12 Jan Vibration machines can help shake off weight
We’ve all heard the saying “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
However, the 3G Cardio AVT 5.0 Vibration Machine and 3G Cardio AVT 6.0 Vibration Machine can literally help people shake off weight.
Studies have show that if used properly, Vibration machines (also known as Vibration plates) can help people trim their belly fat and keep it off over the long haul. It does take work as well, but according to research people can lose weight more effectively by exercising on a vibration machine.
A recent study examined obese women who followed a special diet and regularly exercise on vibration plate machines. They were found to enjoy greater weight loss success over the short and long term than a different group of women who dieted and used more traditional exercise methods.
“These are very encouraging results, but it doesn’t mean people trying to lose weight can ditch aerobic exercise and jump on the vibration plate instead,,” said researcher Dirk Vissers, a physiotherapist at the Artesis University College and the University of Antwerp in Belgium, in a press release.
“They still need a healthy diet and aerobic exercise, but this could be a viable alternative to weightlifting,” Vissers added.
Vibration training machines are becoming more and more popular in health clubs, fitness centers and home gyms, but there is not a lot of medical evidence to show just how effective they can be.
However, the study by Vissers and his group adds to the growing amount of data out there that supports just how effective vibration training can be.
Vissers and his research team recruited 61 obese or overweight adults, mostly women, for their study.
The people were split into four groups: 1. diet alone; 2. diet plus vibration plate exercise program; 3. diet plus conventional exercise program of cycling, swimming, running, and other activities and; 4. A control group that did nothing.
Those using the vibration machines were assisted by a physical therapist and executed exercises like squats, lunges, calf raises, pushups, and abdominal crunches on the vibration machines. The sets they performed increased from 30 seconds for each of 10 exercises to 60 seconds for each of 22 exercises.
The research groups stayed on their programs for six months, then continued on their own with diet and exercise for another six months. In addition to recording weight, deep belly fat was measured by abdominal CT scans during the study period.
“Over the year, only the conventional fitness and vibration groups managed to maintain a 5 percent weight loss, which is what is considered enough to improve health,” Vissers said.
The vibration machine group lost the highest percentage of weight with an average loss of 11 percent of their body weight in the first six months and maintained a 10.5 percent loss after a year.
That was greater than the 7 percent initial body weight loss in the diet and conventional exercise group, which maintained a 6.9 percent loss.
In addition, the vibration plate group lost the most belly fat and kept it off for the entire year compared to the other three groups.
“People say vibration machines are fitness for lazy people. It may feel like a short cut, but if it’s easy, you are not doing it properly,” Vissers added. “Supervision in the beginning is imperative and the longer the better. What we see in gyms very often — people just standing on the machine holding the handles — is not going to do anything.”
The results were presented at ECO 2009 — The 17th European Congress on Obesity in Amsterdam, Netherlands.