Physical activities such as sports, exercise and fitness programs like bodybuilding and high intensity interval training are proven ways to achieve strength and toned muscles. EMS training, in particular, is one of the smartest forms of workout, which requires the use of an EMS machine to activate muscle contraction using the electrical impulses emitted from the electrodes of the EMS suit. It mimics the natural electric signals stimulated in a conventional exercise for the brain to trigger muscle contraction.
The use of electrical magnetic stimulation isn’t just limited to exercise, pain management and muscle rehabilitation. There’s an emerging ‘quick-fix procedure’ using electrical magnetic pulses to eliminate fats and tone the body but without the exercise. It’s called EMSculpt.
EMS training is already an efficient approach to exercise using a technology that maximises performance results in 20 to 30 minutes, compared to an hour and a half of full body workout in a gym. But with EMSculpt, the person goes to a clinic and a doctor will perform the procedure.
If you’re curious whether this procedure is better than EMS training, here are a few important things that you should know about EMSculpt:
EMSculpt is a non-invasive procedure for body contouring
EMSculpt was first introduced in 2018 as a non-invasive cosmetic procedure. Instead of going to the gym to exercise with the help of an EMS device, the person will lie down on a clinic bed where the EMSculpt machine, similar to an EMS training machine, will be hooked up to him or her. This procedure is FDA-cleared.
EMSculpt is described as a high intensity device using electromagnetic energy
According to one doctor who performs EMSculpt, the technology stimulates 20,000 supramaximal muscle contractions that are not achievable through voluntary contractions, compared to doing 20,000 full contraction crunches or squats in 1 session. Because of the very high supramaximal contractions, the muscle responds to the extreme condition resulting in burning the fats and building the muscles. The procedure itself has also been described as ‘like an intensive workout’ but patients are relaxed while undergoing the procedure. One patient described the experience as uncomfortable but tolerable.
Four 30-minute sessions over a two-week period is recommended by clinics
The EMSculpt procedure promises quick results roughly within two weeks. Patients will notice the changes right after the treatment, and two to four weeks after the last session. Doctors who perform EMSculpt also made it clear that the procedure is not a treatment for weight loss. A company-sponsored research about EMSculpt revealed that there was an average 19% reduction in subcutaneous abdominal fat one month after the treatment in 33 patients.
There’s no post-care plan after going through an EMSculpt procedure
As mentioned earlier, EMSculpt is a non-invasive or nonsurgical procedure. It doesn’t require any preparation before the treatment or even postoperative care. Patients won’t feel any sore because EMSculpt contractions help clear lactic acid buildup that causes muscle soreness. Patients can go back to their normal activities immediately without feeling any muscle pain or soreness.
EMSculpt full treatment ranges between $3,000 to $4,000
Keep in mind that this amount also depends on the clinic or physician. Furthermore, EMSculpt is not covered by insurance because it is a cosmetic-oriented procedure. According to EMSculpt physicians, this treatment isn’t for everyone. While EMSculpt is becoming popular to both men and women, one doctor explained that the procedure is ideal for thin and relatively fit patients who want extra definition in their abdomen and buttocks.
In conclusion, the science behind EMS training and EMSculpt are the same. They are marketed differently for people who want to look good physically by using EMS technology in different forms, and achieve the results they want in the quickest way possible.
Volt Fitness is a luxury EMS studio in Melbourne that offers short, intensive training sessions with maximum efficiency and sustainable results in a feel-good atmosphere. 20 minutes at Volt Fitness are as good as 90 minutes of sweating it out at a traditional gym.