LifeSpan Fitness Vibration Trainer
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Three-Way Vibration: Up and Down, Side to Side, Front to Back (20) Levels of intensity (5) Preset Time Periods 1.2 Continuous Duty Horsepower Motor 300 lb User Weight Warranty: 5 years frame, 1 year parts and 1 year labor 2008 TOP GEAR OF THE YEAR winner from ShapeYou Featured in the LA Times, Health Magazine and Treadmill Professor
Vibration training is relatively new to the fitness industry but the technology was developed in the 1960s for Russian cosmonauts to prevent muscle atrophy and loss of bone density due to the lack of gravity in space. This proven technology is now used by elite athletes, those rehabilitating from an injury, senior fitness enthusiasts and those interested in expanding their exercise regiment to take advantage of the health benefits achieved by using whole body vibration therapy.
Whole body vibration therapy is an excellent complement to traditional cardiovascular exercise and strength training. It is beneficial for seniors. Benefits of using a vibration trainer include:
- Improved Muscle Strength
- Improved Flexibility and Joint Range of Motion
- Improved Balance and Mobility
- Increased Bone Density
- Improved Hormone Levels
Whole body vibration is achieved by being on a platform that vibrates at a high frequency, causing your muscles to contract and stretch to maintain balance without your brain being actively involved. The rapid involuntary reflex intensifies even the simplest exercises. This fast repetition of your muscles reacting along with the controlled low impact to the bones creates the growth and strength.
The primary use of a vibration trainer requires that you simply stand on the vibration platform in proper position while the vibration plate moves. Duration and frequency are important elements to consider in using a vibration trainer. If you're physically fit, whole body vibration exercise sessions should last no more than 15 minutes. If you're just beginning an exercise program, limit your time to 10 minutes per session. Whole body vibration therapy should be used 2-3 times a week to supplement your cardiovascular workouts, with adequate time in-between sessions to recuperate. A simple and quick whole body vibration therapy workout on the LifeSpan VP1000 can be a very effective one.
In addition to standing in an upright position, there are many other uses of the LifeSpan Vibration Trainer to increase your physical activity and improve your strength. The images that follow illustrate these uses which include calf stretch, lunges, squats, pushups, sit-up twist and tricep dips.