Myths About Whole Body Vibration Training

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Health and fitness crazes come and go, with infomercial presenters making bold claims about new training equipment all the time. Then there’s the internet, which for all it’s advantages, can offer an overflow of contrasting opinions on the best diets to achieve health or fitness goals, the best type of training to undergo and the best types of training equipment to use. For the average person who wishes to lose a few pounds, or improve their muscle strength, it can be difficult to know who to believe. While we don’t claim to be experts in every type of training that exists, when it comes to vibration training and vibration platform machines, no one is more versed than the professionals at Motion Health Inc. Vibration training is perceived by many to be a fairly recent development (which is a myth in itself as we will later explain), and as such, a lot of people wonder whether vibration platform machines and the technology they use can actually deliver the reported benefits. As one of the leading firms in the industry, we consider it our responsibility to educate people about whole body vibration, and point out some of the myths that are related to it.

1) Whole body vibration is just another fitness craze.

As we just mentioned, it seems like every year there is a new fitness craze that comes to light, before quickly fizzling out because it was all commercial hype and provided no real physical benefit to those that dedicated some of their time to it. Whole body vibration and vibration platform machines cannot be considered a fad or a craze, simply because it has been around since the time of the ancient Greeks (who existed between 600 BC to 600 AD) and has been used extensively in modern times by medical professionals, professional athletes and astronauts, amongst others to improve physical conditioning and treat a range of diseases. I don’t think you need us to point out that it wouldn’t still be in use today if it was a fad.

2) Vibration training has a negative impact on the body, just as with vibration in the workplace.

There is one big difference between the vibration a factory worker or a truck driver may be exposed to during working hours, and the vibration experienced during vibration training — the length of exposure. vibration platform machines should never be used for longer than 30 minutes at a time, and the frequency of sessions should be carefully planned after a doctor has assessed your physical condition. Contrastingly, if you are exposed to vibration in the work place, this can last for hours every single day and there is very little you can do about it (unless you resign). This level of exposure, unlike with vibration training sessions, can definitely have an adverse effect on your health.

3) All vibration platform machines are the same

Making this assumption can result in your vibration training program being doomed from the start, as the type of machine you select has to be aligned with your fitness goals. Imagine using a badminton racket during a tennis match — the end result would be disastrous. It’s the same with vibration training; you have to use the type of machine that matches your fitness goals. vibration platform machines are essentially split into two main categories; oscillating vibration trainers and tri-planar vibration trainers. There are obviously many different models available, all with different specifications, but tri-planar and oscillating machines are the main types of machine you can choose from. Oscillating machines have a vibration platform which pivots on a central fulcrum, and the end result is a motion that is similar to that of a see-saw. When using this type of machine it’s a little like walking, with one foot going up as the other comes down. Oscillating machines also have fairly low vibration frequencies (the amount of vibrations produced per minute), and it this characteristic, along with the range of motion they allow, that makes them ideal for weight loss and general toning goals. Tri-planar vibration trainers don’t have that central fulcrum, and when in use, the platform remains level whilst vibrating in a multi-dimensional manner (up and down, side to side, forwards and backwards). As well as a more restricted range of motion, these machines have the ability to produce more vibrations per minute, making them ideal for high impact sessions that can help to build and strengthen muscles.

4) Vibration platforms do all the work for you

There are essentially two parts to this myth. The first one is that vibration training sessions simply involve you standing on the vibration platform, waiting for a few minutes and then getting off. For users with medical conditions or the elderly, who are unable to complete demanding physical routines, this might be the case. However, if you are aiming to achieve a fitness related goal (maybe slimming down by a certain number of pounds or improving your strength and power), this is not going to work. Fitness goals simply can’t be achieved that easily. If they could be, every gym on the planet would go out of business and everyone would just have a vibration platform at home. These claims are simply advertising hype that are essentially designed to take advantage of the human thought process in order to make sales. To achieve optimum results you need to see the machine as a training tool, i.e. something that will help you to achieve your goals, rather than a complete solution. You need to vary your positions, with squat, push-up, tricep dip, plank and lunge positions being some of the best ones to achieve specific goals.
The second part of this myth is that many people think that by simply incorporating a vibration platform machine into their existing routine, the reported physical benefits will definitely be achieved. This couldn’t be further from the truth as physical changes depend on a number of factors. In addition to an effective work-out program, your diet and the amount of sleep you have each day have been proven to significantly influence results.
To learn more about whole body vibration, call Motion Health Inc. today on 905-906-8660.

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