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Title: Is Electric Muscle Stimulation Safe?

I just ordered a EMS unit from bodyshapers in Canada. Its the advanced model, but I plan to start out at lower settings at first. I am not in very good shape, having never really done any exercise whats so ever before. In fact, I am probably in the lower 2% of fitness level for people in my age range which is 31, though i'm not obese, more of a beer belly. I have a natural stocky frame, being 6 foot and about 210 pounds and am pretty muscular considering I dont do anything physical. If I even curl light weights for a week, I start to bulk up my biceps and forearms to a noticable degree, but just dont have the perseverance to stick with it. Alot of my friends who do lift tell me I would be huge if I just worked out a little, but once again, when it comes to physical activity, I am really lazy. I got this machine to build muscle and work my abs like the site claimed it could do safely, without having to work out. Recently I read something that said EMS can cause heart attack and can also sometimes cause bone fractures in the unfit. Is this true? There was a warning not to use the machine if your wearing a pacemaker, but can EMS induce a heart attack in someone who dosent use one? Any other dangers I should know about? I still plan to use this machine since I payed 435 dollars for it and want to bulk up without working out, and I know it has to work at least a little because anything that causes muscle contractions should build muscle, even if it wont be even close to the gains from real physical activity- unless there is a real danger of death- if thats the case, I may reconsider using this thing.
Name: S.A.
Date: Oct. 18th, 1999



    Title: Re: Is Electric Muscle Stimulation Safe?

    First of all it is crazy to expect something from nothing. You want to bulk up without working out?- Not gonna happen. Secondly these type of machines are mostly used for rehab patients and not to build muscle, but to stimulate it. I also saw a news report about these machines and they don't have enough juice to build muscle. Sorry but you just wasted $435. Send it back if you can and get a weight set for you house.
    Name: Mike
    Date: Oct. 18th, 1999





      Title: Re: Is Electric Muscle Stimulation Safe?

      He is right, see if you can get you money back. If you still have it, go ahead and hook up the electrodes...Now tell me, How does it feel?...It fucking sucks. I will give you credit if you can tolerate it, it is a lot more painful than lifting a weight.
      Name: Stephan Bonnar
      Date: Oct. 29th, 1999


      Title: Re: Is Electric Muscle Stimulation Safe?

      He is right, see if you can get you money back. If you still have it, go ahead and hook up the electrodes...Now tell me, How does it feel?...It fucking sucks. I will give you credit if you can tolerate it, it is a lot more painful than lifting a weight.
      Name: Stephan Bonnar
      Date: Oct. 29th, 1999



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