If you are among the millions of mere mortals who, at some time, have caught sight of themselves in a mirror and wished the image gazing back at them was that of a fitter, better-built individual, it is likely that, like most of them, you have also failed to make that wish come true. In practice, our modern lifestyles have a tendency to frustrate any dreams we may have of a Hollywood physique that is able to turn heads wherever we may go.
The 9 to 5 rat race, although relatively sedentary in many cases, still leaves too many of us mentally, if not physically, exhausted at the end of each day. Not surprisingly, this has a tendency to overrule any desire we may have to attend a gym or even to prepare a wholesome meal. If only there was some way in which to gain muscle faster.
Pumping iron, doing abdominal crunches and drinking high-protein supplements are certainly not the only options available to the aspiring bodybuilder today. Of course, resistance training works, and we have the evidence of Mr Universe winners such as Hollywood’s blockbuster hero Arnold Schwarzenegger to support this. However, there is, in fact, a far more advanced form of fitness technology that has proved to be highly effective in helping quite average men and women in South Africa and many other countries to lose weight, become fitter, tone their bodies and, best of all, gain muscle fast.
Known as electro-muscular stimulation or simply as EMS, it imitates the effect of exercise without the need for the subject to actually overcome any form of resistance. For the best results, it can be used in combination with weights, but the less fit may begin their training without them, and only add the use of weights as they start to make progress. Based upon the fact that voluntary muscular contractions result from electrical stimuli carried by nerves, EMS employs externally applied, pulsed electrical charges transdermally, in order to induce involuntary contractions. This, of course, poses a question. How is it possible for electro-muscular stimulation to produce results so much quicker than a programme of conventional exercise?
The secret lies in a control unit that allows the trainer to adjust the frequency and strength of the external electrical charges, so as to produce as much as 150 times more contractions than during the same time spent doing conventional exercise. This means that, despite the need for just one 20-minute session per week, it achieves similar results in around a fifth of the time, thereby ensuring that subjects gain muscle fast.
Employing cutting-edge equipment developed and manufactured by the German fitness experts Miha Bodytec, Body20 operates a growing chain of EMS studios across South Africa. Skilled and experienced trainers are on hand to evaluate your fitness levels and tailor a personal programme for toning, fitness, weight loss or to build muscle mass. For more information, give us a call today.