Misconceptions about EMS

Misconceptions about EMS Fitness

Are you going into space? Are you going scuba diving? Is that body armor? Ah, you’re a superhero? – bystanders when they see us suiting up a client.

They’re all meant as funny comments and jokes, but let’s explore some actual misconceptions surrounding electrical muscle stimulation.

Whole-body electrical muscle stimulation (WB-EMS) is a relatively new technology that has been gaining popularity in the fitness industry. However, as with any new technology, there are some common misconceptions about WB-EMS that are worth addressing. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of these misconceptions and provide accurate information to help you make informed decisions about whether WB-EMS is right for you.

Misconception #1: WB-EMS is dangerous

The most common misconception about EMS fitness is that it is dangerous and painful. While there are some potential risks associated with any form of electrical stimulation, when used properly and under the guidance of a trained professional, WB-EMS is very safe. It’s important to follow proper safety protocols, such as using the equipment only as directed.

We touch on many risks associated with EMS workouts in this blog about safety.

Misconception #2: You can just sit there and get fit

Another common misconception about WB-EMS is that it can cause significant muscle growth without any effort on the part of the user. While WB-EMS certainly helps increase muscle strength and size, it does require some effort on the part of the user. You still have to contract your muscles, move, and perform exercises. The EMS suit adds stimulation to your own contractions. The biggest difference is that we don’t need to use any weights, or at least any heavy weights. You can read more about how EMS fitness works in this blog.

Misconception #3: WB-EMS is only for young, fit people

There seems to be a misconception about EMS fitness being only suitable for young, fit, able people. Although many athletes and supermodels use EMS fitness to get in shape and stay fit, it’s not because you have to be fit to do it. It’s because of how effective it is in providing an intense workout without the risks of lifting heavy weights. This is especially important for athletes who already expose themselves to potential injuries while playing their respective sports. Usain Bolt, the Jamaican Olympic medalist, was constantly getting injured while training, so he started doing EMS workouts to strengthen his core without the risk to his joints.

Misconception #4: WB-EMS is only for older, injured people

This misconception was actually brought up by one of my clients who asked if her 19-year-old daughter could also do EMS fitness. The answer is yes, absolutely! She was asking because the images she saw on our website were of people that looked to be 50 and older. Younger people have plenty of fitness options at their disposal. When you’re young and fit, doing a class at Barry’s, Orangetheory, or F45 one day, and then going to SoulCycle or Pure Barre the next day may be possible. However, if your knee hurts, and you haven’t worked out in a few months, any of those classes may be inappropriate.

Misconception #5: WB-EMS is a quick fix for weight loss

Finally, there is a misconception that WB-EMS is a quick fix for weight loss. While EMS workouts can certainly help to increase muscle mass and reduce body fat, it is not a magic solution for weight loss. Weight loss still requires a combination of regular exercise, healthy eating, and lifestyle changes as we’ve detailed in this previous blog.

While WB-EMS is a remarkable technology that is beneficial for fitness and health, it’s important to approach it with realistic expectations and to use it as a supplement to a well-rounded healthy lifestyle. It’s also important to use the equipment properly and under the guidance of a trained professional to reduce the risk of injury. By addressing these common misconceptions, we can better understand the benefits and limitations of WB-EMS and make informed decisions about whether it is right for us.

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If you are interested in learning more about EMS book a free consultation with me here: https://calendly.com/conradfitness/30min


Director of Education and Technology



Bodybuzz combines Certified Personal Training with Electrical Muscle Stimulation, giving your body a deeper, safer, and more effective workout. 20 minutes twice a week is all it takes!

Our personal trainers will guide you through a custom EMS workout designed specifically for you. Whether you’re looking to build strength, lose weight, get toned, or recover from an injury or illness, we offer a safe, low-impact solution to help get you there.

EMS has now been FDA-cleared for use in the US and we are proud to be one of the first companies to introduce this technology. It is a full-body workout that uses a special muscle stimulating suit that sends low-level impulses to your major muscle groups to trigger muscle contractions. It’s a unique sensation that is painless and invigorating. EMS workouts are designed to achieve optimal conditioning, burn fat, develop strength, build muscle, tighten skin, combat cellulite, jump-start your metabolism and restore your body’s natural balance.