It may seem like something out of a science fiction novel or movie, but did you know that you can actually build your ab muscles using mild electric stimulation? In fact, electric stimulation for the muscles (EMS) can help build and rehabilitate many of the muscles in your body.
In this article, it’s my goal to give you some insight into this amazing technique and give my recommendation on using an electric muscle stimulator and why this useful tool can be the right one for you.
Building ab muscles is hard work. Everyone wants them, but not everyone has the time, dedication, knowledge, and genetics to get them. Let’s face it, if it were easy, everyone would have an amazing six-pack!
The reality is that having ab muscles requires a strict diet and hours in the gym, hours that not everyone has. Being able to work out your ab muscles daily (yes, I said daily. Unlike other muscles in the body, 6-pack abs require a daily commitment) requires a lot of time and mental dedication.
Most adults don’t have the time required to work their ab muscles daily due to work, family life, other hobbies, and the need to rest from daily stresses. But moreover, most adults don’t have the mental capacity to work out as much as is required for those sculpted abs.
Think about it this way: Muscles are bands of tissue that need a connection to the nervous system in order to contract and work. Your brain and spinal cord must send an electric signal down to the nerves that are inside of the muscles in order for them to contract. That means, you need to think about contracting and concentrate on the work to be done.
So, working out is not only physically demanding and time consuming, but it’s also mentally demanding. So, how many of us have the capacity to satisfy those demands on a daily basis? Please raise your hands if you do.
What is Electrical Muscle Stimulation or EMS
Also referred to as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) or electromyostimulation, Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), is the stimulation of muscle contractions by using electric impulses. The impulses are produced by an electrical device known as an electric muscle stimulator with electrodes that are placed on the skin near the muscles to be stimulated. These electrodes, or pads, are adhered to the skin and through them the electrical impulses generated by the device are delivered to the muscle. These impulses mimic the nerve impulses that, as we mentioned earlier, travel from the brain and spinal cord to the muscles.
Using electrical stimulation for muscle contraction takes a lot less mental strain than a regular workout, because the contractions of the muscles are involuntary. The machine is telling your muscles to contract, without you having to think about it. Since contracting a muscle with an electric muscle stimulator doesn’t require so much mental effort, studies have shown that you can make the muscles in question work much harder than while performing regular exercises. This means that the muscles will also get tired more quickly.
What Uses Does EMS Have?
Electrical stimulation of the muscles can be used a therapeutic tool, as a training tool and as a cosmetic tool. I often use it for physical therapy patients for several reasons. It is used for the purpose of rehabilitation to prevent disuse and muscle atrophy after accidents and injury to joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones. Electrical muscle stimulation can be used as a training tool to enhance workouts on all of your muscles, especially your ab muscles which require a lot of attention.
Using Ultimate ABS Stimulator for Your ABS
As mentioned before, working out your ab muscles requires a lot of time and effort. In order to help create strong ab muscles, you can use an ab shocker like the Ultimate ABS Stimulator to increase muscular contraction and therefore workout your abs while completing other tasks.
Ab toners are belts that you wear under your shirt while they have direct contact with your skin. The beauty of them is that you don’t have to be actively “working out” while you wear them, but can be doing chores around the house, cooking dinner, doing office work or just watching T.V. The electrical stimulation from the belt forces your ab muscles to contract no matter what you do.
Each training session you should wear the ab belt for 20 to 40 minutes. It’s best to start off at 20 minutes and increase the time as you become more comfortable with the belt. It’s important that you don’t over-work the abs, so only do one training session a day. Over a period of time you will see that your abs are stronger, have more stamina and they will become much more defined.
My Recommendation for an Ab Toner
There are a lot of ab toners or ab shockers out there. Finding the best one can get really tricky, which is why I am going to share my professional recommendation.
The Ultimate ABS Stimulator is a wireless EMS device that firms, tones, strengthens and tightens muscles. It has an easy push-button that operates under 6 modes for specialized training. The device is made of PU leather and cotton, so it will not irritate or harm your skin. It uses 2 AAA batteries so you don’t have to bother with any unruly cables and comes in a sleek black. The device is extremely easy to use and provides extreme strength training for a very reasonable price.
There are many other devices available such as the Six Pack Abs Stimulator from Sharper Image, which is of an average quality and effectiveness but costs a lot more money! So, when it comes to effectiveness, quality and price, I definitely stick to the Ultimate ABS Stimulator.
Having 6-pack abs is not a goal that is outside of your reach. You do not even have to have the luxury of unlimited gym time! With a good quality electric muscle stimulator you can tone and tighten your abs and other muscles of your body. It can help you not only build muscle, but heal and recover muscles that have suffered from injury and prevent atrophy.