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Manduu’s Nationwide Expansion to Bring Fitness Concept to Austin, Houston and Memphis

Residents of Houston and Austin, Texas, and Memphis, Tenn., can soon experience the cutting-edge fitness technology of electrical muscle stimulation, achieving the results of hours of strength training in just minutes, as Manduu expands to the three cities in summer 2019.

Manduu uses whole-body electrical muscle stimulation, or EMS, to activate muscle fibers during short workout sessions tailored to each client’s abilities and priorities. In each FDA-cleared, ultra-low impact session, the client performs a series of stretching and flexing exercises while low-voltage electrical impulses reach deep inside the muscle, providing efficient, effective strength training while greatly reducing the risk of injury.

Manduu’s forthcoming Memphis store at 575 Perkin Road will be its first in the Bluff City and fifth in Tennessee, joining four studios in the Nashville area. The two Texas studios mark the brand’s entry into the Lone Star State, with the Houston store scheduled to open at 3733 Westheimer Road, and the Austin store’s location to be confirmed, but likely in the Lakeway area.

“Our clients’ response to Manduu’s innovative workouts and their amazing results has been incredible, and the driving force behind this expansion,” said Jason Ritzen, CEO of Manduu America. “People love that Manduu conquers the obstacles to traditional workouts. Manduu eliminates barriers like intimidation, fear of injury and lack of workout time by offering a spotless environment, where electricity provides the resistance instead of heavy weights, so there’s a much lower risk of injury. Each session is only 15-minutes and is led by a highly qualified personal trainer. This is the future of fitness, and it’s here now.”

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About Manduu
Manduu is a groundbreaking exercise concept that uses electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) technology to deliver an incredibly effective, highly efficient workout in 15 minutes that yields the results of a six-hour workout in a traditional gym. The first FDA-cleared whole-body EMS system in the U.S., Manduu’s ultra-low impact workout is gentle on joints, muscles and tendons, and each session is personally tailored for clients of all ages and fitness levels. To learn more and schedule your free first session, visit

Calories In, Calories Out: Abs Are Made in the Kitchen

Is this you?  You’ve been Manduuing for a while and you’re not losing weight like you hoped.  What’s going on?
The only way to lose weight is to consume fewer calories than you burn. One pound of fat contains 3,500 calories. If you create a 500 calorie per day deficit, you’ll lose a pound a week.  You can do this by eating less, exercising more, or a combination of the two.
Consider that one or more of these three things might be going on:
1)   You aren’t getting enough cardio. We recommend at least 150 minutes of cardio a week, which can be as little as a 22 minute walk every day.
2)   You’re consuming too many calories. Don’t think so? Most of us underestimate our calorie consumption by one-third. You know the saying that abs are made in the kitchen?  That’s because there isn’t enough time in the day to out-exercise bad eating. The large size fries from McDonald’s that you can snarf down in five minutes contains 500 calories.  That will take a 140 lb. person 45 minutes to run off, or more than two hours to walk off. To create a 500 per-day calorie deficit, consider trimming around the edges of calorie consumption:
  • Quit drinking calories.  That means ditching the lattes, fruit juice, soft drinks, smoothies, and yes, the wine.  Studies show that even diet drinks are correlated with weight gain. See if you can drink water most of the time and save the other beverages for an occasional treat.
  • Speaking of wine, separate your alcohol intake and your food by at least two hours.  That’s because your liver will move alcohol to the front of the line for processing, leaving everything else to be stored as fat.  By spreading out alcohol and food you give your liver time to give each the attention they need.
  • Practice portion control, especially when eating out.  Most restaurant portions are YUUGE!  Ask for a to-go box as soon as your entrée arrives and put half of it aside for another meal. Or better yet, go with a friend, order a salad each, and split the entrée.
  • And when it comes to eating out, do it less and cook at home more.  Studies show that people who eat at home consume about 200 fewer calories per day than people who eat out. And when you consider the cost savings, you’ll probably pay for your Manduu sessions!
3)   You aren’t eating enough protein.  A 45-yr. old weighing 150 lbs. should be eating at least 98 grams of protein per day, and perhaps as many as 150.  And as you age, your protein needs increase. Try upping your protein consumption to maximize muscle growth.  As you build muscle your base metabolic rate will go up and you’ll burn more calories all the time, even while sleeping. You’ll probably need to add a protein supplement to get in enough, and ours is the best on the market. Some other ways to add protein to your diet:
  • Swap that bagel or cereal at breakfast for eggs, Greek yogurt, or oatmeal with chopped nuts and berries.
  • Skip the potato chips or pretzels at snack time and opt for apple slices with peanut butter, hummus with veggie sticks, or a handful of nuts.
  • Swirl some cottage cheese into chili, spaghetti sauce, or soup.
Remember that eating well is a lifestyle choice.  It isn’t going on a diet with a ton of restricted foods and an end date. It’s choosing lean protein, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables 90% of the time and saving French fries, cheesecake and venti Frappuccinos for the occasional treat. Regardless of what you eat, the only way to lose weight is to consume less than what you burn.

Getting the Most out of Manduu

Manduu is an investment in your health and just as with the other assets in your portfolio, you are happiest when you see a return on that investment.  There are a few things you can do to maximize each of your workout sessions.

Come Hydrated

Water conducts electricity, and that’s true both inside and outside your body.  Your trainer is responsible for wetting down your EMS suit, but you are responsible for wetting down your insides.  The ECW/TBW measurement on your InBody scan reflects how hydrated you are.  Aim for a number between .375 and .385 and come well hydrated to each Manduu session, preferably having had at least 8 oz. of water about half an hour before your workout.


Eat More Protein.  A Lot More Protein.

Did you notice a nice spike in muscle mass after your first couple of Manduu sessions, and then a decline going forward?  It’s all about protein.

Protein is the main building block of the body, essential for muscles and organs, among other things. When we’re young most of the protein we eat is available for our muscles.  But as we age – and that means beginning at about the Big Four Zero – our organs require more and more protein. The body will direct protein first to organs, with muscles getting the leftovers.  In fact, by age 50 as much as 80 percent of the protein we eat is going to support organ function.  That nice spike you saw in muscle mass after your first couple of workouts was your body using the protein that was left over after your organs had had their fill. But going forward, you might not have been consuming enough protein to sustain muscle growth.

You can compensate simply by eating more protein. The protein intake that was adequate at age 30 is no longer enough for the 50 year old, especially the 50 yr. old who is looking to build muscle. The diet that would have been considered a high protein diet for the 30 yr. old is a normal protein diet for the older adult.  How much protein is enough?  Aim for between .65 to .70 grams of protein for each pound of body weight.  That’s 85-90 grams per day for a 130 lb. woman, or 120-130 grams per day for a 185 lb. man.  After age 65 that number goes even higher.  You probably need to consider a protein powder supplement to reach that goal, and we offer the best on the market.

The other great thing about protein? Studies show that it both boosts metabolism and reduces appetite, so it’s doubly important to get enough protein if you’re trying to lose weight.

Here at Manduu we’re all about building muscle, so you’re going to hear us talk a lot about protein, especially encouraging you to eat 20-30 grams within half an hour of a workout. It might make all the difference in your results.


Turn Up the Dial

You’ll get the best results with Manduu if your workout is hard. Here’s the tricky part: only you can tell how hard you’re working. Your trainer relies on cues you give, like the look of intensity on your face, to try to determine if you can take more resistance and if it’s time to turn up the dial.  Your trainer will also look for “lock out,” or the sensation of being unable to work your muscle against the electrical pulse. But ultimately, only you can tell how hard you’re working.  If you aren’t sore after your workouts, or if you aren’t seeing the results you want, ask your trainers to push you a little.

If you are working to the point of lock out and still aren’t getting a workout that’s as challenging as it could be, ask your trainer about changing your pulse interval.  New clients being working out with a pulse cycle of four seconds on, four seconds off.  If you’ve been Manduuing for a while, consider going to five or even six seconds on and four seconds off.  You’ll be adding more workout time in the same 15-minute session.  Ultimately, you will be able to go to as many as ten seconds on and four seconds off.

The most important thing you can do to optimize your workouts is to talk with your trainer. If you aren’t getting the results you expect, please raise the issue so we can help you fine tune what you’re doing to maximize your results.





How To Reschedule or Cancel an Appointment






Having trouble cancelling or rescheduling an appointment? We can help walk you through it!

First up, log in to your Manduu app. You should see a page like this:

From here, press the grey button with the bicep icon labelled “MY TRAINING.” It should bring you to your Schedule Overview.













On your Schedule Overview page, you can see your next appointments, how to book a new appointment, and the last appointments you attended.

For right now, let’s look at the “MY NEXT APPOINTMENTS” section. Tap on the appointment you want to cancel or reschedule.














It will expand to show these options:

If you wish to reschedule, tap the white button “RESCHEDULE.”

If you wish to cancel, tap the green “CANCEL” button.














If you choose to cancel, it will ask for confirmation.

















After confirming, the app will verify the cancelation.











Remember, appointments need to be cancelled or rescheduled within 24 hours of the scheduled start time of the original appointment.

And, as always, don’t forget to arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time to get changed and run InBody™  before your session.

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