Bionic offers a new generation of training: Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) which is supposed to give impressive results. All it takes is 20 minutes of your time per week – it surely sounds amazing, but does it really work?
Bionic opened up their first high-end gym in Sweden on Regeringsgatan, Stockholm in May 2015. I’ve passed by the showroom several times walking to work, wondering what’s it all about and what’s actually going on behind the somewhat unclear exterior. According to Doron Kreutner, CEO and Managing Partner for Bionic Sweden AB, “Bionic is time efficient, it trains all muscle groups, it’s good for the joints as we don’t use any weights and it is also good for the low placed muscles”. Doron mentions that the 20 minutes are equal to three conventional training sessions lasting 90 minutes each and the first results are visible after four to six weeks!
Curious as I am, I signed up for four sessions during one month (one session per week) and I can assure you that it’s a completely new way of working out. It’s perfect if you have limited amount of time since you can do your sesh in your lunch break or between meetings.
So how does it work? Before you start you will go through your physical condition with your PT and then be geared up with a special vest with electrical stimulators on biceps, back, stomach, thighs etc. and finally, you will get connected to a machine.
At first I found it a bit frightening as I didn’t know what to expect and I feared that it would hurt. However, it wasn’t as bad as I had imagined and during my second session I started to get a hang of it and could increase the intensity of the electrical stimulations. Your muscles will be sore for the first couple of days and you will be asked to avoid any heavy muscle training the following two to three days. It is also very important to drink a lot of water before and after the sessions to prevent dehydration.
It certainly is a different and fun way of working out and I can really recommend you to try it out with a friend or a colleague. The price for one session with a PT (20 min) ranges from 375 SEK (approx. 38 euros). Check out their website or pop by the showroom at Regeringsgatan in Stockholm and have a chat with Doron!
By: Linnéa Nilsson / Photo: Henriette Danielsen