Archive for April, 2010

Effect of Long-Term Whole Body Vibration Training on Visceral Adipose Tissue

April 30th, 2010

I’ve previously written about this study and how excited I was at the results.  Now it’s been reported in “Obesity Facts – The European Journal of Obesity Vol 3 – issue in progress

There’s a short abstract plus a link to the full (purchase) version of the study.  I haven’t got the full version yet but the results are mind boggling – in a very good way!

Vibration Training on high force lineal or, as in the study, on medium force lineal Vibration Machines is very effective in achieving fat loss.  Dietary help was also given to participants in the study and I’m sure everyone agrees, what we eat greatly affects our health and weight.  We need the right nutrients to build muscle and to assist in burning fat during and after exercise.

What’s even more exciting than the statement “Vibration Training reduces Fat” is that visceral (or belly) fat reduced the most in the Vibration Training plus Diet group compared with the Fitness plus Diet group.

I wrote an article about this study in May, 2009 when the first press release was out:

Public release, 8th May, 2009, by the European Association for the Study of Obesity, an association established in 1986 and now with 2500 health professionals from 29 member countries, on the results of a controlled study performed at the Artesis University College and the University of Antwerp in Belgium states: vibration exercise machines may help you lose weight and trim the particularly harmful belly fat from the organs. Participants of the study who were part of the vibration training group lost 11% of their body weight and retained their loss at 10.5% after 12 months. They lost an amazing 47 square centimeters of visceral fat maintaining that loss at the final follow up.

Public release, 8th May, 2009, by the European Association for the Study of Obesity, an association established in 1986 and now with 2500 health professionals from 29 member countries, on the results of a controlled study performed at the Artesis University College and the University of Antwerp in Belgium states: vibration exercise machines may help you lose weight and trim the particularly harmful belly fat from the organs. Participants of the study who were part of the vibration training group lost 11% of their body weight and retained their loss at 10.5% after 12 months. They lost an amazing 47 square centimeters of visceral fat maintaining that loss at the final follow up.

Can you use Vibration Training in Pregnancy

April 28th, 2010

I was looking at the search terms that led people to my website.  One of these was the question, “Can you use Vibra-Train in pregnancy?”

The answer is No, we don’t allow pregnant ladies to train at Vibra-Train.  We also don’t recommend using your home machine, of any type or brand, while pregnant.

There’s no definitive reason for this and no long-term studies on any possible risks  to the mother and baby of  controlled whole body vibration exposure with exercise during pregnancy – it’s not something most people would be happy to test so our information comes from exposure to vibration in industrial settings, workplaces etc. where the vibration exposure often exceeds guidelines and has been indicated to be of possible risk.  We just can’t compare industrial vibration to the fully controlled vibration used with exercise but we must list pregnancy as a contra-indication to vibration training and vibration therapy as we simply don’t know what risks or problems it could possibly cause.

A question is sometimes asked by customers who plan to become pregnant. They ask if it’s okay to keep using the vibration machines.  The answer is, Yes, in fact it is recommended to continue with exercise to increase your strength and fitness.  Just stop as soon as pregnancy is confirmed. We have had customers not know they were pregnant for a few months and they had no detrimental effects but we do insist you stop training, right away, when you know.  We do not allow you to continue.

Vibration Training with your Ipod

April 27th, 2010

Girl with headphonesI’ve been pondering the question: Can a person effectively work through the safety program on a vibration machine while they are wearing headphones, using their Ipod or other brand of MP3 player?

In a word, the answer is No!


Working in a Vibra-Train Vibration Training Studio I instruct and supervise customers.  Those who are proficient are allowed to do their workout without interuption; that is unless they are out of position and those who insist on wearing headphones are, I’ve observed, frequently out of position.

Listening to music can be helpful when exercising. When running outdoors or on a treadmill or using a cross-trainer machine in the gym having your own choice of music can help with rhythm but in a Vibration Training Studio or when using a machine at home it’s often detrimental, not helpful at all, as it’s all too easy to listen to the music and lose focus, quickly becoming out of postion.

I watch people moving about in time to the music quite oblivious to their lack of concentration.  Then I have to try to yell at them, above the sound of their player, admonishing them to “Get Back into Position!”   It’s said, over and over; When using a high force lineal machine, Perfect Position, is essential to safe and effective training.  Studio customers expect to get great results yet some argue when factors affecting this are pointed out to them.

I’ve toughened up this week.  The change of season to winter in New Zealand takes away the laid back summer style.  Not that I ever let regular customers get far outside of Perfect Position on the machines – they are paying for a high quality program and supervision that gets them great results – but this week sees me turning machines off rather than trying to call out instructions to customers who have their ears plugged up with headphones, their brains tuned into their music and their attention far from the exercise position they are supposed to be concentrating on.  We have background music in the studio that seems loud but when a person is using the machines they can barely hear this music.  It’s deliberately this way; it creates a happy, positive, workout atmosphere but doesn’t deter from the concentration that’s needed to actively think about the vibration machine program.  Customers remain alert to instruction, and, if needed, correction so that their workout is the very best possible, safe, and getting them the results we promise and they want to see.

In studio or at when using a home vibration machine  – 10-15 minutes without the Ipod – it’s not really so hard, is it!

Note: This post is my personal opinion. Vibra-Train customers are allowed to wear their personal mp3 players when using the vibration machines but there is NO excuse for being out of position.  Machines are turned off by an instructor if this happens.

For more information on Vibration Machines, Vibration Training, Vibration Therapy, and The Vibra-Train Safety Program visit: www.vibration-training-advice.com

Contact Email and News

April 21st, 2010

I found out yesterday that the email address in my contact tab is incorrect.

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A New Video – Social Media case study on Vibra-Train.

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Resonance Vibration Training Studio in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, U.K.

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