Strengthening muscles in isolation with a device has no effect on weight loss. On the other hand, more and more rooms offerwhole body electrostimulation (Miha Bodytec, Wave, Xbody … around 40/45 € per session, decreasing packages). Put on a shorty combination on which are placed a vest and straps fitted withelectrodes in strategic places – buttocks, thighs, back, pectorals, abs … A dozen electrodes allow you to work all areas of the body at the same time via different exercises. The session lasts 20 minutes.
Whole body electrostimulation: what results on its line?
These simultaneous contractions associated with movements allowincrease heart rate and start to sweat and burn calories. Researchers from the University of Granada have shown that this type of session increases metabolism for up to 72 hours afterward. But above all, it allows tone the whole of his silhouette: the results start to be seen after 4 to 6 weeks … obviously on condition of paying attention, in parallel, to his diet.
The limits of this practice
“To attack the fat reserves, long cardio effort, i.e. an endurance session of at least 40 minutes, is more efficient, ”recalls Armand Methot. The whole body electrostimulation sessions should therefore not replace all the sports sessions and it is better to alternate with running, elliptical, rowing sessions … 2 to 3 times a week.
Above all, whole-body electrostimulation is not without risk! “By soliciting all the muscles at the same time, these devices are more traumatic and cause a lot of micro lesionsat the level of the muscles. However, damaged fibers are eliminated via the urine. When it is too much to drain, it can damage the kidneys », Warns Dr. Couturier.
How to use it well?
- Get medical advice before embarking on whole body electrostimulation.
- Limit the number of sessions : 1 to 2 per week maximum, always leaving a rest period of at least 48 hours.
- Start with the lowest intensity which allows you to feel the contraction, and only increase over the sessions. If after a session, your aches persist for more than 48 hours, decrease the intensity the next time.
- Drink a lot to facilitate elimination: 1 to 1.5 l to be distributed during and after exercise, within 2 to 3 hours. Your urine should not become too dark (tea color).