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Two-a-day the easy way with EMS

Boost your training efforts safely and effectively

By Hammer Nutrition

The closer we get to summer race season, the more we hear from endurance athletes employing a "two-a-day" training strategy - exercising twice in one day, as athletes in professional and college sports often train. But doubling up your workouts can easily lead to overtraining injuries if you aren't careful to train correctly. There's a fine line between training to be better prepared on race day, and overtraining to the point of missing the race entirely.

We've found that EMS technology can help athletes get the most "bang for their buck," training-wise - allowing them to reach training goals in the least amount of time and effort, safely and effectively. By augmenting traditional workouts with a strength or endurance session on an EMS unit, you can benefit greatly from two-a-days. EMS also can help prevent injuries from overtraining, as it will only tax the muscles, not joints or connective tissue. Here's how EMS can work for you:

EMS after traditional training session

For the best results, follow your traditional training by EMS work later in the day or that evening. All EMS programs (with the exception of warm-up or recovery programs) can cause muscle fatigue. To keep your traditional training workload at its highest and maintain training load absorption capacity, go into that workout fresh and then follow with an EMS session later. Because EMS lacks cardiovascular benefits, consider it supplemental to a traditional workout.

Train your body to perform when fatigued

Ultra-endurance athletes accomplish a good part of performance while fatigued and operating at less than full capacity. For these athletes, training to perform while tired and not fully recovered is an important goal. In this case, EMS sessions before long workouts might prove beneficial.

Minimize workout time and reduce injury risk

Sports that require extreme exertion, such as cycling, require athletes to spend many hours in the gym to increase muscle strength, often with poor results. Besides experiencing overall general fatigue from these workouts, athletes lose valuable time that could be spent on technical training. The risks involved with weight training include potential damage to tendons and ligaments imposed by the heavy loads on the joints, as well as cardiac wall hypertrophy, as seen among weightlifters. EMS can decrease the amount of time spent training, and poses no risk to joints.

Prioritize recovery

After a highly productive day using EMS to do double workouts, there's no better way to ensure recovery than to drink two scoops of Recoverite and enjoy a relaxing Active Recovery EMS session. The Active Recovery program, available on all models of Compex and Globus, helps to reduce lactic acid, increase intra-muscular blood flow, and promote the production of endorphins for general muscular relaxation. With complete recovery, you can be ready to go again the next day (though we highly recommend including recovery days in your weekly training strategy).

If you want to increase your workout quantity and quality as quickly as possible - without straining your body the way a traditional "two-a-day" workout does - try two-a-day with EMS! HN

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