How Does It Work?
The whole body vibration (WBV) theory was originated from the concept of human body movement under Earth's gravity.
The movement of individual organs in the human body is always influenced by Earth's gravity. The Earth's gravity works in vertical directions. Therefore, it is natural and more effective for the human body to exercise in a vertical direction. Running vertically causes all the body organs such as the brain, chest, abdomen and muscles to contract and relax repeatedly. Vertical movement stimulates the growth plates, improves blood vessel circulation, activates the lymphatic system and helps eliminate cellulite. Vertical movements also cause muscle fibers to contract and relax repeatedly, enhancing muscular strength.
The sound-activated vibration emanating from the pedestal and conducted throughout the body stimulates muscle fibers (myocytes) with three times the strength of gravity. This causes the muscle fibers to contract and relax with greater strength and speed. These powerful muscle contractions, when repeated with the frequency seen in Whole Body Vibration (WBV) exercise, enhance muscle strength over a shorter period of time than is feasible with any other form of muscle training.
In addition, blood vessels throughout the body are stimulated and circulation is improved. Furthermore, tendons and ligaments, (parts of the body not easily trained) become better toned. The function of intrapelvic muscles and small muscle groups, such as facial muscles, (which cannot be strengthened through
conventional weight training exercises) are improved. Exercise involving vibration in the vertical direction also causes greater caloric consumption than regular aerobic exercise.
Whole Body Vibration exercise, in conjunction with conventional muscle exercise, can increase maximum muscle strength by over 30%. It can also reduce the period of training required by 85% and time spent exercising by over 50%. Moreover, unlike in conventional muscle training methods involving the lifting of weights, little additional load is imposed on joints, ligaments and tendons in WBV exercise. Consequently, the risk of exercise-induced injury is reduced to a negligible level.