How to do 20,000 sit ups without breaking out into a sweat

As a beauty writer you become very adept at dismissing too good to be true headlines.

But then there’s the insecure women inside me that secretly wonders ‘but what if’?  Which is why I ended up trying out Emsculpt.


I figured what have I got to loose? A few lunch times and potentially a wobbly tummy?

So the press release read, how to tone your tummy in your lunch hour.   Without going to the gym or breaking out into a sweat.

I mean, come on, you’d be tempted right?

Before and after EmSculpt

Before and after EmSculpt

Especially with the summer holiday and the prospect of wearing a bikini on the beach fast approaching.

Well EmSculpt is a new machine that delivers the equivalent of 20,000 sit-ups without you having to do a thing.

The machine uses HIFEM technology to produce high-intensity muscle contractions causing a release of epinephrine that breaks down fat.   Activating 100% of the muscle it’s the equivalent of 20,000 sit ups in a 30 minute time period.  I  mean seriously, has anyone ever actually  managed to do that many sit ups?

Surely not even Britney Spears in her hey day was doing that many?

They are big claims. Tempting claims. Which is why I jumped at the chance to try it. With two kids under my belt and a slipped disc in the mix sit ups aren’t exactly top of my to do list these days.

But dazzled by the science I thought I’d give it a go. I visited Dr Preema Vig who is one of the first practitioners in the UK to offer the treatment and she’s the undisputed pro. She also advocates a healthy lifestyle and doesn’t make any false promises about how this treatment works.

So how does it work?

Dr Preema explains  "Unlike the traditional approach towards body shaping through freezing or other aesthetic devices to generate fat cell death, this is a non- surgical contouring treatment which uses an electromagnetic field to simultaneously build muscle and cause fat cell disruption. Muscles represent 35% of the human body, but existing aesthetic treatments only address fat.  This is the first device that goes beyond waist-line reduction and addresses not only fat loss but abdominal contouring through muscle tone."

The principle is that by dramatically increasing the metabolic rate of what’s going on around the muscle and with the hyper contraction of the muscle, the fatty acids on the muscle cells leak out. This results in a 15% fat burn on top of the muscle building.  The fat-burn effect is more of a residual effect from what the device is doing to your muscles.

What does it involve?

The process is relatively painless. A typical treatment takes around 30 minutes and a course row 4 sessions is recommend for optimum results. The device straps on over your stomach area and then a practitioner turns up the power.  Dr Preema started at a lower power then worked up.  Starting at 80% or 100% can hyperstress the muscle.

It’s essential you find a trained practitioner who knows exactly how to handle the device. The contractions occur a few seconds apart and feel strange, like a super-intense vibration that reaches your very core. There is no downtime so you can return to your daily activities after each session. Expect to see results two to four weeks after the initial session and you will continue to see improvements for several weeks following the procedure.

It’s not an alternative to exercise and a health lifestyle but it’s an effective treatment for targeting the tummy.

Best results will be seen after 3-months with continued improvement over a 6-month time period.

Who’s it good for?

Anyone that wants to tone their tummy or thigh area.  It's also proving popular with women struggling with diastasis recti, which is when the two muscles that run down the centre of the stomach separate after pregnancy.

This treatment does not claim to be a dramatic fat loss treatment. I liked it because it targeted the deeper muscles that I was unable to work out because of my back problem.  After the course I felt able to start moderate exercise and I am now doing an advanced barrecore class twice a week. So for me it helped me get back into exercise. Do I have a 6 pack?  Don’t be ridiculous.