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Should I Use Whole Body Vibration Machines

Updated on March 3, 2016
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I work out in the gym with a Power Plate Vibration Machine and I have had very good results. I can work out my bad knees without worrying.

Vibration machine from GForce

There are a variety of vibration machines
There are a variety of vibration machines | Source

There Is No Easy Answer

The question about using whole body vibration machines for exercise, is not one that can be answered by a quick yes or a no.

I know that sounds like a copout, but the use of these machines, is very much a personal decision. My wife has ringing in her ears and the vibration causes the ringing to increase. She can use vibration for her legs, but not for her upper body. Like I said, the decision is very personal, do the research before you make your decision.

I am a senior citizen who has many joint problems and I am not a doctor. I did a bunch of research and thought I might try the machine at my fitness center. I looked over the owners manual and exercise guide but was still concerned that I didn't know what to do on the machine.

I read many articles that were pro and con about the use of vibration machines. I even saw TV commercials that promoted the benefits of vibration.

In the end, I decided to ask my personal trainer if she could show me the proper way to use the Power Plate equipment that the fitness center owned.

Since she was aware of all my issues and had been working with me for a couple of months, she knew what I could do and what I shouldn't do. She laid out a workout program that would give me the most benefits.

For me, the answer to the question was YES, use the vibration machine as part of my overall fitness program.

Vibration Exercising Is Great

But you should always read the owners manual and guidelines with great care

What Are Some Of The Benefits Of A Vibration Machine

If you research the benefits of using vibration as I did, you will find these as many of the benefits

  • you can do an entire workout in 15 minutes
  • your metabolism will increase to burn more calories and reduce weight
  • blood circulation increases
  • I use our machine for warmup and cool down before and after other exercises
  • you can actually exercise all your muscles on one machine
  • there are actually small machines that fit into a corner in your home
  • you recover from your workout quicker
  • I like it because I can do 15 squats on the machine instead of 45 without it

Here Is Why Vibration Works

Vibration Machines

whole body vibration platform
whole body vibration platform | Source

How Do Vibration Machines Work

From what I have read, there are plates in these machines that move up and down, sideways and front to back. They move 25 to 50 times per second, which makes your muscles work harder.

WebMD has this to say

How It Works: According to physical therapist and personal trainer Ben Quist, DPT, most people stand on the platform with knees bent at about a 30-degree angle, while the surface beneath their feet vibrates an astounding 30 times per second.

That vibration, says Quist, tricks the body into thinking you're falling. "This, in turn, activates the 'stress reflex' -- an extremely rapid muscle contraction," says Quist, owner of Form and Fitness, a Milwaukee health club and rehabilitation center, where he has been training patients on the Power Plate for over a year. These muscle contractions, says Quist, are responsible for most of the benefits attributed to this type of exercise.

The Promise: According to manufacturers, those benefits include increased circulation, muscle strength, and flexibility; better range of motion; core conditioning and stability; and faster muscle recovery after working out. They say the health benefits also include enhanced metabolism increased bone mineral density, reduction of the stress hormone cortisol, elevation of human growth hormone levels, and improved lymphatic flow. Whole-body vibration is also said to reducecelluite and stimulate collagen production for smootherskin. Manufacturers also say MBV can provide muscle toning and conditioning for those who have health restrictions that keep them from exercising.

Reduce Workout Time

Using a whole body vibration machine can cut workout time by 1/3

Vibration Training Is Fairly New And Not Widely Known

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Who Shouldn't Use Whole Body Vibration Machines

I have seen many websites that give all kinds of reasons and problems that would stop someone from using the vibration machines.

As I said before, my wife can't stand on the machines because it makes the ringing in her ears worse. However; she can sit on a stool or on the floor and put her legs on the platform. This has helped her reduce leg swelling and water retention. So, you may not be able to do all the exercises, but you may benefit from some of them.

If you have any desire to use a vibration platform, you should consult your doctor to make sure that you are fit enough to do this and have no problems that would stop you from doing exercises on the platforms.

Here is what Power Platesays about use of their product.

We advise everyone to contact their physician or specialist before using Power Plate and recommend they do not start training without first obtaining medical clearance to exercise.

If you are currently active, cleared for exercise, and perform weight-bearing exercise, such as weight training or jogging, you are likely to be a good candidate for training on Power Plate.

However, every person should be examined on an individual basis by a licensed medical practitioner. As with any form of exercise, if you feel faint, dizzy or ill while working out on Power Plate, you should cease your session immediately. Consult your doctor or specialist before restarting your training.

A Good Guide to Vibration Machines

Whole Body Vibration Platforms

Use them if
Don't use them if
Types of machines
you check with your doctor
you are pregnant
large ones for fitness centers
research the various models
are not cleard by a doctor
smaller ones for homes
get training on how to use them
haven't exercised for a long time
portable ones for very small spaces

Here Is A Summery About Usine A Vibration Machine

The first thing I would suggest is you talk to your doctor or exercise professional, to make certain that you are in physical condition to use a machine.

Do your research online to see which vibration machine is right for you.

There are large machines and there are small portable units. If you have the space, you can get which one you like, if you are short of space, you can get a small portable unit that actually can slip under your bed when not in use.

There are many benefits of using a vibration machine

  1. shorter workout times
  2. many benefits for your entire body
  • improved circulation
  • easier on the joints
  • helps reduce retained fluids
  • you can do all your exercises on one machine
  • you have a large choice of machines

Don't use the machines until you check with your doctor and are cleared for this type of exercise.

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