What is Whole Body Vibration

What is Whole body Vibration?

Whole body vibration is a revolutionary form of low-impact exercise that promotes health and fitness allowing you to get a full body workout with less time and effort. Mimicking the human gait and stimulating both fast twitch muscles and slow twitch muscles simultaneously stretching, strengthening and toning the supportive muscles of the body.

Using gravitational force to trick the body into thinking it is walking very quickly by alternating the body’s weight from side to side up to 30 times per second.  This side to side motion causes the reflexive muscles contract and stretch, stimulating muscles and increasing oxygen & nutrient rich blood to all muscles diminishes chronic pain associated with muscle atrophy.

The applied gravitational force of whole body vibration also improves bone density.  Just as infants strengthen their bodies by resisting the force of gravity by first sitting up, then crawling and eventually walking.  The more our bodies are forced to resist gravity like in walking the stronger our bones must be to support us and our body’s respond in kind.

As we get older we visibly see how gravity breaks down our muscle and bone.  We see it when we get up in the morning and watch our saggy parts race to the floor.

Everyone has heard the old saying, if you don’t use it, you lose it.  This is very true in human mobility and independence as we age.  Common degenerative diseases and conditions can occur accelerating the aging process and diminishing muscle and bone mass.  As a sedentary culture gravity resistance is greatly reduced and because we don’t continually use our weight bearing muscles and bones we are more susceptible to fractures and falls in our elder years.

How does vibration work?  Our bodies are designed to respond to the gravitational force of earth which equals 1 g-force (1G).  The force of gravity is dependent the mass or weight of a body.  Strength is the human body’s response to gravitational force placed on the body.  We increase gravitational force on the body through acceleration or vibration.  Newton’s law states that force is equal to mass multiplied by acceleration.  So whole body vibration is an isometric exercise that uses your own body weight to increase force on the body for improved strength.

The Maxxus Core Vibe 9 uses Pivotal Vibration or Oscillation Vibration. 

Pivotal Vibration

Pivotal (sometime called “Oscillation”) machines have the highest amplitude of all whole body vibration machines. The Maxxus CoreVibe 9 platform moves in a seesaw motion, wherein one side of the vibration plate moves upwards as the opposing side moves downwards, and vice versa. This type of vibration is very similar to the stimulation the body receives from walking or running. Because this type of vibration can achieve greater amplitude, it can allow for greater muscle stimulation (especially at high frequencies). The Maxxus Core Vibe 9 was designed to provide the full spectrum of vibration muscle stimulation by providing a manual frequency range of True 6-28Hz at 8mm amplitude to maximize your health goals.  Pivotal vibration machines are considered the most beneficial because the frequency range can be set for specific health benefits.  People find the stretch-reflex inducing vibration found in the Maxxus CoreVibe 9 most comfortable as it simulates walking as muscles are activated alternately. This is by far the most popular type of vibrating machine and is widely used by trainers and doctors across the USA. This type of vibrating fitness machine is suitable for all ages and health levels.


The Chart below is a guide to vibration benefits by frequency

Vibration Frequency (Hz)

Proven Health Benefits

6-8 Hz

Balance & Stability

9-14 Hz

Muscle Relaxation

Blood Circulation

Improves Digestion

Lymphatic Drainage

Injury and Joint Rehabilitation

Improved joint mobility

Improved flexiblity

Pain Relief Associated with Muscle Atrophy

Improved Metabolic Performance


15-22 Hz

Build Structural Muscle Strength

Improved Co-ordination

Improved explosive strength

Eliminate Stress Incontinence

Relieve chronic back pain

Significantly Reduce and  Strengthen Post-Partum baby belly

Pain relief from collapsed abdominal muscles (diastasis rectus abdominus)

23-28 Hz

Large Supportive Muscle Building

Improved Muscle Tone

Increased Bone Density

Activates fast twitch muscles with g Force for explosive athletic training

Increased Neural firing

Increased Endorphin Production, norepinephrine and serotonin. Chemicals in the brain known to fight depression and improve sleep.

The Maxxus CoreVibe 9 Whole Body Vibration (WBV) Machine is the exercise tool to help improve your overall heath and well being. The vibrating platform sends impulse from your feet up to the rest of your body, resulting in whole body muscle stimulation and improved strength and flexibility. Customize your workout by choosing from the Balance Relax, Toning Strength, Advanced Training and Intense message from the computerized console. Use the exercise straps with the vibrating platform for an upper body workout. Feel the difference in your balance, coordination, blood circulation, muscle strength and flexibility when using the Maxxus Whole Body Vibration Machine.

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New trends in training science: The use of vibrations for enhancing performance.  (C. Bosco et al – New Stud Athletics 1999)

Adaptive responses of human skeletal muscle to vibration exposure.  (C. Bosco et al – Clinical Physiology, 1999)

Acute Whole Body Vibration Training increases vertical jump and flexibility performance in elite female hockey players. (D.J. Cochrane, S.R. Stannard – British Medical Journal, 2005)

Human skeletal muscle structure and function preserved by Vibration muscle exercise following 55 days of bed rest. (D. Blotner et al – European Journal of Applied Physiology, 2006)

High-frequency Vibration Training increases muscle power in postmenopausal women.  (C.R. Russo et al – Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2003)

Whole Body Vibration exercise leads to alterations in muscle blood volume.  (K KErschan – Dschindl et al Clinical Physiology, 2001)

Effects of Whole Body Vibration training on cardio respiratory fitness and muscle strength in older individuals (a 1-year randomised controlled trial). (A.C. Bogaerts; C. Delecluse; A.L. Claessens; T. Troosters; S. Boonen; S.M. Verschueren – Age & Ageing, 2009)

Whole Body Vibration exercise in elderly people.  (T. Akiyama, J. Kawanishi, H. Norimatsu – IBMS-JSBMR. P506F, 2003)

Effects of Vibration Exercise on Muscle Performance and Mobility in an Older Population.  (S. Rees et al – Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 2007)

Whole-Body-Vibration Training Increases Knee-Extension Strength and Speed of Movement in Older Women.  (M. Roelants et al – Journal of the American Geriatrics society, 2004)

Impact of Whole-Body Vibration Training versus Fitness Training on Muscle Strength and Muscle Mass in Older Men:  A 1-Year Randomized Controlled Trial. (A. Bogaerts et al – The Journal of Gerontology, 2006)

Metabolic Study, Oct-Nov 2003. Bonner Physical Therapy, 2003

www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Metabolism_explained.  (Better Health Channel, Department of Health, Victorian Government, 2011)

Treatment of chronic lower back pain with lumbar extension and whole body vibration exercise: a randomised controlled trial (J. Rittweger, et al; Spine, 2002)

Anti Cellulite Untersuchung. (H. Frank – Sanaderm, 2 – 003).

Acute whole body vibration training increases vertical jump and flexibility performance in elite female field hockey players. (C. DJ et al. – British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2005)

Effect of five weeks of whole body vibration training on speed, power and flexibility. (K. Cole et al – Journal of the American Kinesiotherapy Association, 2010)

Comparing the effects of various whole-body vibration accelerations on Counter-movement jump performance.  (D. Bazett-Jones et al – Journal of Sports Science and Medicine,2008)

The effect of whole body vibration on lower extremity skin blood flow in normal subjects.  (E.B. Lohman, J.S. Petrofsky, C. Maloney-Hinds, H. Betts-Schwab, D. Thorpe – Lorna Linda University, CA, USA)

Click on the link below to view 392 Clinical Studies and Peer Papers on Whole BodyVibration: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/collections/public/1NuZ7SbxrHCDSbwlhAOkOr0AV/

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