EMS Improves Performance in Runners

Background: Researchers studies effect of EMS on maximum oxygen uptake, aerobic and gas exchange thresholds, running economy and muscular power in male recreational runners.

Method: 12 men (6 test, 6 control) were studies. Test clients were trained using EMS once per week for 6 weeks. Further, the EMS group reduced the running training frequency to one per week. The control group maintained their usual running endurance training. Each group was assessed on physiological parameters (VO2max, aerobic and gas exchange threshold values, running economy at two intensities, muscular power (vertical jump) and anthropometric parameters at baseline and after the intervention)

Finding: EMS participants improved VO2max, aerobic and gas exchange threshold values, running economy, and vertical jump, compared to control group.

Conclusion: EMS seems to be an effective training methodology leading to improvements in performance during endurance training volume reduction in male recreational runners.

Research Paper: Amaro-Gahete, Francisco J. (November 2018) “Whole-Body Electromyostimulation Improves Performance-Related Parmeters in Runners.” Frontiers in Physiology 9 Article 1576. pp. 1-13

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