It’s called EMS Training, and it’s not your average fitness craze. EMS, which stands for Electric Muscle Stimulation, requires a special suit, electricity and just 20 minutes. But it’s more complicated than it sounds.
EMS has already taken off across Europe and in Israel, and the technology is now creating buzz in the US. Stars like Madonna, Elizabeth Hurley and Heidi Klum have reportedly trained with EMS, which sends electric impulses to your muscles while you workout. That’s the purpose of the suit—it has lots of small electrodes, which are placed over your muscle groups so that your movements are intensified, and the result of your workout is improved.
This means that the brief training you do with an EMS device is the same as spending four intense hours at the gym.
Too good to be true?
We asked two celeb trainers from Revenge Body With Khloé Kardashian to weigh in on this fitness method, and whether or not they’d recommend it to their A-list clients.
“I see it as another tool in the toolbox,” he said. Gunnar did have some warnings for those considering EMS; however: “Overuse is one risk. The other risk would be thinking that EMS takes the place of training as opposed to being supplemental to a solid training program.”
“EMS will not help you burn calories or lose weight in any way, shape, size or form,” he said. “It will not help you become strong or more fit. Nor will it sculpt your muscles, nor will it do anything to alter your aesthetics.”
So how about those stars and athletes who have reportedly been using the device?
“If someone is going to use it, it’s not to change their body,” he explained. “It’s used during physical therapy to bring blood flow to a certain area and or to bring some mobility to muscles that might be immobile, but not to change how the body looks and feels.”
Average prices run for $55 per session, dependent on establishment and commitment period of contract.