Alright, I admit I’m very troublesome when it comes to exercising because of my scoliosis, bad knees, and migraine triggers of too-sunny-sun and rain. Furthermore, it’s challenging to find a schedule that works for me especially when my husband is away most of the time. I believe my kids have some radar on as well that notifies them when mommy is moving out of their radius of comfort. So far, my attempts to sneak out to my elliptical machine when they sleep have been futile. I would go for my 6am workouts on days when the husband is around in the morning to watch the kids. Unfortunately, such days are really few and far between to begin with.
I first heard about Bodytec from a couple of friends who were reviewing them and was pretty impressed by what I read from their accounts and from Bodytec website itself.
Bodytec Studios specializes in EMS (Electro Muscular Stimulation) training. It is a full body training system that utilizes the latest technology to deliver electrical impulse currents to train your muscle groups. In EMS training, all muscle groups can be activated together by means of an electrode system. Muscle contractions stimulated by EMS can be more intense compared to those stimulated in traditional strength training and it easily reaches deep muscle tissue.
I have been plagued by awful aches in my back and joints for years due to my scoliosis and after two pregnancies, so I’m interested to see if the benefit of correcting muscular imbalances can help stabilize my spine and reduce back pain.
According to Bodytec, just 20 minutes of training a week is sufficient to see significant results. The skeptic in me thinks, “what good can 20 minutes do for a person who has zero level of fitness?!” I decided that I had to give it a try myself.
all suited up for EMS training!
First of all, the workout truly only takes 20 minutes. A few minutes into the session and I was perspiring like mad and trying to catch my breath. I have exercised longer durations on my elliptical machine but never achieved such intensity! At zero level of fitness, the trainer gave me relatively simple resistance exercises to try out and was quick to offer alternatives when I have difficulties doing some due to my curved back. By the end of the 20 minutes, I was feeling weak all over in a good sense. I started feeling the aches that night and it took me THREE whole days to recover from the aches. But I gotta say, I do enjoy these aches cos it makes me feel that I really did work out!
Besides the workout, the experience at Bodytec Studios was enjoyable as well. For someone like me who can’t keep up with what exercises and positions I’m supposed to do and keep even after doing it a few times, it helps that a personal trainer is constantly around to help guide me along and keep me going with encouraging words. At any point in time, the studio can only accommodate two persons doing their training which means more privacy and and less distractions too.
Will update again after the fourth and last session!
Note: I am given four sessions of Bodytec training for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.