In this 200th anniversary year of the birth of Henry David Thoreau, each of us can increase our health and well-being by applying his guidance to our regular exercise activities. Thoreau, one of t ...View Article
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How Does It Work?
Simply put, Whole Body Vibration is about three things: creating movement, reactions, and gravity. The machine itself creates movement in the body by moving up to 30 times a second. It is also designed to create reactions.
When you stand on the plate of a ZAAZ vibration machine, the plate moves in a seesaw type motion, bringing your body slightly out of balance.
Without us even being aware of it, when we are in motion our muscles are always reacting to keep us upright and balanced. The natural reaction is what’s being employed with WBV. By keeping the body constantly a little out of balance, these muscles have to keep working. Every time the plate moves, your body has no choice but to respond to the challenge it is offered by disengaging (contracting and relaxing) several times a second.
And the best part is, because the reactions are so quick and involuntary, it actually feels good. The sensation is more like a massage or gentle stretching – nothing like pounding through several sets at the gym.
Along with creating movement, whole body vibration is also about using the power of gravity, the pull that is exerted by the earth. As the machine accelerates, it pushes up against your body and creates an extra force – known as g-force.
Imagine you were to hold a 12-pound weight into your hand. You’d have to use a little more strength to keep that weight from falling. The weight hasn’t changed, but it feels heavier. Now, imagine someone were to drop that weight into your hands 30 times a second! Your muscles would be working much harder than if they were just holding the weight. Your body will literally feel as though it weighs more, meaning you have to work against an increased weight or “load” than your muscles are used to. So while your muscles are working to keep you balanced, they actually have to stabilize a heavier load than they would if you were standing on the ground!