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:
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
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.
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.
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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