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http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Pr.../ucm142478.htm"Q. If I use an electrical muscle stimulator that has met FDA regulatory requirements, will it give me the same kind of effect that lots of sit-ups, stomach crunches and other abdominal exercises will?
A. Using these devices alone will not give you "six-pack" abs. Applying electrical current to muscles may cause muscles to contract. Stimulating muscles repeatedly with electricity may eventually result in muscles that are strengthened and toned to some extent but will not, based on currently available data, create a major change in your appearance without the addition of diet and regular exercise."
"However, to really train and shape your muscles, you must move them through a full range of motion. While the machine may provide electrical stimulation, in reality your muscles are not moving very much; they are just experiencing small contractions in response to the impulse. For example, to really shape the biceps muscle in your arm, you must move your arm from a fully extended position to bending the elbow and bringing your hand toward your shoulder. This action works the entire muscle body. With an electronic muscle stimulation machine, your arm stays still and is not challenged to move against resistance. This means only a portion of your biceps muscle is actually being stimulated at a fixed angle."About Electronic Muscle Stimulators | eHow.com About Electronic Muscle Stimulators | eHow.com
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