, Pre-Warm Up, and Massage programs
- Improve endurance, agility, speed and power; Enables faster recovery from muscle soreness and fatigue
- One set of 4 Easy Snap Electrode lead wires and 2 different sizes of Easy Snap Electrodes are also included