Forget “legs day” or “abs day.” Rather than focusing on one muscle area at a time, Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) training, allows you to work out most muscle groups with electrodes on your skin sending out electrical pulses to your muscles while just doing normal exercises.
At new studio OHM Electro Fitness on Fuxing Lu, they claim a 20-minute workout on this machine is equivalent to four hours working out in the gym.
The studio is run by Qiean, a young Taiwanese-South African lady who appears to be both knowledgeable and passionate about fitness and nutrition. Prices are steep at RMB600 per session, RMB5,500 for 10 sessions and RMB10,000 for 20 - but factoring in the cost of equivalent gym sessions, plus the time and effort saved, the damage becomes a bit easier to stomach.
As prices might indicate, all of the facilities are brand new, with state-of-the-art technology, including a body composition analyzerand two muscle-stimulating machines. They also provide lockers and a hotel-style bathroom with shower facilities. No need to bring anything but yourself, as fitness clothes and vest are provided. It makes it fairly easy to just get changed, work out, shower and leave in a short amount of time.
Once we were strapped and plugged into a machine that sent constant electronic pulses around our bodies, we knew this wouldn’t be an ordinary workout. Because of the electrodes you are able to do a full-body workout even when you aren’t doing exercises for that area, and might even feel soreness in areas you aren’t exercising.
The workout itself doesn’t feel particularly strenuous, apart from a few exercises where you feel some short, pulsing vibrations all over your body. The session usually consists of around 10 minutes of gearing up, 20 minutes of the exercise itself and 10 minutes cooling down, bringing it to a total of 40 minutes.
In the end, is it really a 4-hour workout condensed into just 20 minutes? We think that’s difficult to say after just one session. But what it does offer is a way to understand and focus on areas you personally need to work on, in as little time as possible.
What: OHM Electro Fitness
Where: Rm 102 1317 Fuxing Zhong Lu (near Fenyang Lu) 复兴中路1317弄102室 (近汾阳路)