I recently visited the newly opened 4U Fitness in downtown St. Petersburg. 4U Fitness specializes in EMS (electrical muscle stimulation) Technology training. In a nutshell, electrodes are placed strategically on your major muscles while you perform a 20-minute workout with a personal trainer.
While 4U Fitness uses the term “full body stimulation” I would call it more of a “shock” to those muscles you haven’t used in a while. I was familiar with EMS as a therapeutic agent, but hadn’t heard about using it to increase the intensity of an existing workout without the additional stress on joints.
I met with Daniel, the owner and my trainer for the session, for a quick tour before I suited up. The location is clean, spacious for the little amount of space you need, equipped with showers and vanity and adorned with photos of famous St. Pete landmarks. And then, it was time to work out.
At 4U Fitness, you wear their workout gear plus the EMS suit. This seemed odd in the beginning, but because of the placement of the electrodes within the material needed to be placed in specific areas it didn’t seem anything to sweat about. But boy, did I sweat! The workout started with a 2 minute warm up and quickly progressed into total body condition.
Daniel was funny and encouraging, the right mix for a trainer. While he definitely pushed me (and by that I mean turned up the stimulation to certain muscle groups). He truly wanted to make sure I was getting the most out of the workout. The sensation is hard to describe, it really is one of those things you have to try. Here’s a video that will help wrap your mind around this amazing new workout. P.S. Daniel is the trainer in the video, but the fit female is NOT me, almost like my stunt double…almost.
In the days following, I was sore. A good sore, not the muscle sore where you can’t function or the joint pain from racking too much weight on the squat bar. To me, that’s a good workout. The best part, Daniel recommends twice per week so it’s definitely schedule friendly.
There are two locations in the area and both are offering a free week! I can’t wait to hear what you think.