Compex Sport

Written by Sierra Rein
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The neuromuscular stimulation products of Compex Sport were originally designed for European athletes who desired a non-traumatic way to increase the size and power of their muscles and to enhance their entire level of fitness. However, they are now sold around the world to individuals, doctor's offices, gyms and health clinics for a variety of uses. Not only are athletes utilizing them to stimulate their muscles, but also people recovering from injuries are taking advantage of Compex machines.

Compex Sport machines use what is called electrostimulation to contract certain muscles without the voluntary message from the brain. After electrodes are placed on a specific muscle group, a small amount of electrical current (usually no more than 30 milliamps) is sent through the machine to the electrodes. The muscle group then contracts as if it were sent a message from the brain. In this way, athletes and anyone who wishes to build muscle mass can gain strength without the dangers of heavy lifting or the fatigue of cardio workouts.

When using these machines, however, it is important to have a balance between voluntary (without the machine) training and stimulation sessions. The Compex Sport should not be relied on as the only means of achieving fitness. Most athletes who use Compex stimulation machines do so on alternating days, or after finishing a period of voluntary training. Some athletes also use the electrostimulation to "warm up" the muscles before resistance training and to step up the level of the athlete's glycolytic metabolism.

Training Programs on the Compex Sport

The Compex Sport is equipped with four different training programs to improve and build upon existing workouts: endurance, resistance, strength, and explosive strength. The endurance program is set for a 45-minute period at medium intensity and is great for marathon swimmers, runners, rowers and cyclers. The resistance setting is designed for anyone who is involved in a sport that requires the use of concentrated power for a period of more than ten seconds, as it sends a pattern of long tetanic surges of power (to simulate a long muscle contraction) followed by a short electrical surge to create a resting stage. Finally, the strength and explosive strength programs utilize short bursts of current to help the muscle gain power and high-speed reaction times.

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