Frequently Asked questions
How does EMS training work?
PhysioFix’s EMS training is a full-body workout that activates up to 90% of muscles simultaneously. With our technology, and the guidance of our certified trainers, muscle contractions are more intense and of higher quality than traditional body exertion alone. As opposed to conventional weight training, EMS training activates deeper muscle groups, which leads to better balance among the body’s muscles and increased core stability. The PhysioFix EMS device stimulates multiple muscle groups simultaneously, allowing for repeated activation throughout the body. Clients always do their EMS training under the guidance of a personal trainer who can activate eight muscle groups individually—the lower back, stomach, biceps and glutes, for example—depending on your goals and needs.
Can anyone do EMS training?
EMS training with PhysioFix is scientifically proven as effective for people of different age groups and fitness levels. This means a high-performance athlete can train next to someone who has been physically inactive for many years. However, certain medical conditions are known to be contraindications and EMS training with PhysioFix 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 training needs to be assessed on
an individual case-to-case basis. Medical conditions* requiring assessment include the following:
1.Circulatory disorders, acute stroke, stent, thrombosis and cardiovascular diseases (i.e. arteriosclerosis)
2.Bleeding, bleeding tendency or hemophilia
4.Abdominal wall hernia or inguinal hernia
5.Severe neurological disorders (epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis etc.) Acute operation (within eight weeks, depending on individual cases)
*Please note: the above list is not exhaustive. If you have a medical condition that could be affected by EMS training, it is your responsibility to inform your trainer and doctor so an appropriate assessment can be made.
What do I wear to a training session?
Come as you are! We provide specially designed PhysioFix shirts and tights for initial EMS training trial sessions. After signing 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.
Why should I only train twice a week?
Your body needs to recover from workouts to achieve effective muscular adaptation and physical functioning. In other words, more training does not translate to better results. Research shows that recovery and adaptation periods after whole-body PhysioFix EMS training sessions are significantly longer than for weight and resistance training. PhysioFix EMS training is so intense and effective that you only need one or two sessions per week depending on your fitness goals. This is 2 sessions for 20 minute per week.
How soon will I see results?
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 are activated, you will experience increased physical awareness, resulting in improved posture. After a day or two, you’ll feel some muscle stiffness. This is normal and indicative of your body’s recovery process. You will feel stronger within about four weeks. And different muscles will improve to coordinate movements more effectively. After roughly six to eight sessions (or 6 to 8 weeks), you will see and feel a 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 optimal results.
What improvements can I expect from training with PhysioFix
Extensive research spanning three decades proves the effectiveness and scientific validation of EMS training. Areas of improvement include:
3.Hypertrophy (muscle growth)
4.Speed, responsiveness and agility
5.Perceived physical well-being
6.Balancing of muscular imbalances (i.e. reduction of back pain)
What does Sport Science say about EMS?
EMS training has been employed in sports medicine and rehabilitation for decades. EMS training has widened its scope of application in the last 10 years to include general fitness and sports performance. A wealth of research exists on EMS training among its areas of application—research that has proven EMS’ 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 Sport 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 into 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 also proved 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).
What should I eat/ drink before training?
PhysioFix training sessions with EMS are intensive. It is important, therefore, to have a sustainable meal (typically carbohydrate- and protein-based) two to three hours before training. We also recommend drinking at least 500ml of water one hour before training to ensure proper hydration. Avoid heavy, starch-based meals and sugary or carbonated drinks before your EMS training session.
How is PhysioFix different from other EMS providers?
PhysioFix studios specialize in EMS training. We don’t offer other forms of training. We provide full-time personal training services, a major factor in enabling you to reach your training goals in less time. After consulting clients, our trainers use the most intense and effective EMS program that is suitable for each individual. A personal trainer guides every step of your training, ensuring you get the full benefit of every workout. Our EMS training expertise also allows us to work with a simple price and membership system, without any hidden or additional costs for extra services.
Does EMS training hurt?
No. Any type of physical training requires you to leave your comfort zone, but never to hurt you!
What’s the difference between PhysioFix EMS and typical tele-EMS?
EMS training from PhysioFix is full body training technique that targets several muscle groups. A personal trainer guides your training—someone who can activate each muscle depending on your goals. Another difference is that the PhysioFix EMS device can stimulate the agonist and antagonist muscles simultaneously. This helps activate multiple muscle groups at the same time. Deeper muscle tissue, often underused due to the dominance of the bigger muscles, is also activated to a higher degree compared to conventional tele-EMS or weight training.
PhysioFix EMS training is based on a bipolar impulse mode, which allows for the whole muscle to contract. Other EMS training devices, on the other hand, often operate using a unipolar impulse mode. This form of whole-body training, combined with our selected exercises and personal trainers, results in effective and quick training results.
Is EMS training safe?
Yes. EMS training imitates the natural principle of muscle contraction, in which the brain, the central nervous system, and muscle tissue interact. PhysioFix uses a low frequency stimulus to activate intense muscle contractions. Additionally, your personal trainer ensures your training levels are an optimum fit. EMS training is known to be particularly gentle on joints, as opposed to other training techniques.
However, certain medical conditions are known to be contraindications, and EMS training with PhysioFix 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. 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?