Frequently Asked Questions
- How does a vibration plate work?
- How long has vibration training been around?
- Who makes fitvibe?
- When shouldn’t I use a vibration plate?
- How can fitvibe help me?
- My doctor or fitness centre doesn’t know fitvibe. What can I do about it?
- From what age can I train on a fitvibe… and until what age?
- If I want a “total body work-out”, can I do it in one session?
- I am already in good shape. Can I start at a higher level?
- Why do I sometimes experience a slight headache after a training session?
- How often can I train on fitvibe?
- How does fitvibe get my muscles to contract automatically?
- Does fitvibe help against osteoporosis?
- Does fitvibe help against cellulite?
- Does fitvibe help against arthrosis?
- I have an implant. Should I be extra careful?
- How can I compare the quality of different Vibration plates, and why are 200$ systems inadequate?
- Does fitvibe increase my flexibility, my agility?19. Will fitvibe increase my blood circulation locally or over my whole body?
- When I combine fitvibe with cardio training, should I do the fitvibe session first?
- How does the built-in Personal Coach build up my training schedule?
- Can I train on fitvibe with my bare feet?
- The exercises that I do with the straps, are they effective?
- When performing exercises on fitvibe, are there any differences compared to traditional strength training
- Can the regeneration hormones produced after vibration training have harmful effects?
- Can vibrations be harmful?
- Using the “high” mode is harder. Is it also more effective?
- If I quit training after a number of intensive training weeks, how long will the effects last?
- Can I replace my entire fitness program with a fitvibe program?
How does a vibration plate work?
The fitvibe vibration plates operate under the principle of Controlled Whole Body Vibration or cWBV. In cWBV, 3-dimensional mechanical vibrations, with the main vector in vertical direction, are transmitted to the body through a vibration plate. With the fitvibe, the frequency of that vibration can be adjusted from 20 to as much as 60 Hz (20 – 60 movements per second). The mechanical stimulus produces a stretch reflex in the muscles. This means that the muscles react to the vibration by contracting and relaxing automatically. Although this may vary from person to person, frequencies of about 30 Hz and higher cause very intense and highly effective muscle contractions. Frequencies in the lower range are used mainly for relaxing by stimulating the blood circulation.
How long has vibration training been around?
Scientists of the former Soviet Union began developing the vibration strength field in the 1970s to train Olympic athletes. Later, they applied it to cosmonauts in and returning from outer space. It has been commercialized since the turn of this century.
Who makes fitvibe?
For over 35 years, GymnaUniphy has developed and manufactured innovative products for the worldwide physiotherapy and wellness markets. It is guided by the latest developments in the field of electronics and mechanics, and by thorough market analyses from over 40 countries. The company is now one of the market leaders in this niche market.
GymnaUniphy is a part of the IMS Group (Innovative Medical Solutions). Its headquarters are located in Bilzen (Belgium). The fitvibe R&D and manufacturing site is located in Berlin, Germany.
When shouldn’t I use a vibration plate?
Anyone who is allowed to do sports can use the fitvibe at will. But fitvibe’s main advantage is its low threshold, which means that elderly, handicapped or rehabilitating persons can use fitvibe, as well. Still there are a number of absolute and relative restrictions.
How can fitvibe help me?
Fitvibe is a low impact but highly effective training device, which means that it can be used by most people. It is good for muscles, blood circulation, the skeletal and the nervous system. In addition, it will make you feel better because of the hormonal effects. But beware, fitvibe is not a medicine! Its effects can be compared to sports. It is a device that allows you to train your body, even when your body cannot make a substantial effort. Fitvibe is in fact training you! If you have a specific condition, and you wonder whether fitvibe might help, consult you physical therapist or your specialist.
My doctor or fitness centre doesn’t know fitvibe. What can I do about it?
You can always invite your doctor, physical therapist or fitness centre to a fitvibe centre. In addition, you can point them to this leaflet. Or simply print it out!
From what age can I train on a fitvibe… and until what age?
Fitvibe is used by people between roughly 7 and 77 years old. The user’s position on the vibration plate is the most important factor. You have to be able to assume the correct positions to absorb the vibrations. This means that you have to be able to follow the guidelines and to assume the correct positions.
Children need to play and engage in sports as much as possible. As their epiphyses are not yet fully developed, natural movements are the best. Fitvibe should not be the only or even the most important aspect of their motor development. As for elderly people, there is no real age limit, apart from being able to complete the exercise program, even if it is only at a low frequency.
If I want a “total body work-out”, can I do it in one session?
Indeed you can! On the “select muscle group” screen on the display, you can select a work-out that treats your entire body. Just select the requested training level and you’re off!
I am already in good shape. Can I start at a higher level?
We recommend that even a trained person takes it slow during the first session. Get to know the machine and the right positions, and allow your body to get used to the sensation. It’s more intensive that you think. But if you’re in good shape, don’t hesitate to advance a bit faster!
Why do I sometimes experience a slight headache after a training session?
Some people experience a slight headache after their first few training sessions. This is usually the result of a less than ideal position on the vibration plate. Your body is supposed to absorb the vibrations. If you feel your head vibrating during the exercise, try repositioning your body slightly in order to find the right position. And remember, fitvibe gets your metabolism going, so make sure you have eaten and drunk a bit before your session.
How often can I train on fitvibe?
There is no real limit, apart from common sense. A vibration plate is a serious machine, so use it wisely. As a guideline, using fitvibe once a week is fun, twice is maintenance, thrice is building up!
How does fitvibe get my muscles to contract automatically?
Every muscle has specialized fibers that register even the minutest changes in length of the muscle. Vertical vibrations cause the muscles to change length, so these specialized muscles fibers cause a jerk reflex, thereby contracting and relaxing at a fast pace.
Does fitvibe help against osteoporosis?
Yes! Bone density depends on 4 factors: genetics, nutrition, vertical stress, and hormones. Fitvibe increases stress on the bones and releases key hormones. The device therefore has the potential to prevent bone degradation and osteoporosis. Please be advised that osteoporosis is a disease. A BMD below 70mg/ml constitutes an absolute counter indication.
Does fitvibe help against cellulite?
Yes! Fitvibe increases the subcutaneous micro-circulation. In addition, a person training on fitvibe will burn more body fat and improve his muscle tone. The skin is in effect pulled back to make the skin look smoother.
Does fitvibe help against arthrosis?
Fitvibe’s main advantage for people suffering from arthrosis, is its low threshold and its low impact nature. Arthrosis patients should always train on fitvibe under medical guidance and with a slow and gradual build-up. An example: you could start with a mild calf exercise for 30 seconds. Wait for 24 hours and try the same exercise twice, with an ample resting period between the two exercises.
I have an implant. Should I be extra careful?
Indeed! We recommend you always make an appointment with your specialist – just to make sure. Often specialists will even recommend you to use the vibration plate, but this depends entirely on the nature and the position of your implant.
How can I compare the quality of different Vibration plates, and why are 200$ systems inadequate?
Most manufactures approach Whole Body Vibration primarily from the perspective of physical exercise. They do not understand the powerful effects of Whole Body Vibration on your entire body, nervous, hormonal and skeleton system. Machines from the supermarket are not optimized and designed to deal with all the possible effects of regular usage. Differences between quality vibration devices and cheap devices are in the nature of the vibrations; the sound a devices makes, its stability, durability and ease-of-use. Vibrations delivered from the motor(s) of cheap devices do not reach the power level needed for physiological effects; at best they’ll result in a massage effect! A vibration device should be solid enough to generate the right, vertical vibrations with you on it. Fitvibe’s built-in coach will even show you a complete and tailor-made exercise program, adapted to your preferences! For a good overview of the market, please contact your local distributor.
Does fitvibe increase my flexibility, my agility?
For general muscle flexibility, performing one stretch for each muscle group on fitvibe will be enough to maintain your current muscle length. Holding each position for 30 seconds up to 90 seconds is enough. For this purpose you best choose moderate frequencies.
When engaging in a stretch and flexibility routine, safety is always the first priority. Listen to what your body tells you, if a position feels uncomfortable in a joint area, or is causing stress in an unrelated muscle group, modify your exercise and seek guidance.
Will fitvibe increase my blood circulation locally or over my whole body?
Your blood circulation will improve locally and depends largely on the position you assume, i.e. the exercise that you perform.
When I combine fitvibe with cardio training, should I do the fitvibe session first?
The best is to start of with a fitvibe session. This way, you will be properly warmed up before your cardio training. The release of hormones in your body during your fitvibe session will help you to train more efficiently on your bike or on the treadmill. And after your cardio training the fitvibe is there for your cooling down exercises!
How does the built-in Personal Coach build up my training schedule?
The Personal Coach is a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use software program that helps you to get the right training exercises. You access it through the intuitive display. The Personal Coach takes 4 parameters into consideration: frequency, amplitude, time and posture (position on the fitvibe). He will start you off with simple exercises to go to more challenging routines, e.g. from a high squat to a low one. Frequency, amplitude and the total duration of the training will gradually be built up. In contrast your time to rest between the exercises will decrease.
Can I train on fitvibe with my bare feet?
Of course, you can! It is even more efficient and intense, as the soles of your shoes would absorb part of the vibrations. However, many people find it comforting to train with their shoes on, because of this absorption effect. In addition the sole acts as a stabilizer.
The exercises that I do with the straps, are they effective?
Obviously most exercises using the straps are harder to do. It is vital that you keep the straps tight and that you do not move during the exercise. In addition it is advised to increase fitvibe’s amplitude in order to obtain the best results.
When performing exercises on fitvibe, are there any differences compared to traditional strength training
Scientific research has shown that training on a fitvibe has similar effects as traditional power training. In fact, the positive effects come even faster. And vibration plate training certainly is more efficient. In a conventional training session, only 40% of the muscle fibers are exercised; with Controlled Whole Body Vibration or cWBV training that percentage nears the 100% mark. And it is not only the muscle tissue that reacts. Application of WBV also has a positive effect on tendon tissue, bone tissue, the nervous system and hormonal balances. Be aware that the heart is the most important muscle. And although fitvibe trains the heart somewhat, it is advised to combine fitvibe with cardio training.
Can the regeneration hormones produced after vibration training have harmful effects?
No, as these hormones are a natural product of the body. It is a natural process that also occurs when you perform other sports. The advantage of fitvibe is that it releases these hormones without an extreme physical result.
Can vibrations be harmful?
Whole Body Vibration is an engineering term. It involves shaking or jolting of the human body through a supporting surface (usually a seat or the floor), for example when driving or riding on a vehicle along an unmade road, operating earthmoving machines or standing on a structure attached to a large, powerful, fixed machine which is impacting or vibrating. It has a negative connotation. Controlled WBV aims to harness the positive effects of WBV, with a fixed and constant amplitude, and a fixed and well-balanced frequency range. Additionally, fitvibe’s Personal Coach explains and visualizes the right posture for each exercise. Fitvibe vibration plates are designed with the user’s safety and health as paramount priorities.
Using the “high” mode is harder. Is it also more effective?
In vibration training 4 parameters are to be considered: frequency, amplitude, time and posture (position on the fitvibe). The amplitude of the training should gradually be built up. Training at a higher amplitude means that the stress on your body is heavier, making you stronger. Training at high amplitudes should not be exaggerated. Listen to your body!
If I quit training after a number of intensive training weeks, how long will the effects last?
Like in all sports, a person with a better basic fitness level will enjoy the effects of training for a longer time. As a guideline, using fitvibe once a week is fun, twice is maintenance, thrice is building up! So the best solution is to keep doing the vibe!
Can I replace my entire fitness program with a fitvibe program?
We wouldn’t recommend that. Fitvibe is an amazing and multifunctional training device, but stamina is only gained in combination with cardio training. The best is to start of with a fitvibe session. This way, you will be properly warmed up before your cardio training. The release of hormones in your body during your fitvibe session will help you to train more efficiently on your bike or on the treadmill. And after your cardio training the fitvibe is there for your cooling down exercises