Better Health Through Seismic Disturbance
by Rhian Hunt
When I first began to investigate the latest exercise technologies, I never thought that simply standing on a vibrating surface would offer any kind of health benefit or fitness workout – but my first impression soon gave way to an amazing discovery.
Vibration Plate Theory – Do Vibration Plates Work?
Vibration actually causes every muscle in the body to work, flexing rapidly in tiny amounts in order to keep the body balanced and upright despite the vibrating surface underfoot.
The principle can be observed in a crude form while driving. Skimming along a smooth road in a comfortable car can be relaxing, while rattling along over potholes and washboard back roads leaves the muscles feeling tired at the end of the trip, because of these constant automatic adjustments to muscular position.
Where Did My Research Take Me
A much more controlled, civilized form of exercise through vibration is offered by vibration exercisers such as the Lifespan Fitness VP-1000 Vibration Plate, whose sturdy design, variable dual-motion action, and versatility make it either a method of exercise on its own, or as a way to increase the effectiveness of ordinary exercises. I was struck by the innovative concept and varied uses of this apparently simple device – a machine which has something to offer to both the young and old who are trying to increase their fitness. Originally developed for Soviet cosmonauts, the device is now available for civilian use throughout the world. The Power Plate’s manufacturers claim that, if you stand on the machine’s vibrating plates for 10 minutes a day three times a week, you will lose weight.
Tell Me More About Exercise with Vibration
Somewhat resembling the upright scale found in a doctor’s office, with a pair of handles attached near the summit of its upright portion, the Lifespan VP-1000 is a space-saving exercise machine that will fit into nearly any spot in the house with a few square feet of open floor space. The core of the Vibration Plate is its platform – a 15 inch by 23 inch surface which vibrates rapidly when switched on. The platform moves up and down, side to side, and forward and backward at the same time, thanks to two sets of coordinated pivots. The handles provide the user with something to hold onto while they catch their balance on the machine.
The Lifespan Fitness VP-1000 Vibration Plate can be used in two different ways – either actively or passively.
Passive use of the plate involves simply standing on the surface, and letting the vibrations subtly work out the muscles throughout your body, as they shift constantly to keep you in balance. This is probably the best method for those who are just beginning to use the system and who do not yet have their ‘sea legs,’ for the elderly and somewhat infirm, and for invalids using the Vibration Plate to regain muscle tone after a prolonged illness or hospital stay.
Active use of the Vibration Plate involves standing or resting the hands on the machine while performing other exercises, such as deep-knee bends, push-ups, calf raises, twists, lunges, tricep dips, and so on. The vibrations augment the effects of the regular exercises, making more muscles work and increasing the thoroughness of muscular involvement in each action. This is generally considered to be best for fit, muscular users or those familiar and comfortable with the machine.
What Features Does the VP-1000 Vibration Plate Offer?
To give the necessary versatility to the Lifespan Fitness VP-1000 for it to match the needs of a wide range of different potential users, the machine includes a number of features to increase its utility and allow the user to adjust the strength of the vibration.
The vibration intensity has 20 settings available, which range from a gentle trembling to a vigorous rocking and rolling motion which one user, Samuel Chell, likened to a ride on a frisky pony.
The 1.2 horsepower motor can accommodate users of up 300 pounds, while 5 preset workout sequences are also built in.
The machine comes with a five-year warranty on the frame, and a one-year warranty on parts – the latter also including labor, which is a very important consideration when a motor may need lengthy repairs in the event of a malfunction.
Health Benefits Of Vibration Plate Exercise
Giving a ‘detailed’ workout to the muscles through thousands of tiny reflex reactions, or amplifying the effects of ordinary exercise moves in the same way, is only the most obvious of the Lifespan Fitness VP-1000 Vibration Plate’s beneficial effects. Studies have shown that the low-level ‘impacts’ of the vibrations may stimulate bone growth, increasing bone thickness and density – an especially useful detail for elderly users. Balance is increased, and the flexibility of joints in enhanced as well.
You should bear in mind, however, that the Vibration Plate ought to be used in moderation – the manufacturer recommends no more than 3 times per week, with sessions lasting from 10 to 15 minutes depending on the user’s level of fitness.
Pregnant women and those with serious intestinal diseases (which make the innards extremely sensitive to vibration) should probably avoid use of the Vibration Plate. For nearly every other type of user, however, the Lifespan Fitness VP-1000 offers a unique way to work out the muscles using their own reflexes, increase bone strength, and improve circulation and balance.
Assembly and More Versatility
The Lifespan Fitness VP-1000 requires some assembly, and in fact comes in two parts, but it can be placed in many areas of the house thanks to a small but very useful special feature. The base is mounted on adjustable legs which allow the vibration machine to remain stable and firm even on unevenly-surfaced floors. This also means that the machine is quiet while running, since it sits solidly in place and does not rattle against the floor because of shaking back and forth, as a flat-bottomed device might.
Where Can I Get the Best Price?
I have searched through the Internet looking for the best deals on the VP-1000 Vibration Plate, and the best price (as well as the fastest shipping) I have found has been Amazon.