Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) is the elicitation of musclecontraction using electric impulses that mimic the natural principles of the central nervous system.
EMS has become the fastest growing trend in the health and fitness industry, with studios in some areas of Europe outnumbering conventional gyms.
The main reasons for this are numerous, but include the following:
– A session lasts for 20 minutes – this suits many customers who have time constraints, but the intensity of the workout equates to 4 – 6 hours’ worth of conventional gym.
– The results obtained from EMS are many times greater than conventional gym, as shown in various research studies;
– EMS is used for muscle rehabilitation to speed up injury recovery;
– EMS has a cellulite breakdown function that has excellent results for reducing “orange peel” effect;
– EMS provides excellent results for muscle toning and general fitness;
– It provides huge gains for athletes of all levels, for all sport types;
– There are no known side effects, with little or no risk to bone, ligament or tendon injury;
– Reduction of cardiovascular load whilst training;
– Reduction of mental fatigue whilst training.
In conventional training, when you activate a muscle approximately only 30% of all your muscle fibres are in a state of contraction. The remaining 70% are dormant and awaiting recruitment when the contracting fibres fatigue.
EMS training is able to provide stronger and more intense muscle activation than could be achieved with voluntary exertion alone, and to experience muscle recruitment that is unattainable by any other means. This provides better intra- and inter-muscular contraction, and a 20 minute session is comparable to several hours of conventional weight training – but without the risk of using heavy weights.
EMS also provides an improvement in muscle activation rates. It takes approximately 10000 repetitions for your brain to learn how to quickly send a message to your muscles via the most efficient nerve pathways. This contraction pattern becomes your “muscle memory”.
Thus, with EMS activating far more intense muscle recruitment, and using muscles that were previously mostly dormant, your potential available muscle increases dramatically, and new muscle memory pathways are established.
Simply put, EMS training makes the muscles more efficient! Sports that require immense exertion, such as cycling, require athletes to spend many hours in the gym to increase muscle strength, often with mixed results.
Each sport type requires different muscle groups for maximum performance – for example, a road cyclist needs to concentrate on the body’s lower half for power, and have minimal upper body or arm mass, whereas a mountain biker needs upper body strength as well to power up hills and provide downhill stability.
EMS FutureFit allows the cyclist to improve the quality and quantity of training sessions.
EMS FutureFit beneficial effects:
a. Increased power, endurance, dynamic and explosive strength;
b. Speed, agility, and increased performance due to direct stimulation of “fast twitch” muscle fibres;
c. Strengthening of core and abdominal muscles,
d. Improvement in posture and body toning,
e. Significantly reducing body fat and cellulite.
EMS FutureFit has the same technology at our disposal as used by Usain Bolt.
We have worked with top WP biathletes and swimmers, as well as Protea Ten Pin Bowling Champions.
We have National level Ball Room dancers in our growing list of sport specific Customers, as well as a WBA Pan African Boxing Champion.
Internationally, in excess of 100 NFL Football teams and an increasing list of European Soccer teams like Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Arsenal are joining the trend, as are Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. EMS is even being used by the Force India Formula 1 Team.
In terms of cyclists, six times Tour de France Green Jersey winner Erik Zabel and three times Tour de France Winner Joane Somarriba have both incorporated electro muscle stimulation as part of their training routine.
We currently work with many cyclists of varying skills and fitness levels, from the “weekend warrior” to top South African Cycling Champions – one of whom won the SA Track Madison titles in 2016 and 2017, and was chosen to represent South Africa at the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Masters Championship. The other is a Ladies SA Ladies Track Champion, and was placed 2nd in her category at the SA Road Championships.
Each person is different in terms of size, muscle density, body shape, fitness levels and ability to build maximum muscle efficiency.
Technology is the way forward!
We begin the process with a Body Composition Analysis that provides detailed information about muscle mass, fat, water, protein, mineral, and left / right balance of the muscular and fat structure.
Next, we use our Wahoo KICKR to perform an FTP (Functional Threshold Power) test to gauge the cyclist’s present levels of fitness and power output. The KICKR is used by Team Sky for their training, and is the latest available technology in smart trainers.
The biggest advantage of the indoor trainer is the fact that you can train effectively and efficiently in our studio instead of on the road – no dangerous traffic, weather, potholes, criminals or wear on your bicycle.
This, with the cyclist’s personal requirements and goals, is used to determine a specific program in order to achieve maximum results, which can be monitored, and measured.
This is not a “one fits all” approach, but an individually tailored strategic plan to ensure you get the quickest, safest, and most effective, efficient and beneficial results, using the latest technology!
We have a Studio in Somerset West, and a mobile unit which can provide training at any venue or facility.
We will offer excellent rates for individual, Club or Group – each session is with a personal trainer who will work with the cyclist to measure, monitor and motivate their progress. EMS FutureFit do not have joining fees like most fitness facilities, and we do not believe in long term contracts – we are confident that you will enjoy great individual service AND get results that will make you want to return!
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