Small Vibration Therapy Machine – It might save your life

March 9th, 2015 by Di Heap No comments »
Small Therapy Pad

Small Therapy Pad

LifeBack 2

LifeBack 2

CV5 Therapy Machine

CV5 Therapy Machine

 

Vibration Therapy – for improving circulation  – it’s cheap, readily available for home use with good instructions and very suitable for people with pre-diabetes, diabetes, limited mobility,and older people, so why aren’t people getting into it?

Why are these little machines not so greatly in demand that suppliers can’t keep up?

This is a problem that really concerns me.

One of the reasons might be that vibration training and vibration therapy has been seen as somewhat of a fad because of the proliferation of  “as-seen-on-TV”  machines, that didn’t give the results that the advertorials promised, so the machines ended up on auction and re-sale websites such as TradeMe (New Zealand) and Ebay, selling at a fraction of their original retail price.  Also these cheap, so called fitness machines (they were never fitness machines but some were suitable for therapy and circulation) were almost never true to specs (they didn’t run at the speeds or pressures that were advertised);  they didn’t work at all well when the user was over a quite low body weight (often as low as 60-70Kg); they were quite large and chunky (not a good look in the corner of the lounge); and many broke down after a few weeks or months use, with no back-up from the supplying company. Another reason may be that those of us in the vibration training and therapy industry have had to speak out firmly against the type of unethical advertising and low spec machines that have been sold as fitness training platforms. We have often stated the possible therapy uses of these machines but advertisers preferred to push the fitness line, for quick sales.

All this aside, some of these machine now selling at a fraction of their, often highly inflated, original price are very useful for circulation improvement and  gentle stimulation uses. The thing is to know what to buy so it’s important to ask someone that’s trustworthy.

Better still, there are small, portable, specifically built machines now available

for use by people with limited mobility or simply for circulation improvement.  These machines sell for around $500 and as long as you buy a reputable brand (ask someone who knows – like me) they come with full backup, which means if anything does go wrong (and rarely it does as with any equipment or device) you know it will be repaired or replaced and also you will receive complete guidance in how to use the machine.

The benefits that people get are increased blood flow (without increase in heart rate, you wont be jumping about), relief from some aches and pains, relaxation and stress reduction, better sleep also.

When a specific small therapy machine was first available to me I took it immediately to my mother who is quite frail and lives in an assisted care home for the elderly.

She experienced the benefits I’ve stated and more. She found a better ability to keep balance when walking, improved proprioception (which is the inner sense of knowing where one’s body parts are, spatial orientation, in relation to the immediate world around about) and a general sense of well-being.

For people in New Zealand and Australia I can get a small vibration therapy machine and sell it to you but this is not the reason for this article. I would also recommend a machine off an auction or sales site if I thought that suited your needs. My next article will feature a machine I am happy to recommend.

Vibration Therapy saves lives!

My mother’s experience has been amazing. I used a small therapy machine after having surgery a few years ago and my husband’s use of vibration therapy after a sudden, very frightening time having pulmonary embolisms has highlighted for me the need for this equipment and the benefits that can be so amazing, with correct use.

 

 

 

Vibration Training 10 minute exercise session. True or a Scam?

November 25th, 2014 by Di Heap No comments »
Advanced Basic Squat

Basic Squat on Vibra-Train, high energy, lineal machine

Let’s ask the hard questions

 

    • Is it true that I can get a real Vibration Training
      workout in 10 minutes ?

 

    • Will this give me real results?

 

    • Do I need to do anything to make this work for me?

 

    • Really ? it still sounds too little time.

 

The Answers are – YES, YES, and YES, and YES, you’ll probably want to allow another 5 minutes.

The next real question would have to be – please tell me more?

but instead I get argument and brush-off’s from people too lazy to ask real questions or do a little research for themselves. Let’s look a little deeper into these questions but be clear from the start, the answers Yes, Yes and Yes are simple and true. There’s no need to pad the answers or explain them away – there are, however, definite ways to ensure they remain true for your own vibration training experience and for every session you take.

The 10 minute workout – how can this be possible?

 

IVTRB safety program poster

The 10 minute workout is based on a a sequence of static exercise positions held for 60 seconds each (some can be done twice or double time for advanced clients). The sequence is shown here:  Vibra-Train standard program for high energy lineal machines . This is a serious, disciplined program – getting into the positions correctly and holding them precisely (adjusting as necessary because it’s always a challenge) is essential to getting through the program within 10 minutes – but it’s not that hard, it’s all about determination.

If you count the positions on the standard, safety program poster, at left, you will count 8 one minute poses in the full training program. Ladies can add in three minutes of ant-cellulite massage (see position 7) and in some Vibra-Train studios, men (and some of the ladies) might add in two extra, advanced arm poses.

Note: The Standard Safety program, a full body workout, is 10 minutes long.

When people phone the studio or call in for their first session I tell them 15-20 minutes for their first training time. This allows for discussion of their health and fitness needs, for setting up a payment plan (if one is purchased right away (the studio I am at does, first session free),Golden Rules at Vibra-Train

and for reading of the training rules.

A general explanation of vibration training might be given, followed by the client’s first session, showing the positions step by step instructions, and closely supervising them. That first session can be one-on-one or a group but whatever way it doesn’t take very long. Trainers are aware that people are in the studio to train and then be away to their next meeting or activity.

 

Will this give me REAL Results?

 

Of course it will !

Oh, hold on. I’m presuming some things here.  Firstly that you are using a high energy, lineal machine, most specifically Vibra-Train in a fully supervised training studio or personal training situation. It is possible to get good results from less intense machines but you might need to double the time on some poses and thus go over the 10 minute training time but not a lot extra.

What Results?

We haven’t asked the necessary question “what results are you looking for?” and “do they line up with the way vibration training works?”  I can honestly say, everyone I train gets a lot stronger.  It’s highly intense muscle strength training in the safest way  (following the IVTRB Safety Program)  that’s shown in the poster above.  Additional results such as fat loss are a bonus that comes with improved muscle strength and increased metabolism.

What do I need to do to make it work for me?

You need to be serious about your training. Actually turning up  regularly for your session is half the answer. Follow the “Golden Rules @ Vibra-Train” as shown above. Eat before you train. Never underestimate the energy requirements needed for this form of training. Holding the positions perfectly – Perfect Position – takes a lot of effort and uses a lot of energy. I’ve just had a lady finish her training and immediately eat a glucose sweet. She told me that even though she does have a banana before her session she feels lightheaded afterwards. She’s serious about her training, she’s not letting it stop her.  She knows her body will get used to this form of training after a few weeks.

It still sounds too little time and too good to be true!

Well, yes, there are ways to sabotage your vibration training session.  So, to add to the “what do I need to make it work for me”, I’ll add these

  • put away your cellphone or turn it to silent. It’s such a distraction that people lose discipline in holding the poses. I’ve seen people trying to squat and text at the same time; of course they lose form, they’ve lost concentration!  If you must take an urgent call, get off the machine and move into the reception desk waiting area, so that others can train without disruption and you aren’t holding up a machine that could be used by another person.
  • if you come in with a friend or colleague or in a group remember what you’re in the studio for – a serious workout. We all enjoy a laugh and being social but put absolute effort into the training positions. You can chat during the anti-cellulite massage (which is for girls only).
  • Don’t chat too much to the Instructor and also don’t let them interrupt you with too much talk. Again there’s a balance and we all like to chat but if you’re time is limited make sure the instructor knows.
  • Feel free to ask questions about the positions or training but don’t argue with the Instructor and then complain that you’ve run out of time. It might take a minute or two extra to show you an alternate position (if you have injury and cannot do a regular pose) or to show you one or two additional/advanced poses to add onto the standard program. Never just decide you’ll do a pose you’ve seen someone else do, just because, well, because you want to!  Not only will the Instructor turn the machine off as soon as they notice but you risk injury – all positions have strict instructions and the instructor will show you, if that pose is right for you.

It’s really all about the Results

and the results are this: females who do regular (two or three times a week) Vibra-Train for a few years get a certain look – it’s the look of a well trained athlete. People ask them what sport they do and how much time they spend in training. Guys get tight, strong muscle and a toned look. I’ve seen people do long gym sessions several times a week for three years and still look exactly the same as when they first started.

Note: This article is based on regular training on a high energy, lineal vibration machine.  Pivotal machines require different programs and times.

 

Pivotal Vibration Machines – Cardiotech CV9 versus Hypervibe Performance – An Update

March 26th, 2014 by Di Heap No comments »

Cardiotech CV9 Pivotal Vibration Machine

 

In an older article about these two machines I wrote of the Cardiotech CV9, “The CV9 is the work-out machine. Being a new model, just onto the market this month (that was in July, 2012), it’s just a little unproven…  Cardiotech CV9 can be used for therapy/physio purposes.  This has been the main use for me” . I had a knee injury at the time and was using the CV9 for rehab to help regain movement and  strength.

hypervibe performance

 

 

 

And of the Hypervibe Performance I said, ” it’s a real work-out machine.  It really challenged me… but if you need just simple stimulation and increased circulation this machine will do that too.”

 

Now it’s time for a review and update

These two brands of high-speed, pivotal Vibration Training machines are available in Canada, U.S.A, Australia, and New Zealand (and some other countries also). Both machines are used for fitness training and/or therapy purposes and they come with an identical price tag and so which machine should you buy?

Which brand is best? Which company will provide you with the information you need for effective use? Which provides best ongoing support? What other considerations should you make?

I’ll say it now, one machine is superior – The Cardiotech CV9

Let’s have a look at each machine and at what’s provided when you buy.

Both the Hypervibe Performance and the Canadian version of CV9 (known as Complete Vibe 9) test accurate at frequencies of 6Hz to 28Hz [see notes 1 and 2] and both machines are suitable for fitness and strength training.  Both can be used for therapy, to stimulate circulation, improve balance in older or limited-mobility people, and rehabilitate after injury or illness.  Of course, you need to know how to use the machine for your intended purpose and this instruction must to be readily available in an easy to understand booklet, DVD media, or even personal training sessions. These machines are both suitable for use at home and also for therapists; beauty salons, small gyms and personal trainer studios, and even for your workplace, so knowing how to use them safely and effectively is essential. Both companies provide information.

So, why does the Cardiotech CV9, rate so much higher than the Hypervibe Performance, in my opinion?

I’ve already said both brands test true frequencies of 6Hz through 28Hz but after that so much is different. The platform of the Cardiotech CV9 is 72% larger than the Hypervibe Performance. And the CV9’s platform is accessible on all sides with the control panel column located on one corner of the machine rather than attached to the centre back of the platform.  This design removes restriction on the poses or type of exercises and that can be performed. In regular use  the CV9 is more durable and more stable than the Hypervibe Performance. Interestingly though, despite the CV9’s platform being much larger both machines have the approximately the same dimensions.

The CV9 was designed on the “shop floor” specifically taking into account its intended use – fit for the purpose.  The Hypervibe Performance is the same vibration machine that several brands sell but is modified during manufacture to improve it’s stability and performance at higher speeds for fitness training .

The Hypervibe Performance machine has a slightly higher amplitude, 11mm and higher G-force and this is used as a selling point for this brand.  The designers of the CV9 chose to stay with 10mm, the same as the original German machine that these machines are based apon.  With the large, accessible platform of the CV9, a 10mm amplitude and slightly lower G-force was found to give the user a comfortable, stable experience. The Canadian version of the CV9, the Complete Vibe 9,  has another feature to provide for user comfort, called “weight adjusted sensitivity” [see notes 1 and 2].  If the machine senses a move in the user’s position on the machine, such as a change in foot movement, it slows down for just a few seconds reducing the force that’s going to the user’s joints. The first time this happens the person might wonder if the machine has a fault so it’s important to know why this short slow down has occurred. If you are looking to buy a machine its also good to know that both are able to take high user weight, of up to 180Kg.

The materials the machines are made of differ, with the Cardiotech CV9 made with a high tensile steel frame wrapped in a gloss plastic finish. The Hypervibe is made of a mild steel with some plastic. It has been strengthened to differentiate it from other machines that come off the same mold.

Hypervibe Control Panel

Hypervibe Performance Control Panel

The control panels on the machines look very different; the Cardiotech has a smooth touch panel with choices of program plus manual control. It also has a remote control unit for use when the control panel is out of reach such as when kneeling for arm positions. The Hypervibe has a push button choice of program with an LCD display.

 

The most useful difference about the control panel is that the Cardiotech CV9 has an 8 second countdown before the machine starts.

CV9 Control Panel

Cardiotech CV9 Control Panel

This gives the user an 8 second time frame to get into perfect position on the platform before the machine motion starts. And it makes the little remote control unit superfluous so if the kids or dog run off with it or it’s confused with the TV remote and lost down the back of the couch, no worries!

A very important point is the after-sales support provided. When buying a Vibration Machine I’ve seen this range from giving some basic essentials about how to use the machine while you are still in the showroom through to supplying a fully guided program, printed instructions and pictures and/or DVD’s.  Even better is having one-on-one contact with someone who will give you information and guidance specific to your individual needs and desired results.  Sales talk is all very well; knowing who to contact after your machine arrives and you are starting to use it and need help, that’s what’s important. And what if the machine develops a fault, how do you go about getting it fixed? Will the company still be in business and does your warranty have any real worth?

Both companies promise good backup. Cardiotech, the larger company also has an association with other vibration training companies who would guide the enquirer and would “go to bat” for them in the unlikely event a warranty request was overlooked. With Hypervibe I see that there’s an email address for contact.

Hypervibe’s online product info states that they provide a User Guide, interactive CD, 2 years warranty, and 1 year physiotherapist support. They also sell for $99, a DVD course about vibration training. I wonder what you get from the DVD that is more than the freely provided training and if the information is necessary you shouldn’t have to pay extra for it, in my opinion. Cardiotech provides a 2 year labour and parts warranty, a CV9 specific comprehensive “strength and toning” user guide developed by Lloyd Shaw and endorsed by the International Vibration Training Regulatory Board (I.V.T.R.B), the same program used by commercial studios worldwide, also ongoing email support and lifetime membership to VibrationExercise.com where articles and training guides written by Dr. Jasper Sidhu can assist you with any therapy needs and teach you about vibration training in general.

In Conclusion

CV9 pict

Cardiotech CV9 – Complete Vibe 9 – Premium Speed Vibration Machine

I totally recommend the Cardiotech CV9. In my opinion this machine is fully superior in design and performance. And it’s commercial quality yet designed to look good in your home. The after sales  back-up is there, readily available for your current and future needs. And the point I made almost two years about it being “new and being a little unproven” – that’s fully negated. The CV9 I have in the studio here has performed without fault.  I know that around 5000 units have been sold and I’ve heard nothing of any design or manufacturing problems.

 

Another point, about the companies providing these machines. As I’ve been involved in this industry almost a decade now, I know and hear a lot, the good and the bad. I support the use of all types of vibration machines and I want people to learn about them and find out what type or brand is most suitable for their needs. One thing that doesn’t go down well with me and with consumers in general is when a company uses scare mongering tactics to create fear and confusion among potential buyers and clients. This is an activity Hypervibe has engaged in by giving strong warnings on its website against lineal machines. Warnings that, just a few years ago,  involved quoting a horrible, out-dated, academic study where monkeys were deliberately tortured by being strapped to a vibrating platform for up to 30 hours. This action would kill any living organism!  The accompanying picture showed a woman with a pained look on her face, her hands holding the sides of her head. Obviously this is not the controlled whole body vibration as used for workouts and/or therapy but Hypervibe used this old study and it’s sad results to suggest that brain damage or even death possibly awaited users of lineal vibration, the machines such as ones I work with every day. Pushing this nonsense, obviously in attempt to gain sales of their own brand, their action was detrimental to the entire industry, scaring people away from all vibration machines and all the good training and therapy that can be achieved with their use. Its taken a lot of education and informative articles to counter this nonsense.

For information about the Cardiotech CV9:  http://www.cardiotech.com.au/cv9/cv9-features
 
Notes:
 
1. The Cardiotech CV9 is, at the date of this article, available in two versions, with slightly differing specs. The Canadian version, known as CompleteVibe 9, has a true frequency 6Hz through 28Hz .  The Australasian version, known as CV9 has a frequency limit of 22Hz which gives the user excellent pose control (ability to maintain their position on the machine, often a squat, without feet slipping which can happen to all but the most experienced user). The Australasian version, CV9 can be built to allow the higher frequency if a buyer requests this. Conversely the Canadian model, Complete Vibe 9, can be set to the lower speed, each use is instantly programmable on the touch screen.

2.  The Canadian CompleteVibe 9 model currently has the “weight adjusted sensitivity” feature. This will soon come standard on both versions. The small “comfort” features help set the Cardiotech High-Speed Vibration machine apart from all others for strength workouts, giving it a comfortable feel alongside an intensity of muscle contraction that is matched only by commercial lineal machines.

3. My previous article that I’ve quoted from: “Two High-Speed Pivotal Vibration Machines Recommended for Home Users”

Very Important Note: I do not sell any brands of Vibration Machine. Also I do not receive commission for sales or sales recommendations. It is essential to match the buyers needs and circumstances to the right machine and so I recommend whatever machine is right for the person, from little massage/therapy pads, smal,l pivotal, therapy machines, high-speed pivotal for training (and or therapy), through to telling the enquirer that supervised training in a specialised studio or gym is the best option for them.

 

 

Vibration Training for Weight Loss – Does it really work, girls?

July 3rd, 2013 by Di Heap No comments »

Part 4 in an informative, fun series for the girls

Note: I’ve written other articles about the types of machines available; the ones for therapy and the ones for real, fitness training. I’ve also written about the scams and the “as-seen-on-tv” machines, so, in this blog I’m assuming the use of a high-energy lineal machine (Vibra-Train brand in a specialised studio) or a high-speed pivotal (such as Cardiotech CV 9 or Hypervibe).

I’m asked this question all the time – “does it work?” , “work for what?”, I reply?  Oh, okay, Weight-Loss? What sort of weight-loss do we want? Of course we mean Fat-Loss, we want to build bone strength and high quality muscle. Most girls also  know that water loss is temporary,  its definitely fat that we want gone and gone forever.

healthy woman“So does it work? If I buy a concession card and come to Vibra-Train will I lose all this fat around my tummy? Will my arms and legs get slimmer and firmer. When will I look like . . . . . (insert name of beach babe model here)?”

Let’s be honest here – it’s taken you how long to get to the size and weight you are now ??? and you want to be slim, toned and down to a minuscule goal weight by when ???

Vibration Training absolutely will help you lose fat but you are not going to be half your weight after 3 sessions.  I’m not joking here either, I had a lady complain that she hadn’t reached her goal and trimmed right down, after 3 sessions; that’s just one week. She told me she’d investigated and that was her expected result. Two things immediately came to mind; she wasn’t much overweight at all (in fact she looked normal to me but in her home country big emphasis is put on beauty and on being very slim). The second point, she was late 40’s and so at a stage in a woman’s life that would have a lot going on; hormones and all that.  » Read more: Vibration Training for Weight Loss – Does it really work, girls?

Vibration Training Anti-Cellulite Massage – Part 2

May 6th, 2013 by Di Heap No comments »
Note: This article is written from my viewpoint as a trainer and user of high-energy, lineal vibration platforms. The results and the experiences described are not necessarily replicable on lower level machines, such as PowerPlate, FitVibe, nor on pivotal platforms of any kind.
It’s just an anti-cellulite massage – right –
how can there be a Part 2; surely its not that complicated?

Well, yes, really it is – the vibration training anti-cellulite massage is complex; its quite different to the training program, and in some studios you even pay an extra price to add it to your program.

In part 1 I’ve covered the basic process of how it works, enhancing blood flow to the backs of the legs and the butt, breaking down some of the static fat and transporting it back into the circulatory system.

So, what does this massage actually feel like?

I’m going to start by saying, we get a lot of  jibes from the wider fitness industry about vibration training; the words – vibe, vibration, and anti-cellulite massage get talked about accompanied with raucous laughter and more so when they joke about girls sitting about on  heavily vibrating platforms.  Some of these jokes are deliberately trying to discredit the fitness and strength training that we do, rather than accepting it as a valid alternative to the gym, but it’s probably fair enough to laugh about the anti-cellulite massage; after all, the ladies anti-cellulite massage means sitting on the world’s most powerful vibrators.

Woman sitting on washing machineIs it really that nice?

No, It isn’t all fun!  I said in my previous article (Part 1), the massage can be extremely irritating and it makes your legs itch so badly it’s hard to keep still. It can feel like being attacked by thousands of tickling or biting little ants. Oh Fun, maybe? Click here to read more

Vibration Training Anti-Cellulite Massage

April 18th, 2013 by Di Heap No comments »

anti-cellulite massageThis is the one position in the IVTRB Vibration Training Safety Program that’s rather odd. It’s not training, it’s simply a massage.

Well maybe not too “simply” a massage, as we shall see.

For one thing – the anti-cellulite massage is very annoying.  It can make your butt itch so bad you hop about for ages afterwards.

Sitting on the machine, legs spread-eagled,leaning forward and resting arms over a big flat rubber mat or dangling the arms down by your ankles (which is very important to keep the backbone slightly lifted off the machine); then being pounded into the backs of the legs and parts of your butt; it isn’t necessarily a pleasant feeling.

It’s easy to picture what’s happening if you think of a big juicy piece of steak and imagine pounding it over, and over, and over with a heavy wooden (or metal) meat tenderiser.  Keep that up for three minutes and what happens to the steak? Yes, it flattens and some of the fats and other juices run off.  » Read more: Vibration Training Anti-Cellulite Massage

Vibration Training – Shake ya Booty?

April 11th, 2013 by Di Heap No comments »

A friend commented on Facebook  that they wished there was a  Vibra-Train studio in their town so that they could join with us to “shake ya booty”.

I laughed, of course, but then thought that others might read that post and it might cause some confusion, so decided to write a brief blog on the different types of vibration machines and how they work. In doing so I’ll answer the question; do vibration machines “shake ya booty”?

Girl Dance Exercise OutdoorsWe girls love these quirky, laughable terms and we immediately identify with their meaning.  There are many types of dance-sport and dance exercise where “shake ya booty” is an entirely appropriate term. You get a real good shake all over and especially your butt.

But what about a vibration training session? Is it true that it “shakes ya booty” and if it doesn’t then how does it work? You need movement to really be exercising, right?

» Read more: Vibration Training – Shake ya Booty?

What Can Vibration Training Really Do for Me?

February 5th, 2013 by Di Heap No comments »
Slim girl in big size jeansQuestion Mark
Every day I am asked this question or a variation of it.

The new year is definitely underway and it’s very busy at Vibra-Train Auckland City.  Each day has a mix of “old” and “new” customers – those who know the program really well training alongside newbies who need fully supervised training.  The studio operates on a “walk-in” basis, no appointments necessary so people just turn up when it suits them, before work, at lunchtime, after work, at night, and for some who work in large businesses nearby, they come in anytime during the day, even during their personal/bathroom break.

So, what’s vibra – training really doing for them?    » Read more: What Can Vibration Training Really Do for Me?

Getting Americans Moving

January 14th, 2013 by Di Heap No comments »

In December I read a blog on nytimes.com with the topic “Getting Americans Moving”.

Every week there’s an editorial in the newspaper, a television documentary, or a magazine article on this same topic “How can we get people to exercise” so I wasn’t expecting outstanding or anything new in the blog I read and I was right, it was all the same information I’ve read time and time before.

So isn’t the message getting through? Maybe it is and prople are ignoring it?

Of course the message is getting through. Worldwide, we all know that exercise is part of health and wellbeing. We all know there’s no pill, no potion, no nutrition supplement that negates the need for regular exercise.

Yet even the word exercise conjours up mixed feelings; some immediately respond, Yes! they love exercise, or their chosen sport, or spending time at the gym four or five times a week, bootcamp mornings, or maybe it’s as simple as walking the dog every day, or running in the park or along the ocean broadwalk. These are all regular exercise. There are iPhone apps to help and guide exercise, maps and distance trackers,Count my Steps, FitBit Activity tracker and more; used by people who love exercise and love to keep a record of how they are doing. » Read more: Getting Americans Moving

Vibration Training – Ignorant and Lazy Personal Trainers and Customers with Attitude

October 18th, 2012 by Di Heap No comments »
Strange title; you might ask what do “Ignorant Personal Trainers” and “Customers with Attitude” have in common?

The answer is; both have been part of my daily work life over the past three months and both make me quite angry.  Angry, not in a way of violence but in a way that I desperately want to tell them how stupid they are being, how much they are missing out on, and in the case of personal trainers how badly their comments affect others. There are, in fact, times I do tell them!

Working in a very busy Vibration Training studio I meet many people each day who tell me what others have said to them about this type of training. Some new clients come in with workmates who have experienced really good results and they are keen to get started. What they’ve been told and what they’ve seen is positive.

Some new people are confused though; they tell me their local gym personal trainer says vibration training isn’t going to do anything for them. These trainers make up the “Ignorant and Lazy Personal Trainer”  group.  They don’t want to know, don’t want to investigate, don’t want to try out for themselves, yet they have an opinion on something they are too lazy to check out – some state openly that vibration training is useless.

How dare they judge something they know nothing about, I really cannot understand. These same trainers are aware there are varying qualities in fitness machines and equipment and varying programs; maybe they’ve seen an advertorial for a cheap home vibration machine and on that they base their opinion about ALL vibration training machines and programs. Some just don’t understand how vibration machines work and can’t be bothered finding out. It’s not instantly obvious to them as it is with using weights or a weight machine. These trainers are dumb and lazy in my opinion.  Even when they see results in people they’ve previously or concurrently train they shake their heads and say no, it can’t be the result of vibration training. Too lazy to become educated, too lazy to go to a local studio and do a trial.

Well, I’m a trainer too and I’ve found a niche working with vibration machines. I’d read about them and seen a few advertisements for a Vibra-Train studio and I admit I took my time before venturing in and doing a session. This was after trying a very basic, very low intensity machine at an “as seen on tv” store; you know, the sort of machines I now speak out about, telling everyone they can be good for therapy and blood circulation use but are NOT training machines. I could “see” that vibration machines did something – I wasn’t sure what that something really was; was it just stimulation to the circulation or could you get real muscle training response, so I set out to find out. This one, first visit changed the course of my life’s work. I kept on working in a gym as receptionist and sometimes trainer and I kept on doing my studies to become qualified but as soon as I could I began working as a vibration training instructor.

My rant is not to get other gym instructors to change codes, it’s simply to say, wake up; there are valid forms of strength and conditioning, fitness and even rehab that you’ve been too ignorant and mostly just too lazy to investigate – and if that’s you, stop slamming what you refuse to learn about.

The second thing that’s been “getting on my nerves” lately is Customers with Attitude.

I have so many amazing customers, some are athletes, some busy working mums, some elderly, some have major health or disability issues and they train hard. They have great attitude, always wanting to have their pose on the machine corrected, if that’s necessary, so they get the very best from their workout.  And they keep coming back, month after month and year after year – obviously they are getting results.

But there are some people that come in regularly, want to put in as little effort as possible and still see great results. I’ve had to ask some to tune out from what they were doing previously and what they doing later in the day, take a deep breath, and then approach the machines carefully, check out the wall poster, engage brain and make some real effort to do the program correctly. These customers are a little lazy and just need firm encouragement. Some respond, others drop out. They have bad attitude, thinking they can rush in, do lazy, half-right positions on the machines, get irritated when the instructor corrects them (because they are too precious to be corrected), rush out again and still get amazing results. Well, of course for most of these people, it simply doesn’t work!  Some achieve maintenance, they are able to keep their fitness at the level it was at when they’d put in more effort but even that diminishes after a short time.

Some people come in for a few sessions and are surprised at how hard real vibration training (Vibra-Train) is. They’d hoped to easily, with no effort “shake their fat away” and decide the machines or the program are just “too hard”. Their attitude is lazy.  Real vibration training isn’t the right training method for everyone but it’s never “too hard”; it is hard, it’s meant to be.  If people don’t even bother to use up their concession card because the training is “too hard” I have no sympathy for them. They definitely don’t get a refund on their unused visits.  At Vibra-Train the instructors are always available, happy and willing to work with anyone who is struggling with getting the positions right or finding the program challenging. Some other studios do one-on-on personal training (at a cost). There’s no excuse to quit just because its hard!

Some new customers come in (or are dragged in by workmates) and they have real “attitude”. Okay, some didn’t really want to come in the first place but they, like the ignorant and lazy personal trainers, firstly tell us, this doesn’t work.  This is before they’ve even done the first 60-second position on the machine.  Some say they do real training at the gym. I’d never have guessed this with many that skite in this way. They have no muscle definition and their real training consists only of running on the treadmill and the occaisional Pump class. It takes one minute, yes just 60 seconds, to show these people how wrong they are.  The instructor will become very firm and strict with these new people and they go away most shamed at their initial attitude. They realise it’s serious training and become the best customers now they realise how wrong they were. Others don’t like being wrong and having that proven and don’t come back.

Then there are the people who refuse to eat before their Vibra-Train session. They don’t eat before they go for a walk or light run so they decide they wont listen to the instructors here; they believe they know better than people who’s job it is to train them. They outright lie when asked what they’ve had for breakfast or if they’ve had a banana or other quick-fix snack for afternoon tea – have they eaten before their sesson, No!  These people get asked to leave the studio if it’s Vibra-Train brand. No Food = No Vibration Training. The energy demands are just too high so having average or low blood sugar means people become dizzy, some pass out completely. Others get through the session but it’s so obvious they haven’t eaten as they can’t hold basic poses without small shaking all the time, they look a little like shivering when cold. And, of course, they wont get the results they are working out for.

Studio based vibration training (fully supervised) is suitable for almost everyone.  Get along and check it out.