Scientific Research

When it comes to workouts, SpeedFit is a game-changer. Using the latest that technology has to offer, and backed by thorough scientific research, Speedfit allows almost every individual to receive astounding results. Results that you can see – and feel – in a remarkably short period of time. Below are just a few research papers backing the benefit.

 

Back Pain Research

Full body Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) training against back pain

(BOECKH-BEHRENS, W.- U. / GRÜTZMACHER, N. / SEBELEFSKY, J., unpublished thesis, University of Bayreuth, 2002).

Study objective

The aim of the study was to find out how EMS training impacts on back pain.

Methodology

49 employees of the University of Bayreuth, who suffered from back pain (31 women and 18 men at the average age of 47) volunteered to participate in the study. Questionnaires were used before and after training to assess frequency and intensity of back pain as well as the participants overall condition, mood, vitality, body stability and change of physique. Participants trained 45 minutes, 2x per week for a total of 10 sessions. They began with a 10 to 15 minute long familiarization phase to adjust for the individual’s pulse, followed by a 25 minute long training session, during which different static exercise positions were taken up by the participants. There was a five minute long relaxation period at the end of the training session.

Results

89 % of the participants noticed a reduction in back pain, 39% of those felt a drastic reduction of back pain and 42 % of the participants felt a mild improvement of their condition. In addition, there was a significant decline in frequency and intensity of pain during the exercise period. The EMS-training also produced the following general results: 61% of the participants felt an improvement in their overall condition, 76% said that their mood improved, 69,4% noticed an increase in vitality, 57% of the male participants and 86% of the female participants observed better body stability, 50% of the participants experienced positive physical changes and 76% felt more relaxed after the training.

Conclusion

This study demonstrates that full-body EMS training was effective at relieving back pain symptoms in majority of cases studied. The electrical impulses from the machines work on outer as well as the deeper inner muscles, which are not easily reached through conventional methods of exercise. The specialized full-body EMS training is a time saving and very effective all-round training that has far reaching positive effects on overall health. It can be used therapeutically and as preventive therapy.

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Cardiac Prevention Research

Electromysostimulation (EMS) used in cardiac patients. Will EMS training become important for secondary prevention?

(FRITZSCHE, D. / FRUEND, A. / SCHENK, S. / MELLWIG, K.-P. / KLEINÖDER, H. / GUMMERT, J. / HORSTKOTTE, D., Cardiology Clinic Bad Oeynhausen, Herz 2010; 35 (1): 34–40)

Objective

The idea that moderate endurance training improves chronic cardiac insufficiency (CHI) as a secondary prevention has been sufficiently validated. But in reality, experience has shown that only few well-instructed, highly motivated and mostly younger patients are prepared to commit to a constant supplementary therapy. The experiences with full body electromyostimulation (EMS) used in cardiac patients show a great and unexpected potential regarding the regeneration of neurohumoral, inflammatory and skeletal muscle related symptoms within the framework of the systemic disease CHI.

Methodology

15 patients diagnosed with CHI completed a 6-month EMS training programme using Miha bodytec machines. The amplitude was chosen by the patients according to their subjective sensation of muscle contraction/pulse sensation at level 8 on a ten-step scale. Before and after the 3 and 6 months of training, the cardiac performance was assessed by means of spiroergometry, electrocardiography (EKG) and echocardiogram. Furthermore, the metabolic status including creatine kinase (CK) and laktatedehydrogenase (LDH) and the patient’s weight and body fat distribution was determined (impedance scale).

Results

An increase of up to 96% in oxygen uptake at the individual’s anaerobic threshold could be proven. The diastolic blood pressure lowered significantly; muscle mass increased up to 14% while the body weight remained constant. The patients all stated that they felt a profound increase in performance capacity.

Conclusion

The study shows for the first time the effect of EMS-training on cardiac insufficiency patients. The improvements on objective performance, optimization of muscles strength, physiology and metabolic rates exceeded the results of conventional aerobic training methods within the scope of primary and secondary cardiac rehabilitation in CHI patients by far. In conclusion, EMS training has a high potential for therapy of chronic cardiac insufficiency.

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Cardiac Research

The effect of supplementary EMS training on body composition and cardiac risk factors in elderly men with metabolic syndrome.

KEMMLER, W. / BIRLAUF, A. / VON STENGEL, S., University of Erlangen-Nürnberg 2009).

Objective

Sarcopenia (loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength) and abdominal obesity are closely connected with mortality, multi-morbidity and frailty in elderly people. The study aimed to find out how full body electromysostimulation (EMS) training impacts on body composition and cardiac risk factors in elderly men with metabolic syndrome (risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes).

Methodology

28 men with metabolic syndrome were randomly (50/50) divided into a control group and an EMS group. The 14-week training regime of the EMS group included a 30-minute endurance and strength training every five days using the EMS program. At the same time, the control group carried out full body vibration training. The primary measurements were a reduction in abdominal body fat percentage and the appendicular skeletal muscle mass (ASMM). Secondary measurements were changes to parameters of the metabolic syndrome according to IDF (waist circumference, glucose, triglyceride, HDL-cholesterol and systolic and diastolic blood pressure).

Results

Using a high electrical strength, the change in abdominal fat mass showed significant differences between the EMS and control group with the EMS group lowering abdominal fat mass quicker. Parallel to this, the body fat percentage decreased more in the EMS group than in the control group. The ASMM also showed significant differences between EMS group and control group, in favour of the EMS group. Even though there was a significant difference in the waist circumference of the two groups (EMS: -5,2±1,8 cm, vs. CG: -3,3±2,9 cm) there were no further effects on decreasing the metabolic syndrome.

Conclusion

Full body EMS training leads to significant effects on body composition of elderly people, which occur already after a short training period (45 min/week) and a short intervention period (14 weeks). Therefore, EMS training is a valuable alternative to conventional training methods for people with low cardiac and orthopaedic strength.

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Full Body Research

Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) as a full body training – Multi-fitness centre study.

(VATTER, J., Universität Bayreuth, 2003; Publication AVM-Verlag München 2010).

Objective

The objective of this field study was to assess if positive impact on body strength, anthropometry, body wellness, mood, overall health conditions, back pain can be reached through electrical stimulated muscle training.

Methodology

134 people (102 female and 32 male) at an average age of 42,5 years volunteered to participate in the study, which was carried out in four different fitness centres. Questionnaires that the participants filled out before and after the 6-week training were assessed; their results were compared to those of a control group (10 people) and were assessed by age and sex. Maximal body strength, endurance, body weight, body fat percentage, body circumference, frequency and intensity of back pain, and urinary incontinence, overall health condition, mood, vitality, body stability and body shape all were assessed. Participants trained 45 minutes, 2x per week for a total of 12 sessions. They began with a 10 to 15 minute long familiarization phase to adjust for the individual’s pulse intensity, followed by a 25 minute long training session, during which different static exercise positions were taken up by the participants. There was a five minute long relaxation period at the end of the training session.

Results

82% of the participants noticed a relief in back pain, 30% of those were free of pain. At the beginning of the training, 40% of them had complained about chronic pain. The maximum body strength of the participants increased by 12% and their endurance by 69%. There were no notable changes in the control group.

The participants’ body weight and body mass index (BMI) stayed more or less the same. However, the body fat percentage decreased by 1,4% in the training group. Younger participants lost more weight than older ones. There were no notable differences according to sex or weight. In all female participants, size was significant reduced, on average by -0,7cm at the bust, -0,7cm at the thighs, -1,4cm at the waistline and -1,1cm at hips. The men had an average reduction in the waistline by -1,1cm; the size of the upper arm was increased by an average of +1,5cm, the size of the chest by an average of +1,2cm and the size of the thighs by an average of 0,3cm. There were no noticeable positive changes in the control group. There was an improvement in the feeling of wellness by 83% of the people and participant’s muscles felt less tight. 89 % of the test group had improved body stability and performance; 84 % felt an increase in general fitness. 87 % of the test group noticed a positive change in their overall physique. A higher training intensity resulted in greater improvement, especially in people with physical problems. However, a more intense training also deepened muscle soreness.

Conclusion

The full body EMS-training is a good method to reduce widespread back pain yet also increases the body strength and is equal to or better than results from conventional strength training. Improvements to body shape and overall mood were appealing to men and women of all age groups alike. In conclusion, the study supports full body EMS training as an effective training method, which will benefits a broad range of target groups.

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Incontinence Research

Full body Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) - an innovative method to ease urinary incontinence

(BOECKH-BEHRENS W.-U./SCHÄFFER, G., unpublished thesis, University of Bayreuth, 2002).

Objective

The study was aimed to assess the effects of EMS training on urinary incontinence.

Methodology

17 people with an average age of 47 were tested (15 female, 2 male) as they suffered from a mild or medium level of urinary incontinence.

Participants trained 45 minutes, 2x per week for a total of 10 sessions. They began with a 10 to 15 minute long familiarization phase to adjust for the individual’s pulse intensity, followed by a 25 minute long training session, during which different static exercise positions were taken up by the participants. There was a five minute long relaxation period at the end of the training session.

Results

23% of the test persons were free of symptoms, 24% noticed a lessening of their discomfort and 36% of the participants felt no change in condition. These results are on par with the success rate reached by special localized electrical muscle stimulation therapies (compare Eriksen 1987, Sebastio 2000, Salinas Casado 1990, Meyer 2001).

Conclusion

The full body EMS training is an effective training that achieves therapeutic effects for the relief of discomforts caused by incontinence. It is also a preventive training that builds muscles, enhances body physique, improves mood, and increases vitality, body stability and overall performance.

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Strength Research

Long- and short- term training results through mechanical and Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) based on strength parameters.

(SPEICHER, U. / NOWAK, S. / SCHMITHÜSEN J. / KLEINÖDER, H. / MESTER - German Sport University Cologne 2008; published inter alia in BISp yearbook– research publication 2008/09).

Objective

The aim of the study was to compare classical methods of strength training to the dynamic full body EMS training in regards to strength and speed.

Methodology

80 sport students were assigned in equal numbers to training groups, some carried out classical training programmes such as hypertrophy, maximum strength, speed and endurance exercises, others used the modern training methods of full body EMS and vibration, a 3rd group used programmes that combined either full body EMS and hypertrophy or vibration and hypertrophy. Training groups using classical methods worked on machines for leg extensions and leg bending muscles and working with different weights (30- 90%). The EMS groups did lunges and squats without additional weights (60% intensity). The training took place twice a week for 4 weeks. Separate output and input tests were undertaken before and after the training as well as after a regeneration phase of two weeks. The dynamic of the performance was measured (strength x speed) using a 40 % and 60 % additional weight loading and varying angles.

Results

There was a significant increase in maximum strength for all types of trainings. The best results were reached by the hypertrophy group with a 16% increase of maximal strength, followed by the EMS group with 9-10% increase. However, only the EMS group achieved a significant increase in speed. The measured speed performance improved by about 30 %, which was considerably better than the results in the classic training groups that only increased by 16-18%. The proposed reason for these results is that EMS training directly targets the fast muscle fibers. The mixed training programmes such as the combined EMS and hypertrophy training showed the typical effects as would be expected from the combined training with both stimuli (7% increase of maximal strength and 12% increase of performance).

Conclusion

Dynamic full body EMS training with miha bodytec machines proved to be a highly effective means of increasing strength and speed as compared to other training methods. Full body
EMS training was the only training method that succeeded in improving the speed factor within the overall performance. In addition, the results achieved by this training methodology open up new possibilities for frequency and duration of training. The regular use of EMS training in combination with dynamic movement is a promising combination for improved strength, endurance and speed work.

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