– EMS WORKOUTSH
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-fittrainers.co.uk) 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.
– BFR TRAININGH
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.