Oscillating vibration platforms are on the way back! After a run of success, especially with the Power Plate (one of the first platforms launched on the market), vibrating platforms have been gradually making way for other technologies. But today they are back in the limelight, set to leave the fitness studio and come into your home. Let’s take a look at the features of a vibrating platform.
A vibrating platform (also called a vibrating plate) is a fitness device measuring between 1.50m and 2m and consisting of a handle with grips and a vibrating plate. This plate emits vibrations and carries out gentle movements of a relatively small magnitude.
These vibrations have the effect of contracting and relaxing the muscles very quickly, much more so than an intensive session of physical exercise. Indeed, 10 minutes of exercise on an oscillating vibration platform corresponds to an hour of normal physical activity.
Vibrating plates are designed for a wide audience. This is because they can have numerous advantages for anyone. Whether you are a top level athlete wanting to maintain your physique or a beginner who doesn’t do any sport, whether you want to lose weight or improve your physical condition, the oscillating vibration platform really is suitable for athletes of every level - and of every age! And that can only be good news.
But be aware that, in certain cases, a vibrating platform is not advised - especially for pregnant women, and people suffering from cardiovascular disease, epilepsy or bad migraines. Check with your doctor before buying an oscillating or vibrating platform and starting to exercise.
The oscillating or vibrating platform will target different muscle groups depending on the position chosen and the body area placed on the machine. Hence you will carry out different exercises and position yourself on the platform differently according to the part of the body you want to strengthen.
The vibrating platform will then influence various factors:
But remember that this is about muscle toning - the vibrating plate doesn’t enhance your physical or cardiovascular condition.
The vibrating platform will act effectively on subcutaneous layers of fat - cellulite. This is because the number of vibrations enables the vibrating plate to generate significant lymphatic drainage. So the difference will be seen in terms of centimetres and the quality of your skin. Add to that a balanced diet and you have lasting results.
The term “vibrating platform” often covers both vibrating and oscillating plates, so this needs to be considered when you are buying your device.
The difference between these two types of platform is in the way the device functions. With oscillating platforms, the vibrating plate oscillates from side to side around a central axis. The movement thus reproduces the action of walking. With vibrating platforms, the plate goes up and down on a vertical axis.
The effects are therefore slightly different. The oscillating platform is better if you want to lose weight, whereas the vibrating platform is better for muscle toning.
This means that you should choose either a vibrating platform or an oscillating platform depending on your objectives.
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