You can be eager to see results once you start a dedicated workout regimen. However, even if you use a fitness-intensive workout, such as an EMS fitness program, reaching your fitness goals will still take some time.
EMS stands for electro (or electric) muscle stimulation. For these workouts, individuals wear a suit that features electrodes along the body’s major muscle groups. During the workout, the suit will deliver small electrical currents to targeted muscles, causing them to contract. These contractions are similar to the body’s natural muscle contractions and can significantly boost the intensity of any workout.
Many proponents of EMS workouts have found that you can get the results of a ninety-minute workout in as little as 15 or 20 minutes. This goal is desirable for many busy professionals and students who cannot fit a ninety-minute workout into their schedule.
EMS workouts can also have many other physiological benefits, such as increased blood flow and enhanced circulatory system performance, reduced inflammation, faster healing after an injury, and increased balance. But the reality is that some of these benefits are hard to measure.
If you want to see the hard and fast results of EMS workouts, there are multiple ways to measure the results of EMS – or any fitness program. The specific methods used will depend on the goals of the program and the individual needs and preferences of the person participating in the program. Some common ways we measure the results of a fitness program include:
- Body composition: Body composition can be measured using a Fit3D body scan, which measures many data points about one’s physiology, such as circumference measurements, posture analytics, weight, balance, muscle mass, and body fat. This test is a great way to track your progress and help you hit your unique fitness goals. The Fit3D body scan has individual customer profiles, performance reporting, and customer dashboards to ensure that every user – no matter their experience level – can easily understand the data and how to make positive changes that help them achieve their fitness goals. Users should see changes to their overall body composition when regularly participating in EMS workouts.
- Cardiorespiratory fitness: Cardiorespiratory endurance can increase when you are working out regularly. Tests designed to measure cardiorespiratory endurance can show how efficiently this system works, indicating how physically fit and healthy an individual may be. One easy way to assess this is by taking the step test, in which the individual steps to the beat of a metronome. After doing this for three minutes, the individual will sit still for one minute, then take their post-test heart rate. This rate can be compared to a test chart to show how well the cardiorespiratory system is performing.
- Muscular strength and endurance: Strength testing measures the maximum force a muscle group can exert simultaneously. In contrast, endurance testing measures the length of time a muscle group can contract and release before it tires. These tests often include exercises such as push-ups or core strength workouts. EMS workouts are designed to increase strength. Comparing baseline strength test results with follow-up testing can show you how well EMS is working to increase strength.
- Flexibility: Flexibility is often measured using tests like the sit-and-reach test or the back-saver sit-and-reach test. These tests focus on the flexibility of the hamstrings and lower back, which have long been used to represent a person’s overall flexibility.
- Functional ability: A functional abilities evaluation is a comprehensive test of your physical and functional abilities using objective and measurable tests, such as the timed up-and-go or six-minute walk tests. These tests establish a baseline for the level of physical work or activity you can perform. They can be used to track the overall impact of EMS workouts on your ability to perform daily activities.
It is important to note that the results of a fitness program can be affected by many factors, including genetics, nutrition, sleep, stress, and adherence to the program. Tracking progress over time and adjusting to the program as needed are key steps in maximizing fitness results. To learn more about the benefits of EMS fitness, contact WB20 today!
WB20 provides a whole body EMS workout in 20 minutes with the next evolution in fitness. Our physical trainers can work with you to target your areas of concern. With the latest technology, our team can help you increase your strength, improve your metabolism, and work 95% of your muscles. Workout smarter, not harder.