You know that feeling you get in your stomach right before you begin your workout routine? It’s like every single cell in your body is protesting, “Don’t do this to me!” This mental barrier is why most people don’t exercise as much or as often as they should, but is actually a perfectly natural reaction to strenuous activity. Human beings are designed to be physically active, but only in the pursuit of accomplishing goals essential to survival – or the occasional pleasure, like playing or engaging in sexy times (as Borat would’ve put it).
While pumping iron to attract a potential mate is a sufficient motivator for some, it’s not how nature programmed us. Our long history of hunting and gathering has imprinted mankind with a set of psychological triggers, which is why many of us struggle so profoundly when it comes to exercising. To the more basic, primitive parts of your brain, it makes absolutely no sense why you should get on that treadmill or set a new personal record in bench press, because what is there to be gained from it? To the brain, all you’re doing is wasting valuable energy and draining yourself both physically and mentally for no reason whatsoever.
Looking at it from a primitive survival standpoint, that’s completely true. Our ancestors had to be very careful of how much energy they expended every day, because they never knew when the next big meal would become available. However, most of us don’t have to physically fight to put food on our table, and we don’t need to conserve our energy reserves in case a hungry predator shows up around the next corner, intent on making us their dinner. Our lives have changed significantly over the last couple of hundred years and our instincts are simply having some issues catching up.
Why not utilize our access to improved technology and incorporate it in our workout, to get past that mental wall of resistance once and for all?
When you perform any kind of motion meant to increase muscle mass, what you’re really doing is putting your muscles under duress through contraction and expansion. You brain is sending electrical impulses to your limbs, telling them to move in a way that breaks down your muscles. Then, when you rest after a workout, your muscles will begin to heal from the ordeal you just put them through, resulting in larger muscles with more capacity for physical activity.
Sending similar impulses straight to your muscles through a machine that runs on electrical current will simulate this motion of contraction and expansion, straining your muscles, all while effectively bypassing your brain. This will both strengthen your physical build and allow your mind to perform other tasks while you exercise.
You’ve probably seen the ads promoting electrical exercise belts, but do they really work? The short answer is yes. This concept is nothing new and has been used by bodybuilders and athletes for decades. One of the most famous promoters of this workout method was Bruce Lee. He used conducive nodes applied to specific muscle groups on his body. An electrical current would then be sent through in repeated pulses, granting the legendary martial artist maximum results within a minimum time frame. A 15 minute session on his upper body would have the same impact as doing 600 pushups.
An electronic bodybuilding device is a way for the less inclined to get into a more fit and healthy lifestyle without having to pay the mental price. You can pick one up at any fitness store for less than $100. The old saying goes: No pain, no gain. But that’s not necessarily true any more. Simply apply the gel, attach the device to whatever body part you feel is in the need of a good workout, hit the button, sit back and let modern technology do all the hard work for you.