Video on Whole Body Vibration presented by Power Plate ®
Announcing a Breakthrough in Fitness Technology:
Whole Body Vibration Now At Trim Up Fitness
What is Whole Body Vibration?
The Vibration Plate is a sophisticated exercise and therapeutic wellness machine that uses vibrational technology based on decades of research and development.
Whole Body Vibration (WBV) uses the principles of Acceleration Training to stimulate the bodyís natural response to vibration. The power plate produces a vibration at varying hertz (times per second) through which energy is transferred to the body, producing a muscle stretch reflex, which results in the muscles repetitively contracting and relaxing with each vibration. The vibration stimulates not only active, slow-twitch muscle fiber that moves our bodies in physical activity but also the hard to reach fast-twitch muscle fiber that is normally not activated except in high intensity bursts of movement. This results in 98-100% of muscle response at a rate of up to 3000 times per minute during a session versus 40-60% of muscle use during traditional exercise.
The power plate vibration machine can produce equal, if not better, results than conventional training methods such as weight lifting in far less time, with less effort and with much less stress on the joints, tendons and ligaments. Results can be seen in sessions as short as 15 minutes a day, 3 times a week.
You can perform static or dynamic movements including standing, sitting, kneeling, lying, and placing your hands on it. Almost any exercise from a typical gym workout to passively sitting on a chair and resting your feet can be done on a vibration platform.
Acceleration Training offers a host of health and beauty benefits including:
- Increased Muscle Strength
- Increased Flexibility & Range of Motion
- Improved Lymphatic Detox
- Decreased Cellulite
- Increased Bone Mineral Density
- Reduced Pain and Soreness
- Weight Loss & Metabolism Boosted
Whole Body Vibration Fees
|First Trial Session||FREE||FREE|
| (1) 30 min personal
training session on WBV
|(3) 30 min personal
training session on WBV
|(6) 30 min personal
training session on WBV
| (12) 30 min personal
training sessions on WBV
*free use of weight and cardio equipment with purchase
|(12) Additional 30 min
independent sessions on WBV
|*Training sessions are customized to individual fitness levels & health needs|
Whole Body Vibration Fall Special
(8) 30 min personal training sessions - $100
Includes 5 class pass & use of equipment
*Must be used by Nov. 30th
History of Whole Body Vibration
The Russian space program used WBV in an effort to stop or reverse bone and muscle tissue loss cosmonauts experienced in space due to a lack of gravity. As a result of WBV successfully imitating gravity, the Russians were able to stay in space for months longer than the U.S.
The world started seeing WBVís effectiveness when Russia won all of the Gold in the 1960 Olympics. But it wasnít until the Berlin Wall came down in 1989 that their secret of whole body vibration was revealed and this discovery led the way for other European countries to apply the vibrational training concept to athletics and fitness.
Within the last few years, WBV notoriety and popularity has spread in America as well. Athletes such as Shaquille O'Neil, Lance Armstrong, Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans were among the first users in America to recognize the incredible advantage of the vibration plate. Madonna was one of the first celebrities to use WBV, joined by many others including Heidi Klum, Courtney Cox and Jessica Alba.
Benefits of Whole Body Vibration
I love the WBV machine. It has made me stronger and my muscles feel tighter & firmer. My wrists are very weak and I have had carpel tunnel surgery on my right hand. I have never been able to do more than one or two "triceps dips"but since using the WBV machine I can now do them for one minute. I guess I should add that I have been trying for 3 years to do "triceps dips". After I use the machine, I just really feel good.
I started having neck and shoulder pain 15 years ago, from a compressed C-6 vertebrae in my neck from white-water rafting-gone wrong. Since then I have spent so much time and money at chiropractors but was never really pain-free. Even turning my head while sleeping would wake me up with the pain. I was just accustomed to living with constant achiness in my neck, not being able to turn my head fully, and going to the chiropractor every 4-6 weeks (sometimes more when it would flare up).
Six months ago I started training on the whole body vibration machine 2-3 times a week and noticed almost immediately that I could look over my shoulder while driving! The mobility in my neck continued to get better and the pain is hardly noticeable—just occasionally—and I do some neck stretches on the machine and it goes away! I have not been to the chiropractor since using WBV. Evidently the vibration keeps the muscles from tensing up and pressing against nerves, that can cause pain. And the increased circulation heals the inflammation and stiffness.
Another problem I had was sciatica nerve pain, that would get worse after exercise. Sometimes the pain would start at the bottom of my foot and travel all the way up my leg into my glute, and I would hobble around like an old woman! It would flare up at least once a week. However, I realized that it has not bothered NOT ONCE since doing WBV—even after teaching 3 classes in one day!
If you suffer from tight muscles that press against nerves to cause pain, or chronic back, wrist, hip, knee, shoulder or foot pain, vibration can help. WBV can keep your body moving and exercising without pain or risk of injury. That is why pro sports teams use it for their players. It is physical therapy PLUS!
Vibration Training can be used by people of all levels of fitness and physical abilities. As a way to get your body moving again after a time of being unable to exercise, WBV is a safe and effective way to stimulate and strengthen muscles. For those who are very fit and exercise regularly, WBV is designed to enhance sports training as both a supplement to and as an alternative to Strength Training. Professional Sports teams and athletes throughout the world use vibration technology as a part of their strength, conditioning and rehabilitation programs. WBV will speed recovery and cell regeneration to avoid injury, muscle soreness as well as producing more successful workouts.
A sweat-free 15 minute workout on the vibration platform may seem easy but is actually very intense and the equivalent to one hour of strength training.
Just a few minutes of stretching on the machine will improve flexibility and range of motion similar to the benefits of a deep stretch yoga class.
When standing on a whole body vibration platform the muscles are stimulated to respond by contracting reflexively in response to each vibration and these contractions pull and stimulate bone. However all of this occurs without any impact or external load so it is very safe. Studies have shown that whole body vibration directly stimulates increase in bone density and bone health, and bone health can be stimulated by as little as 15 minutes of use per week.
Another suggested reason for increases in bone mass is that vibration alters fluid flow, both in blood vessels and in lymphatic vessels.
Osteoporosis is one of the most common complications of aging. Bone mineral density in the hip of postmenopausal women increased about 1% with six months of vibration exercise. In young women, increases in spine bone density of 3.9% and thigh bone density of 2.9% occurred after twelve months of vibration training. Benefits happened from as little as 2 minutes per day of training. In another study, 70 postmenopausal women performed vibration exercise for one year and bone mineral density increased by 3.35%.
Vibration exercise improves bone mineral density equivalent to what the most effective drugs can accomplish. Although medication may prevent the loss of bone, it can be detrimental after continued use (fosamax causes bone fractures) and it is unable to provide any of the other benefits of vibration exercise including improvements in strength, balance, neuromuscular function, and quality of life.
Heredity, skin thickness, gender, the amount and distribution of body fat, and age can all influence the extent to which cellulite is present or visible.The lumpiness of cellulite is caused by fat deposits that push and distort the connective tissues beneath skin, leading to the characteristic dimpling of the skin.
The improved circulation and lymphatic drainage experienced with WBV assists in flushing out the toxins trapped in the fat cells and effectively remove these wastes from the body while softening the connective tissue to normal elasticity. Collagen is stimulated for thicker, smoother skin. Each WBV session ends with a relaxing massage concentrating on the area of cellulite in the body and these massages have proven to far exceed the results any cream or machine can produce over time.
When you work out with weights, youíre working out your skeletal muscles. There are actually many more muscles in your body that are involuntary, and controlled by the brain stem. Thatís why urinary incontinence is helped with whole body vibration, because almost every muscle in your body, including the pelvic floor, is getting stimulated naturally in response to the vibration.
Whole Body Vibration can be used to exercise the perinea muscles of the pelvic basin. Stimulating them at a rapid rate of vibration while holding these muscles contracted improves their strength. Each session ends with a massage either by sitting or lying on the vibration plate, to concentrate on the pelvic area. Women are seeing improvement with bladder control in just a few weeks of regular WBV sessions.
Itís Human Growth Hormones that grow our cells, bones, muscles, and organs, and it is the decreasing level of human growth hormone after age 30 that slowly robs us of our "youth." Vibration stimulates the pituitary to release over 4Ĺ times more human growth hormone than normal at adult ages, producing as much as 400% more during a WBV session. This causes all the major organs to grow back to their full size; and restores balance to the glandular systems, including immune functions.
These increases help to stimulate cell repair for smoother skin, more muscle, increased metabolism and more fat burning. Researchers believe that the increase in belly fat is related to changes in HGH and plays an important role in adult metabolism. Whole body vibration has been known to help facilitate natural hormones and nerve delivery substances, showing an increase in serotonin while decreasing cortisol, a hormone produced by stress, as much as 32%. Elevated serotonin helps to create a feeling of well-being, while the decrease in cortisol may reduce Ďbelly fatí caused by stress. Testosterone is also been shown to increase with WBV, as much as 7%.
A new study presented at the Congress on Obesity showed that vibration exercise was up to 4 times as effective as traditional exercise with fat loss. Surprisingly, the study showed that 60 minutes of cardio was less effective than 15 minutes of vibration exercise machine use in losing weight. Not only did the vibration fitness group lose much more fat but they were able to keep it off even after stopping vibration use for 6 months. The cardio group all experienced the yo-yo effect and eventually gained back the weight they had lost.
Somehow vibration exercise is able to reset the bodies "Weight Set-Point" which is key to long term weight-loss. This is a game changer in the weight-loss industry and Vibration Exercise is becoming adopted into many weight-loss programs now.
Physical therapists around the world have found WBV to be better and more efficient at resolving injuries from sports or surgery than traditional methods of therapy. The body rapidly adjusts to the vibration stimulation, resulting in not only an increase in physical performance but also total body neuromuscular balance leading to physiological changes to the brain and the entire body. Traumas and injuries, even if healed, can leave old cell memories in the brain or body tissue that still impede normal body movement or function. WBV allows the body and brain to replace these old cell traumas with positive healthy information.
Increased blood flow combined with cell vibration leads to improved distribution and availability of vitamins, nutrients, oxygen, minerals and herbs to those tissues, organs or glands that need healing. Vibration helps to move the nutrients through the cell membrane and into the cell. Increased circulation and better lymph system drainage combine to give faster toxin removal resulting in more rapid healing.
Blood flow is doubled during a vibration session, and the increased circulation can reduce swelling and inflammation in joints. Vibration activates glands to release natural lubricants into joints.
WBV is an incredible therapy regimen for people with injuries (sports or other types), the elderly or those with disease conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, cerebral palsy, stroke, Parkinsonís or MS who are normally excluded or limited from a good fitness program.
Chiropractors are starting to incorporate vibration therapy into their treatments to relieve pressure on nerves that cause pain and improve mobility.
The lymphatic system is a complex system of ducts and conduits that take away toxins from muscles and at the same time bring new germ fighting materials to the muscles. Unlike the blood system which has a pump (the heart), the lymph system does not have a pumping system, it relies solely on muscular contractions and releases to move the fluids.
Normally, our lymph system is activated by vigorous breathing and body movement. But, our modern lifestyle often involves hours of sitting in positions that foster stagnation in the cells of the legs, pelvis and abdomen.
The whole body vibration machine stimulates the muscle system to increase this lymphatic drainage, which allows the toxic chemicals in the air we breathe, in the water we drink and in the food we eat to be flushed out of our bodies naturally. The fit active person has a better immune system because of improved lymphatic drainage from continual muscle actions.
This natural cleansing process creates favorable conditions for the body to restore itself to optimum health and well-being.
Vibration training provides a simple solution to preventing age-related muscle loss, bone density loss and skin wrinkles. Circulation is improved and provides your cells with ideal oxygen and nutrient delivery to slow the degenerative aging process. Cosmetically, enhanced blood flow and increased cell stimulation improves production of collagen. This leads to tighter skin, reduction of cellulite, stronger and more beautiful hair and nails.
Increased Human Growth Hormone secretion causes the skin to thicken, smoothing out wrinkles and dimpling of skin.
81 year old Frances and daughter Pam working out together. Frances has osteoarthritis in her knee and has seen improvement with vibration training. She has progressed steadily with more mobility and muscle strength.
Use of the Whole Body Vibration is not advisable if you suffer from one or more of the medical conditions listed below:• Acute Hernia
• Hip and Knee Implants (consult with your practitioner)
• Recent Infections
• Recent Operative Wounds
• Recently Inserted IUD, Metal Pins or Plates
• Serious Cardiovascular Disease
• Severe Diabetes (consult with your practitioner)
• Severe Heart and Vascular Diseases
• Severe Migraine
• Slipped Disc, Discopathy or Spondylolysis
• Thrombotic Conditions
Please note that this list of contraindications is not absolute.
If one of these contraindications applies to you this does not mean that you will never be able to use Whole Body Vibration. We strongly advise that you consult with your physician before using the machines.