Power of Vibration Machines for Weight Loss
Do vibration machines help you lose weight?
If you are looking to lose weight, perhaps tone and firm specific areas of the body, or you need a low impact workout in the comfort of your own home Vitality4Life believes you should try one of our vibration machines for weight loss along with other health benefits to feel the difference immediately in your overall well-being even when using only 15 minutes a day.
Do vibration machines burn calories?
That is a great question and much research has actually been conducted on whether vibration machines for weight loss are the way to go. This subject and similar weight loss related topics are discussed on WebMD. When standing on a vibration plate the muscles in the body are basically contracting and relaxing multiple times per second to keep the body stable in a similar way to traditional exercise however in a much more accelerated fashion. In the same way that traditional exercise and strength training builds muscle mass, so too does vibration training through this contraction/relaxation of the muscles. In fact, a vibration plate will use up to 90% of the body's muscles at one time, so is very effective at building full body muscle mass. The weight loss results are primarily achieved through this strengthening of the muscle fibres, and then the subsequent increase in energy required for the muscles which burns more calories and fat, even in a resting state. Muscle burns more energy than fat, so the lower the body fat percentage and higher the muscle mass, the better for calorie burn.
Calories burned per session is dependent on a number of factors including personal weight/height/body composition, but also on the type of exercises being done on the vibration plate during a workout. For obvious reasons, a dynamic or aerobic workout on a vibration plate will burn more calories and build more muscle mass than simply standing or sitting on the plate. With those factors in mind, there has been some estimations that you can burn anywhere between 200-500 calories per hour. So during a 15 minute session, you could expect to burn 50-125 calories, however this would be a rough estimate only.
How does it work?
In it's most basic form, the oscillating vibrations from the Vibration Machine transmit energy to the body which causes the muscles to contract and relax. Just in the same way as during normal exercise, the contraction and subsequent relaxation of the muscles burns energy. Using vibration machines for weight loss causes this reaction from the muscles multiple times in each second, so it doesn't take long before your whole body is tingling and warm, just as you would experience during a high intensity workout.
In traditional strength and power training, the load on the muscles is determined by the weight lifted. When using the Vibration Platform, a specific frequency and amplitude of vibration is chosen and the movement of the plate loads the limbs. The vibrations stimulate a reflex contraction within the muscle which leads to a high level of muscle activation and exertion. The superior muscle-activation that the vibration machine stimulates compared to conventional training, means that less time is required to work muscle groups completely and the benefits are wider ranging than those achieved by ordinary exercise.
When you combine this type of energy-burning exercise with healthy eating using our Bio Chef range of products such as the BioChef Synergy Slow Juicer and BioChef Living Food Blender it is a powerful combination! By burning more energy than you consume, you will begin to burn fat from the body's fat stores.
With vibration technology not only will you burn fat, but other benefits include:
- increased flexibility
- strengthening and toning muscles
- muscle rejuvenation
- improved balance and coordination
- improved posture
Optimal settings on the vibration machine for weight loss
When you are setting vibration machines for weight loss in order to achieve maximum results, the individual heart rate is used as a guideline for setting the intensity of the vibration. The body begins burning fat at approximately 65% of the maximum pulse rate. While exercising, the pulse rate should generally be at 60 - 70% in the first few weeks. Within a few weeks of undertaking a routine of 3 workouts per week of 30 minutes each, the intensity can be increased to the optimal fat burning rate of 70 – 85% of your maximum pulse rate.
As a rule of thumb, the following formula is commonly used:
Maximum pulse rate: 220 minus your age in years = your individual maximum pulse rate per min
Minimum pulse rate: Max PR x 0.7 = minimum pulse rate per min
Highest pulse rate for exercising: Max PR x 0.85 = highest pulse rate per min.
Is a vibration machine right for me?
Quick and easy
If you are time-poor and don't have enough hours in the day to go to the gym... One of the great things about using vibration machines for weight loss is how fast and easily you can do a workout. Workouts can take as little as 15 minutes per day, just a few times a week to feel the benefits without the need to strain and exhaust the body.
Low impact, low exertion workout
With whole body vibration technology exercise easy and simple, with no great amount of effort or stress on your body required! No longer do you have to feel aching and sore from struggling through exercise after exercise just to work up a sweat. Whole body vibration is a low-impact exercise and requires minimal effort, you can simply stand or sit on the machine to feel the benefits. Work your way up to different poses and postures the more comfortable you feel with the machine and as strength and flexibility improves.
A favourite of our customer's who suffer from sore and aching legs, ankles and feet is to simply lay flat on the floor with the vibration plate positioned under the lower calves to feet. Such a great way to relieve and soothe this commonly problem area.
Vibration machines for weight loss at any fitness level
The beauty of a vibration platform is that they cater to such a broad range of fitness levels, from pro-athletes to those suffering from chronic pain who are unable to partake in normal exercise. There is an infinite number of postures and exercises you can do with a vibration machine by simply combining traditional exercises with the vibration machine. A simple squat or lunge turns into a more powerful whole body exercise. Even simply sitting or standing on a vibration machine will produce noticeable results.
Weight Loss Exercises with a Vibration Machine
Beginners Weight Loss Exercises
Using Vibration Machines for weight loss is perfect for someone who is transitioning from a sedentary (minimal exercise) lifestyle. When just getting started with a Vibration Machine you can simply stand on the machine for 15 minutes per day, or try easy/non-strenuous exercises like bending the knees or stepping on and off the plate. This alone is enough to get you started and is a great way to ease yourself into the routine. Some examples of more beginner exercises below:
Intermediate - Advanced Weight Loss Exercises
As you grow more familiar with using the vibration machines for weight loss and your fitness levels increase you can begin to do more aerobic and strengthening style exercises on the machine for a more intense workout. You can also begin to target more specific or problem areas of the body, by doing exercises that work the muscles in the area. This will help to tone the area but will also mean that fat is burnt even while sedentary. Some examples are below:
Vibration machines are also good for stretching and increasing flexibility which will give you a wider range of motion during exercises. Simple yoga poses are great for increasing flexibility.
Health Conditions & Vibration Machines
If you have any specific medical conditions, see our article 'Contraindications of Vibration Machines' to see if a vibration machine may or may not be suitable.
Vitality 4 Life and Vibration Machines
Vitality 4 Life have been distributing Vibration Machines for weight loss in Australia for over 15 years and we pride ourselves on sourcing the very best machines for our customers. Our Vibration Machines have been on the leading TV Home Shopping channels in Australia during this time and thousands of happy customers have been using their Vitality 4 Life Vibration Machine to improve their health and fitness.