Yes. When you purchase a Compex device you’ll receive four small and two large electrodes.
Two years (Fill out the warranty registration form for an additional year or warranty.
Battery life varies depending on the programs used and the intensities selected. The average battery life is between 15 and 20 hours.
Remove all the cable leads from the device. Make sure the power pin is aligned along the bottom curved portion of the port entrance. See diagram below for detail.
Depending on your skin type, between 15 and 30 times.
The positive electrode (red cable) must be placed in the area of the motor point of the muscle. The negative electrode (black cable) is placed on the muscle trajectory. The position of the electrodes is shown on the photos for each specific application in the training section of the user manual.
The choice of electrode size (large or small) and the correct positioning of the electrodes on the muscular group and essential factors for the comfort and effectiveness of the stimulation.
The highest level possible (but it must remain bearable) in order to recruit the most muscle fibers. The most effective way to decide your level is your own judgment: The contractions must be powerful without ever becoming intolerable. The progress of a stimulated muscle will be greater if the Compex device recruits a high number of its fibers.
There is no need for you to reach the maximum current strength right from the first contraction of the first session of the first cycle. After the warm-up, which must produce very clear muscular twitches, you should raise the stimulation energy progressively, from contraction to contraction, during the first three or four minutes of the work sequence. You should also progress with stimulation energy levels used from session to session, particularly during the first three sessions of a cycle. A well-prepared athlete will already reach very significant stimulation energies during the fourth session.
Yes. The Compex device must not be used in the case of epilepsy or on patients who wear a pacemaker. In addition, stimulation must never be applied around the stomach area in women who are pregnant, or for people suffering from a hernia or eventration. Never apply the electrodes to the head and avoid the area around the heart.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is a unit prescribed for both acute pain and chronic pain conditions and sends electrical impulses to certain parts of the body to block pain signals from being transmitted to the brain. It’s primarily used at the sensory level and does not cause muscle contraction.
Compex (EMS) when used for strength training sends a signal to the motor nerve of the muscle causing it to contract and build muscle mass. The Active Recovery program uses specific low-level frequencies to increase blood flow, remove lactic acid, release endorphins, and promote muscle relaxation.
The photos in the user manual show the precise recommended placements of the electrodes. To locate your own motor point more accurately, you can move the positive electrode slightly (red cable) and watch where the muscle response is the best (strongest twitch at the same intensity). The motor point pen is an accessory that is sold separately to help you find the motor point.
For programs involving powerful muscular contractions (tetanic contractions), the muscle should always be stimulated in an isometric fashion. To do this, place the body part against an immovable object (such as the floor). Example: If you’re working the quads, sit in a chair and plant your feet firmly on the ground.
Dynamic work should be done without such resistance. For the other types of programs (Pain relief and Recovery, Cramp prevention, Long-run optimization and Overcompensation), place yourself in a comfortable position.
No. If you progressively increase the intensity during the contraction period, then you’ll prevent any risk of muscle tear or injury.
The muscle is also stimulated during the rest phases, which causes muscle twitches. These twitches help to improve recovery between contractions.
During rest phases, the intensity of the twitches is automatically set to 50 percent. The aim of the twitches between the contractions is to increase blood flow and improve the recovery rate.
No. Everyone has his or her own level of sensitivity.
No. Muscular stimulation has existed for decades and no problems have been found.
There are certain areas where the skin more sensitive nerve endings. A bad connection between the skin and the electrodes reduces the comfort level. It’s important to use the electrodes when they’re in good condition (maximum of 30 sessions), apply them correctly to the skin, and if necessary, move them to a less sensitive area.
No. There is no danger if the electrodes are poorly placed. The stimulation will simply become less effective.
This program doesn’t cause contractions; it causes muscular twitches. The frequency of the pulse drops gradually during the session, resulting in three types of effect: an increase in blood flow (flushes out toxins faster), an endorphin analgesic effect, a relaxing effect. The end result: faster restoration of the muscular balance.
Yes. A good example for us to look at is the study carried out on professional basketball players. This study compared the relaxation of a group of players who trained with a Compex device, and a group that trained without it. The group that combined a Compex device to their normal routine showed a vast improvement in explosive strength that far exceeded the other group (+30°).
A study carried out on cross-country skiing showed an improvement in endurance and strength after training with a Compex device (Leipzig, 1999).
Yes. The Endurance program improves the ability of short twitch muscle fibers to gain more oxygen (develops mitochondria and increases oxidative enzymes), which increases the average effort that you can maintain over a long period.
No. Using Compex electric muscle stimulation allows you to train specific muscle groups that seem to be weaker to improve any imbalances. A Compex device helps to improve the muscle chain responsible for a movement, strengthening the weakest link!
A Compex device is obviously not a toy, and children without adult supervision must not use it. Having said that, as it prevents overtaxing the bones and tendons, unlike classic weight training, it can be used to increase muscle strength in young people without causing lesions.
It will allow you to maximize your training time. Using a Compex device will give you higher-quality workouts because you can train at your maximum effort and recover faster.
Regardless of the type of sport practiced, the level of muscle stimulation of the Compex programs always enhances performance. You can train better and in less time to reach optimal performance.
Compex muscle stimulation compliments your workouts; it’s not to replace them. It’s essential to continue practicing movements, technique, cardio-vascular development and more to boost overall training performance.
Compex sessions can be carried out outside or during voluntary training. If you wish to do both types of training at the same time, we recommend that you start with voluntary training. In some cases, particularly for resistance work, it can be beneficial to start with a Compex session in order to generate a state of “pre-fatigue” in the muscle fibers.
With a Compex device, the muscle contractions always develop gradually with no sudden pull on the tendons or joints. This means that it’s not possible to cause muscle or tendon trauma. However, as the muscle work is intense, muscle soreness sets in, just like when you begin a new weight lifting program. You trigger new muscles to work, which creates soreness.