What You Need to Know About Electrical Muscle Stimulation Training
Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) strength training operates on the principle that electricity powers the human body. But instead of waiting for your brain to send an electrical signal to a muscle telling it to contract, Manduu uses a specially-designed suit fitted with carbon fiber electrodes to generate a low-level electrical impulse for you. The impulse creates resistance, and muscle is built by working against the resistance.
This same principle has been used in the medical field for decades, and you may have experienced a form of it if you have had e-stim as part of a physical therapy treatment.
The EMS machine runs off of a battery. Nothing is plugged in to a wall and there is not enough electricity in the machine to hurt you.
What to Expect During Your EMS Workout
Each Manduu session begins by changing in to our workout clothes, a specially-designed shorts and t-shirt set designed to fit under the electrical suit and to conduct electricity. After running your InBody™ scan, your trainer will wet down the electrodes on the suit and help you get strapped in.
Your trainer will ask you about any areas of concern and connect you to the EMS machine. He or she will then lead you and at most one other person through a series of stretching and flexing movements uniquely designed to help you meet your fitness goals. A Manduu workout is ultra-low impact; there is no jumping or bouncing and nothing will place strain on joints, tendons or ligaments.
The machine will generate a mild electrical pulse that will feel like a buzzing in the nine major muscle groups covered by the electrodes, but it is not painful. Working against the pulse should feel hard, like you are moving through molasses or mud. During your workout your trainer will continually assess how hard you are working and ask for feedback to determine if you can take more resistance. Each workout is infinitely customizable to your own personal fitness goals.
You’ll take a water break half way through and finish your 15 minute workout. Your trainer will help you get out of the EMS suit and you’ll change back into street clothes. The entire process takes about 30 – 35 minutes.
Tracking Your Progress With The InBody™
At each Manduu session you are encouraged to complete a scan on our InBody™ 770, one of the most sophisticated body composition measurement tools available today. This is the same technology used by Navy Seals and NASA. Very few physician offices, let alone gyms, use this technology, and it is available to you at every session.
The InBody™ 770 measures a number of key biometrics, including:
- Total Body Weight
- Skeletal Muscle Mass
- Body Fat Mass
- Body Fat Percentage
- Visceral Fat
- Total Body Water
- Basal Metabolic Rate
- Other Biometrics
Your trainer will use your InBody™ results to discuss your progress with you and help you reach your fitness goals.
You can track your results on your smartphone through the InBody™ app for Android or iOS.
Get your own InBody™ scan by scheduling your first session at Manduu – for free! Find a Manduu location near you.
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