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Real Life Nutrition Questions Answered

Real Life Fitness Questions Answered

Emma Brown
Nutritionist

Janet Aylott
Nutritionist

Kelly Marshall
Fitness Consultant

Q.

Do you burn calories with vibration machines?

Hi, Do you actually use any calories on these machines and if so how many? Is there any benefit in using them? Thanks

A.

Our expert says...

Hi,

 The current research, of which there is a limited amount published, talks about weight loss through the effects of enhanced muscles activation, and metabolic rate through the training exercises done on the vibration machine but avoids commenting on actual calories burned.

This, I think, relates to the fact that what exercises someone does on a vibration plate can be so varied in terms of demand and intensity that it is hard to assign a general calorie figure to it, I.e. one person merely standing and holding static positions on it compared to someone who is performing strict lunges, squats, press ups etc. Therefore it would be equivalent to and as inaccurate as giving a calorie figure for using the gym.

Research is effectively supporting the following benefits of vibration training which are vast and include:

Increased muscle tone and firmness

Increased muscular strength

Increase your basal metabolic rate

Reduce back and joint pain

Increased flexibility and range of motion

Relieve muscle tension

Body reshaping

Increased sense of well being

Increased blood circulation and lymphatic drainage (increasing the body’s ability to carry away toxins)

Enhance bone density and bone building (helping to treat and fight Osteoporosis)

Boost your body’s natural collagen production for improved skin texture

Reduce the appearance of cellulite and burn fat

Improved posture

I did find a figure from a web article from a site: www.awholebodyvibration .com that stated using vibration technology could burn between 500-700 calories per hour. It seems to me that the potential for fat-burning with a vibration training machine has to do with the "after-burn" - the energy that is burned after the session. However, I think that if you were using a vibration machine with movement exercises, i.e. lunges, squats, press ups and so on, then a figure of around 400-500 calories could be realistic given the science regarding the increased body temp, circulation and muscle activation through the mechanism of vibration.

I would stress though, that research is limited into the long term effects of vibration technology and research has already clearly shown that overuse can and does occur. I personally wouldn’t recommend anyone to use vibration technology more than 3 times a week and for no more than 25minutes at a time at the MOST! Also, it would be safer and more effective on the body if it is phased in and out of training and not used continuously! Moderation and variety are VERY appropriate words for most things in life and also effectively apply to vibration technology!

Hope this helps

Kelly

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