Thursday, 23 January 2014

How to make sure you buy the best vibration machine?

You decided to get a high quality vibration exercise machine and saved enough money to buy the best vibration machine available on the market. Yet, you’re not sure how much you should be spending on the device, as prices vary greatly when it comes to fitness equipment, and whole body vibration platforms make no exception.

Even if budget is not a concern for you, it’s still not worth paying more than necessary on a vibration machine, when you can get the same results – or even better – for a much lower price.

Yes, you heard me right: a vibration machine with an accessible price can provide the same results as a more expensive one, as it’s not the price that counts when it comes to working your muscles, reshaping your body or helping you regain your flexibility and balance.

A WBV platform should be able to provide an acceleration or force that’s high enough to stimulate your body and increase the load on muscles during the exercises, and should work at a frequency that forces your body to work harder in order to maintain its balance.

How to buy the best vibration machine

As you can easily guess, to make sure you get the best value for your money, you should check for two main parameters: the acceleration and the frequency. I cannot stress enough how important these are in a vibration machine, as unless the muscles are thoroughly worked and the load on your body is high enough, you’re practically getting a nice massage, but not an effective workout, when using the machine.

Some of the very expensive WBV platforms deliver the optimum frequency and acceleration, taking you to over 20 Hz and 10 G, which is 10 times the Earth’s gravity. Imagine yourself doing your regular workouts while wearing a strange suit that increases your body weight 10 times! That’s what a WBV machine does, and if you want a powerful device, you have to pay a good amount of money, in most cases.

Still, there are some machines able to deliver the same parameters as the more expensive ones (20 Hz to 45 Hz, and at least 10G), but cost under $3000. Sounds too good to be true? I had the chance to test such a machine and I can tell you, it’s a great deal and a great replacement for strength workouts, if you’re not the type who lifts heavy weights at the gym on a daily basis.
Then, to make sure you get a high quality vibration exercise machine, you should check its engine, as just like treadmills, these pieces of fitness equipment can deliver very different performances, even if they look similar. A powerful machine requires a powerful engine, and a powerful engine means more noise and a heavier device. So make sure to keep these in mind when preparing the place where the WBV platform will be stored.

And last, to get the best deal, make sure to look for a platform that looks comfortable and has an ergonomic design, as you’ll be using it very often – on a daily basis, ideally, so you’ll want your body to feel comfortable while doing the exercises.

Summary: With all the models available on the market, getting a high quality vibration exercise machine shouldn’t be too difficult. Still, if you want to make sure you buy the best vibration machine out there, you should opt for one that delivers at least 10G of acceleration, works at a frequency of 20 Hz to 45 Hz and has a strong engine and an ergonomic design.