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FAQ about TENS and EMS for Muscle Building

An introduction to the methods that athletes employ to enhance their performances using muscle stimulators.


We get many questions from athletes who want to know if they can use TENS or EMS for muscle building during athletic training and conditioning, and if it can help them to build muscle faster. The simple answer is yes, they can use EMS machines to build muscle faster. TENS is used only as a pain reliever and for the therapeutic effects it offers. Basically, EMS can help your muscles grow, TENS can help ease the pain after a workout and for regeneration.


Can I use TENS machines for Muscle Building?

The simple answer is no, you can't use a TENS machine alone for muscle building but there are combination TENS and EMS machines that can help you build muscles and stop pain. These TENS EMS devices are valuable to athletes (or anyone) wanting to recover from surgery, or treat injuries and pain while continuing with their training. They give you the option to either treat pain or build muscle by setting different wavelengths and pulses.


How do I use EMS for Muscle Building?

The best way to use muscle stimulators for muscle building is for it to enhance a physical workout by adding additional muscle contractions via the electric impulses of the EMS machine. This programme will enhance the time that the muscles stay contracted, beyond the period of time that an athlete can contract them without the EMS machine, leading to faster muscle growth, building muscle at a quicker rate than would be possible by regular training. When sportspersons use EMS for muscle development, they usually wear the device during their routine workout.


How Does EMS grow & Build Muscle

The EMS (electrical muscle stimulation) machine distributes a stimulating electric pulse to your muscles which causes a muscle contraction. This is the same contraction that would happen to your muscles when you lift a weight so basically it is imitating how you would control your muscles during a normal workout. When the muscle is tightened it is working hard, this causes lactic acid to enter the muscle to start the building process. This is exactly the same process that occurs after lifting weights. Many athletes that want to achieve a competitive advantage use EMS machines to build muscle faster. Since EMS can contract a muscle far longer than what an athlete could do themselves, it can grow more muscle and enhance training sessions.


What is the Best EMS Machine for Muscle Growth?

There is an assortment of EMS machines used for muscle growth and physical training. Your choice will depend on what you want from your EMS machine and what type of workout you are planning. It also depends on whether you want a combination EMS & TENS unit, or just and EMS machine. The best combination machine is the Axion Stim Pro 9+, details of which you can find here




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