Health & Fitness - - Fitness Trends -


Last year, Elec­tri­cal Mus­cle Stim­u­la­tion (EMS) work­outs looked set to take ex­er­cise to a new level. Start­ing out as a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tive ther­apy that’s pop­u­lar among sports stars, the tech­nol­ogy made its way into the work­out world. So how does it work? Elec­trodes are placed on the body, send­ing an elec­tri­cal im­pulse that stim­u­lates mus­cles. By caus­ing more in­tense mus­cle con­trac­tions than a vol­un­tary ex­er­tion (that’s when you de­cide to lift a weight), EMS is said to ac­cel­er­ate mus­cle growth and weight loss. Provider E-Fit (e-fit­train­ claimed the work­out could ac­ti­vate 90 per cent of the body’s main mus­cles, which would save on train­ing time. But sadly, EMS’ resur­gence onto the fit­ness plat­form seems to have fiz­zled out for now.


Blood Flow Re­stric­tion (BFR) train­ing (also known as oc­clu­sion train­ing), how­ever, could be the next big thing. Us­ing train­ing bands that are placed around the legs or arms, this ex­er­cise method works by re­strict­ing your blood flow to your veins, but not your ar­ter­ies. This helps de­liver oxy­gen-rich blood to the tar­get mus­cles, which could in­crease gains in mus­cle size and strength. It’s al­ready a pop­u­lar method among body-build­ing fans and was first dis­cov­ered by Ja­panese Yoshi­aki Sato in 1960. With strength train­ing still go­ing strong, BFR train­ing is said to be a ris­ing star in the global fit­ness com­mu­nity.

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