Mar 24, 2024 - Health

We tried miha, which packs a 2-hour workout into 20 minutes

Man with outstretched arms facing a woman in an all black suit with outstretched arms.

Nolan Lee leads Carrie through a miha routine with electrical stimulation. Photo: Moyo Adelou/Axios

There's a new workout in Chicago called miha that sends actual electric currents — known as electrical myostimulation — to specific areas of your body.

Why it matters: Efficiency. A 20-minute session is said to equal a 2.5-hour workout. It can be used to heal injuries faster and build strength for sedentary and older people.

How it works: I tried the technology at Balanced Flow Wellness in Bucktown. Nolan Lee, my trainer for the day, started by taking a full-body scan that measured my weight, BMI and muscle mass.

  • I took off my yoga pants and sneakers and put on a special shirt and shorts that help conduct the electro currents.
  • Lee snapped belts across my hips, thighs, chest and arms that connected to magnets attached to a treadmill-like machine that delivered the currents.
  • As I did exercises like squats and crunches, Lee would either increase or decrease the level of current vibrating through my body.

My take: Electrifying! It's odd to feel electricity pulsing through your body, and you have to really be honest with yourself about how much is too much.

  • But for anyone who gets bored lifting weights or just doesn't have time for an hourlong workout, it's worth a try.

Watch Carrie do miha.

💵 By the numbers: $150 for four personal training miha sessions (not covered by insurance).

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