There can be few guys who, however fleetingly, have not at some time wished for the body of an Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Lou Ferrigno or a Bob Paris. These world-famous body builders, however, did not achieve their awesome results overnight, or even in a matter of months, but over the course of years in which they subjected themselves to hours of gruelling exercise on a daily basis. It is, of course, for precisely this reason that so few of those envious males are actually inclined to embark on such a challenging muscle building programme in order to emulate their well-built heroes.
In addition to pursuing a programme of progressively tougher resistance training, devotees of the competitive sport are generally equally stringent with their dietary preparations. Their regimen will often combine deliberate dehydration with carbohydrate loading, protein rich supplements and reduced intake of fats. Together, these measures all contribute to the improved vascular performance that is essential in order to satisfy the increased muscular demand for oxygen during their intensive exercise programmes. Typically, prior to competing, around 9 months of their training year will be devoted to building the necessary muscle bulk, while the final quarter is spent in the pursuit known as “cutting” – shedding all superfluous body fat to enhance the overall appearance of their musculature.
Naturally, it is not everyone’s goal, or even within the ability of the average aspiring bodybuilder, to become the next Mr Universe or Ms Olympia. Mostly, those who join a gym are looking for relatively modest gains in both bulk and strength that result in the well-developed physique that most people tend to admire. In practice, whether your goal is to be a contender or just to develop that well-toned lean look, there is now a way to achieve both of these goals with far less effort and in considerably less time than you may have thought possible.
Known as electro-muscular stimulation or EMS, controlled pulses of electricity are applied to the individual regions of the body that it is required to develop. The effect is to provoke the same contraction of underlying muscle tissue that occurs naturally during resistance exercises, while also building its bulk in a similar fashion. Where EMS differs markedly from traditional resistance training, however, is that just a single EMS session is the equivalent of 5 spent pumping iron alone. This means that just twenty minutes a week could achieve your goals.
At Body20 studios countrywide, we offer individually-tailored EMS programmes suitable for cellulite reduction, weight loss, body toning and, of course, for muscle building, according to your personal needs.