An Introduction to Total Body Vibration Machines

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If you are looking for a great way to improve your body’s overall muscle strength, power, and flexibility, then you have probably tried every “fitness craze” imaginable — and spent a good deal of hard-earned cash along the way. As a child, you sweated through simple calisthenics like jumping jacks, stretching exercises, squats, push-ups, sit-ups, and maybe even the dreaded rope climb. As an adult, you may have tried various workout trends promoted on cable television — and soon learned your wallet was lighter but your rear end, not so much. But now, there is a different method gaining popularity and acclaim thanks to its wide reaching applications in fitness, physical rehabilitation, professional athletics, and different beauty and wellness programs.
It is called a Total Body Vibration Machine, and it will make you think twice about how to effectively transform your body and mind in ways imagined but never thought possible. Until no

What is a Total Body Vibration Machine?

Known by different names including a whole body vibration machine and even biomechanical stimulation machine, this is a type of machinery designed to direct a flow of low frequency — in the 0.5 to 80 Hz range — environmental vibration through different contact points. This could include the feet if you are standing, the buttocks if sitting, or even your entire backside if in a reclined position. Amazingly, this transformational device was introduced in the late 1800s by American physician Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, whose plain corn flake cereal launched the world famous Kellogg’s Company with dozens of breakfast cereals and other products bearing his last name.
Besides the uses mentioned above, mainstream science is now utilizing such machinery — and improving upon its basic principals as a result — to help offset the effects of gravity on humans in outer space to help defend against muscle atrophy and bone loss.

The Benefits of a Total Body Vibration Machine

Different kinds of exercises and equipment benefit the human body by targeting different muscles or areas that need improvement, such as the abdomen, arms, and legs. This can be achieved through trips to your local health club, jogging, biking, swimming, or many other forms of exercise. A total body vibration Machine spreads those benefits throughout, primarily through the effects of the platform rising the user upwards (sometimes called “increased gravitational loading”), and the body reacting with what is known as a “stretch reflex” which occurs as the platform drops. Some of the many benefits we discuss with clients are:

  • Potential weight loss. According to some studies, standing on a Total Body Vibration Machine for as little as 10 minutes a day has the same benefits as 30 to 60 minutes of intense weight training. This means you burn calories quicker. Why? Because you are using up to 100 percent of muscle fibres in the body compared to half or less with other methods of exercise.
  • Improved muscle tone.
  • Increased bone density. Many people suffer from bone density issues, and a Total Body Vibration Machine has been shown to reduce bone density loss of astronauts in space, and stabilize the loss of people on earth.
  • Psychological benefits and, as a result, physical benefits.
  • Lowering blood pressure.
  • Improved physical coordination.
  • Improving your flexibility and sense of balance.
  • Relieves headaches.
  • Relieves stress.
  • Help recovery from illness or injury.

Types of Vibration Machines to Choose From

As with any type of exercise you are interested in or fitness equipment you wish to use, it is important to learn as much as you can in order to make an informed decision. In the case of a total body vibration Machine, there are really only two types of vibration platforms to choose from — linear, or pivotal. Different companies will refer to their devices by different names, but a bicycle is still a bicycle, for instance — whether it is marketed to the casual rider or someone competing in a cross country tour.
So what are the differences between a linear and pivotal total body vibration Machine? When considering a pivotal style machine, think of how a see-saw operates and then apply that to your feet — with one up while the other is moving downward, then up again. A linear style machine operates slightly differently, with a single platform moving the feet, for instance, either up or down at the same time.
Of course, each type has sub-categories worth mentioning, such as high energy (lineal), premium speed (pivotal), medium energy (lineal), and low speed (pivotal). Each are popular for different applications and have different low frequency vibration settings to choose from.

Ready to Buy? Here Are Some Things to Consider

Like any other piece of fitness equipment, a Total Body Vibration Machine comes in different styles, as well as varying price points. Our recommendation is to not be influenced by promotions or gimmicks, but find one that fits your needs or those of the people who will be using it most often.
Here are issues to consider before buying a Total Body Vibration Machine:

  • Cost. Do not buy something you cannot afford. Comparison shop, and set your own budget — then stick to it.
  • The frequency with which a total body vibration Machine will be used. The more people you expect to use the machine — perhaps multiple times each day — will dictate the kind to buy. For heavier use, consider a higher quality (and more expensive) commercial grade machine.
  • The weight of the person using the machine. Be honest about your weight or someone else’s and remember that commercial grade exercise equipment is designed to support heavier users, so shop accordingly.
    Finally, before buying a total body vibration Machine, consider the speed at which it accelerates (preferably 10g) and the vibration frequency (20-45 Hz is regarded as “ideal”). There are many ways to improve overall health, but this is one of the most complete and innovative on the market today.

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