Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), also known as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) or electromyostimulation, is the elicitation of . The impulses are generated by a device (a high technology machine called Loncego) and delivered through electrodes on the skin in direct proximity to the muscles to be stimulated. The impulses mimic the action potential coming from the central nervous system, causing the muscles to contract.
Electromyostimulation (EMS) with Loncego can be used as a training, therapeutic, and aesthetic tool.
As a training tool, sport NMES with Loncego does promoteneural and muscular adaptations that are complementary to the well-known effects of voluntary resistance training. EMS training is a serious training method and, depending on the intensity, can cause high stress and strains for the body with normally obviously and fast increase our muscle mass. The activities of a single training unit are aimed to gradually increasing the efficiency of body functions.
Loncego system has 6 different modes depending on the purpose of training. The first mode is the softest and serves to stimulate the muscles of sedentary people who are not used to make any kind of physical activity. Then it has a metabolic mode that seeks to improve the overall functioning of our body in an aerobic way, with continuous impulses; two different muscular modes depending on the desired intensity that alternate electric pulses periods focused on specific muscles with rest periods (6 second pulses with 4 seconds rest, for example); and a relaxation and massage mode designed to perform stretching exercises at the end of each session.
The intensity and the mode of the training should be continuously increased or adjusted by the personal trainer according to the needs and objectives of each person. During or after a training unit you might experience locally limited muscle soreness or fatigue. Such minor discomfort should decrease within 48 hours after the first occurrence.
A session lasts between 20 and 30 minutes. For the session we offer some tights and a black cotton shirt wetted to crank up the vest with all the wires and electrodes that are connected to the machine. It is not painful but the vibrations can even be enjoyable.
A 30-minute session with electrostimulation training amounted to an hour and half session of usual training.
Electromyostimulation training is recommended by 2 to 3 times a week and always complemented with regular physical activity.
Under the following health disorders, training requires explicit approval from a medical doctor together with a detailed training plan by an expert personal trainer:
The use of EMS has been cited by renowned sports scientists as a complementary technique for sports training in several published research.
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