Step into a mus­cle suit

Celebs think they are su­perb

Ayrshire Post - - ASK THE DOC - Staff re­porter

If you didn’t get to see the new Spider- man movie with Tom Hol­land, chances are you at least heard of it.

The fan­tas­tic young ac­tor that is the new face of the fran­chise, ap­peared on talk shows, mag­a­zines and on­line fo­rums talk­ing about the part and how he got it.

Young Tom Hol­land was a hit in the mu­si­cal ver­sion of Billy El­liot, and his dance and gym­nas­tic prow­ess was per­haps one of the ma­jor factors of him get­ting the role.

Who bet­ter to play Spidey, than a kid that could al­ready flip, jump and roll like an ex­pert.

What he did need to do though was get a lit­tle more buff, so his trainer in­tro­duced him to the world of EMS.

EM, Elec­tronic Mus­cle Stim­u­la­tion, and the sys­tem Hol­land used was a suit that is em­bel­lished with elec­trodes, that are hooked up to a de­vice that send elec­tronic pulses to the mus­cle groups of the wearer.

The mus­cles con­tract giv­ing the im­pres­sion of work­ing out, and those that use the de­vice swear by the re­sults.

The as­ser­tion is, that wear­ing the suit for around 20 min­utes, can be the equiv­a­lent of do­ing a three hour stint at the gym, so it’s easy to see why busy celebs would be drawn to the idea.

Al­ready we have started to see a slew of other fa­mous celeb types us­ing EMS suits to work out.

Heidi Klum, Liz Hur­ley and of course Madonna are all keen users of EMS suits.

But be­fore you all rush out to buy your­self one it’s in­ter­est­ing to note that not ev­ery­one agrees that this is a good way to get in shape.

There have been cases where wear­ers of the suit have de­vel­oped an in­ter­est­ing con­di­tion know as Rhab­domy­ol­y­sis . This oc­curs when tis­sue in the mus­cle breaks down, and finds it’s way into our blood.

Dam­ag­ing pro­tein re­leased from the mus­cle into our blood stream can cause some very nasty side ef­fects and of­ten hos­pi­tal treat­ment is needed.

Once you be­gin to look into EMS suits, it seems that there are many in the in­dus­try that just don’t trust them.

Of course the dan­gers al­ways arise when new tech like this makes it’s way into main­stream me­dia, and it looks like a quick fix to an age old prob­lem of get­ting fit and strong quickly.

Trainers such as Gun­ner Petersen and Har­ley Paster­nack, that are used to work­ing with celebs, have both warned about the dan­gers of over train­ing in this way.

We need only think back to the in­cred­i­ble fad that Vi­bra­tion Plates be­came.

The pub­lic learned very quickly that these plates should only be used un­der the care­ful scru­tiny of a pro­fes­sional trainer in a one to one sit­u­a­tion.

Sim­ply stand­ing on one of these ma­chines for twenty min­utes at a time was not only a waste of time, and money, but do­ing all kinds of dam­age that no­body told us about.

How­ever, there is prob­a­bly a sim­i­lar ar­gu­ment with EMS.

If used un­der the care­ful su­per­vi­sion of an ex­pert, it could be used as a sup­ple­ment to your al­ready strin­gent train­ing sched­ule.

In the mean­time move more and eat less.

Spidey fit Tom Hol­land uses EMS to stay in shape

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