How 20 minutes of lunges while being ZAPPED might be 'as good as a brutal ... trends now
The thought of having to sweat it out in the gym to lose weight puts many off trying.
But a new fitness studio is promising to help you shift the scales even more than you would from a gruelling workout — simply by zapping the body.
Feel Electric, which has sites in London, Leeds and York, sees wannabe slimmers don a suit which sends electrical signals telling their muscles to contract, while doing lunges, squats and crunches.
Just one 20-minute session, which cost £25, is 'equal' to two-hours of high intensity gym training, the studio claims.
Participants burn 500 calories per session, on average, according to Feel Electric.
However, experts told MailOnline that the calorie-burning claims are 'nonsense' and 'totally unfounded' and say a 20 minute HIIT session can be just as effective.
A 20-minute session at Feel Electric (pictured), which has sites in London, Leeds and York, involves wearing a suit that sends electrical signals to the muscles to contract
Just one 20 minute session is 'equal' to two-hours of high intensity gym training, with participants burning 500 calories per session, on average, according to the studio
During any normal workout, from lifting weights to running, the brain sends signals to the muscles to contract, which burns calories.
Health bosses advise eating at least five portions to boost levels of vitamins, minerals and fibre as well as maintain a healthy weight and heart. Seven strawberries, 12 grapes and one banana counts, as does two satsumas, three apricots and half a pepper
Feel Electric customers put on an electro muscle stimulation (EMS) suit, which delivers low levels of electricity to muscles and nerves — mimicking the signals from the brain but delivering these at a higher intensity.
The technology, which has been used in sport for around 50 years, forces the muscles to work harder during the classes, which involve simple exercises, such as ski jumps and side twists.
These can be done with handrail support if needed.
During the 20-minute class, which pushes people 'as hard as they can go', the studio's personal trainers dial the impulses up or down, depending on each customer's fitness.
'As muscles can't tell the difference in the type of stimulus, this means users can work-out faster, and with less strain on the joints,' according to Feel Electric.
It is this very effect that leads customers to burning 500 calories during training, the studio claims.
For comparison, Feel Electric says four hours of gym training with a personal trainer would only burn 400 calories, while two hours of HIIT would be needed to burn as many calories.
Feel Electric says one or two sessions per week is enough to stay 'healthy and fit'.
However, studies into EMS have yielded mixed results, with many noting that more research is needed to determine whether it works.
Health chiefs in the US say EMS devices may be able to 'temporarily strengthen, tone or firm a muscle'.
They are sometimes used by medics to boost strength following a stroke or surgery by delivering a shock to the weakened muscles, which makes them easier to move.
However, none have been found to help with weight loss, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.
Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) is a type of electrotherapy.
It involves attaching electrodes — pads that adhere