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Athletic Performance and whole body vibration
Vibration Plates for Athletes
Athletes are always looking for an edge, an advantage, something that will help amplify their performance and LifetimeVibe Whole Body Vibration can certainly help achieve the high level of conditioning and physical acumen real athletes seek. LifetimeVibe sets the standard in providing not only a Vibration Platform that can stand up to the demands of athletes and athletic trainers, but a vibration machine that adapts to each athlete’s individual workout, toning, warm-up and cool-down routines.
Whole body vibration can help to increase athletic performance. Increased blood flow and oxygenation of the muscles prompts elasticity, strength, and power (Wilcock et al., 2009). Holding a static or dynamic pose for up to 60 seconds at a time while vibrating on the Whole Body Vibration platform can activate targeted muscle groups.
Studies have shown whole body vibration improves vertical jump (Torvinen et al., 2002). Whole body vibration exercises can improve physical condition for athletes from many sports.
Athletes Run Faster, Jump Higher And React Quicker
The value of Whole Body Vibration with respect to athletic performance has been well-documented over the last two decades. What many researchers report is an increase in not only overall strength and toning of muscle groups but an increase in the reactive and explosive muscle activity which many athletes feel is one of the most important aspects of their performance. In other words, athletes could start faster, kick higher and react more rapidly after Whole Body Vibration training than without Whole Body Vibration training.
Better Vibration Equals Better Performance
Training for athletic performance isn’t a universal formula that works for every athlete. Each athlete’s body requires different conditions for it to perform at peak levels. LifetimeVibe has developed a Whole Body Vibration platform that can be adapted to each individual athlete’s needs and demands. As demonstrated in many research studies, LifetimeVibe Whole Body Vibration requires very little time out of a busy athlete’s daily routine and the overall effect of training with a Vibration Platform is quite positive.
Lifetime Vibe Exercises
LifetimeVibe’s patented design isolates the vibration in the base, not the handles–reducing harsh and violent movement. Unlike competitor machines, LifetimeVibe also accelerates gradually to the chosen speed, making the experience much more comfortable for the user.
Flip through the program and exercise booklet, especially the half of the book dedicated to exercises, to determine positions and exercises beneficial to your level of ability. Use massage positions to help relieve muscle soreness or tightness.
Speeds and Programs
Speed below 25 helps build muscle, while speeds above 25 massage. See the LifetimeVibe program booklet for further instructions.
- Wilcock, I.; Whatman, C.; Harris, N.; Keogh, J. Vibration Training: Could It Enhance the Strength, Power, or Speed of Athletes? Journal of strength and conditioning research 2009, 23, 593-603.
- Torvinen, S.; Kannus, P.; SIEVÄNEN, H.; JÄRVINEN, T. A. H.; PASANEN, M.; KONTULAINEN, S.; JÄRVINEN, T. L. N.; JÄRVINEN, M.; OJA, P.; VUORI, I. Effect of four-month vertical whole body vibration on performance and balance. Medicine and science in sports and exercise 2002, 34, 1523-1528.
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Scientific Research Articles
Research on Vibration Plates for Athletes
Vibration plate exercise improves cycling sprint performance.
Study Methods:Eleven well-trained cyclists participated in the study. All cyclists performed a familiarization session before 2 separate test sessions in randomized order. Each session included a standardized warm-up followed by 1 of the following preconditioning exercises: 30 s of half-squats without WBV or 30 s of half-squats with WBV at 40 Hz. A 15-s Wingate sprint was performed 1 min after the preconditioning exercise.
Results:Performing preconditioning exercise with WBV at 40 Hz resulted in superior peak power output compared with preconditioning exercise without WBV (1413 ± 257 W vs 1353 ± 213 W, P = .04) and a tendency toward superior mean power output during a 15-second all-out sprint (850 ± 119 W vs 828 ± 101 W, P = .08). Effect sizes showed a moderate practical effect of WBV vs no WBV on both peak and mean power output.
Vibration exercised produced better sprint power output. Perhaps if more athletes were included in the study, the differences could have been even more measurable and statistically significant?
Conclusions:Preconditioning exercise performed with WBV at 40 Hz seems to have a positive effect on cycling sprint performance in young well-trained cyclists. This suggests that athletes can incorporate body-loaded squats with WBV in preparations to specific sprint training to improve the quality of the sprint training and also to improve sprint performance in relevant competitions.
Rønnestad BR, Falch GS, Ellefsen S. The Effect of Whole-Body Vibration on Subsequent Sprint Performance in Well-Trained Cyclists. Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2017 Aug;12(7):964-968. doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2016-0428. Epub 2016 Dec 14. PMID: 27967282.
Vibration training reduces training time while increasing power for cyclists
Anaerobic power in road cyclists is improved after 10 weeks of whole-body vibration training
Whole-body vibration (WBV) training has previously improved muscle power in various athletic groups requiring explosive muscle contractions. To evaluate the benefit of including WBV as a training adjunct for improving aerobic and anaerobic cycling performance, road cyclists (n = 9) performed 3 weekly, 10-minute sessions of intermittent WBV on synchronous vertical plates (30 Hz) while standing in a static posture. A control group of cyclists (n = 8) received no WBV training. Before and after the 10-week intervention period, lean body mass (LBM), cycling aerobic peak power (Wmax), 4 mM lactate concentration (OBLA), VO2peak, and Wingate anaerobic peak and mean power output were determined.
The WBV group successfully completed all WBV sessions but reported a significant 30% decrease in the weekly cycling training time (pre: 9.4 ± 3.3 h·wk(-1); post: 6.7 ± 3.7 h·wk(-1); p = 0.01) that resulted in a 6% decrease in VO2peak and a 4% decrease in OBLA.
With WBV, they reduced training time by 3.7 hours per week! Although oxygen max decreased, they also reduced lactate concentration, but increased peak power!
The control group reported a nonsignificant 6% decrease in cycling training volume (pre: 9.5 ± 3.6 h·wk(-1); 8.6 ± 2.9 h·wk(-1); p = 0.13), and all measured variables were maintained. Despite the evidence of detraining in the WBV group, Wmax was maintained (pre: 258 ± 53 W; post: 254 ± 57 W; p = 0.43). Furthermore, Wingate peak power increasedby 6% (668 ± 189 to 708 ± 220 W; p = 0.055), and Wingate mean power increased by 2% (553 ± 157 to 565 ± 157 W; p = 0.006) in the WBV group from preintervention to postintervention, respectively, without any change to LBM. The WBV training is an attractive training supplement for improving anaerobic power without increasing muscle mass in road cyclists.
Reducing training time while increasing power output is a nice benefit!
Oosthuyse T, Viedge A, McVeigh J, Avidon I. Anaerobic power in road cyclists is improved after 10 weeks of whole-body vibration training. J Strength Cond Res. 2013 Feb;27(2):485-94. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e31825770be. PMID: 22531614.
Vibration exercise improves footspeed quickness
Acute Effect of Whole-Body Vibration Warm-up on Footspeed Quickness
The warm-up routine preceding a training or athletic event can affect the performance during that event. Whole-body vibration (WBV) can increase muscle performance, and thus the inclusion of WBV to the warm-up routine might provide additional performance improvements. The purpose of this investigation was to examine the acute effect of a WBV warm-up, using a vertical oscillating platform and a more traditional warm-up protocol on feet quickness in physically active men.
Study Design: Twenty healthy and physically active men (18-25 years, 22 ± 3 years, 176.8 ± 6.4 cm, 84.4 ± 11.5 kg, 10.8 ± 1.4% body fat) volunteered for this study. A 2 × 2 factorial design was used to examine the effect of 4 warm-up scenarios (no warm-up, traditional warm-up only, WBV warm-up only, and combined traditional and WBV warm-up) on subsequent 3-second Quick feet count test (QFT) performance.
What an excellent study for soccer, football, basketball! How fast can you move your feet after a vibration plate?
Results: The traditional warm-up consisted of static and dynamic exercises and stretches. The WBV warm-up consisted of 60 seconds of vertical sinusoidal vibration at a frequency of 35 Hz and amplitude of 4 mm on a vibration platform. The WBV protocol significantly (p ≤ 0.0005, η = 0.581) augmented QFT performance (WBV: 37.1 ± 3.4 touches; no-WBV: 35.7 ± 3.4 touches). The results demonstrate that WBV can enhance the performance score on the QFT. The findings of this study suggest that WBV warm-up should be included in warm-up routines preceding training and athletic events which include very fast foot movements.
Donahue RB, Vingren JL, Duplanty AA, Levitt DE, Luk HY, Kraemer WJ. Acute Effect of Whole-Body Vibration Warm-up on Footspeed Quickness. J Strength Cond Res. 2016 Aug;30(8):2286-91. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001014. PMID: 27328378.
Whole Body Vibration Training improves vertical jump for football players
Acute Effect of Biomechanical Muscle Stimulation on the Counter-Movement Vertical Jump Power and Velocity in Division I Football Players
Research regarding whole body vibration (WBV) largely supports such training augmentation in attempts to increase muscle strength and power. However, localized biomechanical vibration has not received the same attention. The purpose of this study was to assess peak and average power before and after acute vibration of selected lower-body sites in division I athletes.
Does vibration training make football players stronger?
Stud Design: Twenty-one subjects were randomly assigned to 1 of 2 conditions using a cross-over design. Pretest consisted of a counter-movement vertical jump (VJ) followed by either localized vibration (30 Hz) to 4 selected lower-body areas or 4 minutes of moderately low-resistance stationary cycling (70 rpm). Vibration consisted of 1 minute bouts at each lower-leg site for a total of 4 minutes followed by an immediate post-test VJ. Repeated measures analysis of variance yielded no significant differences (p > 0.05) in either peak power or peak velocity. Similarly, no significant differences were found for average power and velocity between conditions.
Whole body vibration plate training improved power and velocity-while cycling reduced performance!
It should be noted that, while not significant, the vibration condition demonstrated an increase in peak power and velocity while the bike condition registered slight decreases. Comparing each of the post-VJ repetitions (1, 2, and 3) the vibration condition experienced significantly greater peak power and velocity from VJ 1 to VJ 3 compared with the bike condition which demonstrated no significant differences among the post-test VJs. These results yielded similar, although not statistically significant outcomes to previous studies using WBV. However, the novelty of selected site biomechanical vibration merits further investigation with respect to frequency, magnitude, and duration of vibration.
Jacobson BH, Monaghan TP, Sellers JH, Conchola EC, Pope ZK, Glass RG. Acute Effect of Biomechanical Muscle Stimulation on the Counter-Movement Vertical Jump Power and Velocity in Division I Football Players. J Strength Cond Res. 2017 May;31(5):1259-1264. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001136. PMID: 28415065.