Powerdot was been kind enough to let me trial their device for a couple of weeks, here is a brief description of the product and what it does taken from the website
PowerDot is a wireless EMS unit used to increase the blood flow and metabolite washout and decrease the muscle tension to improve and speed up exercise recovery. Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) allows target training by placing electrode pads around the muscle and contracts it via electrical current. All sessions, Recovery, Warm Up and Strength, run from an app on your mobile (iOS and Android).
All the details can be found HERE and the full range of workouts can be SEEN HERE but in summery the electrical impulses cause muscle contractions that improve blood flow to help flush out metabolic waste post training and speed up recovery, or to improve muscular strength, strength endurance / explosive power based on the setting used.
The device and app have a wide range of settings, these are the ones I used most frequently when using the Powerdot.
App features and usability:
The device is controlled by an app and connects via Bluetooth, from there it is simply a case of choosing
The app provides feedback of the average and maximum intensities used during that session and also keep track of previous uses, most used settings and how much of the planned session was completed. This allows a significant amount of useful data to be collected and used to get the most out of the Powerdot and for it to compliment the other parts of your training programme
How it's best used:
Like a well-planned training programme, the Powerdot allows for a structured and periodised approach to be used: Due to the intensity being quantified on a scale of 1 - 100 and after each use the app providing feedback with regards to the average intensity of the session and the maximum intensity of a session it is very easy to note how and when to increase the intensity much like traditional training programs, this makes if perfect to run alongside your current training cycle, especially when it has a specific focus for example,
The Powerdot is a great way to compliment an existing strength and conditioning programme and allow an athlete to get some extra volume for weaker muscle groups. The Powerdot isn't designed to replace training, so don’t expect it to give you a 100kg snatch simply by using it in isolation, but when combined to supplement what’s already being done it will speed up recovery, reduce soreness and help teach the muscles how to forcefully contract which will perfectly carry over to moving yourself or a barbell faster for longer.
About the author: Paul Johnson, MSc, BSc, SENr
Paul has provided nutritional coaching and support to athlete in a wide variety of sports including competitive Crossfit athletes, international weightlifters in the masters age group, MMA fighters and recreational crossfitters and fitness enthusiasts just looking in improve health and body composition
In addition to Paul's experience in sports nutrition, he has a strong background in personal training, while his day job sees him delivering exercise referral sessions with particular focus on cardiac rehab, heart failure and adult weight management"