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Study Shows Vibration Training To Be Better Than Conventional Exercise for Weight Loss

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Public release, 8th May, 2009, by the European Association for the Study of Obesity, an association established in 1986 and now with 2500 health professionals from 29 member countries, on the results of a controlled study performed at the Artesis University College and the University of Antwerp in Belgium states: vibration exercise machines may help you lose weight and trim the particularly harmful belly fat from the organs.  Participants of the study who were part of the vibration training group lost 11% of their body weight and retained their loss at 10.5% after 12 months. They lost an amazing 47 square centimeters of visceral fat maintaining that loss at the final follow up.

This is what the proponents of Vibration Training have been saying all along; that it really works!

High Energy Lineal Vibration MachineThe one proviso is that the machine used must be of medium or higher energy level, producing controlled, powerful, lineal vibration so that along with the program used it is suited to the results wanted. The effects are obvious to studio instructors who see the “before” and “after” of their customers and hear their feedback. With a pay-as-you-go structure companies like Vibra-Train would not survive if customers were not getting results. In fact, satisfied customers are the best advertising any fitness business can have as those customers bring along their friends, and they bring along their friends. Free first visits mean there’s nothing to lose, except a little pride in the case of “tough guys” who look at the vibrating machines and the simple program positions and laugh, thinking it will be very easy. It takes just 60 seconds to convince them otherwise. For the obese person their first workout shows them the possibilities and gives them hope; they realize in that short 15 minutes that there is no barrier preventing them; they can work-out! They find it no harder, no easier than the athlete on the machine beside them.

In the study noted above, physiotherapist Dirk Vissers and his colleagues studied the effects of supervised vibration training, using a PowerPlate, medium energy level lineal vibration machine along with dietary intervention on a group of 61 overweight or obese people over six months.  During this intervention period participants were asked not to do aerobic exercise. They were advised to continue on with a healthy diet and exercise regime on their own for a further six months.

Medium Energy Level Vibration MachineFor the study volunteers were divided into four groups. The first was prescribed a calorie restricted diet with regular follow-up Dietician visits to ensure compliance. They were asked not to participate in any exercise for the duration of the six-month intervention. The second group received the same dietary control plus a regime of supervised conventional exercise. This consisted of group sessions of cycling, swimming, running, step aerobics, and muscle strengthening exercises. Sessions were of one hour duration twice weekly and the group was asked to exercise on their own a third time each week. This group lost about 7% of their initial body weight over the six months and kept it off showing a 6.9% loss at the end of the twelve-month study. This bettered the diet-only group who lost 6% but could not maintain a 5% loss which is considered necessary to improve health.

A third group, as noted above, also received the dietary controls plus supervised vibration training and no conventional exercise. Using the PowerPlate platform they began with 10 exercise positions, holding these for 30 seconds. The physiotherapists gradually increased the number of exercises and the duration of each to 60 seconds bringing to 14 minutes the total time spent on the machine.  A fourth control group received no intervention and participants gained about 1.5% of their body weight over the 12-month full study period, which is in line with expected norms for low activity levels. Measurements showed no significant differences between the groups in obesity degree or visceral fat at the start of the study.

Both the conventional exercise and vibration training groups achieved significant weight loss with the vibration group coming out on top with 1 ½ times the amount lost at twelve months. The big difference between these two groups was that the vibration group lost a huge 47.8 square centimeters of visceral fat and maintained this at 47.7 square centimeters compared with 17.6 square centimeters shrinking down to just 1.6 square centimeters less than beginning measurements in the conventional exercise group after a year.

High Energy Level Vibration MachineThese results vindicate vibration training claims of fitness and health gains, including weight-loss, by following a prescribed safety program on a quality vibration platform. Training is done three times a week with short, intense, workout times of up to 15 minutes. Vibration Training clients are usually advised to go for walks or a bike ride, or to use an exercycle to add a cardio component to their fitness regime unlike the study group who did no cardio work.

Talking about this study with a customer in a Vibra-Train studio, she commented that she was not surprised at the results as she’d lost weight rapidly since getting back into Vibration Training after a time of gym-based exercise only.  The short vibration sessions are hard work when the positions are held correctly but everyone can do it which makes it the ideal way for overweight and obese people to kick-start and maintain their weight-loss and improve their fitness. Supervision, which the study states as essential, is provided in vibration studios.

Vissers, the study leader, said research is needed on a larger group of obese people to confirm how beneficial these machines are. His group also plans to study why vibration training seems to be more effective at visceral fat breakdown than aerobic exercise which will include investigating the effects of increased blood circulation and hormonal response to the vibration.

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    Weightloss effects as experienced by participants in the study can only be expected by using a High-Medium Level Lineal Machine. Buying a lower grade machine or a pivotal therapy platform will not the same results.

  • Rege Schilken

    I love your weightloss idea. Maybe now, I can lose some of my belly fat.

  • Di, this is an interesting article that raises more questions than it answers (which isn’t a bad thing — that’s how research is supposed to work). I’d be interested in knowing a bit about baseline comparisons among the four study groups (and I’m assuming subjects were randomly assigned to groups, yes?), and also I’d like to know what kinds of statistical analyses were performed. Are the differences between groups statistically significant? Actually, is there a link somewhere to the original research paper (I’m assuming this is in a peer-reviewed journal somewhere)?

  • Hi Lisa, the study is yet to be peer reviewed and published but the results were so encouraging that the European Assn for the Study of Obesity put out a positive press release
    link here.

    EASO is well respected with member groups in 29 countries comprising clinicians, scientists, and other health professionals. EASO aims to promote research into obesity, facilitate contact between individuals and organisations, and promote action that tackles the epidemic of obesity.

    So, you can see that this is not a group with any reason to promote Vibration Training excepting that, in the study it gave the highest results unquestionably. Also of note is that the same dietary help was given to 3 of the 4 groups (the fourth received no intervention being a control group) so it can’t be said that diet alone gave the results. I’m very excited about the study results showing such a large reduction in belly/visceral fat.

    There were no significant differences between the groups in obesity and abdominal, or visceral, fat at the start of the study.

  • Yes, I did read the press release from the link in your article.

    I’ll certainly reserve judgment until I’ve had a chance to see the paper in its original form, but I will say, having worked in medical/public health research for over 30 years, that putting out a press release prior to peer review and publication generally smells like yesterday’s fish. I will, however, try to keep an open mind and will look forward to seeing the actual results, which is the only way to properly assess the study.

  • Lisa, I would agree with you IF the study organisers had something to prove BUT I am totally suprised to see the “Vibration Training” (plus diet control) group come out with better results than the “Group Personal Training” (plus diet control) Group. Especially as the Vibratiion group was asked to do no cardio.

    We get results here at Vibra-Train seeing visible toning/shape difference in customers beginning after around 10 sessions (3 weeks) and some weightloss begins. I tell people to take a walk at the weekends and other times they can fit it into their schedule, reminding them that cardio is necessary as vibration training is a form of resistance exercise and does not place much demand on the heart and lungs.

    Like you I look forward to reading the published study but that will be some time away and the public needs to be told early when there are breakthrough results which I consider this to be.

    Most overweight or obese people can do regular exercise, and the study used that for one group, but how many actually will? Try telling a very large person to go for a 30 minute walk (which is great advice) or use an exercycle or treadmill plus lift some weights; they are often resistant until an emergency dept visit for heart pain stops their lethargy. Vibration Training is short periods (60 seconds x 10 reps or even less) and although it’s hard work anyone can do it. There’s a lot less resistance to it than to conventional exercise, maybe the novelty of vibrating machines or maybe the short time needed to at least get started on an exercise program that works.

  • Also, if any readers think this article advertises my place of work, Vibra-Train brand studios are not in USA where the majority readers would be and also another brand of machine was used in the study. I’m gobsmacked at the press release even though I know vibration training works the body in many ways. If it becomes proven that this modality helps cure obesity, then high quality machines (of varying brands) will become common place in hospitals, gyms and other public places. I’ll rejoice at anything that helps get people off their tush and provides an “easy”, fast workout for good health.

  • If you match with what is happening on the ground, with recent animal studies that produced the exact same type of visceral fat reduction, and these types of reports being released, true it is due diligence to wait for the full study, but really you are only waiting for someone to cross their Ts and dot their i’s.

    No research is perfect, and common sense would tell more studies need to be done on larger groups. But I would say this is a turning point in the battle to validate some genuine peoples work.

    And a heavy blow to those afraid of change.

  • I’m all in favor of anything that will encourage people to actually exercise. I disagree that peer review is simply a matter of crossing Ts and dotting Is — it’s the place where one’s peers get to point out possible flaws in one’s research design, analytic techniques, and conclusions. Most researchers consider it a crucial step in the process of publishing one’s work.

    It’s true that no research is perfect, but some research is so poorly done as to be worthless. My only point is that we don’t have enough information contained in this press release to know whether or not that this is the case. Claiming that a study “shows” anything without actually having seen the results of the analysis (and knowing what type of analyses were performed) is jumping the gun.

  • Brian aka Guppusmaximus


    I wouldn’t bother with these pro-WBV fanatics.. Seriously, if it was a press release from the same group presenting opposite results then this crew would be up in arms about the quality of the equipment used & that their hidden agenda was supported or projected by people that are afraid of change.

  • Yeah, given that, so far, all the peer-reviewed research has shown WBV to be useless, putting out a press release prior to submitting this “study” for peer review smells worse than yesterday’s fish.

    But folks with an interest are obviously happy, and they’ll forget all about this “study” when peer review points out the flaws in the “research.”

    And life goes on.

  • Come on guys, we’ve agreed when research is flawed. In fact people involved in this industry have been FIRST to point out the flaws.

    Phillip, if you want to see results, make your next holiday a month in N.Z., Australia, or London and commit a mere 15 minutes of your time 3x week to vibration training at a studio that has training machines – even if you eat out each night I can assure you, you’ll see results of toning (visible change), muscle growth, a little weight loss (balanced with fatloss, muscle gain)

  • The reason I’m promoting this early press release is that the results are very good. There would have to be a lot wrong with the study controls – the whole vibration group would have to have enormous advantage in some way – for anyone to write off these results.

    It appears from the press release that the Personal Training group got weightloss and visceral fat loss But did not maintain it.

    I care less How obese people exercise, more that they do! If they will follow Phillip’s advice and just do it! Walk, weights, that’s great. What I am saying strongly is: If a person who needs to exercise (and who doesn’t) refuses or is disinclined to walk and weights because they are lazy, because they have tried it before, because of the climate, because of health or injury/pain concerns; then Vibration Training is a positive alternative, that takes little time, huge effort but over small duration, costs more than walking but in most studios low cost, is fun, has personal instruction to ensure complaince to detail, and it works! Heck it’s an alternative Not the only way. It’s only those with Ostrich mentality that wont even try it.

  • Do not listen to the Anti-vibration training-fanatics Di. They are uneducated, inexperienced, and isolated from the real world. Just how all fanatics are made.

    Of course most people who hate something they know nothing about have ignorance forced on them through religion or geographical isolation, but complete lack of motivation to educate yourself can do the same thing.

    Until they have tested it themselves and debunked it, they lack conviction in my eyes, so will always be the lowest common denominator in this debate.

    All talk no action.

    What this test shows was predicted. BETTER STUDIES ON BETTER MACHINES WILL GIVE BETTER RESULTS. And while you desperately try to find small holes in the studies and even smaller arguments against this type of training, more sensible people will be worried about real issues like useless machines being used in useless studies.

    For Lisa.
    I myself am not looking at this study as absolute proof, even if the study ends up perfectly done it should not be seen as a stand alone. But as I said along with OTHER evidence, such as what is happening right in front of us in the real world, proper machines used strictly under supervision, it seems unlikely to vary widely from the general direction this science is taking us in. But I do hope this helps highlight how past ill conceived studies should never have taken place. If research can not be done properly it should not be done at all.

  • So Phillip.
    Direct question. If the study comes back clean. Will you post on here you were wrong ?

  • Brian aka Guppusmaximus

    They are uneducated, inexperienced, and isolated from the real world.

    LMAO! Because I don’t use an over-priced, unproven method to train that means I’m ignorant. I wonder how the people who took Hydroxycut feel?! Hey Buddy, you can insult people all you want,but, what it boils down to is that your precious technology doesn’t have real peer-reviewed science to back up these “Snake Oil” claims. So, I have no idea where this evidence you speak of comes from and I’m pretty sure that this study will end up with similar holes like Swiss cheese.

  • *laughs* Keep hoping Brian.

    We have a problem – USA is a big place – you do have some good vibration machines but probably not on your local street corner. It’s easier for people here to access this technology. BUT If you ever take a trip to London please tell us, or take a holiday in Auckland.

    This is the problem we all face – I could change your mind in 60 seconds. That’s all it would take to convince you that vibra-training gives a hard-out workout. Some like it, some don’t But no one ever leaves saying “It can’t work!”

  • Brian, yesterday we had one of our TV stations filming in the city studio as part of a fashion program. The two guys who were filmed on the machines had never done it before. They were fun loving, solidly built, tough guys. They were put on Level 2 -beginners machines for the session and both laughed, moaned, cried and failed to hold position for the 60 seconds, over and over. They found it hard-work rather than fashion.

    We’re not going away. I would have given up long ago if this wasn’t a serious workout technology. I was such a skeptic at first, with so many questions. Now I work in this industry, helping others work-out hard and get the benefits I’ve gained. This job isn’t making me rich, I can earn much more elsewhere, the payback is in seeing lives changed, watching my customers gain fitness and for some really change their lives. One day Brian, you will be forced to admit I’m for real.

  • Brian aka Guppusmaximus

    Di, I have no problems admitting when I’m wrong,but, I’m not gonna go away just because Anomo gets upset because there is still no real science to back up a lot of these claims. Furthermore, If people enjoy using those machines then good for them. As for me, right now, I don’t feel the need to include a supposed training method that has the potential of showing no gain/results.

  • Brian aka Guppusmaximus

    Secondly, I’m sorry, but, I still think that this “technology” is an attempt to take advantage of people by using their guilt & lack of motivation to sell a product.

  • Brian.
    “Because I don’t use an over-priced, unproven method to train that means I’m ignorant”

    You are correct. But because you will not try a machine for FREE JUST ONCE you are willfully ignorant, which is the worst kind.

    “I still think that this “technology” is an attempt to take advantage of people by using their guilt & lack of motivation to sell a product.”

    I would say you are correct in regards to about 95% of companies involved in selling machines. But I do not think you understand how much your point of view on this is shared by some people involved in developing this technology. They are fighting hard for your right not to be misled, it is a shame you do not appreciate the effort.

  • Brian, the above post is correct that many people involved in selling machines are in the business simply to make as much money as they can, with little regard to the quality of the product they are selling or any care If it actually works or not

    That’s not really any different to many other products BUT it doesn’t mean it’s true of all

    I’ve seen a lot of the vibration training industry in New Zealand. Some companies and individuals fit into the above category while others give an enormous amount of time to others. I’ve seen machines given away to healthcare and sports groups (in places where there will never be any financial return). I’ve seen Lloyd Shaw give lots of time, driving right across town to repair another company’s machine, also going into homes to help people learn to use their home machines (remember his company does NOT sell machines). He takes phone calls from all over the world (often in the middle of the night here) and advises people. Many people are sponsored by him, that means they use his brand machines in the studios for free. There’s a full page in the recent Disability Magazine offering completely free sessions to people who fit various criteria.

  • Di Heap.
    It may be true that not everyone is a scammer but I get the impression Brian and his ilk finds it easier to lump everyone together, that way he can always focus on the bad element or useless studies etc. and by doing so justify his opinion and lack of motivation to experience something new.

    It means never having to say you were wrong and is the pattern of most prejudices.

  • Brian aka Guppusmaximus

    Look Anomo & Di… Good will,guilt trips,insults,etc; does not make up for the lack of scientific evidence or give good enough reason for the cost of these “quality” machines.

  • What do you mean lack of evidence? This is the first specific obesity study done and it came up positive. This is on top of other studies that show it helps with Type 2 Diabetes, mobility and can be used as a substitute for weight training.

    If you are trying to say that because OTHER studies looking for COMPLETELY DIFFERENT EFFECTS like certain athletic performance, done on random machines by clueless researchers came up wishy washy, then all vibration training is useless, then I would say you really have NO idea about how things are developed. Wish I lived in your fantasy world were everything just appeared like magic, must be nice in la la land.

    Price? No one here has tried to sell you a machine but I think you have been encouraged to try one for FREE somewhere. You also finding that one a bit hard to get your head around, so here goes my attempt to break it down for you.


    Go help me have patience.

  • Brian, I will try very hard to say this within the “comment policy” but do you have a comprehension problem or some other intellectual lack?

    Good will, insults, guilt trips

    I will say it very simply for you – Vibration Training is a valid form of exercise as an adjunct or replacement for conventional and other exercise forms. It gives excellent results, anyone can do it, most people “like” it and appreciate how very hard it is, a few people “hate” it and never return, like any exercise type.

    You are invited to a completely Free trial session. What could be simpler to understand.

    Studies – at last we are seeing well designed studies done on good equipment giving proven results But most people try things long before studies prove results. Until you do, I don’t see how you can comment so negatively!

  • Brian aka Guppusmaximus

    Where do I start in regards to both of your supposed intellect?

    “What do you mean lack of evidence?”

    Has there been any peer reviewed scientific studies that can prove your claims? Please provide links…

    “But most people try things long before studies prove results. Until you do, I don’t see how you can comment so negatively!”

    Well, I guess if trying new things that have no proven positive impact upon my health is what your talking about then I guess I should have tried diet pills as well. Again, I wonder how the people who marketed and the people who bought it feel now?

  • Brian aka Guppusmaximus


    Again, I wonder how the people who marketed Hydroxycut and the people who bought it feel now?

  • Brian, I realise this discussion isn’t going to resolve anything but I need to comment on your comparison with diet pills

    Putting any food or drug into your body is allowing a long time effect, maybe 48 hours for any effects to to place – a big risk if you have read No scientific positive studies and many people have reported bad side effects while others say the pills are great and do their job well. Also you would know that you might be allergic to the food/drug even if there are scientific positive studies.

    Using a treadmill, a crosstrainer, a vibration machine – you have so much more control, you can stop at any time, even after 10 seconds if you feel vertigo or overly tired or have unnatural pain. Even, as a beginner, if you do 10 minutes and possibly feel sore the next day (extremely unlikely with vibration training but almost a definite with treadmill), you accept that and go back later in the week and do it over again.

    Longterm anything you do “might” hurt you. Getting out of bed is a risk. You’ve chosen not to try out 10 minutes on a vibrating platform because there are no peer reviewed positive studies yet. That’s okay, when you are older and need some gentle exercise/therapy vibration training will still be around and there will be no doubt be the positive reports you need. If your eyesight is good enough to be able to read them 😉

    [Note: 1. any exercise that gives you pain 24-48 hours after is bad for you! Pain shows you have overly injured your body and
    is a warning not to do it again. 2. Vibration Training can be very hard work Or can be used to provide gentle Therapy to help with gait/walking ability, balance and flexibility.]

  • Brian. Your constant confusion over diet drugs and exercise is a real concern. You have not highlighted any valid reason why you would think vibration training would hurt you.

    You speak of studies as though they are everything, so I will humor your logic….

    Asprin (NSAIDs stands for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) or their generic buddies are one of the most peer reviewed products on the shelf, but in England in 1999 they killed 16,500 people. The same as Aids. But I can read plenty of peer reviewed studies that say they are safe?

    I say again you live in La La land. [Personal attack deleted by Comments Editor]

  • Brian, I am a qualified NZ Pharmacy Dispensary Technician. I can assure you that while peer-reviewed studies help sales they do nothing to guarantee safety for the user of the product, be in drugs or equipment.

    Would you keep taking a “proven results” reviewed, safe drug IF you developed serious side effects? – Afterall, the peer review would have taken into account the % of bad effects and still come out positive!

    Gym and studio equipment, including Vibration Machines, are very different to “popping a pill” – we haven’t come to that time when all our sensory effects and good health come from a bottle – Until then Vive la Vibration!

  • Anomo, do you have a source for that aspirin fatality information?

  • Been a while since I looked at the figures, and it was in a book , but here is a report that confirms my points

  • They are VERY conservative figures and only relate to prescribed drugs for arthritic conditions. It approx 20,000 in the U.S. The drug companies will never allow the full figures to be investigated and published.

    And its no conspiracy theory, that’s just business for those companies.

  • Well, one obvious adverse effect of excessive use of aspirin is inducing bleeding ulcers.

  • Well, I read that report and found claims of estimated deaths associated with NSAIDs, not just aspirin but other drugs too, was 16,500 for the USA, not the UK. The actual figure of estimated NSAID related deaths in the UK in the report is 4,000. So not at all the same death rate as AIDS really.

  • You will find the “hospitalization” figures are closer to the real overall figures, as most never recover and eventually die later from complications due to the permanent damage to the kidneys and liver. Older people have no chance of coming back from this. But by then it can be written off as something else.

    This is not to slam drugs, they are our saviors allot of the time. I just wanted Brian to reconsider his ” it must be peer-reviewed to be safe and effective” mantra.

    It simply is not the realty or truth of the matter.

  • I have never seen a comprehensive independent study on NSAIDs , and I think using logic to conclude the real figures is the closest we can get to the truth.

  • Controlled formula drugs and controlled use/dose of drugs save millions of lives but even everyday drugs like aspirin and other NSAIDs put many people into hospital daily – and not mainly from overdose but from taking just what the Doctor or Pharmacise told them to take. It’s almost impossible to recover- death within a few weeks may be said to have come from heart failure etc but the drug reaction was the real cause. Figures don’t show this accurately.

  • I’m more interested in the “logic” you used to write wrong numbers and a false comparison in an attempt to justify your position, particularly as you have been so critical of the integrity of others.

  • Brian aka Guppusmaximus


    My confusion over diet pills versus Vibration training isn’t really confusing at all. Both industries provide a product that has more risk than reward.

    Sure, Vitamin C could pose a risk if you take a huge overdose,BUT, there is enough information proving the benefits versus the harmful effects as well as consumer history. Just like Asprin, where a large (unadvised) dose could possibly cause serious health issues, a small monitored dose can save you from a heart attack or other heart related issues.

    As for WBV & Diet pills, there is no significant, peer-reviewed scientific evidence supporting the claims. There is no history of use that has been documented to back up these statements!

    That’s my correlation between Diet Pills and your supposed “exercise”. As far as I’m concerned, your “technology” is a f*cking joke & when someone points out what should be easily debunked, you have nothing solid to back up your bullshit story and you resort to insults,personal attacks & guilt trips to try to legitimize your stance!

    Maybe, next, we should all go out and do some reps with a f*cking jackhammer….

  • I think you are missing my point, it was pure logic.
    I did not bring drugs into this conversation so I went with something off the top of my head, my point being one death was one too many by Brians standards. In fact if even 1 person died doing vibration training I am sure Brian would yell about it forever saying “I told you so”.

    My comparison was precise, you, myself and the drug companies could argue about how many people suffer or die from consuming NSAIDs all we want, but it is clear that no matter how many peer reviewed studies there are on something, nothing is 100%.

    [Personal attack deleted by Comments Editor]

    Eg. 50 reports of positive research come through for vibration training, but with 200 odd brands available, some that use reports off one machine to sell another lesser model. You can not rely on someone else to protect you and a peer reviewed study can not teach you everything. While he lacks experience but still holds an opinion I believe he is an example of what not to do.

  • “Our studies and previous work all confirm that vibration training is an effective training method in order to improve maximal strength and flexibility as well as various other factors if the training is properly designed”

    You will see more studies showing the training methods and the quality of the machines make the difference in useful or useless. All logical to those with SOME common sense and any EXPERIENCE with this technology.

  • Can I please point you to an unsolicited comment on a previous article. I have no idea who the writer is. He writes of his experience after he bought an “expensive” (made in U.S.A.) vibration machine

    More Evidence to Indicate Whole Body Vibration to be Ineffective

    Please read the last comment #43

  • Anomo, you have exhausted my patience. If I have to edit out one more personal insult, you are going to be banned. This is your only warning.

    Christopher Rose
    Blogcritics Comments Editor

  • “Your bullshit story”

    Brian can abuse me and call me a liar?

    Sorry Christopher I must be confused over the rules. Please explain??????

  • [Edited]

    Brian. “Both industries provide a product that has more risk than reward.”

    Do you want to qualify that statement please. Show me links to your peer reviewed papers showing these platforms are dangerous. Along with a list of the injuries people have sustained using them.

  • Anomo, I fail to understand why you can not see a difference between calling your story bullshit and attacking someone’s intelligence.

    However, that doesn’t matter; I have told you the situation and we aren’t going to have a debate about that or our comments policy. Your choices are to comply or be banned, end of story.

  • Clavos

    The study of NSAIDS is ten years old, an eternity in medical science.

    It has been rendered irelevant by the development of drugs such as Prilosec and Nexium, which, coupled with regular doctor visits and blood tests, permit most patients to take NSAIDS under a doctor’s supervision on an indefinite basis with minimal risk.

  • Brian, Thank you for your patience and continuing comments. Whether you try this technology or not is your choice alone. I appreciate the chance to debate with you.

    Your comment about using a &%$@ jackhammer as an exercise medium; you’d get a hard work-out for sure – But – that’s uncontrolled vibration that causes injuries to the user, just like long distance lorry driving can. Exactly one of the considerations that legitimate designers of vibration machines had to work with – the machines comply to ISO 2631, the regulation about safe exposure to vibrations in humans.

    So, apart from arguments over the efficaciousness of the machines, I’d like you know these machines (obviously I mean the high quality ones)are purpose designed units; the ones I work with are made to a 9-point design equation. They perform exactly as planned. Add in the strictness of the program (the various poses that users position in during the vibration time) and it’s so exacting that I can actually hear when customers are “out of position”. Tha machine plus user sound is a “known” and any variation means either machine or user positioning weight on it is incorrect – In this brand studio it’s never the machine, they’re built like tanks.

  • Sal proved this: he trialed a Soloflex platform which is a regular stepper platform with a $20 motor attached to the underside to give a bit of instability. he reported that it was useless, that the platform was so small he could hardly even stand on it and that the vibration was so little it could not produce training results.

    He was right! But he then applied that test to all vibration machines and vibration training – a totally wrong supposition!

    Sal has not yet done a trial and reported results on a high force platform.

  • Sal, I started off as a skeptic. I wasn’t outspoken against Vibration Training as you have been, I was more concerned about the safety of it. Over 2 1/2 years I’ve read everything I can, online and in print. I’ve talked to many people and trialed many brands. As you know I’m now an Instructor.

    I’m not simple-minded as Phillip Winn called me. I keep on and on learning and I’m not afraid to try out new methods of fitness training. Sal, I still encourage you to trial a proper high force machine. What the @$#% have you got to lose? You might even find it integrates well into the programs you give your clients.

  • Highwire Press is a database of important journals. If you check the little box that says ‘include pubmed’, then you can find just about any studies you’d care to look at, by keyword.

    They will at least show you an abstract and many times you’ll see studies listed for free that you can look at.

    You could go to pubmed itself, but I prefer Highwire because it contains more journals.

    If you have never tried searching for studies this way, I highly recommend it.

  • Here’s another positive study result:

    Effects of whole body vibration training on cardiorespiratory fitness and muscle strength in older individuals (A 1-year randomised controlled trial)

    Conclusion: WBV training in community-dwelling elderly appears to be efficient to improve cardiorespiratory fitness and muscle strength.

    The study showed approx equal results with both regular exercise consisting of cardiovascular, resistance, balance and stretching exercises, and vibration training alone

    I can see immediate benefits of vibration training over regular exercise for older people – compliance due to the short time period being one of them. The only negative I see is the lack of social interaction which, of course, is essential for overall good health. So, a mixture of both forms of exercise and we’ll have fitter seniors. One or Two Vibration Machines take up very little space compared with a conventional small gym. Looks like detracters are going to have to eat “humble pie” one day soon.

  • and a reminder of a previously reported study from 2008

    Effects of Whole-Body Vibration Exercise on Lower-Extremity Muscle Strength and Power in an Older Population

    Thirty participants (mean age=73.7 years).

    Results: The VIB group significantly improved ankle plantar flexor strength and power compared with the EX group. However, there were no significant differences between the VIB and EX groups for knee flexor or extensor strength.

    Again results showing that Vibration Training gives results equal to or greater than conventional exercise. This study also using seniors who are probably less likely to do the long periods of time required for results using conventional training

  • Todd29

    No one wants to be overweight! The most difficult thing to be able to control to keep your weight in check is mindless grazing. It is not always easy to do, but eat to live don’t live to eat. Some type of daily regimen is needed by everyone; but do not diet, your body needs nourishment. Diets and diet aids do not help anyone! The only way to successfully lose weight and get the body that you deserve is by using the right information. This information is in the book Lose Weight Using Four Easy Steps which can be ordered through the website http://www.bbotw.com Everyone who has gotten a copy of this book has lost weight and become healthier.

  • Mike Hair

    A group of Industry Watchdogs from vibration-training-advice.com that includes Lloyd Shaw, have now pulled our recommendation for HyperGravity completely, and they are now actually blacklisted. This is due to massive breakdown issues that the owners have worked hard to keep from the Vibration Training community, abusing our recommendations and backing. Now that the full truth is known we deem it not ethical to endorse this company or its product in any way.

    This was a very hard decision to make, but ultimately the only thing to do to protect the consumer.

  • Shotgun!

    C’MON people!
    Whatever happened to the good old exercises! Don’t fall for these ridiculous gimmicks; these sorts of things appeal to your lazy-side and hence presenting you with the “DIVINE” fix.
    I’ve tried this machine when my uncle bought it a weeks ago. I got on it; stood there for an hour; and to be brute, the only ‘burning’ i felt was the intense itchiness in my left butt-cheek.

    Don’t spill your wallets on extremely over-priced machines; regular dumbells, barbells, resistance bands, a healthy diet and 30 mins of vigorous exercise everyday is enough to keep in good shape

  • The record is 5 mins. I can only do 2 mins now after lots of practice and my legs are very wobbly after that. So Shotgun you are either superman or full of it.

    If you dont like this form of training then thats ok. But there is no need to make things up.

  • Hey Shotgun, Go do some research. You’ve commented on a way of fitness training after trying a toy machine. I’d say it was a pivotal, low priced vibration therapy machine. It might be okay for your uncle if he needs some gentle stimulation to his lower back i.e he gets backache or he’s old and can’t walk easily

    BUT, just as you’ve said it’s a crock if he bought it for exercise/fitness. If so, take it back!

    It’s not like the info isn’t easily available. Go do some homework, find a real machine, like Vibra-Train (a high force lineal platform) in a real Vibration Studio, then come back and tell us about it.

  • LOL Thinking about it, it does sound as though Shotguns Uncle must have purchased a pivotal physiotherapy machine instead of a gym machine.

    Maybe some good old fashioned THINKING and not believing everything the salesperson said was in order. Exercising your brain is also a good idea 🙂

  • MastaBlasta

    Has anyone ever thought about using a proper diet and not vibration training for fat loss!? Or just use the good old strength training in combination with diet and endurance training? Vibration training is good for rehab or for house wifes that dont want to move themselves. Has anyone set an world record or won an olympic medal by using this machine!?

  • MastaBlasta, If you took the time to read the articles and comments on Vibration Training on this website your questions would be answered.

    1. Of couse some people use diet (proper eating) for fat loss. It does help but then so does
    2. Strength/resistance training of ALL SORTS including Vibration Training, and cardio.

    3. You are right, Vibration Training can be used for rehab.
    4. You are wrong – it’s not for lazy housewifes unless they buy a low intensity (basically a cheap, waste of money) machine. Your putdown of housewives though, is not nice.

    5. Many housewives, business women and men, Personal trainers and fitness instructors, even doctors use our Vibra-train brand and other high force, lineal vibration machines, mostly in purpose designed Vibration Studios though sometimes in gyms or private homes.

    6. I’m sure it wont be long until an Olympian credits Vibration Training as giving them the “edge” for their winning performance. Yes top athletes use genuine high force machines and yes, we have some who have then gone on to win first place at their events, body sculpting, wrestling, running, etc. The Russians used this methodology with Olympic athletes long ago.

    It needs to be said that Vibration Training is Not primarily about fatloss. That is just one benefit of proper training for those who need it. Cut up abs can also be a benefit and with muscle gain wow, I’ve seen amazing results.

  • I’d better clarify my first statement

    Diet – controlled eating alone is a massive failure for fat loss

    Diet plus strength training should help but this method of fat loss promoted to basically demotivated or short-term, quick-fix motivation housewives and others is a worldwide proven failure!

    Read this article again and you’ll see that Vibration Training plus diet- controlled eating plan was the **Winner** for fat-loss.

    Go to our vibration-training-advice website or use Google to read other articles about this.

  • Both the Chinese gymnastic team and the U.S. swim team used vibration training in the lead up to the Olympics. But most people just use it as an alternative to weight training and it is effective.

    What causes some people to have such a problem with this form of training, both understanding how it works and that it does work, and it is ok to create new ways of training were old systems have failed to motivate people. Some kind of mental block?

    It is almost like original thought is a sin.

  • Gem in Australia

    I’m looking for a WBV machine to stop bone loss as I’m on medication that causes osteoporosis. I also need to lose tummy fat though I’m not overweight (BMI 22). I have lost about 28lbs in 8 months and do aerobics for an hour most days plus mini tramp. The aerobics is so hard to keep up with as I have no stamina or flexibility and never had any even as a child, probably due to inherited dyspraxia.
    I do find using the Wii fit and Wii aerobics programs more motivating and private than using a gym and looking like an idiot as I can’t keep up. It seems most classes are for the young and fit or for geriatrics. Those with disabilities, injuries or who are slow or inflexible seem to miss out.
    If I could find a machine in a gym it would save money in the short term but as this is a lifelong condition it may pay to buy one. Anyway I can’t wait around for study results or to find one in a gym as I will be losing bone now.
    I’m one of those “lazy housewives” and the medications are to prevent the return of breast cancer so I have no choice.

  • Hi Gem in Australia

    You can find lots of articles and a specific forum where your questions will be answered at vibration training advice

  • Thanks Di

  • Jane

    I love vibration machines! I am an amateur fitness model/actress who is trying to break into the pro world. One of my girlfriends who is a personal trainer turned me on to these vibration machines and oh my goodness do they WORK! I’m already thin and toned from constant cardio and weight training so I was pretty skeptical a vibration machine would do anything for me. When I saw the number of PRO athletes (NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, PGA, UFC…) that train on vibration machines I knew there must be something to it. I did my research online on vibration machine reviews and found a great machine that was in my price range. I have been using it at least 5 days a week, just 10-30min a day, for 8mo now and here is the difference I experienced. When I started I was, 5ft 9in tall, 140lbs, 20% body fat, wearing a jean size 9. Now, 8mo later I am 130lbs, 17% body fat, wearing a jean size 5! I dropped a lot of fat and gained a bit of muscle. Plus the lumpy icky areas of cellulite on the backside of my legs and butt are seriously barely noticeable at all (I’d post a photo of my backside but I think it would get taken down) and the veins in my legs are lighter and less noticeable. Keep in mind I am doing the exact same workouts as before but now my squats, lunges, kicks, push-ups, ect. are done on my vibration machine instead of on the floor. I’m not sure just standing on them does anything for you but working out on the plate challenges me in ways I had never experienced before. So do vibration machines work? 100% oh yeah it did for me I LOVE my 3G AVT Machine! –Jane

  • Jane, It’s good to hear you are getting benefits from using a Vibration Machine but your comment seems to be a thinly veiled advert for a particular brand of machine.

    If you are using the machine 5 days a week (and reading the brand website in one place it suggests everyday) you are not using it safely.. Pivotal machines can be used daily but lineal and so called 3D should be used approx 3x week with a rest day between sessions. Using a medium energy machine every day could result in health problems so I cannot let your post be unchallenged. If you are actually a salesperson for is brand I really hope you aren’t telling people to use it everyday.

  • Jane

    Di Heap, thanks for the info, I’ll ask my trainer about that. I should clarify I don’t do a full body workout 5 days a week. She has me do a leg day on the machine with squats and lunges one day and upper body push-ups, planks, and dips the next and then a balance, yoga, and stretching day. Sorry I’m not trying to push any product, you can remove the brand name if it’s against the rules. I am just so happy with my results I wanted to share some good things about the machine I own, I did the same thing when I bought my new Honda and my Hoover carpet cleaner, just a thrilled consumer 🙂

  • Warning to readers…

    Jane ( aka Jaim’e on other sites ) is a viral marketer for a brand of cheap plastic machines. A bunch of them are bombing the net now with fake ” pleased consumer feedback reports” .

    It is in fact a direct copy of a Power Plate, which in itself is a fake machine pushed by dishonest marketers.

    So Jane is promoting a copy of a fake. With all the same 3D, do lunges on the machine BS. Brilliant.

    Note: the 3G AVT is a Medium / Low Energy Lineal machine. Not the kind of thing anyone serious would use.

    3G AVT….

    We will now make sure every post you put up has this warning behind it. You blew it.

  • Di, I like your article. My only concern is that in manual labour workers the ones that are constantly exposed to “oscillating” work (such as those always using power tools) show the most wear and tear on the job. I feel that vibration training can offer some benefits but should not comprise the ONLY method of activity for the reason I have outlined.

  • Hi Mark

    Vibration Training is part of a fitness program. It works well combined with swimming and pilates or any cardio and balance/stretching work. Some people do Vibration Training (on high energy machines)only, due to time constraints, hating exercise but knowing its worth doing, or health/disability reasons – these people get good results with 3x weekly sessions.

    Your concern about uncontrolled vibration – eg manual workers and lorry drivers, is unfounded as Vibration Training conforms to ISO standards for human use of vibration. Added – it’s controlled – by frequency, amplitude, time in contact with the platform (and overall time) and specific positions used.

    Have you looked into Vibration Training and Vibration therapy at all – there are two main and very different, types of machines = different motion. Some prefer one type over the other. Both are very safe, used correctly. (We’ve had absolutely no accident claims). Also there’s a large studio set up January 2012 in Penang, Malaysia run by a well respected Osteopath who did lots of research before deciding what brand/machine to go with.

    Are you in Sydney? If you visit Central Auckland look me up for a trial session. The company I work for isn’t in Sydney except for a very small home based location at Glenmore Park. There are two other companies/brands (differing types) at Bondi Junction that I’m sure would give you a trial