EMS Recovery

Maximizing Recovery with WB-EMS: Strategies for Post-Workout Healing

Exercise is a cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle, but it’s during periods of rest and recovery that our bodies truly transform and grow stronger. While adequate rest, proper nutrition, and hydration are essential components of any recovery plan, emerging research suggests that Whole Body Electrical Muscle Stimulation (WB-EMS) can play a significant role in enhancing post-workout healing.

Understanding the importance of recovery

Before diving into the specifics of how WB-EMS can aid in recovery, let’s briefly discuss why recovery is so crucial. During intense exercise, our muscles undergo stress and micro-tears, leading to inflammation and fatigue. It’s during the recovery phase that these micro-tears are repaired, and muscles adapt, becoming stronger and more resilient in the process.

However, recovery isn’t just about repairing muscle tissue. It also involves replenishing glycogen stores, reducing inflammation, and restoring fluid balance—all of which are essential for optimal performance and injury prevention.

How WB-EMS supports recovery

WB-EMS works by sending electrical impulses to multiple muscle groups simultaneously, causing them to contract and relax. While traditionally used as a tool for strength training, WB-EMS also offers unique benefits for recovery:

  • Increased Blood Flow: EMS-induced muscle contractions promote blood circulation, facilitating the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to fatigued muscles. This enhanced blood flow accelerates the removal of metabolic waste products, such as lactic acid, thereby reducing muscle soreness and promoting faster recovery.
  • Muscle Relaxation: EMS Recovery sessions can include specific programs designed to promote muscle relaxation and relieve tension. By stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, WB-EMS induces a state of deep relaxation, allowing muscles to unwind and recover more effectively.
  • Active Recovery: While complete rest is essential for recovery, light activity can also aid in the process. WB-EMS offers the perfect balance between rest and activity, allowing individuals to engage in low-intensity muscle contractions without placing additional strain on fatigued muscles.

Our Recovery Small Group Class:

We use settings typically found in TENS unit recovery protocols. Part of our small group Recovery class will be set to a more superficial stimulation to promote blood flow, remove lactic acid, and anecdotally, it produces a bit of lymphatic drainage. During this time we encourage our members to do some light stretches, and optional mobility movements. The other half focuses on a deeper relaxation, muscle group by muscle group.

Recovery sessions last 20 minutes, providing enough time to stimulate blood flow and promote relaxation without overtaxing fatigued muscles.

Integrating WB-EMS into your recovery routine

Incorporating WB-EMS into your recovery routine is simple and convenient. After completing a strenuous workout, schedule a WB-EMS session within the next 24 to 48 hours to capitalize on the benefits of post-exercise muscle repair and regeneration. 

Remember to complement your WB-EMS sessions with other recovery strategies, such as proper hydration, nutrition, and sleep. By prioritizing recovery, you’ll not only accelerate your progress towards your fitness goals but also reduce the risk of overtraining and injury. Head over to our friends at Culture OC for more in depth recovery methods such as infrared sauna, cold plunges, hyperbaric chamber, and many other great wellness services. 

Recovery is an essential but often overlooked aspect of fitness training. By harnessing the power of WB-EMS, you can optimize your recovery process, allowing your muscles to repair, rebuild, and grow stronger with each workout. Whether you’re an elite athlete or a weekend warrior, integrating WB-EMS into your recovery routine can help you achieve peak performance and unlock your full potential.

We hope to see you soon at our Newport Beach location: 

419 E 17th Street, Costa Mesa, CA, 92627.

If you want to try EMS, please make an appointment to book an intro session at our Newport Beach studio or contact us at info@bodybuzzfit.com.


Managing Director