Effects of electrical muscle stimulation on oxygen consumption

Hayter, Tina L., Coombes, Jeff S., Knez, Wade L. and Brancato, Tania L. (2005) Effects of electrical muscle stimulation on oxygen consumption. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research,, 19 1: 98-101. doi:10.1519/00124278-200502000-00017

Author Hayter, Tina L.
Coombes, Jeff S.
Knez, Wade L.
Brancato, Tania L.
Title Effects of electrical muscle stimulation on oxygen consumption
Journal name Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research,   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1064-8011
Publication date 2005-02-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1519/00124278-200502000-00017
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 19
Issue 1
Start page 98
End page 101
Total pages 4
Editor W. J. Kraemer
H. Lucke
Place of publication Lawrence, Kan, U.S.A
Publisher Allen Press
Language eng
Subject C1
321401 Exercise Physiology
730215 Nutrition
1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Abstract Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) devices are being marketed as weight/ fat loss devices throughout the world. Commercially available stimulators have the ability to evoke muscle contractions that may affect caloric expenditure while the device is being used. The aim of this study was to test the effects of two different EMS devices (Abtronic and Feminique) on oxygen consumption at rest. Subjects arrived for testing after an overnight fast, had the devices fitted, and then positioned supine with expired air measured to determine oxygen consumption. After a 10-minute acclimation period, oxygen consumption was measured for 20 minutes with the device switched off (resting) then 20 minutes with the device switched on (stimulated). There were no significant differences (P > 0.05) in oxygen consumption between the resting and stimulated periods with either the Abtronic (mean SD; resting, 3.40 +/- 0.44; stimulated, 3.45 +/- 0.53 ml of O-2.kg(-1).min(-1)) or the Feminique (resting, 3.73 +/- 0.45; stimulated, 3.75 +/- 0.46 ml of O-2.kg(-1).min(-1)). In summary, the EMS devices tested had no effect on oxygen consumption during muscle stimulation.
Keyword Sport sciences
Weight loss
Fat loss
Resting metabolic rate
Oxygen consumption
Energy expenditure
Calorie expenditure
Human skeletal-muscle
Q-Index Code C1

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