There is a future fitness studio craze that is creeping into the United States after decades of positive results from use in Europe. Its name is Manduu and it “utilizes electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) technology to deliver an incredibly effective, highly efficient and personally tailored exercise regimen for adults of all ages and fitness levels.”
According to a 2012 report on EMS, it can improve:
• Spinal mobility
• Structural balance and symmetry
• Autonomic balance in the central nervous system
• Insulin sensitivity
As reported in the Tennessean, Manduu is slowly, but surely, gaining popularity in the United States.
Wiley Robinson is the Director of Operations at Cool Springs gym south of Nashville, Tennessee. He is also a Registered Nurse (RN). Manduu is, in his words, “the gym of the future” because it delivers what no personal trainer alone can: direct and immediate physical feedback during exercise by means of “electrical muscle stimulation through the suit.”
One trainer guides no more than two trainees, which is a nice change from a crowded Zumba class or waiting in line for the triceps machine at the gym.
How does this uber efficient workout work? With a trainer’s help, the system’s InBody 770 scans and measures your “skeletal muscle mass, total body fat, visceral fat, hydration, metabolic rate and other key metrics with clinical accuracy,” according to its creators.
The human body runs on electrical impulses. During physical activity, the trainee can request that specific muscle groups be stimulated electrically, either more or less. This results in a very low-impact on muscle flexing and resistance movements as low-voltage current activates 90 percent of the muscle fibers in all nine major muscle groups.
What is revolutionary about InBody is that it takes the guess-work out of physical fitness. In Robinson’s words:
“The InBody device allows us to be specific on nutrition and guidance of physical fitness and cardio. We don’t make assumptions. Everything is evidence based.”
One weekly 15-minute session equals six hours of full-body gym time lifting weights. Manduu trainers work with “professional athletes, seniors and everyone in between” to design and develop customized workouts that will achieve the trainee’s desired fitness goals.
Described as a “highly efficient, incredibly effective program that leverages technology to reach deep inside the muscles while boosting fat-burning metabolism, helping people of all ages and fitness levels craft the body they want,” Manduu is being embraced by orthopedic surgeons like corporate co-founder and team member Malcolm E. Baxter, M.D. who said:
“As an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine, I am intrigued by Manduu: a personal trainer once a week, no crowded, confusing, intimidating gym, and far more efficient yet with very little impact on the joints.”
Manduu is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Despite its exciting potential for improving the nation’s health, Manduu is currently only available at owner Jason Ritzen’s four national locations. Two are in Tennessee at Cool Springs and Brentwood, and two others are in Miami, Florida and Santa Monica, California.
Visionary Ritzen pointed out this added benefit for visitors to a Manduu location:
“A lot of people are intimidated by a loud, smelly gym, and they’re not sure how to exercise safely without injuring themselves. When you see our studio, you’ll recognize that this is the future of fitness training. We welcome people to come visit, and the first session is on us.”
User reviews are strongly positive. Consider this glowing testimonial from Nelly’sLife Malcolm E. Baxter, M.D. from a woman “always trying to find the balance between taking care of my body and enjoying the perks of life.”
Another review from PopSugar Malcolm E. Baxter, M.D. breaks down the Manduu workout session with some very illustrative videos that really show what to expect from this extraordinary 15-minute commitment to health and well-being.
Will Manduu catch on with health-minded Americans? Only time will tell, but this innovative approach to integrative exercise is as “stimulating” (pardon the pun) as it is exciting!