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!
The 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.
For 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.
These 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.