POST YOUR JOB ONLINE
Free ezine/digital edition sign up
Jobs   News   Features   Video    Products   Magazine      Advertise  
PRODUCT NEWS
Now is the time for whole-body EMS
23 Nov 2021 . BY Megan Whitby
Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) Training will drive secondary revenue and increase PT penetration. It will accelerate and improve outcomes for users as well as build confidence with people who are struggling to get back to training post lockdown.

EMS is not new technology

EMS has been around for centuries. The earliest known use was by the Egyptians over 2,000 years ago, who discovered the electrical properties in fish and used it to treat certain ailments. It wasn’t until the 1970s that EMS was used in physiotherapy, fitness and muscle strengthening and since then, the industry has evolved dramatically.

Today, modern EMS training equipment uses electrical impulses to stimulate muscles causing them to contract harder for longer. The result is a safe, ultra-efficient 20-minute workout that delivers quick, noticeable results in a fraction of the time.

Why is Germany and mainland Europe so far ahead of the UK and the USA?

With miha bodytec’s roots in Germany, it’s not surprising that EMS is an enormously popular training method there. In fact, pre- and post-lockdown EMS studio stats out of Germany showed huge increases in membership sign up. According to figures published by industry body, DSSV, the EMS market in Germany saw the number of standalone EMS studios increasing by 80 to 1,414 at the end of the year, yielding sales of about €180 million. France is one of the fastest growing markets for EMS with BodyHit and Iron BodyFit operating 230 studios between them. In the Paris region alone there are 50 studios from just one operator.

What about the UK?

Positive results weren’t just confined to Germany. EMS personal training is now being made available across the UK at PT studios and via PT home visits. The UK Bodystreet franchise reported a 25% increase in membership last year in the short time they were able to open.
Personal trainers are also seeing incredible results, as EMS gives them a competitive edge. All compelling evidence not just that resurgence will come to those willing to innovate and diversify, but that EMS training can be the boost operators and personal trainers need in a post-lockdown climate.

While the idea of working out in a specialised suit covered in electrodes is still a new concept for many Brits, awareness is steadily increasing. We’re seeing studios open all over the UK including Feel Electric who opened three in the north this year and Surge who have also just opened their third studio in London. The largest operator in France, Iron BodyFit, has just landed in Battersea and plan to open at least ten in their first year. They opened 100 in five years in France and the market is ripe in the UK right now. It’s an exciting time!

Why should the fitness industry pay attention to EMS training?

EMS Training is a great opportunity to differentiate your offering in a crowded fitness market. The kit requires very little space and the low start-up costs alleviate the financial barriers for many PTs and operators. The business model can also be extremely lucrative. High performing EMS studios operate with just 100 people per machine, which is a very achievable target compared to the 500+ members that most studios require to be profitable.

The retention rate is also remarkably high - over than 80%. Backed by years of scientific research, coupled with irrefutable results, clients are quick to hand over their money when the see the results of this specialised form of training. And with sessions lasting just 20 minutes, you can facilitate more clients per hour increasing your earnings dramatically.

What sort of clients is EMS best for?

EMS training is extremely versatile and low impact, making it a perfect form of fitness for virtually anyone. Ideal for anyone looking to re-integrate fitness into their lives, or to begin a fitness journey for the first time now we have come out of lockdown. Beyond the usual body toning and lean muscle development, EMS training is also highly effective for alleviating back pain as it activates deep seated spinal muscles.

Sessions are always one-on-one, maximum one-on-two, so there’s no intimidating gym floor or group exercise studio for people who don’t like the typical gym environment. Similarly, for people still concerned about COVID-safety, it lends itself naturally to social distancing. And for unconditioned or sedentary clients, EMS is low-impact and low-commitment. One 20-minute session once per week is all that’s required for people to see results. For that reason, it’s also a great option for busy professionals who can’t make time for the gym.

On the flip side, EMS can also be a great tool for recreational or elite athletes looking to gain an extra edge in their training. Athletes see an improvement in strength and power as EMS activates fast twitch fibers on impulse and 90% of the muscle bed, all without over stressing the joints.

It can also be effective for older clientele. Despite the well-established benefits of physical activity for older adults, seniors aged 75+ are among the most sedentary of Brits. Most older adults won’t participate in traditional forms of fitness for several reasons: physical limitations, the intimidating atmosphere, the noise levels and the lack of affordable supervision. EMS training removes all these barriers providing an efficient alternative to increase or maintain muscle mass and function. This low-impact workout is accessible, completely safe and scientifically proven to reduce sarcopenia.

Is EMS really as effective as it sounds?

Yes, EMS is scientifically proven and backed by numerous studies that prove that this type of training effectively targets fast twitch muscle fibres, increasing hypotrophy. Results show improvements in speed performance by 30% over a 3-6-week period for elite athletes, as well as advances in maximal strength and jumping power. Elite athletes are using EMS as a safe, compact strength session and highly effective way to increase performance across strength, speed and endurance.

EMS is a well-researched and established technology. Specially structured sessions are always led by a certified trainer to ensure a safe and effective workout. miha bodytec is the only device fully compliant with the requirements of DIN33961-5, the Germany standard for EMS Training.

What’s next for EMS?

The potential market for this sort of training is vast. As evidenced by the growth of EMS all over Europe, the proven model provides fast ROI which in turn, provides the opportunity for rapid expansion. With new players like Iron BodyFit and Feel Electric coming on board every month, the rise of EMS training is really just beginning.

Have you tried EMS? Get in touch for a free demo session.
PRODUCT NEWS
Double Olympic Champion Rebecca Adlington breaks ground ahead of new Rainham Leisure Centre
Everyone Active has got the New Year off to a flying start as it begins work on the brand new Rainham Leisure Centre.
Jonny Curley joins Alliance Leisure
To kick off the new year, Alliance Leisure has announced the appointment of industry heavy- weight, Jonny Curley, to drive leisure development across Scotland.
Innovative experience TAGactive launched at Everyone Active
Everyone Active opened its first TAGactive Arena at Lammas Leisure Centre on Bank Holiday Monday, January 3.
Future Fit strengthens commitment to sector with Future Fit Group
After more than 28 years of successful growth and development, and over 50,000 learners trained, training provider Future Fit Training has become part of the newly formed Future Fit Group.
Everlast expand into gyms with inaugural opening in Denton
Everlast, the brand of choice for generations of world champion athletes, is set to open its brand new concept club.
True Fitness names Matt Hacker new chief of operations
True Fitness, manufacturer of commercial cardio and strength equipment since 1981, has appointed Matt Hacker as chief operating officer, replacing Ward Petito effective immediately.
Vycel: providing gyms with powerful virus protection
Anytime Fitness has partnered with Vycel to create a safe and disinfected environment – giving everyone peace of mind when training.
Reaching new health seekers with whole-body EMS
Industry reports show that when gyms reopened, fitness enthusiasts flocked back to their local gyms. While this is encouraging news, the one thing these reports often miss is the opportunity that has been created in the last year and a half.
Fives Soccer Centres debuts new ‘personal development’ concepts
Five-a-side soccer operator Fives has unveiled its inaugural Pinnacle Gym and announced the roll-out of its digital football concept, as part of the brand’s drive to bring an ethos of personal development into its centres.
Premier Global NASM teams up with Your PT to create new career pathway for learners
Training provider, Premier Global NASM, has collaborated with PT management company, YOUR Personal Training (YPT), to deliver a streamlined career pathway from qualification to application as a Personal Trainer.
INTEGRATE INNOVATE INVIGORATE with Power Plate
Moving into a new era of health and wellness, Power Plate has extended their popular Black edition range to enable health clubs and fitness studios to integrate vibration training seamlessly into their facilities.
Active IQ strikes up partnership with Myzone
Active IQ - the UK’s leading awarding organisation for the leisure sector - has partnered with leading fitness wearable technology company Myzone.
+ More products  
LATEST JOBS
Personal Trainer
Energie Fitness
Salary:
Job location: Winchester, Hants. , United Kingdom
Fitness Motivator
Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Sunbury Leisure Centre, Surrey , United Kingdom
Self Employed Personal Trainer
Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Sunbury Leisure Centre, Surrey , United Kingdom
Fitness Motivator and Personal Trainer
Everyone Active
Salary:
Job location: Westcroft Leisure Centre, Carshalton , United Kingdom
Self-Employed Personal Trainer
Coach Gyms
Salary: Self Employed
Job location: Leeds / Harrogate, UK , United Kingdom
+ More jobs  

COMPANY PROFILES
Xn Leisure Systems Ltd

Xn Leisure is a provider of cutting-edge health and fitness software, offering an exceptional servic [more...]
énergie Fitness

Empowered Brands, owner of the énergie fitness business, has leveraged more than 18 years of franchi [more...]
+ More profiles  
CATALOGUE GALLERY
 
+ More catalogues  

VIDEO GALLERY

Technogym Biocircuit
Losing weight, building strength, ageing in good health: whatever takes you to the fitness club, it needs to be addressed specifically. One size doesn’t simply fit all. Up until today. Find out more...
+ More videos  

DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

 

01-03 Feb 2022

Spatex 2022

Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry, United Kingdom
10-14 Mar 2022

Cosmoprof Worldwide Bologna

Fair District, Bologna, Italy
+ More diary  
 
ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
 
HCM
LEISURE OPPORTUNITIES
HEALTH CLUB HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media
Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2022
Jobs    News   Products   Magazine
PRODUCT NEWS
Now is the time for whole-body EMS
23 Nov 2021 . BY Megan Whitby
Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) Training will drive secondary revenue and increase PT penetration. It will accelerate and improve outcomes for users as well as build confidence with people who are struggling to get back to training post lockdown.

EMS is not new technology

EMS has been around for centuries. The earliest known use was by the Egyptians over 2,000 years ago, who discovered the electrical properties in fish and used it to treat certain ailments. It wasn’t until the 1970s that EMS was used in physiotherapy, fitness and muscle strengthening and since then, the industry has evolved dramatically.

Today, modern EMS training equipment uses electrical impulses to stimulate muscles causing them to contract harder for longer. The result is a safe, ultra-efficient 20-minute workout that delivers quick, noticeable results in a fraction of the time.

Why is Germany and mainland Europe so far ahead of the UK and the USA?

With miha bodytec’s roots in Germany, it’s not surprising that EMS is an enormously popular training method there. In fact, pre- and post-lockdown EMS studio stats out of Germany showed huge increases in membership sign up. According to figures published by industry body, DSSV, the EMS market in Germany saw the number of standalone EMS studios increasing by 80 to 1,414 at the end of the year, yielding sales of about €180 million. France is one of the fastest growing markets for EMS with BodyHit and Iron BodyFit operating 230 studios between them. In the Paris region alone there are 50 studios from just one operator.

What about the UK?

Positive results weren’t just confined to Germany. EMS personal training is now being made available across the UK at PT studios and via PT home visits. The UK Bodystreet franchise reported a 25% increase in membership last year in the short time they were able to open.
Personal trainers are also seeing incredible results, as EMS gives them a competitive edge. All compelling evidence not just that resurgence will come to those willing to innovate and diversify, but that EMS training can be the boost operators and personal trainers need in a post-lockdown climate.

While the idea of working out in a specialised suit covered in electrodes is still a new concept for many Brits, awareness is steadily increasing. We’re seeing studios open all over the UK including Feel Electric who opened three in the north this year and Surge who have also just opened their third studio in London. The largest operator in France, Iron BodyFit, has just landed in Battersea and plan to open at least ten in their first year. They opened 100 in five years in France and the market is ripe in the UK right now. It’s an exciting time!

Why should the fitness industry pay attention to EMS training?

EMS Training is a great opportunity to differentiate your offering in a crowded fitness market. The kit requires very little space and the low start-up costs alleviate the financial barriers for many PTs and operators. The business model can also be extremely lucrative. High performing EMS studios operate with just 100 people per machine, which is a very achievable target compared to the 500+ members that most studios require to be profitable.

The retention rate is also remarkably high - over than 80%. Backed by years of scientific research, coupled with irrefutable results, clients are quick to hand over their money when the see the results of this specialised form of training. And with sessions lasting just 20 minutes, you can facilitate more clients per hour increasing your earnings dramatically.

What sort of clients is EMS best for?

EMS training is extremely versatile and low impact, making it a perfect form of fitness for virtually anyone. Ideal for anyone looking to re-integrate fitness into their lives, or to begin a fitness journey for the first time now we have come out of lockdown. Beyond the usual body toning and lean muscle development, EMS training is also highly effective for alleviating back pain as it activates deep seated spinal muscles.

Sessions are always one-on-one, maximum one-on-two, so there’s no intimidating gym floor or group exercise studio for people who don’t like the typical gym environment. Similarly, for people still concerned about COVID-safety, it lends itself naturally to social distancing. And for unconditioned or sedentary clients, EMS is low-impact and low-commitment. One 20-minute session once per week is all that’s required for people to see results. For that reason, it’s also a great option for busy professionals who can’t make time for the gym.

On the flip side, EMS can also be a great tool for recreational or elite athletes looking to gain an extra edge in their training. Athletes see an improvement in strength and power as EMS activates fast twitch fibers on impulse and 90% of the muscle bed, all without over stressing the joints.

It can also be effective for older clientele. Despite the well-established benefits of physical activity for older adults, seniors aged 75+ are among the most sedentary of Brits. Most older adults won’t participate in traditional forms of fitness for several reasons: physical limitations, the intimidating atmosphere, the noise levels and the lack of affordable supervision. EMS training removes all these barriers providing an efficient alternative to increase or maintain muscle mass and function. This low-impact workout is accessible, completely safe and scientifically proven to reduce sarcopenia.

Is EMS really as effective as it sounds?

Yes, EMS is scientifically proven and backed by numerous studies that prove that this type of training effectively targets fast twitch muscle fibres, increasing hypotrophy. Results show improvements in speed performance by 30% over a 3-6-week period for elite athletes, as well as advances in maximal strength and jumping power. Elite athletes are using EMS as a safe, compact strength session and highly effective way to increase performance across strength, speed and endurance.

EMS is a well-researched and established technology. Specially structured sessions are always led by a certified trainer to ensure a safe and effective workout. miha bodytec is the only device fully compliant with the requirements of DIN33961-5, the Germany standard for EMS Training.

What’s next for EMS?

The potential market for this sort of training is vast. As evidenced by the growth of EMS all over Europe, the proven model provides fast ROI which in turn, provides the opportunity for rapid expansion. With new players like Iron BodyFit and Feel Electric coming on board every month, the rise of EMS training is really just beginning.

Have you tried EMS? Get in touch for a free demo session.
PRODUCT NEWS
Double Olympic Champion Rebecca Adlington breaks ground ahead of new Rainham Leisure Centre
Everyone Active has got the New Year off to a flying start as it begins work on the brand new Rainham Leisure Centre.
Jonny Curley joins Alliance Leisure
To kick off the new year, Alliance Leisure has announced the appointment of industry heavy- weight, Jonny Curley, to drive leisure development across Scotland.
Innovative experience TAGactive launched at Everyone Active
Everyone Active opened its first TAGactive Arena at Lammas Leisure Centre on Bank Holiday Monday, January 3.
Future Fit strengthens commitment to sector with Future Fit Group
After more than 28 years of successful growth and development, and over 50,000 learners trained, training provider Future Fit Training has become part of the newly formed Future Fit Group.
Everlast expand into gyms with inaugural opening in Denton
Everlast, the brand of choice for generations of world champion athletes, is set to open its brand new concept club.
True Fitness names Matt Hacker new chief of operations
True Fitness, manufacturer of commercial cardio and strength equipment since 1981, has appointed Matt Hacker as chief operating officer, replacing Ward Petito effective immediately.
Vycel: providing gyms with powerful virus protection
Anytime Fitness has partnered with Vycel to create a safe and disinfected environment – giving everyone peace of mind when training.
Premier Global NASM teams up with Your PT to create new career pathway for learners
Training provider, Premier Global NASM, has collaborated with PT management company, YOUR Personal Training (YPT), to deliver a streamlined career pathway from qualification to application as a Personal Trainer.
Active IQ strikes up partnership with Myzone
Active IQ - the UK’s leading awarding organisation for the leisure sector - has partnered with leading fitness wearable technology company Myzone.
Active IQ wins Exporter of the Year award
Active IQ has won the Exporter of the Year award at the sixth annual FAB 2021 Awards, organised by the Federation of Awarding Bodies.
Life Fitness extends partnership as official supplier to Williams Racing
Life Fitness, the global leader in commercial fitness equipment, has announced the extension of its partnership with Williams Racing.
RISE Fitness provides franchisees with direct access to world-class education via partnership with Premier Global NASM
To provide franchisees with ongoing access to world-renowned, CIMSPA-endorsed, fitness and nutrition educational content, RISE Fitness has appointed Premier Global NASM as its preferred education partner.
+ More products   
 
COMPANY PROFILES
Xn Leisure Systems Ltd

Xn Leisure is a provider of cutting-edge health and fitness software, offering an exceptional servic [more...]
+ More profiles  
CATALOGUE GALLERY
+ More catalogues  

VIDEO GALLERY

Technogym Biocircuit
Losing weight, building strength, ageing in good health: whatever takes you to the fitness club, it needs to be addressed specifically. One size doesn’t simply fit all. Up until today. Find out more...
+ More videos  

DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

 

01-03 Feb 2022

Spatex 2022

Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry, United Kingdom
10-14 Mar 2022

Cosmoprof Worldwide Bologna

Fair District, Bologna, Italy
+ More diary  
 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media
Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2022

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS