The concept of using vibration machines for benefitting health had begun in Greece. Perhaps the idea of developing a whole-body vibration machine originates from there. Russian scientists started the concept of using whole-body vibrations to simulate the weight who had lost muscle weight and bone density while staying on the moon. Professional Russian athletes also used WBV therapy to increase their performance. While athletes used the treatment to improve their performance, whole-body vibrations can be beneficial for anyone concerned for their health. Not convinced? Well, we have prepared a list of the vibration machines’ pros and cons for you.
OVERALL MUSCLE STRENGTH
Let’s understand a bit of physics before understanding the vibration machine’s pros and cons, and how it builds muscle strength. We have studied that Force = Mass*Acceleration. So, in this case, the force is your strength, the mass is the weight you lift while training, and the plates’ vibration is the acceleration. So in this way, by increasing the rate at which your muscles contract(acceleration), the machine’s vibrations increase your strength without increasing the weight.
The whole body vibration machine allows you to try out various postures while exercising. So based on the vibration plates and the positions you choose, the vibration plates can provide you full-body workout by using 90% of your muscles at the same time.
IMPROVES CORE STRENGTH
Apart from building your muscle, the vibration machine also helps you make the body’s core strength. Using the gym floor to do planks and develop your core strength can do the same using a vibration machine. You can rest your hands on the vibrating plates of the machine and build up your core. Here, your muscles will have to work harder to maintain the body’s balance and stability. Simultaneously, the muscles will contract at a higher speed, so don’t be bothered if your hands hurt earlier than usual.
If you want to buy a good quality vibration machine that gets you into good shape, you have to be ready to spend a significant amount of money.
UNSUITABLE FOR CERTAIN PATIENTS
- Whole-Body Vibration machine is unsuitable for people with the following condition
- who have a pace-maker
- Are pregnant
- Jave migraine
- Have diabetes
- Suffer from a neurological condition
- Have acute hernia
- Cardiovascular diseases
HEAVY AND NOISY
Another con of whole-body vibration machines is that it is not easily portable. They are heavy and noisy. So if you don’t have a spacious house or apartment or have picky neighbors, you shouldn’t buy the machine. You can always find a gym to train yourself.
NEED TO BE TECHNICALLY SOUND FOR BUYING ONE
Before buying a whole-body vibration machine for yourself, you have to understand the vibration machine’s pros and cons, its technicalities. You need to know the parameters and also have the knowledge of how it influences the body. The style, color, or price3 of the machine does not matter. What matters the most in whole-body vibration machines is the amplitude, frequency, and acceleration.
We have listed the vibration machine’s pros and cons above to weigh them and decide whether it is a piece of suitable equipment for you to train yourself.