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group lost a total of 47.7sq cm over the fi rst six months and maintained this after 12 months. The conventional fi tness group reduced visceral fat by 17.6sq cm initially, but were unable to maintain this and returned to just 1.6sq cm below their starting point. The diet-only group lost 24.3sq cm after six months and a reduction of 7.5sq cm after a year. “This research shows how Power


Plate can be incorporated as part of a weight loss plan,” says Jeff Davis, senior vice president of commercial sales UK.


“It’s especially suitable for clients who already have a high level of visceral fat, which has a strong correlation with the development of serious chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes.”


POST-OP REHAB VibroGym, manufactured in the Netherlands, has been subject to rigorous research, and a recent US study into its effectiveness in treating people after a knee replacement operation has shown that it can improve strength and function in post-op patients. The study was based on two groups


of eight people: one group used the VibroGym and traditional physical therapy, while the other just undertook physical therapy. The participants had to complete 10–12 sessions over a four-week period, starting three to six weeks after surgery. Both groups showed equal strength gains, but the differentiating factor with


(left) Power Plate in action; (above) Dynamic Activity’s bodycore functional training platforms; (right) VibroGym, which has proven results with knee replacement patients


VibroGym was that it reduced the need for resistance training – a particular benefi t when working with elderly patients. Also, there were no adverse side effects and, anecdotally, people enjoyed using it, so adherence levels were high. “We have a great deal of research


on the VibroGym website which gyms could use to target new members – people suffering from chronic fatigue, multiple sclerosis and fi bromyalgia, for example,” says VibroGym MD Dan Fivey.


“We suggest gyms link up with GPs and physios to encourage referrals to rehabilitation programmes.”


CHRONIC ILLNESS Creating a new category in vibration training, Dynamic Activity’s bodycore functional training platforms involve an up-and-down movement that works with the body’s natural vertical plane, accentuating gravity. Dr Gareth Wright, a physiotherapist


based in Ireland, is currently working with the MS Society to develop exercise programmes for patients suffering from multiple sclerosis. He completed a study in 2009/10 looking at how bodycore platforms can be used to this end.


Findings suggest that vibration training can boost testosterone and growth hormone levels


february 2011 © cybertrek 2011 Dr Wright incorporated the


platforms into various exercise patterns, right down to the more incapacitated patients who simply lay, or were supported, on the platform. In just a few sessions, he reported that patients’ mobility was improving, their tolerance to exercise had increased, sleep patterns improved and they had fewer muscle spasms. The study also showed that muscle tone improved, in contrast to the gradual deterioration common among multiple sclerosis sufferers. “Clubs could market to this population,


as more than 200,000 people suffer from MS in the UK alone, and this number is rising,” says David Seymour, director of Dynamic Activity. “Clubs could forge partnerships with local GPs and hospitals, offering specialist classes or renting out space to physiotherapists.”


DIVERSE BENEFITS A study carried out for Globus Gold, led by Professor Bisciotti Gian Nicola, found that 10 minutes of vibration training is equivalent to two hours of equivalent standard training. Findings suggest that vibration training can boost


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