What is WBV?
Acceleration Training – The “Future of Fitness Rooted in the Past”.
What is acceleration training? Many of us have seen the machines that “shake the fat away”. This is absolutely NOT what an acceleration (or whole body vibration) trainer is. Machines that you stand and shake are nothing more than that “blubber wigglers”.
Whole Body Vibration training has it’s origins in the Soviet space program. When the US and USSR were in the “Space Race”, we actually had different objectives. The US wanted to get to the moon first. The Soviets wanted to see who could go the furthest in space. The limitation was not the rockets, but the human body. By design, we are dependent on gravity for bone density and muscle tone. Without it, our bones lose calcium and density very quickly and our muscles and connective tissues lose tone and elasticity. In the Soviet space program Dr. Vladamir Nasarov invented a device that could simulate gravity and move within the vertical plane. When the cosmonauts used this type of device the bone density and muscle tone improved exponentially. In addition, when the cosmonaut was exposed to space travel they maintained their tone for much longer periods of time. When they returned they used the device for recovery and were ready for another mission much, much faster. As a matter of fact, the device was so effective that the current record for an American is space is 120 consecutive days, for the Soviets it is 420! Since the initial training, and with the communication amongst coaches, trainers and medical professionals afforded since the fall of the iron curtain, more than 400 peer reviewed and published studies have been done proving out the diverse benefits of Advanced Vibration Training.
As a 30 year veteran trainer and exercise therapist I was originally turned off to the idea of a passive exercise machine, as muscles need to move, stretch and contract. In my journey into the discovery of what acceleration training actually is and the science behind it, I was extremely well pleased to find out my understanding of exercise was right…sort of. That is to say, yes muscles need to move, stretch and contract but not in just the way most of us understand. Let me explain. Isaac Newton’s second law is Force = Mass x Acceleration. All traditional exercise works with the Mass side of the equation. We move weight (body weight or otherwise) through space AGAINST gravity and that’s what we consider Force. The more weight, the more time, the more exercise. Right?
Acceleration training is exactly the opposite. True acceleration training done with the right machine where the movement of the platforms natural motion of gravity, (not the side to side , tilting or pivotal movement of the $299.00 fat shaker at the home show or fair etc.), is done by working with gravity to “move the earth away, or take away downward gravitational load”. This is where the body’s natural brain based response or “reflex” comes in. An example would be if you have ever been carrying something large and could not see where you were going. You step off a small ledge or curb and “catch” yourself. The earth was “missing” and our proprioceptors (this is the brains natural gyroscope which let’s the body know where it is in space) kicks in and sends a “CLEAN” signal to the legs, back and arms to contract so you don’t fall down. This reaction give the WHOLE muscle bundle the command “contract”. The body cannot “adapt” to this, in other words you can never outgrow this type of contraction and exercise.
I currently use this type of training using the 3G Cardio Advanced Vibration Trainers with all of my clients. Client’s range from deep brain-based and genetic defect affected patients who cannot walk by themselves, to Olympic caliber athletes who want to be faster, stronger and more flexible. The acceleration training method is the safest exercise for seniors and anyone who is dealing with musculoskeletal injury or compromise, as it is not load bearing. There is no weight pushing down on the spine or joints outside of the person’s body weight, which they already are adapted to. It allows someone to exercise as easy or as intense as they want without the risk of injury.
As the motion and signal is perfectly synced, acceleration training on a 3G Vibration platform is extremely effective for injury rehabilitation, prevention, flexibility, weight loss, cellulite reduction, increasing bone density, increasing strength, balance, core, restoring gait and many other applications. As a practitioner and spine patient myself, I have not only seen and experienced the results, but the overwhelming science and studies support these as well.
Advanced Vibration training truly is the future of fitness. All of the benefits of traditional movement preparation, strength, core, balance and massage therapy and training without the injuries and it is entirely more effective for those of use who are no longer 20 years old but still want to be active and enjoy all that life has to offer.