Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Do Those Vibration Machines Really Work

Are you a resident in the La Canada, Montrose/La Crescenta area who wants to lose weight and get fit? Would you like to spend 12 minutes a few times per week to get there? There are a few vibration machines out there that promise just that.
The VibePlate, Power Plate and the VibraSlim are three of these machines currently out there and available. The good news is that there is some research that supports the benefit of these types of machines. The only problem I have is the claims they make in reference to time. I think with a price tag from between $2000 to $10,000, they need to justify the cost.
These vibration type devices look basically like large waxing machine. You stand on or put one foot on a platform and perform exercises similar to the old standards. There is definitely a additional challenge to keeping good form while fighting the vibration.
As a personal trainer with 20 yrs. experience, here are two things I believe. If you don't like something you won't keep it up and if it sounds too good to be true if usually is. These machines take something already hard and make it even harder. You may hit a muscle group more thoroughly with vibration but you won't get a cardiovascular workout in  twelve minutes.
My philosophy with exercise is to make it as easy and enjoyable as possible. Make it hard enough to be effective and then keep changing it when it gets too easy. If you are already at the top of your game and want to give it try. I think you are the best candidate for vibration machines. If you are like most of us and want to get to the next level, just be consistent and keep changing up your workouts.

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