Vibration Platform Machine Buyers Guide

Vibration platform machine buyers guide for vibration platform machines with handrails helps you understand what to look for in these machines. Also, this vibration platform machine buyers guide is used in conjunction with vibration platform machine frequently asked questions to provide additional insight.

Acceleration

First, lineal vibrations are heavily impacted by acceleration.  Incidentally, acceleration is measured in units of gravity.  And, the greater the acceleration, the more gravity becomes a factor in causing your body to work harder. 

By the way, it is medically documented that extremely high G-Forces are not good for the body. In fact, there is plenty of evidence that relatively high peak G-Force levels can be severely damaging if they are at the resonant frequency of your organs and connective tissues. Also, these high G-Forces can lead to irreversible damage to soft tissue, possibly harm kidneys, damage joints, cause brain injury, and detach retinas. Lastly, there is even a chance of fatality.

Therefore, it is important to use a vibration machine capable of delivering only between 2 to 4 G-Force. Incidentally, most average people may find a 5 G-Force challenging.

Accessories

Second, vibration machines with resistance bands or straps allow you to get an upper body workout.  Also, some machines have the option of adding mats on top of the vibrating platform to reduce the intensity of a workout.  By the way, these mats may be useful for beginners. Lastly, some machines have connectivity features like MP3, USB, Bluetooth, others.

Amplitude

Third, amplitude is the distance the platform travels from its lowest position to its highest position.  Meanwhile, amplitude is measured in millimeters. And, typically, amplitude ranges from one to ten millimeters.  For example, an amplitude of 3 millimeters means the platform moves 3 millimeters from one position to the other.  Also, the higher the amplitude the more intense the workout.

Furthermore, on a side to side oscillating platform, there is one way to adjust the amplitude. And, that is to move your feet closer to or further away from the center or fulcrum of the platform. Indeed, the further away your feet are from the center, the higher the amplitude and stronger the impact.

Display

Fourth, a LED display allows you to track your workout time, vibration speed, heart rate, and calories expended.

Frequency

Fifth, frequency is the rate at which the platform moves side to side or teeter totter as in a seesaw, up and down vertically, or side to side horizontally. Incidentally, frequency is measured in Hertz. So, a 60 hertz platform will move side to side or up and down 60 times in one second. By and large, a platform typically vibrates at a frequency of 15 to 70 hertz.

Now, lineal platforms typically move up and down at frequencies in the 30 – 70 hertz range. While pivotal platforms typically move side to side at frequencies in the 5 to 30 hertz range. Incidentally, a frequency range of 4-12 hertz is great for recovering from injuries, toning muscles, and losing a few pounds.

Handrails or Column

Next, there are two types of vibration platform machines: one with handrails or column and the other without.  Now, machines with handrails have a raised console. Most of all, the handrails help older adults, the elderly, those with limited mobility, and others with balance issues, to support themselves and maintain balance. In addition, since they are standing on the platform, the raised console enables the user to easily do the following.

First, easily see the display.

Second, start or stop the machine.

Third, change the speed.

Fourth, change the workout program.

Finally, view the heart rate, speed, and time spent on the machine.

On the other hand, if they were using a platform without a raised console or a remote controller, they would have to bend over to use the console. 

Next, machines with handrails allow you to do workouts such as squats and many others where holding the handrails help you maintain balance. However, machines with handrails are, generally, not convenient to easily move. So, they are used in a relatively fixed desirable location.

Motor Capacity

Now, a motor with higher horsepower or watts means it can be used by heavier users. Also, it can deliver power to vibrate a platform with greater amplitude, generate more G-Forces, and higher frequencies.

In addition, a high capacity motor is also quieter than a smaller one because it doesn’t have to work so hard to deliver power.  By the way, motors used in whole body vibration machines usually range from 300 to 2200 watts (0.4 to 3 HP).

Furthermore, some machines have more than one motor. Consequently, the vibration machine can provide multiple types of movements. For example, it can provide both pivotal or side to side oscillations as well as lineal or up/down vibrations. As a result, you get the benefits of both types of vibrations.

Noise

Next, look for a whole body vibration machine that runs quietly. Noisy machines, can, not only make your experience suffer, but also disturb others around you.

Platform Size

Meanwhile, a large vibrating platform provides added space which allows for a greater range of exercises to be performed.  But, a large platform also negatively effects the acceleration and frequency.  Lastly, a large platform requires a larger motor to operate properly.

Programs

By and large, vibration platform machines usually come with their own workout programs.  Moreover, these are specifically designed workouts that control the machine and automatically alter the settings. Consequently, they save you the effort of having to press buttons.

Remote Control

Now, a remote control offers a convenient way to adjust vibration parameters like speed, amplitude, workout time, and preset programs. Incidentally, a remote control is not necessary for vibration machines with handrails.

Speed

Next, the speed also determines the intensity of your workout. By the way, the higher the speed setting, the less you benefit from it.  So, if you are a beginner or if you want a massage, the speed settings should be in the higher ranges.  Meanwhile, if you are an intermediate user, the speed setting should be in the middle range. Lastly, if you are an advanced user, the speed setting should be in the lower ranges. Indeed, the lower speed setting is better for exercising muscles and body.

By the way, speeds less than ten are best for lymphatic drainage.

Vibrations

Most of all, vibration platform machines can deliver several types of vibrations, including pivotal or teeter totter and lineal or up and down or horizontally.

Now, pivotal platforms pivot around a central point, which closely mimics a walking motion: with one foot rising and the other falling.  Moreover, the body moves side to side. Meanwhile, pivotal oscillations are characterized by their frequency, amplitude, and somewhat by acceleration.

Lastly, lineal platforms make the platform vibrate in one direction: either vertically or horizontally.  Moreover, lineal machines have a higher impact because both sides of your body go up and down or side to side simultaneously. Meanwhile, lineal vibrations are characterized by their frequency, amplitude, and acceleration.

Warranty

Next, low end vibration platform machines may not come with any warranty.  While, some may come with a one-year warranty.  And, others, may even come with a lifetime warranty.

Weight Capacity

Finally, it’s important to select vibration platform machines that can support your weight. If they can’t the motor gets overloaded. Consequently, it may not work as long as one which is not overloaded. Incidentally, machines with higher horse power (or HP) generally support higher weight and vice versa.