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

March 26th, 2014

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 – A Comment worth Repeating

March 18th, 2013

My husband loves to run. Currently he’s recovering from a medical condition so he’s slowly building up his running distances, speed and time again.  He’s had to start over, almost like a person very new to running.  He’s lost form but he hasn’t lost his “love” of  running; he dislikes any other form of fitness training.

And I’ve met many people like him – their whole belief is of specificity Runners Run!  » Read more: Vibration Training – A Comment worth Repeating

What Can Vibration Training Really Do for Me?

February 5th, 2013
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

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

The Ridges TV series – Here’s a Challenge to trainer Monty Betham

October 24th, 2012

Monty Betham is a professional boxer, and was a former rugby league player in New Zealand.  He’s also known in New Zealand for his appearance on the TV program “Dancing with the Stars” back in 2008. Currently he’s a presenter on The Shopping Channel (New Zealand) He heads the Monty Betham Foundation  “Steps for Life”  program, set up to help youth and families live a healthy lifestyle and specifically “eliminating the many risks associated with obesity”.

Vibra-Train is a New Zealand company with head office and studio in Auckland, and licenced studios throughout New Zealand and abroad, providing Vibration Training and Vibration Therapy to paying customers and offering completely free, regular sessions to people with life threatening conditions including those with morbid obesity.  Lloyd Shaw set up Vibra-Train and specifically designed the machines and safety program with just one purpose in mind, to combat obesity.  As well as being an owner of Vibra-Train Lloyd is a mortician specialising in cases no-one else will handle. He sees much needless death, including so many who die from obesity conditions where they would not have died if there was exercse they really could do. He never tires of telling people of his dream to see New Zealanders forced to exercise, if necessary, and New Zealand free of obesity related deaths.

You’d think both organisations had a lot in common – I say, they do.. but it appears that Monty Betham doesn’t think much of Vibra-Train.

His comment in a recent television program offended me (I’m a hugely passionate Vibra-Train fan and Vibra-train instructor). Then I started hearing more from other people, that he “brushed off” Vibra-Train, calling it rubbish or words somewhat similar. I know Lloyd Shaw emailed Monty about what we were hearing and the reply came, not from Monty but from someone else.

My challenge to Monty is – Front Up Man; come into Vibra-Train one afternoon and let me personally put you through a workout session.  I specialise in making sure the guys who come into the studio get the best session possible and I expect perfect, classic positions on the machines. You’ll do the same workout that regular clients do.  Then let’s see if you have concerns about Vibra-Train being a valid training method.

 

Read on for the background story and if you Know Monty, tell him –  I challenge him to front up.

Last week in New Zealand we watched the final of a Kardashian style TV experiement, “The Ridges”,  that followed socialites Sally Ridge (interior designer, televison personality, ex-wife of Matthew Ridge) and her daughter, Jaime (model, student, former girlfriend of All-Black and Boxer Sonny Bill Williams, and daughter of Matthew Ridge,  a former All-Black, Rugby League Captain, well known in NZ also as a TV Presenter). It was an exciting finish to the series that, just like the mother and daughter stars (and the Kardashians), was eagerly watched each week, or shunned.

Sally (mother) and Jaime (18 year old daughter) are well known New Zealand personalities and, like the Kardashians, you either love or hate them.  They are seen together most of the time , mother and daughter at parties, restaurants, socialising together and have been the topic of many recent magazine articles. Sally seems to thrive on being at the centre of attention – good on her, I say, If you can make money and fame by being in the social spotlight and you enjoy that, do it. She does it well, catching the camera’s eye at so many functions yet manages to, mostly, keep her younger children away from media and runs a regular household away from prying eyes. Jaime is really nice, a hardworking and intelligent university student, part time model, and fanatic about cleanliness and germs (watch one of the TV episodes to see how often the Hand Sanitiser is used).

Both Sally and Jaime have been regular clients at Vibra-Train Auckland City; that is, they are regular for a few months then not seen again until a fashion shoot, a holiday, or exams are over, and then they come back again. Both gained great results from their sessions when they came regularly two or three times a week.  Jamie especially gained muscle strength and toned up really well.

Then came” KFC Grandfather of All Fight Nights”.

A girls fight was to take place this year before the main event and Jaime was invited to go up against the GC star Rosanna Arkle, who said, “It’ll be great. I’ll  knock her out and go get some KFC” (fried chicken). Rosanna kept public interest in the fight by saying she’d wear a bikini, the style voted by the public. Jaime came across as the quieter one, the underdog; the public’s money was definitely on Rosanna.

“The Ridges”  TV series was predominantly about Jaime’s training and build up to the fight. Whilst Sally bought an old rundown house and set about rennovating it, Jaime had to share a room with her mother.  She was obsessed with the general, terrible state of the house and the germs; oh, and the mouse. If you haven’t watched Episode 1, I recommend it. And along with her university work, Jaime set out to get ready for the fight.  Her fight coach Monty Betham, a family friend, worked her very hard (with the television camera in her face a lot of the time). We saw her running up steep, grassy hills, punching hard into punching bags, throwing up from exhaustion and we saw her dieting in the stupidly, dangerous manner of eating and drinking nothing for two days, when she needed to lose a lot of weight in just a short time before weigh-in.

It annoyed me that the TV series showed this starvation diet. I’m hoping Jaime’s obviously distresed state will deter others. Worse was that she was on a weekend away with her mother, up the mountains in Queenstown, a place where you need to be well hydrated; even if you are just sulking and hiding away inside a ski hut.  Sally’s, “Oh my gosh, that’s crazy… it’s pure starvation”  comment but lack of any action must have had many women screaming at their television sets, “do something Sally, don’t just make empty comments”.  Even though Jaime’s an adult I was surprised at Sally’s casual attitude to what looked to be fast becoming a medical emergency. Throughout most of the series Jaime looked pale and got upset and tearful easily; well that’s what the tv cameras showed us and no doubt it was only half of what really happened. Just having the camera in your face for weeks on end, even following you to the bathroom when you are ill, must have been like a very horrible nightmare.

The no surprise ending to the series (as the fight took place in July) showed the fight, where Rosanna comes out punching and flailing her arms everywhere and Jaime takes aim well, defends well, takes out each of the three rounds and wins the fight.

No matter how much you love or hate Jaime or Sally (the mother who thrusts her quieter daughter into the limelight at every opportunity, along with herself, of course), you have to admit Jaime has come a long way.  Maybe her latent sporting genes played a part in helping her respond to heavy training through exhaustion; she trained hard, her coach pushed her and encouraged her and she won.

Congratulations have to go to Monty Beetham. He was charged with getting Jaime fight fit. He did it, she learned technique as well, trained hard and she won. There was lots of praise on twitter after the final episode screened.

So what’s the contention I have with Monty?

In part 2 of “The Ridges” there’s a conversation where Monty and Jaime talk about how he will train her. Jaime says for fitness she’s been doing Yoga and Vibra-Train The camera focusses on Monty as he tells us, “when she said her fitness regime consisted of yoga and vibra-train I was very worried”.

Why were you very worried, Monty?

Yoga and Vibra-Train together make up a very good fitness regime. I admit there’s very little cardiovascular work and that would need to be added to make up a balanced program but for flexibility, endurance, and muscle strength Yoya and Vibra-Train together are excellent. I watched Jaime increase in strength, lose fat and tone up during the time she was a regular client at Vibra-Train. In fact, I was one of her instructors.

 

I’m the Senior Instructor at Vibra-Train, Auckland City and I am personally offended when someone bags what I do. More so when they work in the same industry as I do (health and Fitness) and as well as working with the healthy clients and athletes they work with those who are less-abled, overweight and those with the life threatening condition of morbid obesity. This is my passion;  my job is not simply weekly paid employment, it’s what I love to do.

Vibration Training on high energy lineal machines, using an effective Safety Program, is the perfect tool for muscle strength for almost everyone. It’s used also for therapy and rehab purposes. Fat-loss happens as a result of increasing the metabolism and by developing and maintaining muscle strength.  I see lives changed as people grow stronger, fitter and in many instances lose a lot of fat. I count myself amongst those who have gained incredibly from this methof of training.

I’m so over other trainers saying negative things about Vibra-Train and Vibration Training when they have not even been into a studio to check it out. They’ve never even done a 15 minute session!

These trainers are, in my opinion, exceedingly lazy!  They speak against something they know nothing about. And what’s worse, is when a trainer that is good at what they do and well respected speaks out against a training method they know nothing, zilch, zero about.  This can be seriously off-putting to people who are considering trying vibration training for fitness and could, (at worst but quite possible scenario) prevent a seriously obese person approaching Vibra-Train to ask for FREE training to save their life.

So what do you have to say in reply, Monty?

IVTRB Lineal Vibration Training Safety Program and Type-1 Diabetes

August 13th, 2012

The question is asked, “Can I come to Vibra-Train if I have Diabetes Type 1?”

I’ve answered this before and the quick answer is yes, you can use both pivotal and lineal machines, even high energy machines, as long as you’re blood sugar is controlled and stable; you test before and after your session (about 30 minutes after generally) and you know how to interpret the results and act on them.

You will see that some vibration training companies list type-1 diabetes as a contra-indication but here at Vibra-Train (high energy lineal machines) we allow and even encourage training. Our customers are fully supervised and we’ve never had any problems. In studio training is, I believe, safer and than using a home machine.

The same answer for people with type-2 diabetes – these people absolutely, must exercise, they are often overweight or obese and that has been one of the factors in actually developing diabetes. These people benefit from in studio training with the IVTRB safety program and fully supervised (the same as all customers) and where they see a “can do!” attitude – in all types of people from athletes to those with disabilities. Their fears and excuses about exercise very soon disappear. If they can’t access a studio or choose not to they can use a home machine – if they buy a suitable one. Just any cheap machine will not do the job!

Check out my previous articles on this topic:

I have diabetes – can I do vibration training

Vibration Training and Type 2 Diabetes

One Customers experience

One of my client’s has type-1 diabetes.  She bought a promo deal we had running on a daily deal website.  She’s not the first person I’ve trained with this condition but I still wanted to be careful, especially with her first three sessions to see how she responded to the work-out.  She was trained exactly as all others.  We insist people eat at least a banana if not a whole meal before they train. This is a hard ask for some, who insist they don’t eat early in the morning (people who come in on their way to work) or they don’t ever eat right before exercise (at any time of the day). The rule is non-negotiable – no food = no training. Using high energy lineal machines causes blood sugar to drop. The first four poses have such high muscle response and you have no control over how hard you are training – the timer counts down 60 seconds while you maintain position on the vibrating platform; it’s very different to the way you can speed up and slow down when walking or running.

My client is a mother of two which is amazing in itself. She told me of the extra care she had when pregnant because of diabetes. She also works full time in a local business.

Coming in two or three times a week for the past month she’s seeing results – feeling better in mood and overall stronger; subjective for now; we’ll see her full results using  the Body Composition Analyser soon.

Happy WomanThe best thing and the reason for this article is: She’s had no problems at all with her blood sugar during or after training, no after effect problems the next day, and made no major changes to her medication. By eating a small amount of food before training her blood results have been stable afterwards.

She is surprised and I am very happy for her

She told me that when she’s done pump (a mix of light weights and movement, usually using a step), other exercises, and even yoga, she has had “bad” reactions with her blood sugar. She said it becomes irregular and remains that way for a few days even though she treats it. She goes through blood sugar lows and highs and feels unwell so has had to stop exercising. She did not tell me this when she started at Vibra-Train but she was very aware of the need for monitoring how she was doing.

It’s really, very good news that vibration training on high energy lineal machines at Vibra-Train, Auckland City, has showed itself to be a way of exercising that this client with type-1 diabetes can do.

Important:

This is one customer’s experience. It should not be expected that everyone with type-1 diabetes will have similar “no change” with their blood sugar testing. This article is based on my opinion and experience and on one client’s experience.

It is not intended to replace the advice given by your medical advisors. It is advisable to consult a doctor or medical advisor before you begin any new form of exercise and to have regular checkups.

 

 


 

Vibration Training Studio Or The Gym – which one should I choose?

March 8th, 2012

This is a question that comes up often – Which is best?  Which one is cheaper?  Which one will make me get stronger fastest?  Lose weight fastest?

It’s such a huge question with so many variables, it really is one I try to avoid, but it was put to me by a relative recently so here’s the answer I gave her.

It Depends!        Only you can choose!

strength on Vibra-Train Vibra Machine

So then, which one is best?         The gym must be best, right?   Best at what?, I replied.

The young lady who asked me said she had joined a small, inexpensive gym.  There wasn’t much equipment and you were left to “just get on with it” so she liked going there.  Besides at $10 a week (an extremely low price) it was cheaper than the local vibration training studio that was charging $30 a week for supervised sessions.

This immediately brought up further questions – Supervised sessions versus just doing what you choose to do? Vibration Training at specialised studios in New Zealand includes fully supervised instruction. This can range from one-on-one, through to group classes, or one instructor supervising a room full of people with each at different positions of a regulated safety program.  Each of these scenarios works very well.

So, what about the cost of supervised or personal training in the gym? This can be very expensive – $60-90 per hour for one-on-one training.  Group class prices at the gym range from “free” which means they are included in the weekly rate (expensive rates), train with a friend for a reduced price, or you can pay for a series of group classes often with a specific theme and often an exorbitant price.

What about best results?  Which one – Vibration Training Studio or the Gym – gives you the best results?

man at gymThat’s an impossible question so there’s no right answer.  Results? It depends specifically what results you want and the answer can even be – either.

Remember that high energy vibration training is a form of resistance training, it builds muscle strength and overall fitness (makes you look and feel great), it doesn’t really work the heart so it’s good to go for a swim, or go for walks, or use an exercycle to have a fully balanced fitness program.  A lot of people don’t do any specific cardio training though; their daily lives are busy enough and filled with short bursts of movement/cardio workout.  Some vibration studios have treadmills and bikes available for customers to use after their vibration training session.

The gym usually provides both types of workouts – cardio and strength/resistance training – well, that is, if you use the equipment correctly; many people just use the treadmill and the exercycles and maybe the pool, they never use any of the free weights or resistance/weight machines so their fitness program is very unbalanced and their results lack because of this.  When I worked in a gym many members came in, only to use the treadmill. They left buzzing and happy yet they never looked good and were very lacking in any muscle strength.

Back to my question – Vibration Training OR The Gym?

It’s an individual choice, there’s no “one size fits all”.  A few other points to consider before making your choice are

How much time do you have available for your fitness sessions? Vibration training takes from 15-40 minutes depending on the machine type, brand and what studio you go to.  You can usually wear street clothes. A gym session will take at least 30 minutes, usually 90 minutes plus time to shower and change back into your street clothes.

Do you have any disabilities or other factors that will affect your ability to train, either at the gym or vibration training studio? Things like obesity, arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes?  You can choose either way of training with these conditions but make sure you talk to a trainer first. Vibration training can be modified into therapy sessions for people who need this, and also a competent  gym trainer can design a specific program.

If you have tried the gym though and it’s just “not for you”, for whatever reason, – give Vibration Training a go.  We all need to work-out to achieve and maintain strength and fitness;  it just doesn’t come automatically with our fast paced, modern way of life.

Vibration Training – Success Stories

December 31st, 2011

Well it’s New Year’s Eve and I’m sitting at work writing this blog.  That’s not too sad as it’s only 6pm, plenty of time left to celebrate after I finish work at 7pm.

My regular readers will have wondered why I’ve become so lax at getting up articles onto this site – have I lost interest? Absolutely Not!  Have I been on holiday or unwell?  No, no long holiday and I’m fine; in fact I’ve been so busy training people I simply haven’t had the time available to write up articles.

Someone said, “be careful what you wish for!” – it’s true; Vibra-Train used a promotions company to run a 48 hour deal (similar to GrabOne and Groupon) and the response has been huge. We have been so very busy with newbies and then with repeat sales as we did an in-studio special a month later when the promo cards expired. The concession cards give customers 11 sessions over a 3- 4 week period. We explain to people how important it is for their results that they come in at least twice a week, preferably three times (with a clear day between for recovery and growth) and so we’ve had hundreds of new customers, over and over, in a very short space of time.  Of course we have all our regular people as well and the studio has been positively “buzzing”.  The Vibra-Train studio model has been proven once again to be fast and effective for customers and simple and efficient for managers and instructors with just one instructor on the floor most of the time and two over the busy lunch and evening zones, managing around 11 or 12 people, all at different positions of the IVTRB Safety Program.

Customers range from carded athletes through to people with quite severe disabilities and health issues. Some know the program fully and are able to get on with it with barely a glace from an instructor, while others (both new people and some regulars) need constant supervision. All are getting amazing results and they are so common place I can barely list the individual results. All get very much stronger and I hear so many comments about how well people are feeling. Regular exercise does that but for many people it’s just a little more than that.

One young lady (early 20’s) was so unused to exercise that she moaned and groaned about how hard the program was, on every visit. I could see she really was struggling and not just a complainer but I still wondered how someone so well presented in every other way could be so unfit. I’ve encouraged her and watched her slowly grow stronger. She’s not a quitter even though somedays she says, she has no idea why she ever bought the promotion card in the first place as she hates exercise. We are winning! She’s feeling great and she’s getting just a little excited about continuing on and getting even further results.

Another lady (late 30’s)  has a condition where any exertion sends her into a spiral of severe fatigue and exhaustion, frequently resulting in viral conditions like colds and “flu. She has been unable to exercise at all and so had become quite stiff in her joints and had some aches. She does not have depression in any way but of course she does worry about how any new form of exercise is gloing to affect her. We took it all very slowly and her body has responded really well so that she now does the full, standard program and she’s been able to go for walks and do other outdoor activites that she’d avoided in the past few years and she’s had no severe fatigue or other problems.

A number of ladies come together at lunchtime. They work at a business near the studio. Training them has been so much fun as they push each other to hold the positions correctly and they’ve all seen super results in strength and also in toning their bodies, helping them achieve their best.

I love training guys. I push them very hard and they respond with extreme determination. This year I’ve trained guys with muscular dystrophy, morbid obesity, parkinsons disease and each has gained strength and even life ssaving benefits.  I’ve also trained lots of young athletes, our sponsored high jumper and all his mates. They present quite a challenge as they just want to go “hard” with little regard for holding the positions correctly. The Vibra-Train machines are way too hard-core to allow these young guys to mess around so I’m constantly correcting and growling even, sometimes turning the machines off midway through a position if they will not adjust or have moved too far from the correct pose – to these guys when I ask them to stand with feet perfectly, train track straight and go down into a deep, flat footed squat, well; they start out okay but as it gets to be hard work, holding the squat for 60 or 120 seconds, they move out of position and find easier ways to complete the time.  They learnt very quickly that I had “eyes in the back of my head” and would pounce very quickly even if I was busy with other customers.

I’m missing one of my favourite guy customers.  He came in for around four or five months early in the year and with some pushing from me he worked hard and achieved huge results.  He lost his rather large, fat stomach and he gained strong muscle strength in arms and legs.  His job kept him away on some days and his wife would tell me that he wanted to come and train and was jealous of her.  He made it priority twice a week and she came three times. This man had to work very hard to get his results. He already had some muscle strength and was a big guy so he would feel quite a lot of “hard work” pain when he trained. He struggled to get through the program most times but then as he saw results he gave it all he had… Now, he’s too busy – yes too busy. Well that’s his excuse for now. His wife still trains regularly and I’m expecting to see him back in the studio early in 2012 after overeating his way through Christmas and New Year and holiday picnics and barbeque’s through summer… watch this space, he’ll be back and he knows I’ll be here just a little more demanding than before.

Vibration Training is for all your Life – its a training method that needs to be continued, not treated at a get fit quick scheme (more about this in a further article).

I wish all the readers of this blog and all my Vibra-Train customers, A Very Happy New Year – Keep on Training Hard.  To those on holiday enjoy your summer break and in New Zealand I hope the rain soon clears and we see some sunshine.  I’m looking forward to 2012 with a lot of excitement.

Vibration Training – Obesity and Morbid Obesity – THE RESULTS

August 7th, 2011

Back in May 2009, I read a press release reporting amazing results of a scientific study completed by the European Association for the Study of Obesity. This controlled study was performed at the Artesis University College and the University of Antwerp in Belgium.

They stated: 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”.

I was very excited because the study results were verification of what we were seeing on a daily basis at Vibra-Train. We already confidently told new clients they would start to see a decrease in their waist and belly size after just three weeks of training (9-10 sessions). We warned them that initially their weight might increase due to increases in muscle mass but that they’d see small discernable change in their shape; and then it would just get better and better. And they told us we were right – it really worked!

Then along came the detractors – they reminded me that the press release was an early report and the study had not yet been peer reviewed. They said I should wait for all the information before I jumped up and down with glee. They were sure it wouldn’t all add up, when you consider that gyms have been running “weight-loss challenges” for what seems like forever. They told me the gym based group must have performed better than vibration training group; their trainers were the ones with all the experience of working with obese clients and, besides, these naysayers, thought vibration training was a fad, just like a fashion that’s popular for a short period of time and then fades away.

There were some outspoken, highly respected fitness trainers, who had never tried a vibration machine session and refused to, when it was offered, yet they held very strong views on why it couldn’t work – they couldn’t understand it, they didn’t want to even try it, yet they argued about it. They told me the study would be flawed, because it didn’t validate their training methods (gym and outdoor exercise) above using a ‘wobble machine’ (to even call a vibration platform a wobble machine showed how little they really understood).

Then a year later, April 2010, the fully reviewed study was released

It was published in ‘Obesity Facts – The European Journal of Obesity Vol 3’.

No one could argue against the full study – the results were in; visceral (belly) fat reduced the most in the Vibration Training plus Diet group compared with the Fitness plus Diet group.

For the study they used PowerPlate brand, medium energy lineal vibration machines. These machines are lower force than the Vibra-Train brand I work with and this made the results even more exciting.

Here was the proof of the claims we were making and the results we were seeing every week; the academic world vindicated us. Vibration Training on high energy lineal or, as in the study, on medium energy lineal, Vibration Machines was proven to be very effective in achieving fat loss.

Another year ahead, now July 2011

Currently I am training three very obese clients. The first is a guy who has muscular dystrophy. He uses the Vibra-Train machine that has side, vibrating handlebars. He was totally unused to regular exercise although he told me he has been a referee for cricket games in the past and his aim was to lose enough weight to do this job again. That’s his motivation; it’s what is driving him to come into the studio regularly, three times a week.

In just two months he has progressed from managing just one special, 60-second, side handlebar assisted squat position to now completing nine of these special, “ski the slopes” assisted squats. On Monday he moves onto the regular program.

Vibra-Train Vibra MachineTo help understand how hard repeating the “ski the slopes” squat position is; I can only do seven of these back-to-back before my quads and my arm muscles feel such a burn that I have to stop for a long rest before completing the final two of the set.  We use this progression, going from just one minute of this simple, aptly named “Ski the Slopes” position moving up to nine of the same, and then the person moves onto the full IVTRB Safety Program, using the side, vibrating handlebars to assist in holding all squat positions.

The facts and figures of my client’s progress: Over the eight week period he’s been doing the therapy program of assisted squats he has progressed from one squat position to nine of the same; he’s gained 2kg of muscle (this is generally thought to be impossible for people with muscular dystrophy); he has lost 2kg of fat; and has 2% less body fat overall (measurements taken by Body Composition Analyser (BCA Machine) at first session and after 8 weeks of therapy). He can now move on from therapy, onto the full fitness training program.

The second client I am working with is a morbidly obese woman. She started on a therapy program about six weeks ago. Her program started at the most basic – she sat in a chair with her feet on the edge of the machine, with a mat on the machine to prevent her feet slipping. The angle of her knees/legs was the same as the basic squat position, around 110 degrees. Three times a week she did a total of 9 minutes therapy, just simply sitting with her feet on the machine. This provides sufficient stimulation to the legs and buttocks to move fluid accumulation and improve blood circulation. This is all about saving the client’s life! After a month this lady told me how much difference this had made. She said she was able to walk easier, with less of a stoop; she felt very much “better” and so had become more active. She was better able to participate in her family life and as she had a large extended family this was really important. In a very real sense she has been given her life back.

After just one week away due to a family bereavement this client came back for her regular session and told me she was again starting to experience difficulty walking – just one weekthat’s all it took for her to lose some of the gains she’d made. She does travel often to visit family so she is hoping not to have too many breaks from her therapy sessions.

Last week she progressed to using the machine for one 60-second side handlebar assisted squat after her seated session. That’s the next step; she’s moving on!

My third client is a guy who is very morbidly obese. He is, by far, the biggest of the three and his sessions are absolutely about getting his legs moving again. He has fluid pooled in his legs and probably in other parts of his body also. If it pools around his heart he will die unless there is some solid medical intervention and as things are now he is already in a serious way for other medical problems, suddenly, at any time. He’s told us several of his relatives have died from obesity related conditions. So, he’s very motivated.

It’s nonsensical telling someone as big as this man to go for a walk or a run – they can’t, yet that’s the advice the fitness industry often gives. By contrast, Vibration Therapy and Training (at specialised studios such as Vibra-Train) offers a safe, effective way to mobilise these people, in some cases to truly save their lives. It’s up to them, really – the method is there and it’s been proven effective both subjectively and in the controlled study (noted above). What they have to do is simply turn up, three times a week, and do the sessions. Then later, when able, move onto the harder, regular training program and keep doing it.

Here in Auckland, New Zealand there are studios offering free or sponsored sessions for morbidly obese people, there really is no excuse!

It’s not too hard – it starts off too easy; later it does become very hard but that’s the price we all have to accept for fitness and health.

This very obese client has also progressed from sitting in a chair in front of the machine for 3x 3 minutes (9 minutes total) to the side vibrating handlebar assisted “ski the slopes” squat position. Last time he was in I saw him do three of these. In total that was around 7,500 rapid movements. This amount of pressure into his leg, trunk and arm muscles will bring a rapid improvement to his overall condition.

In fact this degree of improvement has been so appreciated by the people in one situation where Vibra-Train has a machine available for use by obese and immobile people that the nurse supervising their sessions has been forced to lock the door to the room the vibration machine is in. Sessions are held every second day (three times a week) with a day for rest and recovery inbetween but these people not realising how important that recovery day is, were trying to use the machine every day – they were so amazed at the results and totally happy to put in the effort to get more.

Vibration Training Or Death – your choice

June 29th, 2011

Okay, the first thing readers are going to tell me is that my title is very serious – it’s meant to be!

Will you die if you don’t do vibration training? Maybe you won’t but there’s a very high risk of premature death for certain groups of people who refuse to partake in strength producing exercise; and vibration training is the safest and most effective form of fitness training I know of. In fact there are only a few conditions where vibration training isn’t recommended.

Who are the people who would benefit so much and what happens if they refuse or, the much more common scenario, they start training (or therapy using the machines if that’s their starting point) and then they stop – for all sorts of reasons with laziness (just can’t be bothered) being the prime one.

slim shaped girl jumpingOkay, you don’t fit into this category if you are young, active, fit, of healthy weight, and maybe also if you are middle aged and go to a gym regularly (though vibration training on top of a gym session is the extreme that gives amazing results).  It’s not for you also if you are pregnant (as a precaution at this stage, we don’t allow it), if you have a pacemaker (but we haven’t forgotten you; there are small vibrating foot platforms available), or if you have an active cancer (even this contra-indication is being debated).

This leaves a huge population that CAN use a vibration machine and if they aren’t active in some other fitness method, they will benefit greatly if they do.

That’s the nice message – the harder more serious one is this

People who have a disability and can’t easily do other forms of exercise; people who are morbidly obese (considered to be around 40% BMI) and can’t even walk to the letterbox without pain in their knees or hips, or gasping for breath, those who have muscular dystrophy or M.S. and even older people who are sedate – these people benefit so much from Vibration Training or Vibration Therapy.  And I almost forgot to add; those who have diabetes or pre-diabetes which goes hand-in-hand with obesity and has become the Number 1 health problem in New Zealand.  These are the people my hard hitting title really applies to – Do it or Die!

The Joys and the Problems

At Vibra-Train we allow some people to be sponsored and do their sessions free. These are people with true life threatening conditions (very extreme obesity is one) or a major disability they are never going to recover from.  Coming in for free isn’t automatic – it’s done after discussion and generally with the support of their medical helpers (doctors etc). It’s certainly not given to everyone who thinks they’re a little overweight. Some of the people who are given this sponsorship have been in a severe health situation for a long time and don’t have the finances to pay for sessions so this is a wonderful gift that Vibra-Train gives them – and more so as the sponsors are the directors and staff; there’s no outside organisation that pays for this in New Zealand.

These people (the morbidly obese, those with M.S., in wheelchairs, and similar) work hard, some starting out with just a single handlebar assisted squat position. This can mean driving or being driven across the city to do just one single, 60 second position on the machine.  Those who are not able to do even that sit in front of the machine with their feet placed on the platform edge for 3 minutes, repeated once or twice.  Starting with just that one squat, or sitting in front of the machine with feet on edge, the client graduates slowly  into more squats and when they are able we add in a few more positions building up to the full program for some; others do what they can.

The results are truly amazing – they are life saving! I see people who can only walk with a cane or stoop and shuffle begin to stand upright and walk with confidence knowing their legs are stronger and will support them.  Within three or four weeks I’ve seen hugely obese clients gain strength and then start to slim down. It’s a slow change and no one becomes slim overnight despite what advertising for various pills and plans tells us but it is real and its forever if the person keeps training. Their whole demeanour changes, they tell me how much they look forward to coming in for their sessions. It’s very hard work doing the vibration training but that part is no different than it is for other clients – all real training is hard work.

The great thing about using the Vibra-Train brand of machines is that the sessions are fully supervised and the machines are very powerful but designed specifically for use by people who cannot squat unaided what we call “worst case scenario”.

I work with some of the sponsored clients and enjoy encouraging and pushing them as hard as they are able, and some more above that. We get real results from real training in a safe controlled environment.

What happens next is very sad

Sometimes it’s frustration because there’s no instant fix or miracle, sometimes its family pressure, sometimes laziness but there are some clients, some sponsored even, who stop coming after a few months. It happens at any time, even after we’ve marvelled at their results.  They know Vibration Training is working for them yet they stop coming. We usually don’t know why people have stopped – we wonder if they are unwell or moved to another city.  Then they come back – many months later, always so much worse in their condition, and they expect us to fix them.  Ask where they’ve been and they’ve been “too busy” or gone off to try a “magic cure” or just stopped for no real reason.  After the effort the trainers here put in and the effort they used to make, they stopped coming and think they come back and recover, get back on track again. This might be possible but often it isn’t!   Debilitating conditions get worse over time so we’re starting over at a huge disadvantage since their previous time.  We’ve had people come back in a wheelchair where before they could walk in. There are times we simply can’t help anymore!

Title of this article; “Vibration Training or Death?” The choice is serious so choose well.