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The True Vibe, launched in January, is currently undergoing medical research


testosterone and growth hormone levels, leading to an improvement of up to 46 per cent in maximum strength and up to 26 per cent in jumping ability. It was also shown to improve balance, cardiovascular performance and bone density, which could be of particular interest to clients over the age of 50. According to William Fryer, technical


director of JD Harris – the UK distributor of Globus Gold – many clubs do not appreciate the full benefi ts of vibration training and consequently frequently under use them. “Globus Gold has tried to address this with an on-screen personal training programme, which allows the user to select an outcome. The machine then guides them through a pre-programmed series of workouts,” he explains.


NEW TO THE MARKET True Vibrations has a brand new machine on the market: the True Vibe was unveiled in January. “The experienced team behind it


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has produced a machine with all the qualities of the original steel machine – the Power Plate – rather than plastic construction, as the steel machine has been subject to the most valid medical studies,” says Kevin Barclay-Webb, True Vibrations managing director. “We also have an adjustable handle to ensure clients and trainers can work on perfect spinal alignment, alleviating or correcting any spinal defects the user may have.” Research studies are just about to get underway, including a medical study


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investigating the strength and circulation differences incurred from the use of different vibration plates.


BROAD AUDIENCE Vibration technology does seem to have proven benefits, judging from both clinical trials and anecdotal evidence. Since vibration training is load bearing,


it offers the potential to appeal to an elderly audience, and studies certainly suggest that the platforms are not only safe but also benefi cial for people with chronic illness and post-surgery. However, it’s not just these groups


who can benefi t: vibration platforms can signifi cantly enhance everyone’s fi tness. A 2009 study by Montpelier University into bodycore, commissioned by the French Rugby Federation, found signifi cant increases in muscle activation among elite athletes, as well as in their strength, power and endurance. In fact, bodycore now offers a REPs-


accredited course, educating personal trainers in transferring their training techniques onto the platforms to gain increased performance. Used properly and to their full


potential, vibration training machines offer gym staff the opportunity to get creative in prescribing fun routines, incorporating them alongside other training tools and running short, intense functional circuits which can be completed in a lunchtime.


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