Please read below for answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for please email us at info@shocktherapy.com. Please click on the questions in order to read the answers.

What is Shock Therapy Fitness?

Shock Therapy Fitness is the first Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS), based group fitness studio in the U.S. Our workouts are unique, intense and efficient and provide maximum results in only 30 minutes of exercise. Our small group sessions allow you to feel a part of a team while receiving personal attention and guaranteeing optimal results and safety.

What is EMS?

Electro Muscle Stimulation, EMS, provides electrical impulses that enhance your body’s voluntary muscle contractions. EMS is a time-honored fitness technique popular in gyms throughout Europe and common in advanced sports rehabilitation.

Why is Shock Therapy’s training more effective than conventional fitness training?

Shock Therapy Fitness’ full-body EMS workout activates 90% of the body’s muscles simultaneously. Shock Therapy Fitness condenses three hours of conventional fitness training into 30-minute workouts.

Is EMS safe?

Yes! Low-frequency electrical impulse is widely used in training and rehabilitation therapy. Muscles are electrochemical organs and receive electrical impulses from the central nervous system to contract. EMS technology adheres to this natural principle - simply intensifying the contraction by applying electrodes directly above the muscle.

IMPORTANT: EMS equipment should not be used on people with heart disease, cancer history, pacemakers or other electronic medical devices, Rhabdomyolysis, or during pregnancy. EMS is also not recommended for people with a predisposition to epileptic seizures or convulsions, infectious diseases, prone to hemorrhaging or heavy bleeding (hemophilia), an abdominal wall or inguinal hernia, arteriosclerosis, high fever, blood pressure related illnesses, skin disease, or people with metal body implants.

Are there any long-term side effects of EMS training?

No, there are no known negative side effects of EMS training.

Can the electric current harm my heart?

No, the low-frequency impulses exclusively activate the striated skeletal muscles. The heart, other organs and muscle tissues surrounding the organs are not reached.

Who is EMS suitable for?

EMS is a great way to tone and get in shape for everyone age 18 and up and in good general health. If you have any specific ailments, we advise you to speak to your healthcare provider or one of our friendly Shock Therapy Fitness team members before booking.

If you are under the age of 18, over the age of 70, or haven’t performed routine exercise within one year, please call or email us for a free consultation.

Does EMS hurt?

No, it does not. You’ll experience a similar challenge to lifting weights or performing squats. However, days after working out, you will feel sore as if you trained for several hours at the gym.

Why is it necessary to arrive at least 15-minutes early to a session?

For proper PowerSuit setup and electric impulse adjustments, you must arrive at least 15 minutes before the session begins. For the safety and consideration of all participants, Shock Therapy Fitness offers no grace period for late arrivals. Anyone arriving less than 15 minutes prior to the start of class will be considered a “cancellation.” For new Shock Therapy clients, we grant a one-time courtesy reschedule for late arrivals. Please check out our Cancellation & Transfer Policy.

What do I need to bring with me?

Clients must bring a pair of sneakers and wear our signature Shock Therapy Fitness undergarments designed for EMS whole-body workouts. You can purchase or rent a set at our front desk. It is mandatory to wear our organic viscose-elastane blend garments because they have the capacity to absorb the water necessary to transmit the electrical impulses from the EMS Power Suit’s electrodes. Additionally, the material prevents electrical currents from spreading.

What does the session set-up involve?

You’ll come into the workout sporting your Shock Workout Attire and sneakers. A Shock Therapy Fitness team member will prepare your Power Suit by wetting it to create proper transmission of electrical impulses. They will then fit you in the Power Suit, which is snug, like a second skin. Once in the session, a Shock Therapy Fitness trainer will ask you to stand in a gentle squat position while they individually adjust your electrical impulse strength, gradually increasing. Check out Our Workouts page for more information!

How often can I workout?

We recommend two, 30-minute sessions per week - separated by at least 48 hours; recommended 72 hours. Please keep in mind that two Shock Therapy Fitness Strength sessions are the equivalent of six hours of weight lifting. Check out Our Workouts page for more information!

Can I train with EMS every day?

No. Because 90% of your muscle fibers are activated during a Shock Therapy Fitness workout, your body requires at least 48 hours to recuperate. We recommend you wait 72 hours between Strength sessions.

How long do I need to work out before I see results?

All bodies are different. In most cases, you will see great results after 10 consistent sessions. We advise that you follow a nutrition plan for optimal results.

Where are you located?

We are located at 153 E 70th St., New York, New York, 10021, on the east side of 70th Street between Lexington and 3rd Ave.

Do you have lockers?

We sure do. No need to bring a lock; we’ve got that covered as well.

Do you have showers?

No, but we have plenty of amenities for you to freshen up post-session!