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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 Machines – watching you wobble yourself slim?

September 2nd, 2011

Have you ever watched an advertorial or a youtube video showing a woman on a pivotal vibration machine and laughed as you watched their butt and legs wobble about from the side to side motion of the machine?

Crazy Fit Massage Machine

Low Speed Pivotal Massage Machine

I have three pivotal machines in the  studio where I work.  Two are used for therapy poses to increase blood circulation, help with relaxation, and improve proprioception in customers who because of medical or physical disability are not yet able to use the lineal Vibra-Train machines.

high speed pivotal

Premium Speed Pivotal Workout Machine

One machine is larger and is a true workout model. It’s used mainly for physio/therapy use also but can be used for full workouts. We find out customers here, when given the choice, prefer the lineal Vibra-Train platforms.

There’s also the embarrasment factor of the pivotal machines when used in a semi or deeper squat poses – the action of the side to side motion causes the user’s butt and thighs to wobble noticeably; also in some people their hips show  movement also. This is all totally normal when using this type of machine but, oh boy, does it look funny. You might have seen it in internet videos and on television where it looks amusing when the model on the machines is a tiny size 6 or 8 (N.Z. size) but can you imagine the look when a 250lb (120kg) women uses the machine? I’m asuming of course that the machine copes with this larger sized person – many pivotal machines degrade in performance well below that weight.  Even a regular sized woman, say 140lbs, doesn’t look good wobbling away on the pivotal machines. But, of course, the advertisers use attractive, tiny models to promote their products.

Jumping to their defense – vibration training isn’t about looking good in the studio while doing your work-out, it simply doesn’t matter, but the wobble is not a good look!

Another defense of the “wobble”, though completely wrong this one – I’ve had people say, “oh look at their butts wobble. They MUST be losing lots of weight!” Others come into the studio and ask if our machines are like the ones they’ve seen on TV, the ones where you wobble and get slim and fit.

Is it true – can you lightly wobble your way to a new slender you? Technically any movement burns more calories than sitting still so the person on the pivotal machine is getting some benefit from it. Many “weight-loss” books tell us to move about a lot, move legs about when sitting at the office desk and fidgit with your hands. By doing this you burn a few more calories each day and a small, measurable amount in a year. Okay, its better than being sedentary but it does very little toward the goal of  fat reduction and fitness. I’m amazed by the number of people who are confused by this.

To demonstrate the difference in machine types I put the questioning customer onto the large pivotal machine for a one minute semi-squat at low speed. Then they do the same position at a higher speed, again for a minute or two. You can see their thighs wobble and they feel this as a gentle activation. Those who want to can do the squat pose at high speed; 22hz is about the top before the users feet begin to slip on the (non-slip) plate. I then invite them to rest and then repeat the squat once or twice on a lineal machine, using the basic level 2 beginners unit. This machine gives a strong muscle contraction in the quads (front upper leg) when the person does a simple, deep (110 degree) squat for just 60 seconds.  That’s all it takes to show the very major difference in the machine types. Watching the person on the lineal machine they appear not to be moving at all, there’s none of the “wobble” but, in their own words, they tell me how much harder it is and how much deeper they feel the muscle contraction.

It’s not possible to wobble yourself slim using a pivotal vibration machine. It might be a way to start out but its not going to work for long. Wobbling fat – wobbles fat, it might give some benefit as it will mobilise fluid and improve lymphatic drainage but real toning comes from real training – and that’s impossible on almost all pivotal machines.

I’m reminded of the slogan we use when customers complain that the training program is hard work; we tell them the sign over the door says “Vibra-TRAIN” not “Vibra-MASSAGE”

Even worse than believing that by using a low speed pivotal vibration machine, you can lose weight, tone, get fit and look like the model on the advertorial on TV or internet is the promotion of simply standing upright on the machine while you watch TV.  I read an advert this week, an auction on New Zealand’s TradeMe site, where a low speed pivotal machine was being sold with the instruction to simply stand or sit on the machine and watch the pounds slip away.
IF ONLY IT WAS THAT EASY!
Only the lasiest of consumers would believe that – and as I’ve written before, they seem destined to be ripped off but that sort of marketing does a lot of harm to the whole vibration training industry.

Glossary:

Lineal
A solid platform that moves straight up and down, all across the surface at the same time.

Pivotal
A Platform that tilts from side to side , so one foot goes up , while the other goes down.

Safety Program for use with Lineal Vibration Machines

April 12th, 2011
vibrogym professional
Does your Gym or Fitness Centre have a Vibration Machine in the corner or in a side room but you don’t know how to use it?

Does it have a chart on the wall with stick figures in many strange poses? Are the trainers clueless when it comes to this piece of equipment?

Vibe Trainer Whole Body Vibration Machines DKNDo you want to know how to use your home machine safely and effectively?

(many come with long, confusing workout suggestions written in broken english or just pictures with instruction in chinese languages)

Did you buy a machine on Ebay or New Zealand’s TradeMe and you don’t really know how to use it?

Here is a poster and link to clear instructions on the use of Lineal Vibration Machines. It is designed for medium and higher energy platforms like VibroGym, BodyShaker, DKN Lineal platforms, and Power Plate clones BUT it’s also effective with low energy home machines of the sort you can buy in a sports or general supply shop or online.

If you are using a lower force machine, once you’ve mastered the program and are making sure you are getting into and maintaining Perfect Position you can double up on the squats and later on the full program. Doubling up on a pose can be performing it for 2 minutes instead of 1 or doing two sets of 1 minute poses dependant on the timing controls available on the machine.

Be sure your machine is lineal (upright vibration) before following these instructions although most positions can be adapted for pivotal (side to side) machines.

Note: Do not attempt the plank position in these instructions on a pivotal platform. Full instructions for the safe use of pivotal vibration machines will be available very soon.

IVTRB Safety Program Step-by-Step instructions: Click here for instructions and explanation of each position.

And here’s the poster. If you click on it, it links through to a larger copy.

It is essential to follow the instructions in conjunction with the poster. By carefully going through it step-by-step you can be sure of getting into position correctly and having an effective workout.
Do not ever simply try to copy the poster!

IVTRB safety program poster

www.vibration-training-advice.com

September 28th, 2009

Remember to visit the industry’s new Vibration Training Advice Website:

www.vibration-training-advice.com

There’s articles for consumers, about studios, types of machines and exercise positions. Also lots of vibration training advice about buying a machine for home use, and a section dedicated to Instructors and Studio owners.

There’s also a discussion forum where questions can be asked to clarify what’s written in the articles or for special information needed.

Tough Guys 2

May 5th, 2009

Two other tough guys who come into the Vibra-Train City Studio and are worthy of congratulations as they work-out very hard.

The first is an elderly frail looking PriestYes, you’ve read it right. Remember Vibration Training is for everyone!

And we can also provide Vibration Therapy for those who need rehab or a less intensive workout due to injuries or health concerns.  Not so with our Priest,  he works out harder than most, only some athletes could be said to train harder.

The first time I watched over him (he loves the attention and I’m sure he fakes forgetting which position comes next) I was scared, watching this 80-something man hold good position on the machine and cunningly set the dials to 120 seconds instead of the regular 60 seconds.  He’s been given permission to do this but only on some positions and he really is very sneaky.  A real character, I now look forward to his visits.

It could be said he brings some balance to the studio as he leaves saying, “God Bless You”.  I smile as I hear Lloyd in  the background yelling at a customer, telling them to “tough it out” and telling them “God’s not going to help you”, in response to plaintive cries of “Oh God, God, this is too hard!” Hard training and maybe God’s blessing keeps our Priest very fit and strong.

Tough Guy with AttitudeThe other “tough guy” I’ve had in the studio recently was a “newbie”.  This guy’s attitude preceded him as he walked in the door.  He was, “I know it all.  I did vibration training years ago”. He told me he used to sell another brand of machines.

I warned him that Vibra-Train machines had a much stronger force than the ones he’d used and they would seem like toys in comparison as they were suitable for therapy and light training, not enough for a muscle-bound guy like him.  The first 60 second basic squat was all the  proof needed.  He changed his story, telling me actually hadn’t used the other brand machines often and although he had helped with sales, this was only weekends and it was “years ago”.  Working through the “Safety Program” and he trained hard, completely failing several times, not able to hold the positions correctly.  He loved it.  Showing him the higher level machines (the Level 3 and Level 5-Sports Model) I overlooked telling him that all Vibra-Train machines use same frequency, 43Hz, that’s not the factor controlling the “force” of the vibration as some other brands say.

A final “pull-up” position (only possible on machines with vibrating, side handle-bars) was the clincher, he paid up for a concession card right away.

Vibra-Train — The Vibration Training Specialists

March 21st, 2009

A few months ago I wrote about Pivotal Vibration Machines.  In the article I said, “the machines I use are lineal vibration machines in a Vibra-Train Studio”.

pic-bullet-superman-squatVibra-Train is the world’s best for Lineal Vibration Machines.  When in contact with a lineal vibration machine the body gets pushed upwards and in response it  pushes back hard.  This involuntary and strong muscle response is favoured for a “workout” and results are quickly seen – improved fitness, health, and athletic ability.  Click on the website link for more information and if you can get to a Vibra-Train Studio go on in for free first visit.

(pic used with permission.
© www.vibra-train.com)