If you’re looking to improve your health and fitness, you want to stack the odds in your favor as much as possible. Training is a huge piece of the puzzle. Nutrition is another non-negotiable. But there’s yet another ally you can have in your toolkit to improve your muscular endurance: PowerDot. Let’s talk about how you can use it to boost your muscle health and functionality, and how it can improve your endurance training more specifically.
PowerDot and Muscular Endurance: The Benefits
Warm Up Like You Mean It
If you prep your body for a workout with a few high-knees and bending over to touch your toes, we can all but guarantee that your muscular endurance is going to suffer. Why? Simple. Your body isn’t ready to train in the way that it needs to be.
PowerDot’s potentiation program is built specifically to warm you up so that you have a safe, effective, successful workout. The electrical stimulation triggers muscle contractions that will positively benefit the mechanical performance of subsequent muscle contractions.
In other words, even after you’ve put your device away and gotten started on your workout, you’re still reaping the benefits of electric muscle stimulation.
This effect is called post-activation potentiation, and it’s going to work wonders for your muscular endurance workouts.
When you use PowerDot consistently — across approximately 10 workouts and beyond — you’re going to see the long-term effects that it has on your body’s endurance capabilities.
Improve Your Strength
Part of improving muscular endurance is improving your strength — since stronger muscles can perform longer and more efficiently than weaker ones.
The short version? PowerDot teaches your body how to better recruit muscle fibers and how to recruit more of them.
The longer version?
When you add neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) to your training, you enhance muscle strength and adaptations. More specifically, PowerDot will encourage all of the motor neurons in the area being stimulated to fire. This contraction is both uncoordinated and isometric, since your device is focusing on a specific body part. According to studies, the muscular tension triggered by electric muscle stimulation can be as much as 30% higher than a maximal voluntary contraction.
What that means is that PowerDot has the potential to better target your muscles than even you do.
As a side note, PowerDot can improve muscle activation, meaning that you’re able to use more of your muscles to a greater degree. Because you’re using them more, you’re further improving strength, which is great news for muscular endurance.
Use PowerDot at rest and even during your muscular endurance exercises to teach your body to recruit the muscles that it needs and utilize them in a powerful and efficient manner.
We want to offer a gentle reminder that EMS is not meant to replace traditional strength training. Rather, it’s built to complement it. When you combine your endurance training with PowerDot, you’re positioning yourself for serious gains.
Speed Up Healing and Recovery and Minimize Downtime
Let’s say you hit a really tough workout. Over the next few days, what ends up being the limiting factor in your training? Fatigue. Soreness. Discomfort. A lack of mobility. Not only will this impact your performance during that training session, but it’ll hamper any chance you have of further improving your muscular endurance for future workouts.
So, you need a way to minimize the soreness and fatigue after your tougher workouts. Enter: PowerDot.
First, let’s talk about the natural pain relief that electric muscle stimulation offers. There are a few reasons why PowerDot can help you feel better faster, thus improving your muscular endurance — and it all lies in transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).
For starters, TENS uses something called the Gate Theory by “closing the gates” to your central nervous system and brain and preventing your CNS from receiving and experiencing pain signals.
Secondly, at its various frequencies, TENS encourages the release of endorphins — your body’s natural painkillers — into the bloodstream.
And importantly, we need to talk about inflammation, a big culprit when it comes to pain, soreness, and stiffness. Let’s shift to NMES for this one. NMES creates an electro-induced hyperfusion that can help to clear away cellular debris that accumulates as a result of inflammation. The result is reduced pain.
Lastly, for all of these reasons, your range of motion — something that can greatly suffer due to soreness — will reap the rewards of electric muscle stimulation.
Long story short, PowerDot increases your blood circulation, and more oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood is delivered to your muscles. This is a huge win for your healing process and general recovery (even from injury!). Side note: Improved oxygen consumption also means that your muscles can do more work, faster.
The benefit here is twofold. By improving the recovery process, your next workout won’t be limited as a result of muscle soreness and fatigue, and your muscular endurance will be better. And, secondly, your muscular endurance will improve over time, as a cumulative effect of workouts that are less deterred by soreness.
One of the coolest things about PowerDot is the personalized experience it offers you. When it comes to NMES, you can opt for different HZ levels (read: the intensity), which is especially beneficial because lower HZ levels target slow-twitch muscle fibers, which is particularly important for endurance training.
Furthermore, if you’re using PowerDot for pain management and relief, our proprietary algorithms will use the information you provide – such as the type of pain – to design a program built specifically for you. You can track and monitor your pain over time so that you can keep an eye on your progress and adjust your EMS as needed.
Combine PowerDot with the proper training schedule, smart recovery, and high-quality nutrition, and your muscular endurance will improve by leaps and bounds.
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