SIXPAD Abs Fit EMS Abdominal Trainer Training Gear
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Through the app, you can initiate training sessions and control the power of the belt as well. That is if the belt and the app connect at all: it took me quite few tries to pair the two during each session, and very often I just gave up altogether after a few tries. On the upside, you can use the app without registering, so no need to hand over any personal details if you don't want to. They don’t weigh as much as you might think– Older EMS systems were bulky and awkward. The Sixpad system has a slim profile and a lightweight across the range.
The Abs Fit is definitely the more comfortable of the two. The feeling of a contraction is similar to what you’d experience doing crunches. While the contraction is definitely something you feel, you’re still largely able to go about your day with it on and it’s still relatively discrete. I’d be able to watch TV or browse the internet, allowing me to multi-task without issue. The following persons should not use this product. Doing so may cause an accident or problems to the body or skin.The varied current, which is specifically delivered at 20Hz, is designed to maximise this time under tension for the aim of muscle hypertrophy (muscle growth), which requires a specific level and type of stimulation.
Regarding the claims ("8% improvement was seen after just 4 weeks"), it's hard to tell. How would you measure an 8% increase in muscle mass? I have 14% of body fat index – according to the Tanita BC-401 body composition monitor– so my abs are somewhat visible but not visible enough to see an 8% increase. I initially started out on an intensity of level 8, but I’m now using it on 15 – the top-most level – and that feels like a limitation. The highest level doesn’t feel that intense after a few sessions, so a few extra levels would have been welcome.Another study, published in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, found participants who did EMS training thought their midsections were "more toned" and "firm" and their posture was found to improve. However, there was no change in the participants' BMI or body weight as a result of an EMS training program.
The control unit is in the middle and fanning out from that are six gel pads that align with each of your abdominal muscles (visible or otherwise). Speak to any bodybuilder or weight-trainer and you’ll probably hear the phrase “time under tension”, and it’s this that causes the muscle breakdown and corresponding repair that leads to growth. Normally, our muscles are made to move by signals transmitted by the brain through our nervous system.That’s not to say that dedicated core training isn’t required alongside compound exercises such as the squat, however. I’ve typically done hanging leg raises and the occasional bicycle crunch as accessory work. During the period of testing the Sixpad, I ceased all dedicated core training, which was more than welcome as I don’t particularly enjoy it. The Abs Fit device is designed to match the shape of your abdominals, with the intensity control unit at the centre of the device. The Body Fit is shaped more like a boomerang, since it’s meant to wrap around your limbs or waist. Both devices are made from a soft, flexible rubber that contours to your body. It’s not the cheapest equipment you can buy for your home gym and you can definitely do without owning one. The app too has some work.