Some of the most frequently asked questions we get are: “Does it really work?”, “What does it really do?”, or “Is that enough or do I have to do regular exercise on top?” To answer these questions we need to know what exactly is required to build muscle. There are basically only two conditions for muscle-building – intense muscular contraction and sufficient time during which the muscle is under high tension.
Degree of Muscular Contraction
Our muscles basically do two things – contract and relax. Of course, this alone is not enough. Just from contracting and relaxing your biceps, you won’t build any muscle. That is why for centuries, various tools have been used to increase resistance and thus tension in the muscle. One’s own body weight, dumbbells, machines, resistance bands, etc. all increase muscle tension and improve the build-up of muscle.
Time under Tension
It is not enough for the muscle to be under contraction tension for a short amount of time. The actual time under tension is crucial for building muscle. This is the reason why the weights in classical resistance training are usually not only lifted once, but several times to repeatedly cause muscular contraction. From experience, a good effect for the build-up of muscle is achieved by 8-12 repetitions in 3 sets per exercise, which equals a time under tension of 1 to 3 minutes per muscle group, depending on scope and progress of the exercise programme.
bodyforming training = Muscle Development
bodyforming training clearly meets both conditions for building muscle. The electrical impulse causes the whole muscular system to contract. The specific set of electrodes extensively activates the muscular system and causes states of highly intense muscular tension. Those who have tried SPEEDtraining know exactly what this talk is about. Depending on the intensity, the degree of muscular tension is sometimes even higher than with traditional resistance training. With a continuous alternation between electrical impulse and rest, up to 5 minutes time under tension can be achieved – in almost all muscles at the same time.
It is therefore quite clear that – given an appropriate diet – muscle-building can be achieved with traditional resistance training as well as with electrical impulses. It is up to you which direction to take, depending on your time budget, fun factor, support, etc.