CLICKBAIT?! SHOCKER?! YOU MUST BE KIDDING?!
Nope, none of the above. All facts and truths here, tried & tested. You can now get abs literally just by laying down! Have a short 30 minutes to spare? Pop in, take a half an hour nap and let technology work for you. Well, at least that was what I did and I saw shockingly amazing results!
A little backstory before we delve into this mysterious world of EMSCULPT®. Well, I have always been on the slightly meatier side (blame genetics!) so the gym is no stranger to me. As much as I hate strength & cardio trainings, I have to force myself to complete at least 3 hours of workouts per week just to maintain my figure. Workouts, fad diets, you name it, I have tried it. Imagine my curiosity when I found out that a machine can actually "DO" your workout for you without you physically breaking out a sweat! I knew I had to give it a try. Lo & behold, this procedure definitely lived up to its name and I think this is the next big thing for those who are always dreaming of em' rock hard abs!
I was asked to try out this fantastic technology, EmSculpt®, by The Chelsea Clinic and everything I write here is based on my honest opinion and experience. Being in the beauty industry, I get a lot opportunities to try out aesthetic/body procedures. I am picky, and only accept those that pique my interest. EMSCULPT® by The Chelsea Clinic, stood out in the crowd. I have never seen anything like this and I knew I had to try it and let you guys know how it goes. After undergoing a series of 4 treatments, it completely changed my view of exercising!
What Is EmSculpt®?
This non-surgical FDA-approved treatment is designed to specifically BURN FAT & BUILD MUSCLES. It uses high-intensity focused electro-magnetic waves to create involuntary muscle contractions on the targeted area. EMSCULPT® can be used to tone your abdomen or give you a butt lift without undergoing any surgical procedures. EMSCULPT® is one of the latest technology so it was no surprise that it operates solely on touch-screen! The power levels can easily be manipulated at the touch of the fingers.
The idea behind EMSCULPT® is simple. Think 1 minute planks, you are using only about 50% of your core muscles and by the 50 seconds mark, you are probably screaming for your life. With EmSculpt®, a 30 minute session is equivalent to 20,000 crunches of FULL 100% muscle contractions, something you will never achieve no matter how stringent you are with your workouts. The best part, you will not feel your muscles cramping up during the session. The reason behind this phenomenon is that EmSculpt® has a strategic program with altered forms of wave pulsations to break up the buildup of lactic acid in your muscles while working them hard.
A full course of EMSCULPT® consists of 4 30-minute sessions all spaced within 2 weeks. By the end of it, you can expect about 15% of muscle growth and a better definition of your body contours.
During my first visit to The Chelsea Clinic, I was met with a warm welcome by their staff. After registration, I had my weight and body composition taken. The scale not only tells me my weight, it also gives a full analysis of my body composition (eg; bone mass, fat mass, muscle mass, BMI). This is a key factor as these numbers will be a testament as to whether EmSculpt® actually works to burn fat & build muscles! A few "Before" shots were taken as well for references to record my progress. After a quick consultation with Dr Liau where she explained all the details about EMSCULPT®, I was then whisked to a comfortable room to proceed with the treatment.
Dr Liau was really sweet and meticulous as she marked out the areas to place the EMSCULPT® paddle on during my first session. The paddles were placed slightly below my ribs and extends all the way to my lower abdomen. As it was my first session, we had to power up the machine slowly so that I could get used to the interesting pulsating sensation. Within a couple of minutes, we hit 100% and I was left alone with a bell to ring should I require any assistance. Some may fall asleep during the session but I simply took the time to recollect my thoughts and plan my week. It is also important to note that your body should not have any metal objects as EMSCULPT® uses electro-magnetic waves to work its magic. If you have multiple piercings like me, you have to take them out!
My subsequent sessions were quick and easy. I opted for lunch time appointments as I am working a full-time job. As the clinic was located right in town, it was extremely convenient for anyone to pop in and out for a quick session during their lunch break. My remaining sessions were administered by the nurses but they were extremely caring and knowledgable as well. We hit the max power of 100% without any discomfort and 30 minutes flew by just in a blink of an eye! It is safe to say that I was in good hands and I am sure, any other patient would be as well.
As to the after effects of the treatment, I only felt soreness in my core after the first session. I had no discomfort or soreness for my subsequent treatments. I guess EMSCULPT® had already done its job in building up my core muscles so the future sessions went by like a breeze.
How Does It Feel?
Probably the most asked question - Does it hurt? Well, with all honesty, it DOESN'T! However, I must say, it is definitely a sensation I have never felt before. It is not the most comfortable, but it is bearable and you will get used to it for sure. It feels like a very intense vibration working every bit of your core muscles, even those you never knew existed. The only difference is, you will not feel your muscles cramping up as the machine is designed to break up excess lactic acid! There are 3 cycles that repeats itself till the 30 minute mark and here is my best explanation for it:
1. Starting Cycle - It sounds as though you are starting the engine of your motorcycle, think BROOM... BROOM... BROOM... Through which, your muscle will contract accordingly. Your body will lift slightly as the EmSculpt® paddle sends electro-magnetic waves to stimulate your core muscles. You are basically doing involuntary core exercises with the help of technology! This goes on for about 15 times (gauge) before moving on to the next.
2. Intense Cycle - This one, I have grown to love. Not going to lie, the first session was a little difficult for me but after that, it became something that I looked forward to as I knew it is the ultimate cycle to work those abs! It is an extended cycle of the first one so each pulsation goes on slightly longer, thus making your muscles work the extra mile. I remembered thinking aloud during my first session, "Oh my, I think my muscles are going to cramp up soon!" Dr Liau reassured me that EmSculpt® has a strategic program to prevent that and lo and behold, just as I thought I was going to have cramps, it stops for a few seconds before pulsing again.
3. Tapping Cycle - This is the cycle that breaks up the build up of lactic acid that causes muscle cramps. It starts off with a light tapping pulse and intensifies as it goes on. Hit "Play" on the video above to get a glimpse of how it is like. During this tapping pulsation cycle, I can feel my muscles relaxing and I think it is a good prep before a new cycle begins again.
Is EMSCULPT® For You?
I am of a healthy weight so EMSCULPT® had a great result on me. I am happy with how toned my stomach is (I do not have washboard abs) and I can definitely see some definition especially when I don on cropped tops. Above is my before & after shot after 4 treatments. Check out that subtle abdominal line, it is something I never had despite my crazy abs workout routine before.
EMSCULPT® is recommended for those who do not have too much excess fat. So if you are of healthy weight or have lesser fat in your body, EmSculpt® will work wonders for you. However, if you an excess layer of fat, EmSculpt® might not be the right treatment for you. I would recommend CoolSculpt or otherwise commonly know as Fat Freeze. It get rids of the excess layer of fat that covers your muscles. After that, you can consider EMSCULPT® to give your body definition. I am not a doctor but you can always consult a professional for the best treatment diagnosis. My treatments were done at The Chelsea Clinic and I am beyond pleased with the results.
After a month, I dropped 2kg without exercise or fad dieting. The only way I can attribute this weight loss is EMSCULPT® burning the excess fat in my abdominal region and giving me better muscle definition. I will highly recommend this to those who wish to have a tighter core or a lifted butt. Tried and tested, you can achieve a better body silhouette with EMSCULPT®.
Special thanks to The Chelsea Clinic for making this post possible. It was definitely a pleasure to share my journey in achieving a better body contour with the help of EMSCULPT®. Try it for yourself and be amazed with the results. Thank you for reading and hope this helps you in achieving those abs of your dreams.