How Does Whole Body Vibration Training Work?
While there are many different vibrating platforms on the market, my personal favorite, and the one I’ve been personally using for several years now, is the Power Plate. It’s a well-designed, high-quality device that vibrates in all three dimensions: vertical, horizontal and sagittal (front to back).
Some whole-body vibration (WBV) machines provide only side-to-side motion, giving you a “wobble board” effect. Avoid such machines, and look for two motor systems that provide a genuine 3-D workout.
When standing on this vibrating platform, you increase the forces on your body, which is what puts the “work” into your workout. By increasing gravity, it effectively increases the G forces exerted on your body.
When you stand on the vibrating platform, each muscle in your body reacts in a continuous flow of micro adjustments, contracting reflexively. By engaging up to 98 percent of your muscle fibers, including the fast and super-fast muscle fibers, you get greater rewards and shorter workouts.
The up-and-down movement improves your muscle tone. The left-to-right, and front-to-back movements improve your balance and coordination. The net result is a dramatic improvement in strength and power, flexibility, balance, tone and leanness.