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Vibration Exercise

The space race between the Soviets and the U.S. powered research and continuing work in many new areas. The Russians quickly discovered that being exposed to zero-gravity conditions in space brought about severe deterioration of bone density and muscle tone. The concept of people encountering something resembling the force of gravity while in space is how the concept of whole body vibration exercise came about. (You may have already encountered this already. If you’ve ever been in a boat which was moving fast; taken the waves and mini-jumps with your legs, then realised how over-worked your leg muscles were, even if “all you did was stand there”, then you’ve experienced vibrational forces at work on your legs.) The Soviets furthered the development of whole body vibration exercise for their cosmonauts The USSR space program made use of Whole Body vibration in an attempt to simulate weight bearing loads for their cosmonauts while exercising and rehabbing before, during, and after trips in outer space. Adding Whole Body vibration exercise in zero-gravity conditions was something which worked to mimic the forces of gravity when there wasn’t any. Cosmonauts used whole body vibration devices to retain bone mineral density and muscle tone. Instead of being too weak to simply walk upon returning from space, the Soviet cosmonauts were finding their way back from outer space in almost identical condition as when they left.

Whole body vibration exercise machines have been popular with the high end fitness clubs in Europe for a couple of decades, but have only crossed to the US during the past few years. At first they came only to our top end athletic clubs, because the cost of those machines was way too high for the average household. lately, because of the growing intrest in the concept, many more companies have began making them, and the price has dropped to within the normal person’s reach. With that being said, you can always find one which costs too little, which means that the company that built it needed to cut far too many corners to get the cost down. You will find things such as an under-powered motor, slower vibrational rates, fewer directions of vibration, etc. As with all things, you usually get what you pay for.

The whole body vibration exercise equipment has a base which has an large motor built-in. You stand on as it vibrates, making your body sense that it’s beginning to lose balance, this will cause your muscle groups to tense up from 7-28 times each second in an attempt to “get back” that feeling of balance. The vibrations from the machine also enhance the release of regenerative and repair hormones, enhance the blood circulation in skin and muscle groups, improve bone tissue, enhance lymph drainage, burn off fat, and enhance your metabolism.