Can Whole Body Vibration Training (WBVT) benefit us?
“Whole-Body Vibration Training and Its Application to Age-Related Performance Decrements: An Exploratory Analysis”
Adam Hawkey, Katie Griffiths, John Babraj, and James N Cobley (2016 Whole-Body Vibration Training and Its Application to Age-Related Performance Decrements: An Exploratory Analysis. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 30(2)/555-560.
According to an exploratory analysis published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Hawkey et al. (2016) found there was a positive affect on attenuation of age related decline. A 5-week progressive WBVT program was implemented with 25 females placed into two groups; (younger 20-30 and middle aged 45-55). The intervention was three exercises (Static squat, Static lunge left and static lunge right). Each exercise was performed for 60 seconds, with a 60 second rest. Compared to the control group both vertical countermovement jump (VCMJ) and range of motion (ROM) increased significantly in both test groups. The greatest change was seen in the middle-aged group between 10%-15% increase in jump performance, and nearly 10% increase in Range of motion. Many gyms are carrying such equipment, such as Power Plates™. Approximately three minutes per session, this is a time savor and easy to place into a program.
Though this study did show a positive affect, it is important to note, this study only looked at females, and did not compare against a resistance based programs.