What’s All the Fuss About EMG?
By Bret Contreras and Andrew Vigotsky
In recent months, the subject of electromyography (EMG) has become somewhat controversial in the online fitness community. In fact, some fitness writers have even gone so far as to call EMG worthless and inherently flawed, but we completely disagree. The backlash against EMG is predictable if you understand the nature of the fitness industry. When new topics, methods, exercises, or systems gain rapid popularity, they tend to get scrutinized to a much greater degree. Several online authors including Bret Contreras and Brad Schoenfeld have been heavily promoting their EMG research and experiments over the past few years, and this has caused various fitness enthusiasts to question the validity of EMG. Questioning is always a good thing, so we encourage discussion pertaining to EMG. However, it is important to be scientifically grounded or else we won’t reach a consensus.