Zapped to glory

January 16, 2008, 9:00 AM PST | Length: 248


CNET News.com's Michael Kanellos takes a ride with the Compex Sport, which electrically stimulates nerves to build muscles. It's an efficient, legal, and very painful way to beef up athletic performance.

5 comments
feral
feral

BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!! that is the funniest thing I have seen in ages. Im curious Michael, how sore were you for the next few days after? This thing really has many many uses, not only in sport. Im sure the CIA would love to have these. They would call them a Portable Field Information Gathering Unit. Cheers!

mjd420nova
mjd420nova

The doctors know that this is a very effective method of rehabilitating certain areas of damaged muscle tissue without stressing other areas. It allows them to target one specific muscle and exercise just it and no others. This is important in rehab and very beneficial.

Fairbs
Fairbs

I can't help but say that the guy riding the bike and acting like a goober was a huge distraction from what looks to be an interesting technology. Thanks for your insight on how it's used for physical rehab.

david.silkstone
david.silkstone

In the early days of electricity they made amputated frogs legs 'twitch' using electricity, but historians have never come across the phrase "this seemed to add muscle mass to the frog's leg"... nuff said.

DadsPad
DadsPad

The frog's leg was not alive, so it could not build new tissue. Electricity contracts the muscle, thus acting much like isometric exercises. Unfortunately I could not view the demonstration, would not come up, even though I have flashplayer on my pc.