STIMFIT® is a new electronic muscle stimulation product. It’s an innovation AbBelt featuring Swiss Stimulation Technology from Valmed SA. It is the World’s Most Smallest & Powerful AbBelt.
The Early EMS Years
Since the 1950s, electronic muscle stimulation (EMS) devices have been used to enhance muscle and sports performance. The former Soviet Union were pioneers. They used EMS with athletes. The effectiveness from the early years has been widely written about but most are unpublished. The size of these devices has changed through the decades. A single device was so big it had to sit on a table. Another disadvantage was the EMS devices had to be connected to a wall outlet for power. It wasn’t until the 1990s that EMS devices could run on batteries and were small enough to be handheld. Compex SA, a Swiss-based medical device company led the way and were sold initially in Europe.
The Modern Era
By the early 2000s, they had competition. In 1999, an American company, Rehabilicare, acquired Compex SA. They continued to grow the European business. They changed their name to Compex Technologies, Inc. By 2003, they created an over-the-counter division led by Dale Henn. Compex remained the dominant EMS device in the United States until 2007. Compex also distributed a leading abdominal belt from Ireland named Slendertone. This was the leading abdominal belt in Europe and they were seeking a way to enter the USA market. Together, Compex and Slendertone dominated the USA market for a number of years. Compex Technologies was acquired in 2006 and sales plummeted for a few years.Contour Technology was founded by Dale Henn after he departed
Dale Henn founded Contour Technology in 2006. Contour’s developed their device using another Swiss-based medical device technology from Valmed SA. By 2008, Contour became the dominant EMS device in the United States. Contour manufactured and sold an abdominal belt but the device could also be used as a handheld device like Compex. Contour dominated the USA until 2011. Slendertone evolved their product and the device became even smaller than the handheld size of Compex and Contour. Since 2011, Slendertone’s brand FlexBelt has led sales in the United States.
The Future Has Arrived
In 2015, after nearly 5 years of research and development, Dale Henn has re-emerged as founder of BodyLogic Wearables, a wearable EMS system. He has partnered again with Valmed SA who has continued to innovate. Valmed has shrunk the size of the device without sacrificing performance. In 2016, BodyLogic launched STIMFIT, the World’s Smallest and Most Powerful EMS device.