HIIT vs. EMS: Could the benchmark of fast fitness gains be outdone by technology?
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) often gets lauded as one of the most effective ways to get in shape quickly. HIIT definitely has its perks, but studies show that it isn’t more effective than whole-body electromyostimulation (EMS) workouts like SpeedFit.
If you want to lose weight and build muscle fast, you should learn about the benefits of EMS before you decide which approach will work best for you.
EMS requires less time for similar results
Timing plays an important role in HIIT. Most classes require about 15 minutes of activity, with many reaching up to 30 minutes long. Intense workouts that last longer than 30 minutes can be troublesome though, as the likelihood of injury increases. But generally HIIT is known for promoting a short sharp burst of a workout.
EMS classes require a similar time commitment individually, although you only need 1 session per week for the same results. At SpeedFit, classes are always only 20 minutes. This consistent short time makes it very easy for busy people to stay in shape and improve their health.
Similar results, backed by research
A study lead by Wolfgang Kemmler at Friedrich-Alexander’s Institute of Medical Physics finds that EMS provides remarkably similar results as HIIT.
The researchers started their study with the assumption that HIIT would offer the most time-efficient method of producing muscle mass and strength. After working with volunteers for 16 weeks, though, they discovered that EMS created similar results as HIIT.
In some tests, the researchers found that volunteers who participated in EMS classes actually got better results than those who took HIIT classes. EMS volunteers, for instance, had greater isometric back extension strength than volunteers enrolled in HIIT.
Volunteers in the EMS classes also saw reductions in body fat mass, which suggests that EMS can help exercisers burn calories and shed unwanted pounds quickly.
EMS provides close supervision, making it great for reluctant exercisers
Many people say that they do not have time to exercise. Both EMS and HIIT prove that anyone can find time to become healthier and stronger. Still, a lot of people who start HIIT programs drop out before they reach their goals.
Time isn’t the only thing that discourages people from exercising. Many people simply do not feel motivated to exercise regularly.
If you don’t feel motivated, then EMS workouts like SpeedFit are the perfect solution. With traditional exercise, sculpting your body only happens when you commit to hitting the gym several times a week. When you’re there, you’re responsible for lifting more weight and running longer distances.
At SpeedFit, you get a personal trainer who focuses on you. It’s still a challenging workout, but you get encouragement from a trained professional who knows how to help you reach your goal. Whether you want to improve your posture or try some cellulite reduction exercises, your trainer will lead you through each step to keep you focused on your goals.
EMS is low-impact compared to high-intensity fitness
HIIT’s demanding workouts can put a lot of stress on your body. If you have an old sports injury or a medical issue, the high-impact nature of HIIT may cause your joints, tendons and muscles to hurt.
With whole body EMS, electrical stimulation does a lot of the work for you, so you don’t have to jump up and down or make fast turns that could hurt your body. Instead, you get an intense workout without putting your health in danger.
EMS training is an excellent option for most people who want to get in shape. Any health conditions that may prevent you from participating in SpeedFit would also keep you out of a responsible HIIT class. It’s always a good idea to speak with your doctor before starting any new exercise program. For most people, EMS is the easiest, most time-effective way to transform their bodies and gain more strength.