While working out, you might have heard the terms anaerobic and aerobic phase. Aerobic exercise is also called endurance exercise. These exercises comprise activities that rapidly increase heart rate and breathing. They improve overall health and even prevent certain age-related diseases. Jogging, cycling and swimming come under endurance exercises.
Why Use EMS Training?
Electrical Muscle Stimulation can improve your endurance to a greater level. It uses electrical impulses to stimulate your motor neurons. EMS helps in weight loss, prevents diabetes, reduces pain, builds muscles, and improves blood circulation.
Combining your regular training or workout with EMS provides better health to your heart, lungs, and circulatory system. With the help of EMS, you can build your endurance which is crucial during long-duration activities such as marathons, cycling, triathlons, and more.
Many people confuse endurance with strength. While strength plays an important part, endurance also requires a high amount of oxygen flowing through the body. The high amount of oxygen required is widely known as VO2 max. To increase strength and VO2 max, a person needs to increase the endurance capacity of both slow-twitch and fast-twitch muscle fibres.
How Does Your Body Build Endurance?
In definition, endurance is the ability to withstand something painful or difficult for a long time. Consider running. Your endurance depends on how much oxygen flows into your bloodstream, the blood carried into the muscles per minute and how well the muscles take the oxygen from the blood. If you run fast for an hour, your muscles may get damaged, you begin panting for oxygen, and your body burns fat.
Over some time, with good training and a regeneration routine, your endurance will improve, and your body will adapt. Running fast for an hour will no longer be a problem for you. Marathons are a test of endurance. People prepare for months to build endurance before running a marathon.
How to Enhance Endurance Capacity?
EMS encourages muscle growth along with VO2 max, and when paired with strength training, it enhances strength and endurance levels. You can use it as a whole body or a specific muscle approach. EMS trains both the slow-twitch and fast-twitch muscle fibres at the same time. The muscles learn to handle more load and become stronger.
You can achieve the same goals in 15-20 minutes of EMS training which would otherwise take 4-6 hours of traditional strength training. EMS training works in three stages which are as follows:
● Warm-up: It increases the temperature of muscles so that all reactions will occur faster. The electrical impulses contract muscles recruiting more muscle fibres.
● Strength: It trains fast-twitch muscle fibres to generate energy without cardiovascular or mental tiredness.
● Endurance: It stimulates the slow twitch muscle fibres and generates energy aerobically, lasting for several minutes to hours.
You achieve more endurance with less training with Electrical Muscle Stimulation. You get time for regeneration, all muscle fibres targeted to enhance VO2 max and endurance power.
Apart from enhancing endurance, electrical muscle stimulation can also help in recovery from injury or surgery and improve athletic performance. It improves the time taken for muscles to get exhausted and thus improves performance in sports. EMS can also benefit those with sedentary lifestyles.