Electrical Muscle Stimulation, or EMS, is the stimulation of muscle contraction using electric impulses. By activating muscle contraction via electrical stimuli, EMS trains your muscles in a way that traditional physical workouts cannot. In EMS training, electrical pulses activate the muscles externally. For the targeted muscle, it makes no difference whether the electric stimuli originates from the brain or electrodes. In both cases the muscle contracts. EMS sessions help reach deeper muscle tissue and do not affect the joints. That results in many lasting benefits, according to several studies.
It's the 21st century training: It's EMS training.
Since targeted EMS training helps all muscles work simultaneously, you only need 20 minute training sessions once or twice a week depending on your fitness level and goals. Each 20 minute EMS session not only equals roughly 90 minutes of traditional weight training, but comes with an added cardiovascular benefit as well. Over weeks and months, that amounts to lots of time spent away from the gym.
Clients slip into our Xbody suit, which is mounted with electrodes that are aligned with each important muscle group. The Xbody suit and electrodes are calibrated so that all electrical impulses reach their targeted muscles. It's and easy, effective technique to build muscle tone, strength and endurance.
Our clients benefit from back pain relief as well. That’s because our Xbody suit is lined with electrodes along the spinal column, which stimulates those rarely trained back muscles. The strengthening of these muscles via electrical stimuli often leads less strain on the back, better posture, and relief from back pain.
Since the high intensity of EMS training optimizes strengthening workouts, it alters how the body burns calories. This results in an effective tool for weight loss, reduction of inches, cellulite, and fat removal.
When electrical impulses target the muscles directly they increase joint stabilization. Because there is little or no pressure on the joints, they are not overworked, as is often the case with traditional weight workouts. This provides long-term care for your joints.
FITtec.® promotes a balanced muscular system. The Xbody suit’s built-in electrodes can be adjusted to stimulate and develop all the muscle groups or just selected ones. This allows you to target “weaker links” for strengthening if desired, thus minimizing and potentially eradicating muscle imbalances.
FITtec®’s EMS training is a full-body workout that activates up to 90% of muscles simultaneously. With our technology, and the guidance of our certified trainers, muscle contractions are more intense and of higher quality than traditional body exertion alone. As opposed to conventional weight training, EMS training activates deeper muscle groups, which leads to better balance among the body’s muscles and increased core stability. The FITtec.®EMS device stimulates multiple muscle groups simultaneously, allowing for repeated activation throughout the body. Clients always do their EMS training under the guidance of a personal trainer who can activate eight muscle groups individually—the lower back, stomach, biceps and glutes, for example—depending on your goals and needs.
FITtec.® studios specialize in EMS training. We don’t offer other forms of training. We provide full-time personal training services, a major factor in enabling you to reach your training goals in less time. After consulting clients, our trainers use the most intense and effective EMS program that is suitable for each individual. A personal trainer guides every step of your training, ensuring you get the full benefit of every workout. Our EMS training expertise also allows us to work with a simple price and membership system, without any hidden or additional costs for extra services.
Your body needs to recover from workouts to achieve effective muscular adaptation and physical functioning. In other words, more training does not translate to better results. Research shows that recovery and adaptation periods after whole-body FITtec.® EMS training sessions are significantly longer than for weight and resistance training. FITtec.® EMS training is so intense and effective that you only need one or two sessions per week depending on your fitness goals.
You’ll feel a difference after your first EMS training session. As your body releases endorphins, and as most major muscle groups in your body are activated, you will experience increased physical awareness, resulting in improved posture. After a day or two, you’ll feel some muscle stiffness. This is normal and indicative of your body’s recovery process. You will feel stronger within about four weeks. And different muscles will improve to coordinate movements more effectively. After roughly six to eight sessions (or 6 to 8 weeks), you will see and feel a difference from the EMS training in the form of gradually increased muscle formation and a possible reduction in body fat (depending on your diet). As with conventional training, EMS training should be done regularly to ensure optimal results.
Extensive research spanning three decades proves the effectiveness and scientific validation of EMS training. Areas of improvement include:
No. Any type of physical training requires you to leave your comfort zone, but never to hurt you!
Yes. EMS training imitates the natural principle of muscle contraction, in which the brain, the central nervous system, and muscle tissue interact. FITtec.® uses a low frequency stimulus to activate intense muscle contractions. Additionally, your personal trainer ensures your training levels are an optimum fit. EMS training is known to be particularly gentle on joints, as opposed to other training techniques.
However, certain medical conditions are known to be contraindications, and EMS training with FITtec.® is not recommended for the following conditions: (1) pregnancy; (2) pacemaker or other electrical implants; (3) acute illness, such as fever, viral infections or acute inflammatory processes. Medical consent might be necessary for some physical conditions. These should be discussed with your personal trainer before any training commences. Please see further details outlined in our answer to: Can anyone do EMS training?
EMS training with FITtec.® is scientifically proven as effective for people of different age groups and fitness levels. This means a high performance athlete can train next to someone who has been physically inactive for many years. However, certain medical conditions are known to be contraindications and EMS training with FITtec.® is not recommended in certain cases (see Is EMS Training Safe?).
For some medical conditions, a doctor’s consent might be needed. And suitability for training needs to be assessed on an individual case-to-case basis. Medical conditions* requiring assessment include the following:
All FITtec.® trainers are experienced and qualified personal trainers, health professionals or sport scientists who have received FITtec.® training in Germany. FITtec.® also has an in-house Training Academy, where all trainers receive further annual (basic and advanced) EMS-specific training based on scientific sports knowledge. The wide range of experience in our national trainer team is not limited to EMS training. Our personal trainers have professional background knowledge about fitness training and can advise you on training and nutrition-related questions.
No. FITtec.® EMS training has been extensively researched for decades. See the links above for an extensive review of the research findings.
EMS training has been employed in sports medicine and rehabilitation for decades. EMS training has widened its scope of application in the last 10 years to include general fitness and sports performance. A wealth of research exists on EMS training among its areas of application—research that has proven EMS’ scientific effectiveness.
Some of the most significant research findings have shown positive training effects on muscle mass (Kemmler & Von Stengel, 2013).
Research from the German Sport University Cologne (Filipovic et al., 2012; Speicher et al., 2008) found significant improvements in speed and maximum strength after a period of EMS training.
Research into rehabilitation at the University of Bayreuth (Boeck-Behrens et al., 2002) has shown significant levels of pain relief in participants suffering from back pain.
EMS training has also proved an effective training method for the elderly (Kemmler & Von Stengel, 2012) and for cardiologic patients, as research from Bad Oeynhausen has shown (Fritzsche et al., 2010).
FITtec.®’s training sessions with EMS are intensive. It is important, therefore, to have a sustainable meal (typically carbohydrate- and protein-based) two to three hours before training. We also recommend drinking at least 500ml of water one hour before training to ensure proper hydration. Avoid heavy, starch-based meals and sugary or carbonated drinks before your EMS training session.
Come as you are! We provide specially designed FITtec.® shirts and tights for initial EMS training trial sessions. After signing up you can purchase your own set or make use of our laundry service that gives you access to a set of garments and a towel at each session. You can train barefoot or wear trainers.
Yes. Training sessions can accommodate two people. It can prove more fun and motivating if you train with someone you know, so we actively encourage it.
There are many nutrition programs out there for varying circumstances and goals. We offer general nutrition guidelines free of charge, and we partner with qualified nutritionists who can determine the best nutrition program for you. That way you get the best results in the shortest possible time.
EMS training from FITtec.® is full body training technique that targets several muscle groups. A personal trainer guides your training—someone who can activate each muscle depending on your goals. Another difference is that the FITtec.® EMS device can stimulate the agonist and antagonist muscles simultaneously. This helps activate multiple muscle groups at the same time. Deeper muscle tissue, often underused due to the dominance of the bigger muscles, is also activated to a higher degree compared to conventional tele-EMS or weight training.
FITtec.® EMS training is based on a bipolar impulse mode, which allows for the whole muscle to contract. Other EMS training devices, on the other hand, often operate using a unipolar impulse mode. This form of whole body training, combined with our selected exercises and personal trainers, results in effective and quick training results.