Health Club Management September 2017

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Whole body vibration machines seldom take centre stage in gyms, yet research shows they are capable of improving both physique and health. We ask industry experts for their insight into the lesser-known benefits of vibration training

The wide-ranging benefi ts of WBV are not often well promoted by gyms

FOCUS ON POST-EXERCISE RECOVERY Paul Edmondson Master trainer, Power Plate


ecovery and regeneration after exercise of all types is currently gaining momentum in the fitness industry, and deservedly so. It can combat stress, improve mindset, increase mobility, and, of course, reduce the risk of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and injury. Whole body vibration (WBV) training sits at the very top of the modalities that can boost the recovery process if used at the end of an exercise session. After an intense workout, muscles and tissue fibres have a spike in acidity levels, which leads to a build up of hyaluronic acid in the muscles, causing DOMS.


When a WBV training machine, such as Power Plate, is used post recovery, the vibrations created by the device help to massage the muscles and speed up the breakdown of hyaluronic acid. In doing so, muscles are likely to feel less sore after exercising. WBV increases muscle stimulation, which resets the body’s preferred relaxed rhythm (known as parasympathetic tone). This stimulation benefits a number of internal body processes including blood flow, state of mind, cognitive performance, sleep management and post exercise recovery. In addition, September 2017 ŠCybertrek 2017

the increase in blood flow brings much needed water, oxygen and nutrients to the body, while removing waste products. This ensures that acid levels are neutralised, permitting muscles to recover quicker, promoting relaxation and reducing the potential for injury.

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