Electro Muscle Stimulation or how to get stronger in 25min

EMS Electro Muscle stimulation trial exerceo training

Hi

As you may or may not know, I am going on my honeymoon this summer and I really can’t wait. And do you remember how earlier this year, I was very happy to have found the formula to make me a faster runner and unlock my 5K PB?

What do these things have in common? Strength training!

Strength training is what I need to become a faster runner AND feeling confident in a bikini. However, I ALWAYS find it very difficult to combine strength training with long distance running and up to know my focus was on the long distance running with the Vitality North London and Hackney half marathons. I dropped out of this latter due to being poorly but my friend Madeleine ran it and will share her experience with you soon.  I kept telling myself, “I’ll start strength training once Hackney is over”. Well it’s over know so it’s time to start, and I really wish I could include some EMS sessions into my training.

What’s EMS I hear you say? It stand for electro muscle stimulation and the vest and short I am wearing in the above picture are designed to send an impulse current to your muscles to help them contract.  I had the opportunity to go to a trial session at the Exerceo training centre  and I absolutely loved it. Here is why:

  • The exercises where targeted to my profile e.g. runner and I learnt a LOT of new exercises.
  • It was great to work with a PT that could correct my form and make sure that I don’t “cheat” my way into making the exercise easier than it should be.
  • The session was 25min. Perfect for my busy schedule
  • You are provided with an outfit since the fabric needs to be slightly wet for the impulse to go throuhg. That means that you don’t need to carry a massive gym bag with you.
  • The satisfaction of having worked hard. I don’t know about you, but I secretly love DOMS (delayed onset of muscle soreness), it’s like a mini reminder that you smashed your session every time that you take the stairs, try to tie your hair up, cough…OK, DOMS are not that fun.

The negatives?

  • It’s too expensive for my student budget, but probably not more expensive than a regular PT session in London (please let me know if I am wrong). Count £50 per session or less if you book multiple sessions. 
  • The DOMS. Everyone kept telling me “hope the DOMS won’t be too bad” and I was just not understanding why. I kept thinking “I am not that unfit”, and that the workout was not that bad. I was wrong. The DOMS were bad. To put things in perspective, I found taking the stairs more challenging after an EMS session than after my marathons…hahaha. So if you are training for a race, you have to be smart regarding when to fit in your EMS session.

All in all, a very positive experience and if I could afford it, I’d go weekly to prep for my honeymoon and become a stronger, faster runner. Many thanks to Exerceo Training for providing me with a free session and some awesome DOMS! I would like to add that I was not asked to write this review in exchange for a session. I decided to blog about it as I recommend it if you can afford it! 


Have you tried EMS before? If so, let me know how you handled stairs after!

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