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Unread 01-03-2017, 06:56 AM
BMWGuinness BMWGuinness is offline
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Default Bionic Gym ... say what?

At first I thought this was going to be another one of those ab belt things, but this is a little different.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/b...h-sports-gym#/

They've picked out specific info from "Peer Reviewed Journals"

The use of electrical muscle stimulation to elicit a cardiovascular exercise response without loading the joints. Caulfield B, Crowe L, Minogue C, Banerjee P, Clark A. Journal of Exercise PhysiologyOnline 2004;7(3):84-88.
In 1 line : "Maximal heart-rate response possible, calorie burn predictable".

Clinical application of neuromuscular electrical stimulation induced cardiovascular exercise. Caulfield B, Crowe L, Coughlan G, Minogue C. Conf Proc IEEE Engineering inMedicine and Biology Society. 2011;2011:3266-9. doi: 10.1109/IEMBS.2011.6090887.
In 1 Line: "Potential to work in micro-gravity /space".

Neuro-muscular electrical stimulation training enhances maximal aerobic capacity in healthy physically active adults. Crognale D, Crowe L, Devito G, Minogue C, Caulfield B. Conf Proc IEEE Engineeringin Medicine and Biology Society. 2009;2009:2137-40. doi:10.1109/IEMBS.2009.5333972.
In 1 line : "...a viable alternative to cardiovascular exercise".

Neuromuscular electrical stimulation can elicit aerobic exercise response without undue discomfort in healthy physically active adults. Crognale D, Vito GD, Grosset JF, Crowe L, Minogue C, Caulfield B. Journalof Strength & Conditioning Research. 2013 Jan;27(1):208-15. doi:10.1519/JSC.0b013e318252f5e5.
In 1 line : "It is acceptably comfortable at training intensities".

Pushing out the limits of electrical stimulation. A case study in the aggressive use of an alternative to voluntary exercise. Crowe L, Caulfield B. British MedicalJournal Case Reports. 2011 Oct 11;2011. doiii: bcr0620114343.10.1136/bcr.06.2011.4343. [Note: only some of the techniques described are being made available at this moment].
In 1 line : "Shows-off the incredible potential of this technology".

Electrical stimulation of unloaded muscles causes cardiovascular exercise by increasing oxygen demand. BanerjeeP, Clark A, Witte K, Crowe L, Caulfield B. European Journalof Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation. 2005 Oct;12(5):503-8.
In 1 line : "It's really exercise! - Department of Academic Cardiology, University of Hull, UK".

Prolonged electrical muscle stimulation exercise improves strength and aerobic capacity in healthy sedentary adults. Banerjee P, Caulfield B, Crowe L, Clark A. Journal of Applied Physiology. 2005 Dec;99(6):2307-11. Epub 2005 Aug 4.
In 1 line : "Even works for those who do not train much"

Comparative effect of a 1 h session of electrical muscle stimulation and walking activity on energy expenditure and substrate oxidation in obese subjects. Grosset JF, Crowe L, De Vito G, O'Shea D, Caulfield B. AppliedPhysiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 2013 Jan;38(1):57-65. doi:10.1139/apnm-2011-0367. Epub 2012 Nov 12.
In 1 line : "Stimulation mimics intense exercise even at 'lower' levels".
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Unread 01-03-2017, 08:34 AM
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That looks surprisingly uncomfortable.

For me, I think running a marathon would be more tolerable.
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Unread 01-03-2017, 10:10 AM
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I wonder if this could be a replacement for physical therapy of coma, nerve damaged or bed ridden patients.
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Unread 01-03-2017, 10:12 AM
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I'm willing to bet that the magnitude of improvement is pretty miniscule. How could it not be?
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