Our top choice for electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), the Marc Pro Electrical Muscle Stimulation Recovery Unit is the next generation of muscle recovery.
The Marc Pro – which we first introduced in this podcast with Ben Greenfield – surpasses the outdated, generic electrical stimulation principles set forth in decades-old research studies. They did not design this product on questionable theories or research on other products.
Instead, the scientists at Marc Pro utilized 30 years of medical device experience and research; then worked with athletes, trainers, and researchers to develop the ideal technology to meet their goals. The result was a complete paradigm shift. The unique parameters utilized by the Marc Pro device are based on actual outcomes of real users. In fact, the Marc Pro mechanism of action, as well as the resulting physiologic processes, were recently studied and measured. All of the claims are based on specific technology that has been tested through blinded, controlled research.
Unique in Its Field
Putting enough electricity through the skin in any form can cause muscles to contract; but how your body responds can vary significantly. The wrong type of current or too much current can be painful or even harmful or dangerous to the body. Some of the most common electrical stimulators on the market are cheap and can interfere with nerve signals, but have no recovery or conditioning benefits whatsoever.
Other muscle stimulators can create strong muscle contractions, but often tetanize (cramp) the muscle at the same time. This can be useful in muscle re-education, but the related fatigue and or discomfort are not suited to recovery. Some conditioning and recovery devices can be beneficial, but their success is often limited by the generic and static technology they employ.
The Marc Pro Dynamic Decaying Waveform
Though many EMS products have developed modern microprocessors to cycle through various frequency and voltage levels, the root technology they employ is quite antiquated. Most employ static square waveforms and relatively high voltages and frequencies to generate enough muscle recruitment. A static square waveform contracts the muscle at full power, holds it at that full power, then instantly and fully releases the muscle. It’s an unnatural signal that can be harsh, and in some cases quite uncomfortable and fatiguing.
By contrast, the Marc Pro device employs a unique dynamic decaying waveform. This type of signal comfortably contracts muscles and then slowly releases them over a period of time. Muscle fibers are allowed to properly relax, and fluids are moved in and out of the area without causing fatigue to the muscle.
The dynamic decaying nature of the Marc Pro waveform allows for other parameters to be significantly altered, and includes a pulse duration that is much longer than any other device on the market. During each contraction the signal is in the muscle for a longer period of time, allowing for a different level of recruitment. Fibers which are valuable, yet difficult to contract, can be stimulated. This leads to optimal recruitment for our conditioning and recovery goals, while preventing any discomfort, tetanization or fatigue of the muscle.
Marketing Hype vs. Real Science
Many popular EMS products have no science or research behind them at all. Others reference research studies that are not even based on their particular device. These studies are often 10, 20, or even 30 old.
Some products rely on endorphin theories from the 1970s, while others claim that their technology and advanced programming is based on research about lactate removal and circulation benefits. The latter research is more than a decade old. In fact, recent research actually demonstrates that Lactate is the preferred fuel of muscle as opposed to a negative waste product.
The makers of some EMS devices cite research studies regarding ideal frequencies and circulation benefits. Unfortunately, these studies are outdated and incomplete. They did not account for other parameters such as wave shape, polarity, pulse duration, or voltage. They certainly did not consider the unique, cutting-edge waveform and pulse duration utilized by a modern device like Marc Pro.
No Complicated Programs Needed
Many of the popular EMS products on the market are quite complicated. It’s hard to figure out which program to use, decipher positive and negative wires, decide between different sets of specialized pads, and locate motor points on the muscle. These units also utilize harsh signals and high voltages, making many of the different programs quite impractical or irrelevant. It’s no wonder most people won’t use these devices consistently.
By comparison, Marc Pro is extremely easy and comfortable to use. Marc Pro’s next generation technology is not burdened with difficult setup, complicated programming, or harsh signals. The device utilizes only one size electrode and one setting, and you don’t need to be an electrical or anatomy expert to use it. All of this simplicity is possible because we know what we can do, how to do it, and we do it extremely well. Our customers are able to use their devices easily and comfortably, meaning they will actually see the desired benefits.
One Setting Accomplishes These Core Conditioning Applications
- Conditioning. Helps you do more and last longer through increased capacity for nourishment delivery
- Recovery. Speeds recovery after strenuous activity by increasing the exchange of nourishment and waste
- Low Intensity Recovery. Lower level contractions are always available if desired
- Warm Up (Potentiation). Warm up muscles without discomfort or fatigue
- Low Intensity Warm Up. Lower level contractions are always available if desired
- Massage. Pump and activate muscles for a massage benefit
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