The technology of “whole body vibration” was first used by cosmonauts to combat muscle and bone loss caused by extended stays in zero gravity. Today it is used by professional sports teams, medical facilities, health clubs and fitness studios all over the world.
There are many different types of vibration therapy equipment, and the effectiveness of each varies. The machine I use in training with my clients is the Power Plate because it offers a host of clinically- proven benefits. These include improved blood circulation, increased muscle strength and flexibility (something all golfers love to hear), enhanced range of motion, decreased cellulite, increased bone mineral density, reduced pain and soreness, and faster recovery.[sup]1[/sup]
How does it work? Through movement to your core.
Rapid vibrations transmit waves of energy throughout the body, activating muscle contractions 25 to 50 times per second. Results indicate enhanced overall performance from sessions as short as 20 minutes a day, 3 times per week. So you enjoy shorter workouts and realize greater benefits.
A clinical study of 79 obese adults who used the Power Plate Vibrational Trainer reported the following results:[sup]2[/sup]
- After six months, those using vibrational training in addition to a low calorie diet lost twice as much visceral fat compared to those who followed a low calorie diet with cardio and weight training.
- After 12 months, the vibration group maintained the decrease in visceral fat, while the diet and fitness group returned to their normal baseline values in the same time frame.
(Visceral Fat surrounds the organs and is connected with diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and elevated triglycerides)
I have been in the nutrition and fitness world for over 17 years and tried nearly every piece of workout equipment. I find the Power Plate Vibrational Trainer to be one of the most effective. My clients achieve amazing results in half the time with shorter workouts.
There are a few contra indicators that are not recommended for vibrational training, so it is important that your trainer be licensed and knowledgeable in this practice. Before beginning any physical fitness program, you should check with your doctor to ensure you are cleared for physical activity.
Jay Nixon is a Certified Nutrition and Fitness Specialist with over 18 years of experience in the industry. Jay currently trains clients on the Power Plate Vibrational Trainer at AcQPoint in La Quinta and can be reached at 818-571-5287 or www.nixonelite.com
References: (1) http://www.powerplate.com/us/benefits/research; (2) http://www.powerplate.com/resources/doc/research/research-cards/beauty/en/power-plate-training-can-reduce-abdominal-fat-in-overweight-and-obese-adults.pdf