EMS FAQs2018-06-27T14:03:34+00:00

WHAT IS EMS FITNESS?

EMS is short for Electro Muscle Stimulation. Effectively it acts as an amplifier. With every movement you make in normal life, a motor nerve is stimulated by impulses from the brain, thereby giving your muscles the “command” to tense – which is a muscle contraction. The result: the muscles contract, and you can walk, shake someone’s hand or lift a weight. EMS replicates this impulse to make your muscles contract via a safe, low- frequency pulse of electrical current.

Fast Track EMS devices stimulate all your major muscle groups simultaneously, enabling significant results in a short, 20 minute period. Your personal trainer can also activate eight muscle groups individually (such as the lower back, stomach, biceps and glutes) according to your goals and needs.

Fast Track EMS training is a full body workout. Over 90% of muscles are activated simultaneously and the muscle contractions are more intense than normal exercise. Compared to conventional weight training EMS training activates more and deeper muscle groups; which leads to fast results, improved strength, toning, fitness and core stability, a more balanced workout and all without the risk of injury you get with lifting weights.

HOW DOES EMS FEEL?

The feeling you experience when using Fast Track EMS machines is best described as a very gentle tingle. This sensation can be adjusted at any time by your personal Fast Track trainer depending on your goals. It is a workout and you are likely to be tired at the end of a session and also experience muscle aches for a couple of days (especially after your early sessions) – but this is because your muscles will be working hard.

The EMS machines are completely safe. Miha Bodytec manufacture the machines, they are a German company and the market leaders – all of their EMS machines have gone through the most rigorous of safety checks and meet all German and EU guidelines for medical devices. The technology has been used for decades in hospitals as a safe, effective rehabilitation method and most major Olympic athletes now use EMS for their training.

As with many training programmes, EMS is not recommended for anyone who is:
– pregnant
– has a pacemaker or other electrical implant
– has an acute illness, such as fever, viral infection or acute inflammatory disease

This list is not exhaustive and you should discuss any concerns with your personal trainer before any training commences.

WHO IS EMS FOR?

Each Fast Track session is tailored to your needs. Whether you require a very low impact workout – ideal for the elderly or injured – or a Usain Bolt style training programme (see the video here…). Fast Track EMS will ensure we work to your level, needs and goals. EMS is effective for all the following groups:

Sportsmen & Women looking to be fitter, stronger, faster….
Whether you are training for a triathlon, wanting to improve your speed round the court, looking to hit the ball further or be faster up the hills. By focusing on the muscle groups that are important for your sport, Fast Track EMS can make a huge difference to your results.

You’re short of time but want to keep fit & strong….
Your busy schedule doesn’t allow you time to keep fit. You may be on the daily commuting run, or a Mum with endless tasks! EMS takes 20 minutes each week and can achieve superb results in improved fitness, weight loss, muscle strengthening and general feel good factor *.

You are recovering from injury and want to strengthen your muscles and regain your fitness with zero impact….
You want to start strengthening again after an injury, or want to keep fit while you are injured. EMS is a fantastic option. Because it is low impact & puts minimal strain on your muscles you can still focus on strengthening injured areas and muscles around your injury. In addition EMS workouts require only very gentle exercises so you can still work out with an injury. EMS has been shown to be particularly effective when used to help with back problems *.

Gyms aren’t your scene, you can’t lift weights or use cardio machines but want to stay in shape….
Fast Track EMS Studios are small and stylish and take a maximum of 2 clients at a time. They do not feel like gyms and you have the personal attention of our Studio Manager who is there to ensure your experience is a pleasant one and your session is tailored to your fitness needs. EMS is low impact and puts minimal strain on your muscles so is effective if you can no longer lift weights (some EMS clients are over 80), have limited mobility or are recovering from injury – through to exhausting the most elite athletes!

You have back or pelvic floor problems you want to overcome….
EMS has been proven to be particularly effective for helping to prevent and recover from back and pelvic floor issues *. EMS targets all the major muscle groups in the back as well as the hard to reach muscles that assist with pelvic control. Improvements can be achieved in as little as 5 weeks.

WHAT DO I NEED TO WEAR TO AN EMS SESSION?

You don’t need to bring anything. We provide a special Fast Track training outfit, designed for use during EMS training. These outfits are available to purchase if you would like to. We also provide towels for a shower. 

You can either train in bare feet or trainers. Please bring your own trainers if that is your preference.

EMS is most effective if you don’t wear underwear under the outfit we provide. If you would rather wear underwear then please ensure it is cotton, bras must not be underwired and bring a change with you as it will get wet as part of the training.

HOW SOON WILL I SEE RESULTS?

You should feel the results immediately as you will be working your muscles in a deeper and more intense way than you have experienced before. After 4 to 5 sessions most clients start to notice differences in their strength and posture and after 6 to 8 sessions the results should start to become visible – that is less than 3 hours of training in total!! *

HOW DOES FAST TRACK EMS DIFFER?

Fast Track EMS training is full body training, whereas small mobile machines that are often advertised on TV will only target one specific muscle group (usually your stomach). At Fast Track you will always train under the guidance of a personal trainer who can activate each muscle according to your goals and needs, rather than guessing at these at home.

From a technical perspective, Fast Track EMS training is based on a bipolar impulse mode, which allows for the whole muscle to contract, while other EMS training devices often operate using a unipolar impulse mode. This form of whole body training, combined with Fast Track’s selected exercises and the guidance of a personal trainer, leads to the most effective results.

DO YOUR TRAINERS NEED A QUALIFICATION?
All of Fast Track’s EMS trainers are experienced and qualified personal trainers, health professionals or sport scientists and have received Miha-Bodytec training from their in-house training programme. In addition they have undergone extensive, specialist EMS training, which gives them an official EMS training qualification.

Fast Track EMS also have on going, in-house training as we continuously strive to improve our EMS programme and the results our clients achieve.

WHAT MACHINES DO YOU USE?

Fast Track EMS is proud to use Miha Bodytec EMS machines (www.miha-bodytec.com/en). Miha Bodytec was founded in 2007 and are the current market leaders in EMS machinery. They are a German company and have won numerous awards in the fitness industry.

All of Miha Bodytec’s machines have gone through the most rigorous of safety checks and meet all German & EU guidelines for medical devices.

CAN I CONTINUE MY NORMAL FITNESS ROUTINE?

Absolutely. EMS is a wonderful, complimentary training method for all sports and should only improve your performance. However, EMS is a high intensity workout (HIT) so you shouldn’t do any other exercise the same day and don’t do another HIT workout for at least 24 hours after your EMS session.

Please speak to your Fast Track EMS trainer for more advice on how to best combine EMS with other sports.

SHOULD I AVOID EMS IF I HAVE HEALTH ISSUES?

As with many training programmes, EMS is not recommended for anyone who:

– is pregnant
– has a pacemaker or other electrical implant
– has an acute illness, such as fever, viral infection or acute inflammatory disease
– suffers from epilepsy. 

This list is not exhaustive and you should discuss any concerns with your personal trainer before any training commences.

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