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Electric Muscle Stimulation(EMS) supplementation
09-29-2017, 04:59 AM
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Electric Muscle Stimulation(EMS) supplementation
I think this is the appropriate category of the forums for this, but I was curious if anyone had any feedback on EMS for performance or hypertrophy.
(see https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21993042 for study supporting application)

I've been reading more and more about it after hearing about uses on podcasts and Vlogs and wound up treating myself to a COMPEX Wireless EMS System. I tried it for the last night after leg training of a MR day and DAAAAAANG my quads are feeling it. I know soreness isn't the indication of hypertrophy, but it was my first go around and am trying figure out the best means of utilization (probably going to follow Ben Greeenfield's split from his website: https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/article...formance/)

Everything I've seen shows it to be useful for cycling, but there's definitely some disagreements on what is optimal for application. Additionally the intensity of application can be kind of vague for desired out comes. I'm hoping to see if anyone here has any experience with using EMS for strength, power, and/or hypertrophy, and what their experience were. Right now I'm just going with what provides a visible contraction for the pulsing, and what is at the verge of tolerable for the heavy contractile longer phases.
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09-29-2017, 03:04 PM
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Electric Muscle Stimulation(EMS) supplementation
I would be interested in feedback on this question. My wife just purchased one of these units for herself on advice from her physiotherapist due to a calf tear she sustained. I might jump in and use it myself if there are some positive muscle building/recovery abilities.


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10-03-2017, 02:26 AM
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RE: Electric Muscle Stimulation(EMS) supplementation
I'm just wrapping up my first week of doing these protocols, so the experience is pretty limited. HOWEVER, I can definitely say that after having done my first Lower Loading day after starting these protocols, I felt pain STRONG contractions much further up my Vastus Medialis than I ever had prior. I'll definitely report back more on the personal experiment as I get my noteworthy data, but I was surprised, and honestly a little unnerved(awful pun intended) at the immediate soreness so far up my thigh from just leg pressing. I was afraid I might have injured myself because that was the first time I ever felt anything in that area, let alone anything so intense, but it was gone about 24 hours later. My suspicion is the forced/involuntary contraction from the EMS is helping improve greater motor neuron recruitment in the cell itself, so the contraction is more thorough in my voluntary movement patterns. Very exciting to think of, but only conjecture at this point. I'll need this to be repeatable before I can say anything with even a smidgen of certainty.
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