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We’ve found the only local gym offering electrical muscle stimulation

At NDU Studios, you’ll work your muscles four times harder and see results fast.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 01.09.2022

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We can no longer use the excuse that we aren’t meeting our fitness goals because we don’t have time for the gym.

And who wants to? Especially when there’s an option to see results by committing to only one 35-minute workout a week.

Electrical muscle stimulation is more than a fitness trend – it’s a tech-driven revelation, promising to work our bodies harder and smarter to achieve healthier results.

And we’ve just discovered the only gym in the North East to specialise in electrical muscle stimulation: NDU Studios.

 

WHAT IS ELECTRICAL MUSCLE STIMULATION?

Electrical muscle stimulation [EMS] is a training system which uses electrical impulses to make our muscles contract while we workout.

The impulses are generated by a small EMS device (not unlike a battery pack) and delivered through electrodes which are either fitted within a suit you can wear or placed directly onto your skin via muscle pads. These mimic the muscles’ call to action from the body’s central nervous system.

Because muscles are made to contract based on where the electrodes are placed on the body, EMS can either be targeted to a specific muscle group – a process known as ‘local electrostimulation’ – or as an overall training method through whole-body electrostimulation [WB-EMS].

WHY IS EMS SO POPULAR?

Research confirms that we can achieve optimum results by stimulating more than four muscle groups simultaneously with any one movement – something EMS facilitates.

What’s more, each individual muscle targeted is stimulated to provide 40% more power when you combine EMS with exercise.

With the movements in a traditional workout (whether cardio or strength focused), our larger muscle types can overcompensate and cause smaller muscles to ‘miss out’ on the benefits of training. EMS, on the other hand, gets all the muscles in a targeted area working – and harder than ever.

You don’t have to be a genius to work out that if you’re using four muscle types where you once used one, and each of them are providing more power than normal, then you’re working harder. And working harder in the gym can lead to plenty of health benefits, including weight loss, increased strength and improved endurance.

But the reason why EMS training is causing the fitness industry to sit up and listen is perhaps more because it helps us workout smarter. You’re being efficient with your workout when you use EMS.

So efficient, you’ll see results with just one 35-minute EMS workout a week.

Which makes it perfect for those of us who are time-poor and struggle to fit multiple gym sessions into our weekly schedules. Sound familiar?

HOW CAN EMS IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH?

Here are just a few of the ways implementing WB–EMS into your training regime can improve your overall health and fitness:

  • Weight loss
  • Build muscle
  • Relieves stress
  • Improved strength
  • Improved endurance
  • Improved flexibility
  • Reduces visceral fat
  • Improves organ function
  • Speeds up metabolism
  • Lowers risk of injury
  • Reduces tiredness
  • Improves reaction times
  • Improves body composition
  • Improves posture
  • Speeds up recovery after injury
  • Effective rehabilitation for disabilities
  • Offers relief from cramps
  • Can test neural and muscle function
  • Improves sports-specific skills
  • Limits age-related muscle loss
  • Improves functional capacity
  • Improves range of motion

Find out more information on the benefits of EMS here.

WHO ARE NDU STUDIOS?

NDU Studios are different from other gyms.

 

A personal touch

NDU Studios prioritise a personal touch over anonymous memberships. Their studio in North Shields only has capacity for a handful of people at any given time, with owner Ike preferring to train people on a one-to-one basis, with sole use of the gym facilities.

Speaking of PT sessions, these are tailored specifically to your body measurements, fitness goals and physical ability. So, there’s no excuse!

Struggle to even squeeze a trip to the gym into your schedule? Don’t sweat it – NDU studios also offers a train-at-home service, too.

NDU’s trainers even work with businesses to train small groups at their workplace – breaking up the sedation that comes with sitting at your desk all day and ensuring healthy habits are seamlessly incorporated into your 9-to-5.

A focus on wellbeing

NDU Studios also elevates psychological wellbeing alongside physical fitness. It’s why they’ve focused on becoming an EMS training gym – to target holistic fitness rather than just gains or weight loss; improving what’s inside as well as how you look.

And this comes down to the design of their gym, too. With calming music, neutral tones and limited capacity, NDU Studios deliberately aim to be a haven for body and mind.

But this relaxation also comes down to knowing you’re in safe hands. As well as the expert trainers who guide you every step of the way at NDU Studios, the equipment here is top quality, too – complete with in-depth guidelines and safety protocols. So, you can rest (or should we say ‘work’) easily.

A tech above the rest

We couldn’t forget to mention the state-of-the-art technology here.

Ike researched extensively before investing in the right equipment – including Technogym Kinesis One, which allows free movement and resistance across three planes, enabling endless possibilities when tailoring your training regime to your specific needs.

Ensuring his first gym is equipped to only the highest of standards is Ike’s promise to his clients – whose fitness goals are as personal to him as they are to them – that he will guarantee they achieve success.

This investment in his gym equipment is about more than a couple of snazzy treadmills. We’re talking about scales which measure body composition, functional equipment that stores personal progress data and, of course, EMS equipment that will take your health to the next level.

Because knowledge is power – and NDU Studios are all about helping us workout smarter.

WHY IS BODY ANALYSIS IMPORTANT?

The first thing you’ll do when you step inside NDU Studios is you’ll meet Ike: owner, founder and all-round fitness guru, (don’t worry, he’s super nice).

Ike will show you around NDU Studios – the bottom floor, consisting of some of the targeted cardio machines and the EMS ‘wardrobe’, then upstairs to the main gym area – before taking your measurements.

Now we know, if you’re anything like us at least, that the thought of stepping on some scales in front of a guy who openly admits that fitness is his passion is probably the last thing on earth that you’ll want to do. But hear us out.

Remember that whole ‘workout smarter’ thing? This is where you need to be brave. Because – we promise you – it’ll bring you results. Fast.

Because these scales aren’t like your regular scales. They’re cool scales.

These scales will tell you what you weigh, that’s a given. But they’ll also shed some light on your:

  • Body fat mass and percentage
  • Where you store your fat
  • Visceral fat amount
  • Muscle mass
  • Where your muscles are stronger and weaker
  • Muscle quality
  • Amount of water stored in your body
  • Bone mass
  • Body type
  • Basal metabolic rate
  • Metabolic age
  • Body mass index
  • Daily calorie intake
  • Resting heart rate

Only by taking these measurements can Ike then personalise a workout strategy to suit you. And only you.

There’ll be a few reality checks along the way. Maybe that’ll be you finding out that you’re never going to be as skinny as Cara Delevingne, no matter how much you workout. Maybe it’ll be you in your 20s finding out that your metabolic ‘age’ – aka, the age your body thinks you are – is somewhere in your 40s.

But that’s all they are: measurements. Measurements that are very easily changed. Especially when you know what you need to target and how.

Find out more about Tanita®Body Analysis here.

HOW DO NDU STUDIOS USE EMS? 

NDU Studios use a system called EMS WiemsPro, which includes a suit, a device and an app.

The EMS Suit

You’ll feel a bit numpty at first, but the first step to improved fitness is to don an WB-EMS suit.

This involves a black lycra-esque base layer or shorts and a t-shirt, which your trainer will then spray down with water, before layering on a bodysuit containing the electrodes.

NB – you’re sprayed with water sprayed to help conduct the electricity from one layer to another. 

The electrodes are positioned on key muscle groups in your body – abs, glutes, quads – to ensure targeted stimulation.

Again, where the electrodes are positioned will depend on your individual measurements and where you and Ike feel you need to strengthen most.

The EMS Device

The device is essentially your battery pack – the hub from which electrical impulses are sent to the electrodes positioned on your body.

This is likely to be strapped somewhere on your back or side, so it doesn’t get in the way of your workout.

Lightweight and moveable, you probably won’t even notice you’re wearing it.

 

 

The EMS App

Your trainer will have access to the WiemsPro app while you work out – meaning they can store your performance data, track your improvements and optimise your results.

They can also control the strength of the electrical impulses being sent to your suit, to react to how you feel the training session is progressing.

The EMS Training

Don’t think you’ll walk into NDU Studios, whack on an EMS suit and you’ll suddenly be able to bench-press five-times your body weight. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that.

You’ll actually start by training without weights at all. Ike introduces his clients to EMS through functional bodyweight training – exercises like squats, crunches and planks. And for good reason.

We told you EMS works more of your muscles 40% harder than a regular workout, didn’t we? So, as you start out, you can expect to feel knackered from movements you might not even consider hard graft.

Don’t rest on your laurels, though – after four weeks getting used to EMS, Ike will create a training regime involving more of the gym’s equipment and designed to test you to your limits.

THE NDU STUDIOS PSYCHOLOGY

NDU Studios are all about empowering their clients.

Empowering them with knowledge about their own bodies. Empowering them with the equipment and technology to improve. Empowering them with personalised support and reassurance.

Empowering them with confidence.

They’re breaking free from the stereotypes that surround the fitness industry by dedicating themselves to helping us all workout smarter and in a more relaxed environment for the right reasons.

In celebrating our individuality while striving towards a healthier lifestyle, NDU Studios are helping us use fitness to become happier.

To find out more about NDU Studios, visit their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

NDU Studios, Unit 2, Rake House Farm, Rake Lane, North Shields NE29 8EQ

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