Review of the Physical Benefits of Whole-body Electromyostimulation

Miguel Ángel de la Cámara Serrano

Ana Isabel Pardos Sevilla

*Corresponding author: Miguel Ángel de la Cámara Serrano miguelangeldelacamara@gmail.com

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de la Cámara Serrano, M. A., & Pardos Sevilla, A. I. (2016). Review of the Physical Benefits of Whole-body Electromyostimulation. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 123, 28-33. https://doi.org/10.5672/apunts.2014-0983.es.(2016/1).123.03

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Abstract

Whole-body electromyostimulation (WB-EMS) is gaining great importance due to the emergence of this technology in the fitness industry and the spread of multiple centers that offer this system. These centers promote a number of benefits associated with the use of WB-EMS that we consider are not sufficiently justified or well-founded. The aim of this review is to assess the benefits that these centers promote and account for their practice. We find that research on EMS does not support the benefits promoted by these centers beyond those principally related to the strength parameters. Research on WB-EMS also does not support these benefits which moreover cannot be widely applied due to being conducted with specific populations. Likewise, the results of these benefits are very modest, especially in energy expenditure which, added to the maximum time it can be practiced (20 minutes, twice a week), means it is not advisable either as an alternative or as a substitute for traditional physical activity.

Keywords: Ejercicio, Electromyostimulation Benefits, Exercise, Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation, Weight Loss, Whole-Body Electromyostimulation.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Received: May 26, 2015

Accepted: October 9, 2015

Published: January 1, 2016