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Vibration Training 10 minute exercise session. True or a Scam?

November 25th, 2014
Advanced Basic Squat

Basic Squat on Vibra-Train, high energy, lineal machine

Let’s ask the hard questions

 

    • Is it true that I can get a real Vibration Training
      workout in 10 minutes ?

 

    • Will this give me real results?

 

    • Do I need to do anything to make this work for me?

 

    • Really ? it still sounds too little time.

 

The Answers are – YES, YES, and YES, and YES, you’ll probably want to allow another 5 minutes.

The next real question would have to be – please tell me more?

but instead I get argument and brush-off’s from people too lazy to ask real questions or do a little research for themselves. Let’s look a little deeper into these questions but be clear from the start, the answers Yes, Yes and Yes are simple and true. There’s no need to pad the answers or explain them away – there are, however, definite ways to ensure they remain true for your own vibration training experience and for every session you take.

The 10 minute workout – how can this be possible?

 

IVTRB safety program poster

The 10 minute workout is based on a a sequence of static exercise positions held for 60 seconds each (some can be done twice or double time for advanced clients). The sequence is shown here:  Vibra-Train standard program for high energy lineal machines . This is a serious, disciplined program – getting into the positions correctly and holding them precisely (adjusting as necessary because it’s always a challenge) is essential to getting through the program within 10 minutes – but it’s not that hard, it’s all about determination.

If you count the positions on the standard, safety program poster, at left, you will count 8 one minute poses in the full training program. Ladies can add in three minutes of ant-cellulite massage (see position 7) and in some Vibra-Train studios, men (and some of the ladies) might add in two extra, advanced arm poses.

Note: The Standard Safety program, a full body workout, is 10 minutes long.

When people phone the studio or call in for their first session I tell them 15-20 minutes for their first training time. This allows for discussion of their health and fitness needs, for setting up a payment plan (if one is purchased right away (the studio I am at does, first session free),Golden Rules at Vibra-Train

and for reading of the training rules.

A general explanation of vibration training might be given, followed by the client’s first session, showing the positions step by step instructions, and closely supervising them. That first session can be one-on-one or a group but whatever way it doesn’t take very long. Trainers are aware that people are in the studio to train and then be away to their next meeting or activity.

 

Will this give me REAL Results?

 

Of course it will !

Oh, hold on. I’m presuming some things here.  Firstly that you are using a high energy, lineal machine, most specifically Vibra-Train in a fully supervised training studio or personal training situation. It is possible to get good results from less intense machines but you might need to double the time on some poses and thus go over the 10 minute training time but not a lot extra.

What Results?

We haven’t asked the necessary question “what results are you looking for?” and “do they line up with the way vibration training works?”  I can honestly say, everyone I train gets a lot stronger.  It’s highly intense muscle strength training in the safest way  (following the IVTRB Safety Program)  that’s shown in the poster above.  Additional results such as fat loss are a bonus that comes with improved muscle strength and increased metabolism.

What do I need to do to make it work for me?

You need to be serious about your training. Actually turning up  regularly for your session is half the answer. Follow the “Golden Rules @ Vibra-Train” as shown above. Eat before you train. Never underestimate the energy requirements needed for this form of training. Holding the positions perfectly – Perfect Position – takes a lot of effort and uses a lot of energy. I’ve just had a lady finish her training and immediately eat a glucose sweet. She told me that even though she does have a banana before her session she feels lightheaded afterwards. She’s serious about her training, she’s not letting it stop her.  She knows her body will get used to this form of training after a few weeks.

It still sounds too little time and too good to be true!

Well, yes, there are ways to sabotage your vibration training session.  So, to add to the “what do I need to make it work for me”, I’ll add these

  • put away your cellphone or turn it to silent. It’s such a distraction that people lose discipline in holding the poses. I’ve seen people trying to squat and text at the same time; of course they lose form, they’ve lost concentration!  If you must take an urgent call, get off the machine and move into the reception desk waiting area, so that others can train without disruption and you aren’t holding up a machine that could be used by another person.
  • if you come in with a friend or colleague or in a group remember what you’re in the studio for – a serious workout. We all enjoy a laugh and being social but put absolute effort into the training positions. You can chat during the anti-cellulite massage (which is for girls only).
  • Don’t chat too much to the Instructor and also don’t let them interrupt you with too much talk. Again there’s a balance and we all like to chat but if you’re time is limited make sure the instructor knows.
  • Feel free to ask questions about the positions or training but don’t argue with the Instructor and then complain that you’ve run out of time. It might take a minute or two extra to show you an alternate position (if you have injury and cannot do a regular pose) or to show you one or two additional/advanced poses to add onto the standard program. Never just decide you’ll do a pose you’ve seen someone else do, just because, well, because you want to!  Not only will the Instructor turn the machine off as soon as they notice but you risk injury – all positions have strict instructions and the instructor will show you, if that pose is right for you.

It’s really all about the Results

and the results are this: females who do regular (two or three times a week) Vibra-Train for a few years get a certain look – it’s the look of a well trained athlete. People ask them what sport they do and how much time they spend in training. Guys get tight, strong muscle and a toned look. I’ve seen people do long gym sessions several times a week for three years and still look exactly the same as when they first started.

Note: This article is based on regular training on a high energy, lineal vibration machine.  Pivotal machines require different programs and times.

 

Should Crossfit Community Clubs and Trainers join REPS NZ?

August 26th, 2014

NOTE:  This is an opinion piece based on my own experience and should be read as such.

Richard Beddie, CEO of Exercise New Zealand has been in the news lately.

He says there’s been a 35% increase in people joining exercise programs in the last five years. This is good news but he’s also been making statements about unregistered Personal Trainers; basically rubbishing them and telling the public not to trust them.

Why?  Because they haven’t taken up membership with the organisation he’s head of, Exercise NZ and REPs (New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals).

He’s been very much getting onto CrossFit and is quoted as saying it’s been responsible for six deaths (he now says was misquoted but hasn’t provided evidence).  He calls all unregistered Trainers “cowboys”.

Again, but Why?  Because he has strongly invited CrossFit Communities (the businesses) and CrossFit Trainers to join up to REPs NZ and basically no-one has joined up.

That same invitation went out to Vibration Training Studios and Instructors, and Pilates Studios and Instructors around 10 years ago and again, no one joined up.  Yet another group not linked to Exercise New Zealand and REPs is Zoomba, although when held in a branded gym, the gym and the trainers might be registered.

What is the reason?

One of the sources of concern is New Zealand’s Accident Compensation Corporation figures that show a big increase in injuries coming from sport and exercise.  NZ’ers love of rugby and football mean these sports feature high in injury figures, followed by the high intensity workout systems of Zumba and CrossFit.

So, for Richard Beddie, the answer is simple –  all personal trainers and fitness instructors must all join up to REPs – become known as “Registered Exercise Professionals”, problem solved!  My answer is the one on the TUI billboards, “Yeah, Right!”

Caught out:

When Beddie was caught out with this statement, “CrossFit has resulted in 6 deaths overseas and rendered an Australian man paraplegic…”

none of which is true, the response from NZ Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) was this:

“With reference to HITT activity REPs position is clear, that ALL individuals delivering this form of exercise must be registered with REPs. This ensures that the individual instructor is appropriately qualified and are bound by a scope of practise which ensures that the exercise delivered is both safe and effective. (June 18, 2014)

Is this a reasonable assumption?

Well it might sound reasonable if it ensured public safety but does that regulation really work?  REPs membership starts with the trainer having passed a course and so is assumed to have a level of competency. In practise that’s no guarantee of anything.

REPs does no checking up on the trainer!

As long as they pay the yearly fees and meet minimum requirements of working in the industry and a few points for attending the conference or short course, they stay all good and registered.

Newly qualified trainers are told – join up, pay your yearly fees and we will provide you with resources, guidelines and the yearly FitEx conference (at a reduced rate, which means nothing in my opinion as conference costs have to be met so the fee is set to meet that).

Gyms and fitness businesses are told they need to be registered (club registration) and then they may ONLY employ REPs NZ registered personal trainers and fitness instructors. There’s a form of blackmail going on there in my opinion. Of course it’s said to be all about competency and public safety.

How do I know anything about this?

My experience was very different to what it looks like to the general public – I’m really disappointed with REPs; I got nothing out of my 5 years membership.

I work for Vibra-Train NZ, a non-registered fitness business, it’s one that will never join Exercise NZ or REPs.  My punishment for working in a non-registered business was that I paid a higher yearly fee (though no one could explain to me why).  As REPs (and what was then known as Fitness NZ) developed its membership scheme I needed to move from provisional membership to full membership.  Then they disallowed one of the academic institutes I’d studied at.

Good, I thought, someone will finally visit me at my workplace and “check” my competency. I’m very proud of what I do and welcomed a visit.

Previously I’d invited (by email) any Fitness NZ person to visit me but was told they don’t have the resource to visit.

This time I thought I’d have to prove my competency but no, again, I was refused. No one would visit.  No one from REPs seemed to care if I followed safe practises when training clients. What I was told was that instead, I just needed to pass a quick online multi-choice test.

Safe training?

So,you see,  that’s the proof of safe training REPs required – none at all!

just the certificates to say I’d passed my courses and then their online test –   but Richard Beddie is pushing the line that only REPs registered instructors are “appropriately qualified and bound by a scope of practise which ensures that the exercise delivered is both safe and effective”.

Something doesn’t add up!

And the only vibration training place that was REPs registered and employed only REPs registered trainers, was owned by an Exercise NZ staffer. The business advertised their registered status as a superiority over other studios but when I visited I was dismayed by, in my opinion, the lack of safe practise and lack of understanding the differences of vibration training to other training methods. Also I heard comments from people who changed over to train with me; there’s no way I would employ any of those REPs registered vibration training instructors.

What is Crossfit?

It’s the in-word in fitness and exercise and it seems that most everyone has an opinion on it – but what is it? 

An explanation in simple terms is it’s a strength and conditioning program, for all ages and abilities, that uses a wide range of extremely challenging and engaging workouts. The aim is to produce overall super fitness; muscular, cardiovascular, coordination and balance, stamina, speed, mental control and more . Each day a different workout (WOD) tests and develops strength in one particular area or function. The workout remains the same for all people with variance in load or workout intensity (and only if really necessary an alternative yet similar workout). Speed is a major component in WOD (this can lead to sloppy form in challenges where speed should not play a part, in my opinion).

With so much involved it’s obvious that Crossfit Instructors have to be very knowledgeable and highly trained.

My message to Crossfit

CROSSFIT people, don’t be bullied into joining REPs.  There’s no way that will make you better or safer trainers.  Richard Beddie thinks he can clean up Crossfit by making you all pay your fees and register.  You’ll even have to retrain if you don’t meet the registration requirements; no matter what your current experience, you’ll need that academic certificate!

But, Crossfit, you do have problems – I’ve watched videos showing terrible practices, certain to cause injury, and pushing people to achieve against all sense and safety.  I have clients who tell me they have done Crossfit and given up because of what they’ve seen or they have friends who have kept on despite getting injuries and then been forced to give up.

You MUST clean up your OWN methods and come down very hard on lazy or undisciplined instructors; get rid of them, they won’t change. Popularity or high advertising budget counts for nothing – get rid of any trainer or company that’s damaging Crossfit’s positive reputation.  The Vibration Training industry has done this, regulated their own; we’ve spoken out loudly against problem operators and those who promised great results but couldn’t possibly deliver as their equipment was too low quality. And we came out hard against unsafe practices.

Crossfit, it’s my opinion that REPs can’t help you do this. No one will come out and test your trainer’s competency or safe practise, or help you regulate within your own method. It seems to me that REPs is all about money, your money – you pay to call yourself registered and then you continue to pay to have your company registered and then each year you continue to pay. Only you can decide if what you get for that money is worth it to your company and your trainers. I decided, for myself, it wasn’t so I didn’t re-register a year ago – and no one from REPs even bothered to ask me why.

 

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

Vibration Training – 2012 – A Good Year

December 31st, 2012

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!

Advice to Vibration Training Instructors – Get Tough – Part 3

July 26th, 2012

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.

 

Vibration Training – Lloyd Shaw’s Six Year Training Results

February 6th, 2012

This post is going to be short – the picture says it all!

Lloyd Shaw Profile Feb 2012

Lloyd Shaw - Vibra-Train - February 2012


For about five years I’ve watched Lloyd Shaw follow the IVTRB Safety Program on Vibra-Train brand vibration machines – three times a week, every week. Well not quite, there’s been a few times he’s taken a break, just a week off, usually just one or two sessions. A short amount of time off any exercise training program is good, it allows the body to completely rest and still growth and gain continues.

I’ve posted a few pics of Lloyd in previous articles, Click here to see them .

Lloyd’s been following the Safety program for six years now. If you clicked through to the older pics you”ll see that Lloyd has lost size  – he no longer carries the bulk he had a year ago. This is an interesting change, he still eats burgers but I think he’s been a little more careful with food quality lately. I rarely see the pizza delivery man at the studio now. Nothing else has changed; Lloyd still eats when he’s hungry – and that’s an important point, he doesn’t overeat. He also doesn’t take supplements or steroids (never has). His protein intake is increased by a serving of pure pasteurized eggwhite (Eggcel) most days along with a few Vitamin C tablets and some Magnesium. He maintains a healthy gut and elimination with a spoonful of a fibre mix.

And this is the result, a slimmer, healthy body, with excellent muscle definition. Body Composition Analysis Machine test results put Lloyd in the highest category for muscle quality. His body fat level absolutely normal, right on the line.

When I think of the owners and marketers of many of the well known vibration machine brands I sometimes wonder what sort of results they are personally getting – from vibration training alone (its the only exercise Lloyd Shaw does).

I could name many who are young to mid aged guys. My challenge is – show us what you’ve got, show us a picture and tell us your program.

Lloyd Shaw’s program – click through to YouTube

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.

Vibration Training – for the rest of your life!

June 23rd, 2011

The title of this article answers the questions:

  • How long do I keep doing this?
  • Can I stop once I’ve achieved my goal?
  • It’s too hard to get to a studio and I’ve lost weight now, so I can stop, right?

It’s something we tell customers when they do their first session; this is training you need to do for the rest of your life.

Why?

It’s the benefits – fitness and strength, circulation improvement, toning and weight control, bone density, hormonal balance, and so much more.

Question MarkWhat other way can we achieve these benefits, safely and effectively, in our 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, and into our 60’s, 70’s and 80’s also.  The oldest customer at the studio I work at is in his mid 80’s and he does exactly the same program as everyone else; in fact he does more. His age and his medical conditions do not in any way stop him.

Some customers come in regularly for many months, even for a few years, and then they stop coming. When asked they give terrible reasons for this; it’s not boredom (they enjoy their sessions), it’s not that they are not challenged enough as they know we always have ways to make the program harder if they really have mastered it, it’s not even the cost.  Sometimes people just decide to do something else (another fitness method) but more often they’ve become lazy and stopped all exercise and come up with excuses like, “I’m too busy now”. I heard this just yesterday, from a 40’s aged woman who works for a corporate just across the road from the studio.  I asked her, what about coming at lunchtime or even in a bathroom break as the basic, (results based) safety program can be completed in just 15 minutes.  She still replied that she really didn’t have time.

Some of the customers who have stopped coming in are personal trainers and fitness instructors who work at the gym up the road and others who have their own small fitness centres close to the Vibra-Train studio.  Some of these even brought in their own clients last year as they realised how much benefit they got from adding vibration training to their prescribed gym programs and in the case of clients with injuries or disabilities they’d learnt that vibration therapy really helps.  Now, they also, tell me they just don’t have time, they are very busy with clients!

I even make that same excuse some days as I do my own training after I finish my shift (which can stretch out many hours longer than my set hours) and after I’ve caught up with personal and business communications and more.  I sometimes feel too tired to train. But I’ve learnt that except the rare times I am truly fatigued it’s very easy to eat a banana (bananas are like secret weapons due to the way they rapidly enter the blood stream, raising sugar levels and energy alike) and Just Do It!

At the supermarket and on the street I sometimes see people who have stopped coming. Very often they don’t look “good”; 30’s – 50’s aged women tend to put on fat, it’s like that last muffin went straight to the hips. Even the fitness people, the trainers look fatter, less toned.  I know they might spend hours lifting weights and running or swimming but I can truthfully say, they looked better when they added in vibration training – for these people it’s the “icing on the cake”, the little extra that piles on additional benefits.

Guys are no exception to this “not looking so good” situation. Some of the guys who start vibration training do so because they’ve given up whatever sport or youth activity they used to be involved in and so they’ve lost muscle strength and gained fat. They spend months getting fit again and then stop – it doesn’t make sense does it because they rapidly de-train and end up looking flabbier than ever.

So, what about this idea – Vibration Training for the rest of your life – is it attainable?

Older Man on Vibration MachineWhat about increasing age and maybe illness? Well if you exercise regularly, you generally get less age related illnesses and you keep your strength and maintain your mobility so yes, you can still train.  If for whatever reason you do become less able there are vibration machines available that allow for this, you would then do vibration therapy which keeps your circulation efficient and maintains bone density and more.

Its personal choice really; go to a vibration studio and train under the supervision of an instructor or you can buy a high quality home machine and use it regularly,

Or you can, as so many do, use vibration training to get fit and strong, then go into “cruise mode” and stop attending sessions, or if you have a home machine sell it on so someone else can benefit. You can pretend you are so strong that you don’t need to exercise anymore but the truth will catch up with you quite quickly –

You need to keep training for the rest of your life!

If you really don’t like using a vibration machine then find a fitness method that you enjoy and that works for you; something you are happy to keep doing every week of your life.