What is an electro stimulator?
An electro stimulator is a device which generates electrical impulses and when connected to cables, transmits this impulse through electrodes to the muscle causing it to contract. This muscle contraction will strengthen the muscle. Electrostimulators have different programmes, for specific targets or parts of the body. Some of these programmes are aimed more at Sports Performance, others at Fitness and Muscle building, or Aesthetics and Beauty or even for pain relief or Rehabilitation.
The target or needs of the sportsperson is the determining factor when choosing an electrostimulator to use in training sessions or afterwards.
What does the electro stimulator do?
Electro stimulators can help to improve your performance, tone your body, aid recovery after a hard session or following an injury, they can help to analyse and improve your workout... All electro stimulators have a series of features and preset programmes which define what they can be used for or which targets they are designed for.
Although the choice of electro stimulator depends, basically, on the use you are going to make of it, the objective and level of the athlete, as well as the programmes and characteristics of the device itself, the brand is another factor which should be taken into account when purchasing an electro stimulator. Brands such as Cefar, Sport-Elec or Tecnovita By BH all have electro-stimulation devices, but perhaps the most well known specialist in this technique are Slendertone and Compex. Two major companies which have been fully dedicated to electro-stimulation for several years now and which offer many products, all excellent, for different uses.
Compex and Slendertone. Slendertone is a global leader in products for improving muscle toning and body shaping. This brand focuses especially on creating specific products for different parts of the body (abdominals, arms, bottom and face) with the aim of helping users to tone these parts of the body and feel better about themselves. On the other hand, Compex focus their efforts on creating products for sportsmen and sportswomen to help them improve their training and to use before, during and after their training sessions. Moreover, their devices, as opposed to those of Slendertone whose products specialize on a particular body area, can be used on different muscles.