EMS Physiology

WB-EMS and Physiology

Whole-body electro-muscle stimulation (WB-EMS) is a revolutionary technology that’s changing the way we approach fitness and muscle growth. Unlike traditional weightlifting or cardiovascular exercises, WB-EMS uses electrical impulses to stimulate muscle contractions. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the fascinating science behind WB-EMS, exploring how these electric pulses trigger muscle growth and transform the way we train our bodies.

Understanding the Basics of WB-EMS:

Before we delve into the science, let’s briefly explain how EMS fitness works. This innovative training method involves wearing a specially designed suit with electrodes that deliver controlled electrical impulses to multiple muscle groups simultaneously. These impulses mimic the natural signals sent by your brain to your muscles during conventional exercise, causing muscle contractions.

The Science Behind Muscle Contractions:

At the core of WB-EMS is the principle of muscle contractions. When our muscles contract, they exert force, and this force generation leads to muscle growth and strength improvement. Traditional workouts achieve this by progressively overloading the muscles with resistance, but EMS workouts take a different approach.

Electric Pulses and Muscle Fibers:

During WB-EMS, the electric pulses stimulate muscle fibers in a way that mimics natural muscle contractions. These contractions recruit both slow-twitch (endurance) and fast-twitch (strength/explosive power) muscle fibers. Interestingly, WB-EMS can target a higher percentage of fast-twitch muscle fibers than traditional training methods. This is significant because fast-twitch fibers have a greater potential for muscle growth and power. Read more about muscle fibers here.

Hormonal Response:

One of the key mechanisms behind the effectiveness of WB-EMS is its impact on hormones. The electrical stimulation triggers the release of hormones such as growth hormone (GH) and testosterone. These hormones play a pivotal role in muscle growth and repair. The hormonal response to WB-EMS is similar to what occurs during high-intensity resistance training but can be achieved with less strain on the joints and without heavy weights.

Muscle Hypertrophy:

Through consistent WB-EMS training, the repeated muscle contractions lead to muscle hypertrophy, which is the scientific term for muscle growth. The muscle fibers adapt by becoming thicker and stronger. Over time, this results in improved muscle tone, definition, and increased overall strength.

Neuromuscular Adaptations:

WB-EMS also enhances neuromuscular adaptations. The electrical impulses improve the communication between the nervous system and muscles, leading to more efficient muscle contractions. This enhanced neuromuscular coordination can improve athletic performance and reduce the risk of injuries.

As research continues to uncover the full potential of WB-EMS, it’s clear that this technology is here to stay, revolutionizing the way we approach exercise and fitness. Whether you’re an athlete looking to gain an edge or someone seeking efficient and effective workouts, WB-EMS offers a promising path to achieving your fitness goals.

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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. This full-body workout 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.