NASA and the European Space Agency as well as many other institutions have performed a few hundred studies on the various benefits of Whole Body Vibration for a multitude of different health goals and conditions with astonishing results.
The Basics - Riding a Wave of Energy
When you stand or place other parts of your body on a moving platform, the repetitive upward movement of the platform sends pulses of kinetic energy up through your body. You control the strength of these energy waves using the machine’s control panel.
As each wave moves up through your body some of the energy is absorbed by the tissues of your body and is converted to heat. Muscles and joints feel and operate better when they are warm. Whole Body Vibration has been proven to create a warming effect in muscles and joints faster and easier than other types of exercise.
The upwards movement of the platform also causes movement in the joints of your body which has a mobilizing effect and causes the muscles and tissues surrounding the joints to stretch and vibrate.
As decades of research with Astronauts has revealed, Gravity is vitally important for the health of your muscles, bones, cardiovascular and practically every other system of your body. Reducing the amount of gravity on your body leads to degeneration of those same body systems. Even if you continue to exercise regularly, without constant exposure to gravity pulling vertically through your body (as in the standing position), without sufficient stimulus from gravity the body will break down. NASA illustrates this point: “In spite of strenuous exercise in space, for several hours every day, loss in bone, muscle and cardiovascular function happens ten times faster in space than on Earth. Exercise without gravity is not as effective." You may never visit the microgravity of space but even here on Earth, the same ‘gravity reduction’ occurs when we sit or lie down. According to NASA, prolonged sitting closely resembles being in microgravity and has the same outcome; accelerated aging. The good news according to NASA is that this is reversible. When Astronauts return to full gravity their health returns. Similarly, when people who spend too much time avoiding gravity by sitting, get up and expose themselves to full gravity, they get stronger and healthier and this includes the elderly.
Whole Body Vibration is a unique way of increasing your exposure to gravity. The upward movement of the platform causes the body to accelerate upwards. Imagine the example of standing in an elevator. If the elevator was to move downwards at high speed it would make you feel light, almost like floating. If, however it suddenly slowed to a stop and immediately moved upwards with rapidly increasing speed it would feel like your body just became a lot heavier and you would have to push down with your legs to keep yourself upright. Whole Body Vibration creates an effect similar to the elevator moving upwards, it’s as if your body just became heavier. You feel this acceleration as a force on your body, a force called G-force which is adding to the force of gravity pulling you toward the Earth. Where conventional exercise has failed, researchers at the European Space Agency have successfully used Whole Body Vibration to completely prevent the degeneration in bone and muscle during prolonged weightlessness by using Whole Body Vibration. In the European Space Agency experiments the most successful outcomes came from using a G-force of 15G. Reducing that to 10G resulted in partial success. Reducing to 5G or less reduced the effectiveness by 70-100%. If muscle, bone and body conditioning are your goals, using low G-force is ineffective for all but the most frail and deconditioned individuals. G-force is the most important factor when it comes to stimulating the body to improve with Whole Body Vibration. If you want maximum results with minimum time and effort your aim should be to use the highest G-forces you feel comfortable with.
Whole Body Vibration Machines stimulate and activate muscles, joints, and reflexology zones in ways that other forms of exercise can’t — without harmful impact or stress on the body.
The most effective whole body vibration the machines offer a frequency between 20-45 Hz and over 10g of acceleration. As one of the few whole body vibration machines to fulfill these requirements, the Hypervibe G17 PRO can improve your life in a number of ways.
Vibration Training Offers Varied, Versatile Exercise
Whole body vibration is so much more than simply standing on a vibrating platform. When used properly, whole body vibration targets a large variety of muscle groups. The Hypervibe G17 PRO’s exercise videos show you how to use whole body vibration to work your entire body. From planks to squats and everything in between.
Physiological Benefits of Whole Body Vibration
Mechanical stress is an excellent way to improve bone strength and density. Whole body
vibration offers this stress, without the added danger of tripping, falling, twisting an ankle, and other accidents associated with different forms of exercise. It’s a safe, yet effective way to strengthen your bones.
Since muscles require oxygen to function, exercise is an excellent way to improve circulation. Vibration training is particularly effective, as the vibrations work your muscles in new ways, drawing the blood throughout the body. This
can lead to other positive outcomes such as higher energy, better joint mobility, and a
faster healing process.
There is evidence to suggest that whole body vibration can grant your muscles more strength
for the same amount of effort. The long-term effects of whole body vibration strength training are roughly the same as those of weight training. The major advantage whole body vibration has
in building strength is that it gets your muscles activated faster, taking the body to the growth stimulation phase without exhausting the energy supply. This means you requires less recovery time.
Aids in Weight Loss
Vibration training offers high-intensity exercise that effectively stimulates the muscles without draining the energy reserves. This revolutionary method of exercise means you can be more efficient in your workouts; training harder while expending less effort. Whole body vibration increases the gravitational pull on the body. The body’s natural response to this is to increase strength and muscle tone.