fastabs or abtronic

JOHNLISANovember 30, 2001

I just watched this on t.v. Was wondering if anyone has tried it. They say it is like the abtronic. Pleae let me know. It would be nice if it really works. Lisa

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i was just coming here to post a similar question. i have been looking into the same machines. also, igia has one called Electro-Gym Plus that they are selling on-line for $20. has anyone used this one?

Here is a link that might be useful: Electro-Gym Plus

    Bookmark   December 10, 2001 at 10:21AM
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I too was wondering about fastabs and if anyone has ever tried it. I saw the infomercial and it seems too good to be true. You don't even have to move, just strap on the belt and it does all the work for you. I would be so curious to know how it works. If anyone knows please post here! Ohiogirl

    Bookmark   December 12, 2001 at 1:45PM
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The answer is EMS, electronic muscle stimulation does work, however a lot of those "high profile units" do not. I sincerely believe that there is a failure rate scheduled into the product, requiring you to make additional purchases if you wish to continue using the product. Prime examples would be abtronics, abenergizer, fastabs, etc. Abtronics was the biggest disappointment, and having the highest purchase price. For anyone interested in a little more information on EMS possibly the following will help to answer some questions.

EMS has been around for some time, but was really brought to light after the 1972 Olympics when the USSR swept up a basketful of gold and silver medals. EMS was reportedly used on Soviet athletes with benefits reflected in the medal harvest. Since then, numerous research studies have been performed using EMS. Increases in strength, muscle size and athletic performance have all been attributed to this technology. Even claims of improved cardio-respiratory efficiency and reduced body fat levels have been made.

EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation) uses electrical current to stimulate your muscles (passive exercise). This electrical current is similar to the electrical impulses produced by the brain to stimulate muscle tissue (active exercise). By placing the pair of pads on a particular muscle group, your muscles respond to the impulses that are generated by contracting and relaxing rhythmically as instructed by you through the unit. When a muscle contracts as a result of a unique EMS/TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) signal, the chemical changes taking place within the muscles are similar to those associated with voluntary contraction in "normal exercising". These chemical reactions which result from muscle contractions utilizes glycogen, fat and other nutrients stored in the muscle. These resulting series of muscle contractions will enable an individual to tone, strengthen, and combat flabbiness while improving contour.

If you should experience an immobilizing injury, as we all have at one time or another, EMS use can effectively reduce muscle atrophy and prevent large-scale losses in the enzymes responsible for energy production in both slow and fast-switch muscle fibers. In addition, regular EMS use during immobilization improves nerve-muscle interactions necessary for a speedy recovery.

As you can see, EMS use is a variable tool in bodybuilding training and has a positive influence on muscle strength and muscle growth.

EMS can be used to enhance recovery from bodybuilding training or injury. Increased blood flow to the muscles helps to deliver nutrients necessary for recovery and subsequent growth while the pumping action (stimualtion/relaxation action of EMS training) helps to remove waste products, mainly lactic acid, from these muscles.

If you are really serious about purchasing an EMS/TENS unit, save your money for a while a purchase a really good one that will last, and that has a prolonged guarantee to stand behind it.

There are any number of excellent units out there so take your time and search around here on the web before spending your money. Check out a couple of the following:

Just don't get taken by the infomercials, which happened to me. Remember, you get what you pay for.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2001 at 3:01PM
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