MTG News

2018/07
INFORMATIONRELEASE
SIXPAD research results are announced
at the International Society of Electrophysiology and
Kinesiology (ISEK) conference held in Dublin, Ireland
MTG Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan; President: Tsuyoshi Matsushita) is pleased to report that the results of its joint research--conducted with SIXPAD wearable training gear development partner Toshio Moritani, Emeritus Professor for Kyoto University, Kohei Watanabe, Associate Professor of Chukyo University's School of International Liberal Studies, and others--were announced at the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK) conference for EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation) held in Dublin, Ireland.
SIXPAD held a symposium on the topic of electrical stimulation. EMS and electrical stimulation presentations were given by Professor Brian Caulfield of University College Dublin, Emeritus Professor Toshio Moritani of Kyoto University, and Associate Professor Kohei Watanabe of Chukyo University's School of International Liberal Studies. It was announced that according to Professor Moritani's research results, the effective frequency for electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) is 20 Hz. Also, Professor Watanabe announced the results of his joint research with MTG for the futuristic SIXPAD STATION EMS training gym which exercises your entire body's muscles in just 15 minutes, and for the Training Suit Tight. In addition, there was a booth where visitors could try out the SIXPAD STATION short program for themselves.
For the future, SIXPAD will continue to promote the proper theories and effects of electrical stimulation in its efforts to provide genuine exercise experiences. As a Japanese EMS brand, SIXPAD strives to be No. 1 in the world and contribute toward a society where everyone can live healthy lives.
About ISEK (International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology)
An international society for electrophysiology established in 1968. The society's membership is composed of researchers from around the world who specialize in the study of human movement and the neuromuscular system, focusing on subjects that include physiology, exercise physiology, ergonomics and sports science. In addition to holding an international conference once every two years, the society is actively involved in various activities including the publication of its official journal. Japanese researchers have been closely involved in the society, leading in the applied study of EMS (electrical muscle stimulation: electrical stimulation to directly elicit muscle contraction with electric impulses). In the past, the society was chaired by Toshio Moritani, Emeritus Professor of Kyoto University. Currently, Kohei Watanabe, Associate Professor of Chukyo University's School of International Liberal Studies, is a Council Member and will also serve as Congress Chair for the 2020 conference which will be held in Japan's Aichi Prefecture.
■Symposium for Electrical Stimulation
Based on a theme of "applied research and potential for electrical stimulation of skeletal muscles," presentations were given by Professor Brian Caulfield of University College Dublin, and by Emeritus Professor Toshio Moritani of Kyoto University and Associate Professor Kohei Watanabe of Chukyo University's School of International Liberal Studies, who presented regarding electrical stimulation and research results in order to enhance the scientific recognition and value perception of EMS and SIXPAD.
Professor Brian Caulfield of University College Dublin
Principal Investigator at Ireland's ARCH (Applied Research in Connected Health) Technology Centre. The facility provides field-crossing research for the connected health industry. Its research programs focus on applying technological advancements to improve physical functions in fields that include connected health and sports. With over 180 research publications and 6 joint written patents, the facility directs over 20 graduation research projects for graduate school master's and doctoral degrees.
【EMS Research Results of the Last 40 Years/ Emeritus Professor Toshio Moritani, Kyoto University】
<Verification of muscle tension (the power exhibited by a muscle)>
When frequencies higher than 20 Hz are used, the tensile strength of muscles falls off after about 60 seconds. The muscle's neurophysiological requirements cannot be met, and the effect of training leaves rather a lot to be desired. The conclusion is that when 20 Hz is used, muscle tension is maintained over time, which allows for consistent, efficient training.
Reference: Moritani et al. Exp Neurol 88:471-483,1985
 
<Verification of muscle oxygen consumption>
When exercised, muscles use energy and consume oxygen. It has been demonstrated that more oxygen is consumed and training efficacy is higher at 20 Hz than at other frequencies.
Materials Provided By: Emeritus Professor Toshio Moritani, Kyoto University
Toshio Moritani, Emeritus Professor, Kyoto University
Born in Hyogo Prefecture in 1950.
Served as President, Director and Councillor in many learned societies including the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology and the International Society of Biomechanics.
Was the world's first to evaluate the neurological factor in muscle growth.
【SIXPAD Joint Research Results & Self EMS Research/Kohei Watanabe, Associate Professor, Chukyo University】
<Research Summary>
Through hybrid training in which EMS is added to voluntary exercise, I was able to use an exercise bike to draw out a metabolic response that differed from that of standard voluntary exercise.
In addition, research was conducted for evaluating the quantitative living body load including the metabolic response of voluntary movement in the cases of exercising one's own body weight, skeletal muscle electrical stimulation, and training that combines voluntary exercise with skeletal muscle electrical stimulation. The research confirmed that voluntary exercise combined with electrical stimulation yielded a higher level of lactic acid in the blood when compared with the results from the former two cases. Combining voluntary exercise with skeletal muscle electrical stimulation, EMS can easily mobilize muscle fibers with strong contractive force that is difficult to mobilize with standard voluntary exercise. This suggests that a low-strength exercise of one's own body weight--stimulated by electrical impulse--can produce a similar in vivo response as a high-strength exercise.
Source: Kohei Watanabe, Chukyo University, School of International Liberal Studies
Kohei Watanabe, Associate Professor, Chukyo University
Expertise includes exercise physiology and biomechanics.
Studies the influence of exercise and aging on the central nervous system and muscles.
Serves as a Council Member of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology.
■Conference presentation
Displaying SIXPAD STATION experiment results. When conducting EMS training of the entire body during voluntary exercise, lactic acid in the blood remarkably increased, indicating that effective training was possible. In addition, wearing Training Suit Tights during exercise significantly increased the neuromotor activity of the femoral biceps.
■The futuristic EMS training gym "SIXPAD STATION"
As the first membership-only SIXPAD service, the EMS training gym "SIXPAD STATION" features advanced devices that use IoT technology to train the muscles in your body at the same time. Exercise through an EMS-integrated training program as you check your posture and the muscles you must focus on in the digital training mirror. The result is efficient full-body training in just 15 minutes.
SIXPAD STATION Brand website:https://www.sixpad-station.com/
■SIXPAD - Wearable Training Gear
SIXPAD is EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation) training gear for home use. It was born from the synergy of the EMS theory of Emeritus Professor Toshio Moritani of Kyoto University, the world's leading authority on sports medicine, MTG's proprietary waveform and the training method of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. These three elements brought about the training gear which features CMM Pulse as its core technology. In April 2017, five IoT-enabled EMS devices were launched which offer training visualization and improved operation by linking to a smartphone app. The result is that we developed training gear that increases your motivation to continue.
SIXPAD Brand website:www.sixpad.jp
For inquiries please contact:
Planning and Development, SIXPAD PJ Division, PR & Advertising GroupContact: Iwano/Shimizu
TEL :052-481-1269 
E-mail:sixpadpr@mtg.gr.jp