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Review: EMS (Electro Muscular Stimulation) Training at Bodytec

A few weeks ago I wrote a post called 5 extreme but fun workouts to try and I decided to try out the workouts for myself and see just how fun they might actually. I started with EMS (Electro Muscular Stimulation) *definition below* which is number 3 on the list. I booked in advance and I loved that they not only confirmed my booking but called me to remind and even sent me on the day an email with a reminder to eat something before the session to be hydrate throughout the day.

When I arrived at the Bodytec in Dainfern Valley I was met by Monique who did an assessment asking me about my lifestyle and medical history before starting. She also took the time to explain what EMS is and the process. It’s definitely not some kind of electrocution procedure like I had in my mind.

After the assessment and signing my indemnity form (standard even at a normal gym) after all everything you do comes with some amount of risk, I changed in black tights and top provided for by Bodytec. I was uncomfortable with this; one I had no underwear (for better conductivity) two I’m not keen on wearing something that someone else wore. Monique reassured me they wash them.

Then Monique “plugged” us in we wore a vest and straps attached to our arms and legs and a belt for the bum. Then I had 5 minute assessment to see just how much electrical impulses I can handle before the starting the 20 minute session. During the session Monique instructed us to follow along a series of exercises while focusing the electrical impulses on a particular part of the body.

What I loved

The session is only 20 minutes, this

Assessment before the session helped me analyse my eating and exercise habits and there’s room for change.

There’s only two people per session and being in “commando” this made me less self-conscious because my training partner was a lady.


From the Bodytec Website

EMS (Electro Muscular Stimulation) is a full body workout via electrical impulses. All your muscles are being contracted at the same time making this an exceptionally effective workout. One 20-minute session of EMS is more effective than conventional training. It is proven that with EMS training your muscles are being contracted at such a high intensity, that you only need one 20-minute session a week.

With conventional training your muscles are only contracting between 30 to 40 percent of its capacity, with EMS training your muscles are contracting between 80 to 90 percent of its capacity. Your personal trainer takes you through a series of low intensity, low impact exercises while the electrical impulses are contracting your muscles, you will always be accompanied by a qualified EMS trainer.

The benefits of EMS training are endless:

  • supporting general mental and physical well-being,
  • back pain reduction,
  • rebuilding a specific muscle or muscle group,
  • muscle definition, stronger and more responsive muscles,
  • increased muscular strength and endurance and improving overall circulation.

I do recommend you try it out a least once who knows you might enjoy it and sign up for weekly update. I mentioned in my previous post that 20 minutes a week of this was cheating, I take it back. I felt the effects of EMS from Friday (the day I did it) to about the next week Thursday. It’s definitely an effective workout, which you can do alongside your cardio routines.


Question: Would you try EMS training? Have you done it before, how was it for you?

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  1. Patience Patience

    Interesting.i will definitely try it out.i am one of those who like to feel that I have done something. So this should be interesting. Thank you.

    • Sammyjoe91 Sammyjoe91

      You will love it

  2. Shoshana Sue Shoshana Sue

    It does seem very intriguing and interesting to see what the benefits of the training are. How many times a week would one do this in order to see these benefits?

    • Sammyjoe91 Sammyjoe91

      You can only do once a week because the workout is so effective and they have a nutritional plan that you can follow to help the process. I’m sure as with any workout results vary with each person

  3. Meg Meg

    I’m not sure I would like the commando part either! Interesting that you can’t wear your own clothes. How much does a regular session cost? I love that it is 20minutes – definitely no excuse not to get a work out in!

    • Sammyjoe91 Sammyjoe91

      You can buy a suit for about R575 and the contracts vary from R225 up to R650 per session depending on the cotract you choose.

  4. This sounds interesting and less scary than I imagined. Did it hurt to have your muscles contracting that intensely?

    • Sammyjoe91 Sammyjoe91

      It didn’t hurt much during the workout but after the workout my bum and back especially hurt. I had to stretch longer after my workouts.

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