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Is EMS training effective for weight loss?

Updated: May 27

Is EMS training effective for weight loss - VOLT Fitness

One of the most frequently asked questions we often encounter is whether EMS training is effective for weight loss. EMS training has numerous benefits for the body especially when it comes to the muscles. If you’re focusing on weight loss, the closest we can relate to the subject is metabolism. You can read more about how EMS training can improve your metabolism in one of our previous entries. The proper way to lose weight with EMS training

There’s more at play when you want to achieve weight loss through any type of exercise. EMS training may have a positive impact on weight loss when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise. One study published in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine found that participants who underwent 8 weeks of EMS training along with a calorie-restricted diet experienced a significant decrease in body weight and body fat percentage.

As a full-body workout, EMS training’s main focus is to increase physical strength and stimulate muscle growth. It involves the use of electrical impulses to stimulate muscle contractions, typically through the use of a specialised EMS device. A 20-minute EMS workout is already equivalent to a 90-minute workout in the gym. The percentage of muscles used during EMS training can vary depending on the specific exercises being performed and the individual's fitness level.

EMS training can engage up to 90% of the body’s muscles, which is significantly higher than what can be achieved with traditional strength training exercises. This is because EMS can target deep muscles that may be difficult to activate with conventional exercises. That’s why It’s important to work out with a professional and certified EMS trainer.

Calorie Deficit Have you heard about calorie deficit? In order to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume in a day. Exercise and discipline in what and how much you eat are the two ways that your body can achieve a calorie deficit. A combination of both is a healthy and successful way to achieve your desired weight and toned body. For many busy professionals, EMS training is a more convenient workout to choose from along with a healthy diet. EMS training can help with a calorie deficit by increasing muscle activation and burning more calories during exercise. In your first 3 to 5 weeks of training, one session is enough to help the body adapt to this type of training program. It’s recommended to keep at least 3 to 4 days between sessions for your body to regenerate.

Is EMS training safe? Next to weight loss-related questions is whether EMS training is safe or dangerous considering it uses a device that emits electricity. EMS training utilises low-level electrical impulses designed to mimic the electrical signals that are naturally produced by the body’s nervous system to activate muscle contractions. In addition, it has no known serious side effects unless you have an existing health problem. You can read more about the side effects of EMS training to people who should avoid it in our blog.

Further, you must also avoid overtraining. EMS has long-term effects on the body even though participants are advised to do the program once a week. Overtraining occurs when you push your body beyond its capacity to recover, leading to a state of physical and psychological exhaustion that can have negative effects on your health and performance. Instead of feeling strong, you will regularly feel tired. It can lead to:

  • muscle soreness

  • decline in sleep quality

  • Injuries

  • poor results and performance

Overall, EMS training is safe and can be incorporated into your health and fitness lifestyle. Volt Studio offers a range of pricing packages that are right for your budget and schedule. Our certified EMS coaches and personal trainers are here to assess what you need before you get started.

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 4 hours of sweating it out at a traditional gym.

Ready to start working on your fitness goals? Take a look at our training options or chat with us on (03) 8393 5131.

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