No pain, no gain? This popular adage may not ring true for whole-body vibration (WBV), a new training method that has been used widely in Europe.
Whole-body vibration is a neuromuscular training method that uses a low- to moderate-vibration stimulus to improve muscular strength and power. During the most frequently used mode of whole-body vibration training, a client stands on a vibrating platform and performs unloaded exercises, such as squats or lunges, for durations ranging from multiple 1-minute sessions to continuous 30-minute sessions.
Benefits are documented to include: Body shaping, Activation circulation, Increase muscle strength, Increase flexibility, Increase muscle relaxation, Improvement in pelvic instability, Decrease cellulite, Prevention osteoporosis, Fat burning.