3 myths about vibration machines

There’s a lot of controversy surrounding vibration machines, partially because these fitness tools are a strong competitor for conventional gym equipment, and people are starting to learn about the benefits of exercising on a vibration machine.

Although initially lots of the producing companies have marketed their vibrating platforms as weight loss tools, it’s been proven that not all WBV devices are capable of providing significant results in terms of body composition and fat loss.

Moreover, studies have shown that the benefits of vibration machines are not limited to changes in body weight and body fat percentage; these devices have been proven to exert positive effects on muscle strength and bone density, on flexibility, posture and balance, on blood and lymph circulation, and have been shown to be efficient in lowering blood pressure, blood sugar levels and cortisol production.

But despite all the studies available out there, there are still false commercials about vibration training, and companies that misinform, so let’s take a look at three of the most common myths about vibration machines.

1. Vibration machine exercises have the same effects as occupational WBV

This statement is false. Occupational whole body vibration is harmful, but vibration training is a completely different thing, as it’s done in a controlled environment with frequency values that were proven to be safe for humans, and for a short time interval – 10-15 minutes per session.

Occupational vibration is cumulative over time, while exercising on a vibrating platform lacks this characteristic, as the frequencies used for this form of physical activity represent the resonance frequencies of the internal organs. Most of the studies done on WBV showed that this form of workout has no side effects when practiced correctly.

2. Vibrating platforms are not safe for the elderly

This is also false. If you have the curiosity to do your own research, you’ll find dozens of studies done on older people, all of them showing that vibration machines are absolutely safe and beneficial for the elderly. People with weak muscles and bones can benefit from this form of training, as unlike conventional exercises, vibration workouts are a low impact activity that minimizes the risk of fractures and improves one’s strength.

Moreover, WBV was proven to improve the flexibility and balance of older people, to help in regulating blood pressure and to speed up the recovery after various injuries. Vibration machine exercises were proven to be safe even for people with implants and for those undergoing rehabilitation programs for chronic conditions.

3. Vibration machines can impair circulation

Lots of people avoid vibration training because they think WBV platforms have negative effects on blood flow and blood pressure, but research has shown that this form of workout is actually beneficial and very effective in stimulating the circulation of blood and lymph. By increasing circulation and lymphatic drainage, vibration machine exercises contribute to faster recovery from injuries, decreased water retention and improved delivery of nutrients and oxygen to tissues.


Body Vibration Machines or Weights – What Should I Choose?

Body vibration machines became more popular after celebrities like Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams admitted they use vibration platforms as part of their training routine. Yet, these fitness tools aren’t designed only for athletes who want to improve their sport performance – anyone who wants to improve their health state can use a vibration machine for daily workouts.

Still, keep in mind that not all WBV platforms are equal, and some of the cheapest models on the market are of really poor quality. Perhaps this is why so many people say they failed in achieving results after using a WBV platform – like with any other fitness tool, unless you’re willing to invest in a more professional piece of equipment, you might not get the best of the best.

But how can I know that these machines aren’t just another scam? Why should I pay for a vibration machine instead of a multifunctional fitness machine for example? Are these tools really the best deal?

Why body vibration machines are excellent tools for home workouts

Let’s assume you’re not the type of person who likes hitting the gym daily, or simply that you don’t have the time for gym sessions on a regular basis. But you do want to work out, preferably in the intimacy of your home. The options that you have are to either perform a personalized program created by you, or to do some exercises based on fitness DVDs.

If you want to work your muscles thoroughly, you’ll need to invest in some dumbbells, ankle weights, perhaps a bench for abs exercises and so on. Surely, you can achieve amazing results with bodyweight exercises alone, but if your purpose is to strengthen your muscles and get more definition and a better tone, heavier loads usually work better.

Unlike free weights, a whole body vibration machine does a lot more for your body than strengthening your muscles: you can use the fitness device for massage and relaxation, for stretching your tired and sore muscles after a workout or a day at the office, for improving your blood and lymph flow and accelerating the removal of excess water and toxins from the body.

A WBV platform can be used for rehabilitation exercises, for working the legs, upper body and core area, for relieving the tension and improving your mood, concentration and well-being. It’s more than a machine for strength exercises: it works very well in training the heart as well, as it makes it pump faster. Still, it won’t replace a cardio workouts, so you’ll still have to do your weekly running or cardio exercises. But all in all, it’s a multifunctional device whose benefits go well beyond muscle strengthening.


If you’re thinking about buying a WBV platform but you’re not convinced that body vibration machines are better than weight machines for strength workouts at home, you should analyze the additional benefits a vibration machine provides, besides making your muscles leaner and stronger.