PR: Whole-body electromyostimulation training: fitness or prevention?

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Whole-body electromyostimulation (WB-EMS) promises time-efficient muscle strength training that has positive effects after just a few sessions per week. Its objective is a fast increase in muscle mass and reduction of body fat. Can WB-EMS training replace conventional strength and endurance training? And can it help to prevent diseases or pain?

In this interview with, Professor Wolfgang Kemmler, who has conducted several studies on the effects of WB-EMS training, describes the target audience for an EMS training program, clarifies whether it is more situated in the field of fitness or prevention and explains whether it is able to replace conventional training.

Professor Kemmler, what is the principle behind whole-body electromyostimulation?

Prof. Wolfgang Kemmler: In the case of WB-EMS, stimulation current is applied to the muscles akin to the well-known local EMS technology. The new aspect with WB-EMS is that it not only activates one individual body area but is able to simultaneously stimulate all major muscle groups, but with varying regional intensity. All in all, this pertains to up to twelve body regions with a surface area measuring approximately 2,800 square centimeters.

Read the complete interview with Prof. Wolfgang Kemmler at!


Image copyright: Universität Erlangen/Wolfgang Kemmler

Article last time updated on 13.10.2017.

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