A STYLE of physical training that aims to increase strength and muscle mass while simultaneously reducing body fat, all in less than 20 minutes? I had to try it.

Recently I came across a unique fitness workout called Electrical Muscle Stimulation. I learned that there is a company in Taunton which offers EMS sessions.

Aspire Fitness and Wellbeing in Taunton is the only company in the county town to offer this type of training and only one of very few in the South West.

Somerset County Gazette: Aspire Fitness and Wellbeing.Aspire form and well-being.

So that’s where I went to try it. My trainer was Scott Minall, who is also the owner and founder of Aspire Fitness and Wellbeing. He was a great help and guided me throughout the session, while answering all my questions.

You can also be trained by Tatiana Bodman. Scott and Tatiana have the appropriate qualifications and training to facilitate these sessions.

How does the EMS work?

EMS uses a high-frequency electrical current to signal muscle contractions through your body to reach deep fibers of muscles you may not have known you had.

It may be a little unusual at first, but it doesn’t cause any pain, just a bit of getting used to.

The machines allow you to participate in additional workouts to supplement your current exercise regimen, and the system can also be very useful for injured individuals looking to train specific areas of their body without risking further harm. .

Research and clinical studies have shown that electrical stimulation is an effective adjunct to resistance and strength training, and can also improve sport-specific skills and performance.

Somerset County Gazette: Close up of the EMS training machine.Close up of EMS training machine.

During the session

After a quick chat with your trainer to discuss what you want to get out of the workout, you then put on the kit, which includes a vest, a strap around your legs, arms and buttocks.

A little stretch and then you get stuck. The electrical pulses start but they are not constant and the pattern becomes easy to follow after a few runs.

Somerset County Gazette: The EMS training room at Aspire.The EMS training room at Aspire.

Throughout the session, you can comfortably increase the current to push yourself or you can continue with a single current. Plus, throughout the 20-minute session, your trainer will guide you through different exercises and encourage you along the way.

It gets tiring, well it was for me anyway as it was my first attempt. But after 20 minutes you’re done and feeling fresh.

Post workout

I’m writing this three days after training and I still have pain in my legs and arms, but I’ve been told it will be.

After all, you are doing deep muscle work in EMS training. Despite the pain, I feel fine. I had a very good night’s sleep in the evening after my workout, which is very important to me.

I also noticed some toning on my legs which caught me off guard if I’m being honest. Just how fast it happened, just one session!

I am really interested in pursuing EMS training, and the fact that it is conveniently located on the outskirts of Taunton makes it even more appealing.

For those of you wondering if I would recommend the training, the answer is yes. Try; really, I think it’s a great addition to your current training program without taking up a lot of time.

For more information visit: https://www.aspire-fitness-wellbeing.co.uk/ems

Also at Aspire Fitness & Wellbeing

Aspire Fitness & Wellbeing is Scott Minall’s dream child.

As an experienced karate instructor, he had dreamed of having his own dojo for many years, so when the opportunity to move into the premises in Taunton presented itself, he jumped at the chance.

Somerset County Gazette: The Aspire Dojo.The Aspire dojo.

Since then, the goal has been, and still is, to find like-minded people to join the Aspire family.

Along with karate, some of the other activities offered are yoga, kickboxing, personal training, and bootcamp sessions. They also operate a ladies-only gym onsite.

Find out more by visiting their website.