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?

2013 – Vibration Training and my Trade Mark

January 18th, 2013 by Di Heap No comments »

This new year has started with a lot of bang and bright lights and I don’t mean the New Year’s eve fireworks.

The Vibra-Train studio is busy and I’m enjoying seeing customers back after summer holidays and many new people also. I’ve said how excited I was about the year ahead and some people smiled knowingly. I was told it meant more “hard work”, more of the same but with agreement that it is exciting for we who are passionate to see vibration training  known and accepted as an effective training method for fitness and exercise and what’s more, its a method that, when used with correct instruction, is valid for people who are less abled, maybe  because of age, injury, or disability.

 

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Alongside my work as a trainer I’m also busy with my other vibration training business involvements – About this, some readers will notice I took down my last writing, the one about my New Zealand trademark, VibePlus, being “challenged”.   » Read more: 2013 – Vibration Training and my Trade Mark

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 – 2012 – A Good Year

December 31st, 2012 by Di Heap No comments »

It’s the last day of 2012; in fact there’s only 7 hours left of this year here in New Zealand. And what a year it’s been! 

I’m going to stick to Vibration Training and try to list at least some of the highlights. Also personally for me it’s been a very good year.

We are at an exciting time in the timeline of Vibration Training; right at the point where Real Vibration Training and Real Vibration Machines – both pivotal and lineal – are becoming accepted as a fully valid form of fitness training. Not that  it hasn’t been accepted for quite a few years already but, in my experience, it’s been an ongoing battle with gyms and personal trainers and even with medical people like physical therapists. It’s felt like vibration machines have been seen as only a minor method of achieving results, up till now.

This has changed  – with the clean up of the industry worldwide  and with such an enormous amount of information available online (and big thanks to Lloyd Shaw for both), consumers, whether they are buying a machine or looking for a training studio, are aware and knowledgable. They are unlikely to be suckered in by smooth talking marketers. Likewise people starting up training studios or buying or leasing a machine for their fitness studio or gym know what questions to ask and what they want . Even the buzz words, lineal ( a variation of linear) and pivotal are well known and there’s very little confusion when questions are asked about machines.

2013 is going to be huge in this industry. I hope the marketers that sell home machines (the honest ones that is) and the studio owners and trainers are ready for this.

Vibration Machines are right now being used for:

High intensity fitness training for muscle strength and endurance. This is for athletes as an addition to their program. Vibration Training on high energy lineal machines does not make people bulk up, instead it provides muscle strength and shape and toning.

High intensity fitness training – the same as above but I’ve given it a separate listing – for everyone who wouldn’t list themselves as athletes. Some combine it with swimming or walking, some with jogging. Others use an exercycle or a bike. These people want the very best fitness and the very best toning and body look they can achieve and are prepared to vibration train three times a week (on real machines with a real program) to get it.

High intensity and/or Medium intensity training for people who really don’t want to exercise but know they need to, or they are time short, or they have minimal starting strength or fitness. These people get such good results by committing to training two or three times a week.

Therapy or Physio work and/or training for people with limited mobility, for whatever reason. Vibration Machines used with a proper program save lives. I’ve been in this category at times; after surgery and after injuring my knees, which I have an annoying habit of doing by tripping over things.

There are so many examples of results and on a hot, sunny, end of year day, I’m not going to attempt a long list, just a few:

One of my regular, twice weekly customers has gained a lot of strength. She’s mid-50’s and works cleaning large homes. She’s got way more stamina than when she started training with me early in the year.

There’s been many older people start training this year and I’ve had the privilege of watching them gain in strength and mobility. Also surety of balance, lessening the chance of falls.

And also some very young customers, young men mostly, ranging in age from 12- 17. I see changes in these young men within three or four visits. I’m left asking myself how they gain so much so very quickly. One younger client today, I commented on how his very curved and hunched over spine was already straightening up. He was walking “taller” and when I observed him in the mini-plank position his back was held straight.

I have just one customer in a wheelchair and several who do a therapy program where they sit in a chair with their feet on the machine, usually for 3 lots of 3 minutes. These customers tell me how much benefit this simple, no effort therapy is doing for them, improving their circulation and vey mildly stimulating leg and butt muscles and so reducing stiffness and for some getting rid of pain.

This list could go on forever so I’ll add just two more examples: 

My daughter has been training at Vibra-Train all year, three times a week, totally regularly. Her results are astounding. She’s changed from an extremely thin, low bodyweight, low strength, always tired young girl, into a very well toned, mildly muscular, healthy looking young lady. She’s stressing about putting on weight – oh yes, vibration training will do that to you IF your body needs it, but what a difference it’s made to her. She rarely gets sick now whereas before she seemed to always have colds and flu or just plain exhaustion.

And as I said, its been a good year for me personally. Looking back it seems I’ve spent a lot of time complaining, mostly about being “too busy”.  At the end of the year that doesn’t feel like something to complain about.  Busy is good! Mostly it’s been busy at my job at Vibra-Train Auckland City. We’ve seen many new people this year, run various promotions to keep the public knowledgeable and I’ve been actively updating the Vibra-Train Facebook page.  Along with being a very “in demand” trainer , well I didn’t leave enough time for the regular updates this website blog had in past years. I didn’t set up my own business FaceBook page, I didn’t get the look of this website updated – all these, and very much more, have been moved into 2013 calendar.

What I have achieved personally, as well as being the best vibration training instructor in the world, and part managing the world’s first and busiest vibration training studio, I’ve had my lease Vibra-Train machine out being used in a small Personal Training studio. Did I remember to say I get emails daily asking all sorts of questions about Vibration Machines and Vibration Training and I answer these with advice, examples, links and more. I’ve been the “man” behind the camera in a couple of video shoots, now on YouTube (under VibraTrain).

And in my health I’ve become well again. It’s been two years since my last operation and the surgeon was right, it’s taken the whole two years to heal. In the first year I gained a lot of weight, so my already bigger size blosomed almost 20Kg more. I was truely obese, nowhere near as large as the morbidly obese clients I train but, way, way too big; a result of not being able to exercise sufficiently while healing and consoling myself with too much food. I’ve said before, I’m an emotional eater, I eat too much when I’m happy and too much when I’m sad – I don’t believe I’m so different from most women excepting a few who have amazing self control. The good news is I’m back to exercising, doing the full Vibra-Train Safety Program, and being more in control of what I’m eating – I’ve lost 10Kg weight.

And so to a New Year. I’m very excited. There are challenges ahead and busy times. It’s going to be the best year yet!

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

October 24th, 2012 by Di Heap 4 comments »

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?

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.

IVTRB Lineal Vibration Training Safety Program and Type-1 Diabetes

August 13th, 2012 by Di Heap No comments »

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.

 

 


 

Advice to Vibration Training Instructors – Get Tough – Part 3

July 26th, 2012 by Di Heap No comments »

Please read the two previous sections – Get Tough Part 1 and Get Tough Part 2

Having a real passion for what you do, and making sure you “walk the talk”  are the two essentials to help you Be Tough, not just while at work but in every discussion and workout that involves vibration training.

Part 3 of Get Tough has two sub-parts – The Fitness Industry and more about The Customers.

The Fitness Industry

Vibration Training as a relative newcomer to fitness training has been treated with suspicion and spoken critically against by some top Trainers and Coaches who absolutely should know better. It’s even been treated as a “fly by night” scam  Why? well maybe because it threatens their livelihood and they are too lazy or too stupid to upskill and learn how to use this new method of training clients.

As with other fitness machines there are varying qualities, from the “as-seen-on-tv” units and similar ones marketed with totally untrue specs and highly exaggerated advertising claims, through regular Home Machines, to High Energy Lineal and High Speed Pivotal Work-out Models, which used with a specifically designed program gives results of hugely improved muscle quality, toning and general fitness.

This is where the Fitness Industry is tested, some coaches don’t  believe results are possible without hours spent grunting over heavy weights or weight machines in the gym. They don’t want to believe there’s a simpler, more time efficient alternative to the same results. You know what, some people enjoy doing hours of training  but, not everyone has the time or even wants to  – so what is the fitness industry offering these people?   In Australia whole new Fitness Gym chains are being set up using the concept of 30 minute speedy circuit sessions that work!  Yet, vibration training has in the most part been still been left out. To placate members who ask for machines somegyms  have a medium level unit sitting in an out of the way corner but ask the personal trainer how to use it and they haven’t a clue. Many have never even tried the machine.

When challenged Coaches and Trainers still sometimes resist.  I remember, Sal Marinello (Certified Coach and Trainer of Trainers) refusing to try out a high quality vibration machine and instead trialling a Soloflex – a small gym stepper with a tiny $20 vibration motor attached by tape. He then used that experience to justify his already widely published rants against Vibration Training. You can read my article about this here: Sal Marinello has an agenda. This is what Vibration Training Instructors are up against!

Getting Tough means – Stop caring about what other fitness trainers say; don’t feel threatened by them, no matter what (on paper) qualifications they have. If they refuse to try out on a high quality machine using a real vibration training program then what they think or say isn’t worth listening to. Don’t get into arguments with them. Tell them how dare they comment on a training modality that’s readily available for them to try, yet they wont and still expect to have an opinion – Lazy!

I advise VibrationTraining Instructors to learn about the different brands and types of machines so that you can Be Tough and knowledgable when you come up against questions and comments from other  fitness or sports trainers.  Ask them how they train people with disabilities like muscular dystrophy or morbid obesity and what results they get.  Here’s a good question – how would they train an older man with uncontrolled parkinson’s disease (drugs are not effective in stopping constant shaking of one arm and one side of his body). He can use a stationary cycle but what about weight training? What method would they use to slow down or stop the wasting of muscles he’s experiencing? (This man is real and he is able to follow the full IVTRB Vibration Training Program).

Finally, Get Tough and Stay Tough, so you can be the best trainer you can possibly be. You are most probably going to be dealing with controversy within the industry, criticism from other sectors of of the fitness and health industries, and even from your own customers until they understand you really do know how to train them, safely and effectively to get great results.

One final tip – make sure your Boss backs you 100%. This will only happen if you’ve been diligent about learning the job really well. Unfortunately some customers will try to pit you against your boss – crazy really as they want results but some people just wont listen to instruction. Instead they’ll argue and tell you their session with the “other” trainer or the studio owner (your boss) was different and suggest you have been too hard on them or too restrictive, if you’ve had to correct their positioning.  Then they complain to your boss. Well, a good boss will listen to the complaint, and having confidence in you, will tell the client they must have been “out of position” or you would not have corrected them.  Maybe your boss will talk to you later, not in front of the customer, even correcting you on a minor point but mostly to encourage you to keep on Being Tough.

 

Two High Speed Pivotal Vibration Machines recommended for Home Users

July 18th, 2012 by Di Heap No comments »
Gymform Vibromax Low Speed Pivotal Vibration Machine

Gymform Vibromax – Low Speed Pivotal Vibration Machine

I’m often asked about the Gymform VibroMax machine that’s advertised on TV all over the world and available at as-seen-on-tv stores in major cities. You can read my review here:

http://www.vibeplus.com/2010/09/01/gymform-vibromax-scam/

The Gymform Vibromax and the Crazyfit machines are not exercise machines, in my opinion, but they do have some good uses for therapy, such as for stimulating blood circulation, relaxation of tight leg muscles, and stress relief. Don’t buy one of these and expect to get well toned and strong muscles any time soon. When you see these machines in advertorials the models or personal trainers that are shown using the machine do this for the small amount of money they are paid. They are not honestly endorsing the product – they don’t really use it!

 

So, if you want to buy a real vibration exercise machine and you prefer a pivotal platform what machines should you look at:

 

There are currently two specific machines from two very different brands that I recommend to people who ask.  I recommend these two based on them performing true to specs, being designed to give real results and being manufactured of high quality parts. In simple language this means the machine does what it’s meant to and it doesn’t break down after a few weeks use.  The two companies that sell these are reputable (if your machine does develop a fault they will answer your phone call and provide assistance) and both have been around for some time but more of that later.

The two pivotal, vibration training machines I recommend are

1. Hypervibe  Performance   http://au.hypervibe.com/whole_body_vibration_machine.php

and

2. Cardiotech CV9     http://www.cardiotech.com.au/cv9/cv9-features

I’ve trialled the Hypervibe just a few times and it’s a real work-out machine.  It really challenged me. Don’t be worried though, if you need just simple stimulation and increased circulation this machine will do that too. It’s ideal for people who need to start off simple and later move onto more challenging training. It’s also suitable for people who are already regular exercisers and want to add vibration training to their program. The Hypervibe Performance has 4 suggested frequency specific programs from basic to more challenging plus a manual setting. You get a DVD and full User Guide plus 1 year Physio support. The Performance is a solid machine, it has a steel frame so it can take the knocks exercise equipment invariably gets. It has a large LCD display and its easy to set. There’s comfortable handlebars for support in squat positions and straps to use for upper body poses.

HYpervibe Performance Pivotal Vibration Machine

Hypervibe Performance – Premium Speed Pivotal Vibration Machine

When you’re paying up to $2,500 for a home exercise machine of any type you need to be sure there’s going to be ongoing support and repair available – you want to know there’s someone to ask for advice about using the equipment to give you the very best results and also you need to be very sure that the warrenty provided with the equipment will be honored if necessary. If you use the equipment regularly over a long time and it eventually needs adjustment or repair or just a new small part replaced, it’s important to know that the company you bought it from will still be in business and able to help.  When you buy from Hypervibe you are buying from a company that specialises in vibration machines. They’ve been part of this industry for a long time and contributed to it’s development.  In Australia the Hypervibe owner/director, Murray Seaton, travels extensively exhibiting machines at Heath and Fitness Shows, Sports Fairs, and Home Shows specifically for elderly people.  Hypervibe have representatives in many Australian States, New Zealand, Canada and USA and other parts of the world and some working studios and showrooms where you can go to try out a machine.

 

The Cardiotech CV9 is the other machine I recommend to people who want a work-out quality, pivotal vibration machine to use at their home or office.  This machine is new to the market but I’ve had access to one for almost a year.  Cardiotech also supply two other vibration machines, a very small, round model more suitable for physio use and a regular pivotal machine.

Cardiotech CV9 Pivotal Vibration Machine

Cardiotech CV9 – Premium Speed Pivotal Vibration Machine

The CV9 is the work-out machine. Being a new model, just onto the market this month, it’s just a little unproven.  Like the Hypervibe Performance, the Cardiotech CV9 can be used for therapy/physio purposes.  This has been the main use for me;  just gentle stimulation of blood circulation when I’ve been sitting at a desk for an hour or two. Simply standing on the machine for 90 seconds (set at 6Hz) and repeat once or twice is enough to get my legs comfortable again. I’ve also used this machine to help with recovery from a knee injury. The gentle stimulation relieves pain. It’s also a great de-stressor; just standing there wobbling from side to side.

But the designers and manufacturers of the CV9 would be very upset with me if I continued to tell you only about it’s therapy uses because this is a real work-out model – it has a supersized platform (larger than other brands) and it’s open on all four sides, allowing access from each without obstruction. The control support column is on one corner of the platform, it has a large, easy to set display,  and the black finish gives it a sleek, modern, space age, look.  This model would not look out of place in your lounge or the reception area of your office or business. A 10-minute toning and strength program is supplied with the machine and like the  Hypervibe, access to a Physiotherapist is available.

The CV9 was designed specificially for Cardiotech. There’s no other machine that looks alike to it or any similar models. Support and repair if it was needed is provided by the Cardiotech company, who also supply other high quality fitness equipment. They are newer to the Vibration Training industry but they are  a reputable company. I’ve been fortunate to personally meet and chat with the owners of both companies.

So which one to choose:

I advise intending buyers to try out both machines if you can, then choose the one you prefer based on your specific needs or if both seem equally good push for the best purchase deal.  Both machines specs say they will take an user weight of up to 180Kg which is an important consideration especially when compared with machines like the Gymform Vibromax which loses performance when the user is over 80Kg (or even less).

Both the Hypervibe Performance and the Cardiotech CV9 are premium speed pivotal machines. See Machine Reviews here:  http://www.vibration-training-advice.com/machine-reviews

Both are excellent quality machines for home or office use or for a personal trainer’s studio, a spa/beauty centre, or  a specialised vibration studio.  Some vibration studios have a mix of both lineal and pivotal machines and either of these two are an ideal choice for this use.  Beach Body Vibe is a studio that runs programs using only Hypervibe machines at Bondi Junction, Sydney, Australia   http://www.beachbodyvibe.com/

Note: Please check out the websites of these machines, call them up and get into a showroom to trial them.  My experience of these machines has been mostly of using the Cardiotech CV9, supplied free of charge and freighted to the studio I’m located at. I’ve appreciated this chance to use the machine myself and put my clients onto it when they would benefit. I’ve limited this to therapy use, such as improving balance and proprioception, as I have other machines available for training purposes. I’ve used the Hypervibe machine once in a studio setting, doing a full session, and once at a Sports Show. This hasn’t been enough to truely compare or note differences between the machines. I’d love the opportunity to have a Hypervibe Performance in the studio and put it through the same uses for myself and my clients as I’ve done with the CV9.  I’m hoping the Hypervibe company will supply a machine one day soon.

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Advice to Vibration Training Instructors – Get Tough – Part 2

July 5th, 2012 by Di Heap No comments »

This follows on from “Advice to Vibration Training Instructors – Get Tough – Part 1″ which covered learning the program and becoming an instructor.

Remember you must be vibra-training yourself.  If you don’t carefully get into the program positions and carefully work through the program yourself ( three times a week for lineal machines) you have no right to be training other people. The benefits of Vibration Training must be seen in your own life.

Your passion for training is your biggest asset. 

I’ve met salespeople who sell small home vibration machines who have no idea how to use them or they just mumble on about standing on the machine.  I’ve questioned some who sell reasonably okay home machines, along with other home fitness equipment (the brands you see on stands or small shops at the mall), and they’ve told me they really have no idea. I spent an hour with one such mall salesperson showing him the IVTRB Safety Program, demonstrating the positions and putting him through so he knew what it felt like.  I also talked with him about how to maximise training on the smaller home machines to get the best results possible. This time was invaluable for that salesman (even if it did cost me time out of my holiday. I never stop being being totally passionate about vibration training).

I you need just one reason, one reason only, to GET TOUGH

It’s because your customers are going to give you “shit”. They will use every excuse to cheat on holding positions correctly. They will blame every other trainer they’ve ever had and tell you that you are wrong in how you are instructing them because (another excuse coming) the other trainer lets them do it this (wrong) way, or the other trainer showed them this (wrong) way. Just occaisionally they are telling the truth; another brand of vibration studio might have shown them a different way of a position but that is not a valid excuse for them wanting to ignore your training. Mostly they are simply “trying it on”, hoping to put in as little effort as possible and still get maximum results.

If you are using the IVTRB Safety Program there’s no variation in how the poses are done. There’s no way a trainer could have shown them differently. There are, of course, alternative positions for people who have genuine reasons for not being able to hold a position such as an injury or medical or disability situation.

Some customers will also outright lie to you so you need to be very confident in your ability to train them and also be able to catch them out. This is not being horrible to them, it’s for their safety and so they get the good results they are paying for.

BananaOne area some people lie about very often is Food.  The first rule of Vibra-Train (and all Vibration Training) is to eat before training.  You can eat a banana right before your session – you wont feel sick; it gives you the boost in blood sugar you need for training.

This rule is Not up for debate but many customers try – they tell me they don’t eat breakfast ever, or they don’t eat before going to the gym, or before running.  Well, I simply don’t care! They must eat before vibra-training. I learnt very early on how important this rule is. I’ve felt dizzy myself when I haven’t eaten for three or four hours but worse than that, a customer went hypo-gylcemic and passed out early one morning when I’d just begun managing the morning shift on my own. This is a natural response to blood sugar dropping very low but of course its a little scary for the instructor and any other clients who are in the studio. No one trains on my shift unless they have eaten first, a meal in the past hour or so, or a banana, toast and jam or similar.  A few nuts, a rice cracker (on its own), or an apple don’t work – the client is still likely to become dizzy or not hold positions well.

That last statement is the clue – even if a person tells you they have eaten, if you see them wavering about in the poses and you know they can do them, then they haven’t had enough to eat. Even a complete newbie can hold the poses and be corrected when they get out of position without they body waving about and looking like they might fall off the machine. I’ve caught people out late afternoon, they tell me they had a big lunch and a snack at 3pm, yet in the studio here at 4pm they can’t hold the first position without moving about in a shaky manner.

In my studio customers eat or they don’t train. I recommend all instructors insist on this. If you are reading this and you have a home machine the same rule applies – have a proper snack or train soon after a meal, you’ll get a better workout. We tell customers to drink water after their session and that they probably will need something to eat within an hour – this is an opportunity to eat some protein like eggs, tuna, egg-white shake or smoothie – a triple chocolate muffin is not recommended!