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EMS Research

Our EMS training methodology at BODYTEC is based on extensive scientific research. The past two decades has seen an increasing amount of research done showing the benefits of the technology beyond medical usage, and this has contributed to its popularity. However, the first research on EMS training dates back to the 1800s. 

Here are some interesting facts about EMS training that you may not be aware of.

Research on the benefits of BODYTEC EMS training

What does research say about EMS training?


EMS training has positive effects on health of non-athletic, inactive adults

Whole-Body EMS Training improves the health of otherwise inactive adults

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EMS training is very effective at healing back pain

EMS research findings showed that EMS not only activates the major back muscle groups but also the deeper muscle groups which are difficult to activate through conventional training methods.

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EMS training has a highly significant effect on overall physical performance.

EMS training is an effective form of training to improve strength endurance, speed, explosiveness and flexibility.

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EMS training improves functional strength endurance

Controlled, dynamic and bodyweight-only EMS training is an effective form of training for individuals wanting or needing to improve strength endurance or functional strength abilities for everyday activities and sport specific requirements.

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EMS training improves Posture and Core Muscle strength

The analysis of the test data showed highly significant posture improvement after the BODYTEC training, with an average improvement of 11,3% per participant, which can potentially lead to increased spinal stability and the prevention of back injuries or pains.

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EMS can give professional sportspeople the edge

German professional soccer players who incorporated EMS training into their workouts improved significantly in maximum strength, speed, jumping and running performance.

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EMS provides an effective full body training method benefiting a broad range of target groups

The maximum body strength of the participants in a 6 week test increased by 12% and their endurance by 69%.

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EMS training is better than conventional aerobic training for cardiac patients

Cardiac patients who were tested after 6 months of EMS training showed improvements in performance, muscle strength, physiology and metabolic rates far in excess of the the results of conventional aerobic training.

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The effectiveness of EMS training for strength is much higher than conventional weight training

EMS training increased maximum strength of the tested muscle groups by and improved the maximum power output by an average of 29% in only 4 weeks.

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EMS training offers an attractive alternative method of training for elderly people

Significant positive effects were observed in terms of body fat reduction and increased strength and power for both older men and women.

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EMS training is an effective form of training to improve strength endurance, speed and explosiveness

8 weeks of EMS training seems to have a highly significant effect on performance, as the group average has improved for all tests.

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EMS training is effective as both a preventative and treatment training for incontinence.

Full body EMS training is effective for the relief of discomforts caused by incontinence as well as a preventive training method.

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Frequently Asked Questions about EMS

EMS training from BODYTEC is a full body workout that doesn’t only target one specific muscle group. During EMS training, up to 90% of muscles are activated simultaneously and the muscle contractions are of higher quality and more intense than a voluntary exertion can do alone. Compared to conventional weight training, EMS training activates deeper muscle groups which leads to better balance amongst the muscles in the body and increased core stability.

The BODYTEC EMS device is able to stimulate multiple muscle groups simultaneously, allowing for a repeated activation of the whole body. You’ll always do your EMS training under the guidance of a personal trainer who can activate eight muscle groups individually (such as the lower back, stomach, biceps and glutes) according to your goals and needs.

BODYTEC studios specialise in EMS training – we don’t offer other forms of training in our studios. This allows us to provide a full-time personal training service, which we consider to be the major factor in enabling you to reach your training goals and for you to save time. Our trainers use the most intense and most effective programme of the EMS device suitable for each individual.

A personal trainer guides your training every step of the way ensuring you get the full benefit of each and every workout. Our specialisation in EMS training also allows us to work with a simple price and membership system, without any hidden or additional costs for extra services.

In order to achieve the most effective results for muscular adaptation and physical functioning, your body needs time to rest and recover. Research shows that recovery and adaptation periods after whole-body BODYTEC EMS training sessions are significantly longer than for weight and resistance training. It is not beneficial to train more often to gain better results because BODYTEC EMS training is so intense and effective, you only need one session per week.

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 have been activated, you will experience increased physical awareness, resulting in an improved posture. After a day or two, you’ll feel some muscle stiffness, which is normal and is indicative of your body’s recovery process. Within a period of about 4 weeks, you’ll feel stronger and different muscles will improve to coordinate movements more effectively.

After roughly 6 to 8 sessions (6 to 8 weeks) you will not only feel, but also see a visible 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 and maintain optimal results.

Over the last few decades, an extensive amount of research has proven the effectiveness and scientific validation of EMS training. Amongst others, areas of improvement include:

  • Maximum strength
  • Strength endurance
  • Hypertrophy (muscle growth)
  • Speed, responsiveness and agility
  • Perceived physical well-being
  • Balancing of muscular imbalances (i.e. reduction of back pain)

No, any type of physical training is an activity that requires you to get out of your comfort zone, but never to hurt you!

Yes, EMS training imitates the natural principle of muscle contraction, which is a result of the interaction between the brain, the central nervous system and muscle tissue. BODYTEC uses a low frequency stimulus to activate intense muscle contractions and your personal trainer will ensure your individual training levels are an optimum fit for you. In comparison to other strength training, EMS training is known to be particularly gentle on joints.

However, certain medical conditions are known to be contraindications and EMS training with BODYTEC 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 and 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 BODYTEC has been scientifically proven to be effective for people of different age groups and different fitness levels. This means a performance athlete with many years of training experience can train next to a person who has been physically inactive for many years. However, certain medical conditions are known to be contraindications and EMS training with BODYTEC 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 the training needs to be assessed on an individual case-to-case basis. Medical conditions* requiring assessment include the following:

  • Circulatory disorders, acute stroke, stent, thrombosis and cardiovascular diseases (i.e. arteriosclerosis)
  • Bleeding, bleeding tendency or hemophilia
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Abdominal wall hernia or inguinal hernia
  • Severe neurological disorders (i.e. epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis etc.)
  • Acute operation (within 8 weeks, depending on individual case)
  • *Please note: the above list is not exhaustive and if you have any medical condition which could be affected by EMS training, it is your responsibility to inform your trainer and doctor so an appropriate assessment can be made.

All trainers at BODYTEC are experienced and qualified personal trainers, health professionals or sport scientists and have received Miha-Bodytec training from Germany. BODYTEC also has an in-house BODYTEC 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 just 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. BODYTEC EMS training has been extensively researched over the past few decades. See the links above for an extensive review of the research findings.

EMS training has been used for decades in the fields of sports medicine and rehabilitation. Over the last 10 years EMS training has widened its spectrum of application to include general fitness and sports performance. Therefore a wealth of research information exists on EMS training amongst its different areas of application and has proven its 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 Sports 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 in the field of 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 further shown to be 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).

EMS training with BODYTEC is a high intensity training session and it is therefore important to have a sustainable meal (carbohydrate and protein-based) 2 to 3 hours before training. We also recommend drinking at least 500ml water an 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! For your trial we will provide you with the specially designed BODYTEC shirt and tights you need for an EMS training session. When you sign 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. Each training session can accommodate two people. It’s often more fun and motivating if you train with someone you know, so we actively encourage it.

There are many nutrition programmes out there and there is no perfect fit for all. We offer general nutritional guidelines free of charge. We also partner with a qualified nutritionist who can work out the best nutrition program for you so you can get the best results in the shortest possible time.

EMS training from BODYTEC is full body training that doesn’t only target one specific muscle group. You’ll always train under the guidance of a personal trainer who can activate each muscle according to your goals and needs. Another essential difference is that the BODYTEC EMS device is able to stimulate the agonist and antagonist muscles simultaneously. This means you are able to activate multiple muscle groups at the same time. Deeper muscle tissue, which is often underused due to the dominance of the bigger muscles, is also activated to a higher degree in comparison to conventional tele-EMS or weight training in a gym.

From a technical perspective, BODYTEC 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 our selected exercises and the guidance of a personal trainer, leads to effective and quick training results.

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