Archive for May, 2011

Vibra-Train Full Commercial Vibration Machine for Lease

May 22nd, 2011

I’ve worked at Vibra-Train Head Office and Studio for over two years now and previous to that, over another two years, I spent a lot of time there; both doing my own vibration training sessions and while I was training as an instructor. I’ve watched the industry ups and down, seen brands and branded studios come and go. I’ve even seen court cases to ensure that this industry in New Zealand (and the world) is presented with the utmost integrity so that customers (that’s any and every person) get the best experience – fitness training or physical therapy session. And of course, I’ve seen the benefits that vibration training, on real machines, has given me personally.

It’s so much more than a job for me, I’m so involved and integrated into the company and now there’s a way I can be even more involved. I’ve bought a share of one of the machines and can now offer it for lease.

To explain how it works: Vibra-Train firstly has Licenced Studios but machines are also available on a Lease arrangement, a great way of obtaining a machine for your gym, fitness studio or team.

Just so you know, these are NOT home machines - they are 180Kg plus and are heavy steel, high energy, lineal Vibration Machines.

strength on Vibra-Train Vibra MachineI have one available now that I’d like to place in the Auckland region and there are others available too. They can go just about anywhere in New Zealand with expressions of interest welcome from Australia and elsewhere also.

The machine/s are available under an arrangement from Vibra-Train and are delivered to you. Of course you must meet a few requirements – have a suitable place to put the machine, attend a training session so you know how to follow the Safety Program and, well, it would all be discussed when you call. Training to use the machine and how to instruct clients can be done at the Vibra-Train head office studio in Auckland Central or if you are local we will come you and show you how; also spending some time with your clients as you instruct them so its all done correctly.  Vibra-Train are very strict on this.

I’ve been asked by a quite a few people if they can have a machine in their home - it’s not usually the way to go, in fact we joke that you can have one if you can lift it (read above where I said they are over 180Kg!).  There are times however when having a full commercial machine in your home is possible. This is how some people start out their studio. They lease a machine, learn to use it for themselves and they MUST have it available to their neighbourhood as well, so they train up as an instructor and start off their small business. Note: There are strict requirements about placement of the machine – if you live in an apartment forget it, your neighbours will not allow it. If you’ve used a machine in a Vibra-Train studio you will understand what I mean.

basketball player and hoopSome Sports teams have machines in their Training Centres. These machines are hard-out, not toys so there must be someone who can supervise the sessions but that’s not a problem as Vibra-Train ensure you have the necessary skills and follow up.

If you’re interested or just want more information phone or email, Lloyd at Vibra-Train (contact details at bottom of page on the Vibra-Train website) or email me direct by copying the email address from the image below.

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Vibration Training after Women’s Surgery

May 17th, 2011

This is a sensitive topic but it is one that I am often asked about.  There are surgeries and medical procedures that are specific to women and we need to know when it is okay (and beneficial) to return to using a vibration machine.

Vibration machines come in varying types, varying energy force, and varying qualities so my statements will be very general and women should always be guided by their medical care practitioners to tell them when they can begin any form of therapy or exercise. If a knowledgable  instructor is available (at a gym or fitness studio) ask for their help also, to get back into the program slowly, safely and effectively.

The studio where I work (www.vibra-train.com) has high energy lineal vibration machines.  These are real workout machines although there are simple ways to use them  for therapy also and that’s often where we start after a customer has had an operation.

Women specific surgeries are often in the pelvic area so we don’t want to directly target that area right away, instead letting healing take place without extra stress, but using gentle therapy positions to improve blood circulation can aid healing.

When to begin is individual and it is very important to recognize this!

Starting a few weeks after surgery many people can sit on a chair in front of a lineal (upright) vibration machine and place their feet onto the front edge of the machine with a mat on the platform to take some of the force. Running the machine for a minute to three minutes this position increases blood circulation through the legs to the whole body.  Assuming nutrition is adequate this is a very good start for healing. It reduces the risk of blood clots forming in the legs due to inactivity. Be aware though; even this simple position might be uncomfortable (including discomfort in pelvic region) and if it is then more time is needed before using a machine.

Remember the time to start or resume vibration training is individual but I can tell of my own experience after a womens surgery. It was a moderate level surgery and I was allowed to begin simple exercise after six weeks. I’d tried sitting in front of a high energy lineal machine a few weeks before this but found it gave an decidedly uncomfortable feeling into my pelvic region so I wasn’t able to do this.

I was keen to get back into the routine so after seven weeks I started with just the basic squat position on the lowest level machine in the studio where I work. To reduce the intensity I place 3 rubber mats, on top of each other, onto the machine platform. I was using the Vibra-Train machine that has side vibrating handlebars so I was fully supported by holding onto these and able to take at least half of the pressure through my arms; so my surgery area was protected from a lot of stimulation.

Vibra-Train Vibra MachineI began training again in this way. I did only one  sixty second basic squat position. I had a days rest then I began doing just that one sixty second squat each day (with weekends off) always remembering 3 levels of mats under my feet.  I slowly progressed to two squats (2 x 60 seconds) and then to three and added in the simple push-up position. By this time I was moving from what we call “therapy” to real training so I needed the usual rest day between sessions. My training days were Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with weekends off. The machines I use are high energy lineal platforms and the training is real – it’s hard work and its meant to be. Some days I coudn’t do it – the stimulation into my pelvis felt too extreme or I felt tired, so those days I did less or nothing at all. It was important to get back my strength as fast as I could but I had to learn to listen to my body and let it heal.

It’s taken four months to get back into the regular safety program, adding in positions as I was comfortable with them. The wide stance squat was the last as that obviously sent some feeling into the pelvis. I was hampered by infection on and off and extreme tiredness but my progress has been excellent.

IMPORTANT NOTE: It’s essential to have your surgeon’s clearance to begin any excercise program after surgery. Also please be aware that a hysterectomy or any operation that required an abdominal or pelvic cut (as opposed to laparoscopic like I had) would require a longer time before using a machine. Machine intensities vary – be guided by how you are feeling. Training is always hard work but pain is not to be ignored especially in the region of your surgery. Be careful and don’t train if it doesn’t feel okay. If you’ve been using a machine before surgery you’ll know what I mean. Train Smart!