NBC5i.com had an (advertising?) feature titled “Good Vibrations Help Tone Muscle, Melt Fat”.
“Power Plates” vibration machines move your body in three different directions as you stand on a vibrating platform and hold a vibrating handle. The result is muscle strength, flexibility and bone loss prevention.
By holding poses for up to a minute, ‘”You can get a total workout in 15 to 30 minutes,” personal trainer Kay Smith said.
15 Minute Vibration Muscle Toning?
That sounds pretty good – a “total” workout in 15-30 minutes. The personal trainer goes on to say that “You’d have to do about an 850-pound squat to get your muscles to work as deeply.” There are few people who could squat that kind of weight – only the top powerlifters.
The article links to a study showing the benefits of the machine. However upon reading the abstract of this study – the actual health improvements are improved gait and body balance in elderly people.
So what’s the point of this post?
There are many machines and gadgets that do offer some kind of health benefit for some people – however these benefits are grossly exaggerated.
I find it difficult to believe that standing on vibrating exercise machine will tone muscle or “melt fat”. I find it even more difficult to believe that it can be compared to an 800 pound squat.