How to Build Stomach Muscles with Electrical Stimulation

Updated March 23, 2017

Electrical stimulation is placed within abdominal belts and used to strengthen your stomach muscles by wrapping the belt around your core and stimulating your stomach muscles. These machines are especially effective for training the muscles after injury, but they can also be used for general stomach muscle strength training. Combine the use of electrical stimulation with physical exercise, abdominal exercises and a healthy lifestyle to see the full benefits of strengthening your muscles with electrical stimulation.

Secure an electrical stimulation belt around your waist. Be sure to place the area of stimulation directly and evenly on top of your abdominal muscles.

Switch the electrical stimulation device to the "on" position and choose a level of stimulation. Select a low level for the first few times you use the machine, and increase the level once your stomach muscles have become used to the contractions. Make sure that your muscles always feel like they are working from the stimulation, but they should never feel uncomfortable or strained.

Follow the instructions provided with the electrical stimulation belt to see how often it is recommended for you to use the machine. You should work stomach muscles gradually and use the electrical stimulation two to three times a week in the beginning, and then increase the frequency of use to four or five times a week once your stomach muscles strengthen.


Regular cardiovascular exercise, strength training and a healthy diet and lifestyle will also help you build and maintain strong and toned stomach muscles.


Electrical stimulation has the potential to cause shocks, irritation, bruising, burns and pain, so be sure to make sure the device you use has been tested and approved by the FDA and make sure you follow all the instructions for the device to avoid the risk of injury.

Things You'll Need

  • Abdominal electrical stimulation belt
  • Schedule for building stomach muscles
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About the Author

Kim Fuller has been writing food and lifestyle features since 2007. She now lives in Vail, Colo., after spending one year traveling Europe. Fuller is a regular contributor to Gaiam Life, an online fitness and wellness publication. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado in Boulder.