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Electronic Muscle Stimulators

I’ve seen a lot of different types of electronic muscle stimulators on the market, and have thought about buying one. I’ve heard from some that they work awesome, and I’ve also heard that they don’t work. I’d like to hear if anyone likes or dislikes, and if they do work or not.

bulldog21, these devices are great as rehab units or as relaxors post-workout (the stimulation the muscle fibres receive increase bloodflow - and this should be done in conjunction with an appropriate cool-down, stretching and post-workout nutrition).
As a replacement to lifting - there is no magic pill. Lift heavy for some time, eat clean and well, then revisit your decision to invest in one of these devices.

rgds
ShaunW

[quote]ShaunW wrote:
bulldog21, these devices are great as rehab units or as relaxors post-workout (the stimulation the muscle fibres receive increase bloodflow - and this should be done in conjunction with an appropriate cool-down, stretching and post-workout nutrition).
As a replacement to lifting - there is no magic pill. Lift heavy for some time, eat clean and well, then revisit your decision to invest in one of these devices.

rgds
ShaunW[/quote]

They are used in physical therapy simply to enduce muscle contraction. They are not going to make you gain muscle mass. If flexing your muscles was all it took to get big, no one would lift weights. You would probably get more benefit from a massage.

There is an article on here somewhere which mentions them…

Damn the Invention Channel for lying to us about these muscle stimulators, cortisol, and whatever crap their making up next!