Vibration Plate Training uses hundreds of vibrations per minute to stimulate the muscles throughout the body, as the client struggles against the vibration. This muscle stimulation extends to the finer muscles throughout the body (which are often not addressed in conventional exercise). This repeated muscle activation increases the strength of nerve impulses to improve the use and function of muscle, and the continuous contractions forced by the vibration improve oxygen delivery to muscles, and flush the lymph system of waste products. At the same time, the motion of the machine places tiny stressors on the skeletal system, which tells the body to activate bone growth cells and increase HGH, which both contribute to bone density and muscle formation and loss of belly fat (visceral fat).
Typically clients stand on a vibrating plate or platform, where the amount of vibration can be adjusted higher or lower, depending on the desired results. Activities on the vibration plate can range from simply standing, to using resistance bands, dumbbells, TRX straps, or kettlebells to boost results. Vibration plate training can also be useful in stretching routines and yoga routines, or can incorporate barre and pilates moves.
Because the biological processes created by vibration plate training are similar to the effects produced by explosive power training or high intensity interval training (HIIT), it is a safe alternative for those who can’t tolerate such high impact activity, but still want the benefits. At the same time, studies with athletes have shown that vibration plate training leads to better performance, because of the increase in muscle glycogen, which results in increased endurance for very intense activities.
Watch this profile on NBC Los Angeles’ “California Live” featuring a popular Vibration Plate studio on the West Coast to see it in action!