EMS stands for Electro Muscle Stimulation. This efficient form of training uses state-of-the-art German-made Miha bodytec® equipment to give you a 20-minute workout, using low-frequency electric impulses to intensively stimulate all major muscle groups and deeper layers of muscle. This has the same effect as a conventional 60-90-minute workout – making EMS training ideal for busy people who don’t have time to exercise. Do it once or twice a week for an efficient and effective way to train your body.
What we love:
Seriously, what’s not to love? The sleek, minimalistic studio in the Achilles Building on Auckland’s Commerce Street is central for working mums and easily accessed by public transport. All you need to bring along with you is your lightweight EMS clothing and a towel if you’d like to have a shower afterwards. You can even do the workout in your bare feet! 20 minutes (plus five minutes either side to get ready) can be done before work, on your lunch break, or on your way home, and you only need to come twice a week max. Results are reportedly kicking in fast – within four weeks you can feel and see a difference. It’s great for back pain, building core strength, toning, and improving your posture, as well as working those deeper layers of muscle you can’t get to during ordinary exercise.
Our editor says:
I have three kids (including a newborn) and no time to exercise – at least, that’s what I’ve been telling myself. So when I rocked up to fu/nis I was pretty excited about the idea of being able to condense a 60-90-minute workout into only 20 minutes using EMS training. The first surprise I had was that I didn’t need to wear any of the workout gear I’d dug out of the depths of my closet and squeezed myself into. My trainer at fu/nis handed me shorts and a top (like tight activewear), and disposable knickers, and told me to go get changed – “And don’t worry about a bra, as the vest will give you enough support.” After I emerged from the changing room, she strapped me into a vest with several cables, and strapped more electrodey straps around my hips, upper legs, and arms. Then she plugged me into the EMS unit and started dialing up the impulses. If you’ve ever used a TENS machine, you’ll know the feeling – a little bit like an all-over tingle, but not in a bad way. There were separate impulses sent to each of my major muscle groups, and the intensity was set according to how much of a “buzz” I could handle. Then I was led through a series of movements, while the electrodes stimulated all my muscle groups simultaneously depending on what and how I was moving. The trainer was with me every step of the way, and increased the intensity of the impulses as the workout went on. The workout was modified for my post-pregnancy body – I have some issues with my hips, so the trainer changed one of the exercises to something safer for me. I love the individualisation of the workout and the ability to target deeper layer of muscles that have pretty much never been worked before. I was warned that I might not feel much that day, but the following day my muscles would be telling me they’ve done some work – and that was just what happened. It really was a 20-minute full-body workout! My verdict: It’s perfect for busy, working mums and post-pregnancy bodies.
How it works:
In EMS training your muscles experience a much more intensive training stimuli. You get a full-body workout through the simultaneous tensioning of all major muscle groups, and the stabilising muscles which are hard to reach with classic methods. Your body is worked to a high intensity and tires quicker, thus only needing 20 minutes of workout time. Additionally, EMS training targets the whole body at once due to the electrode placement in the EMS gear.
Things to remember:
EMS is suitable for almost everyone, but if you’re pregnant, you’ll need to wait until after your baby is born (and you’ll need to get clearance from your midwife or GP). And as with any exercise, there are other health conditions which may mean EMS isn’t suitable for you – check with your GP first.