Whole Body Vibration Benefits

Ten minutes a day on a whole body vibration machine = 1 hour workout in the gym!  This is a great way to do 10-minute “Burst Training” exercises as well as warm-ups and cool-downs.

Whole Body Vibration

Appaloosa Whole Body Vibration Machine

Whole Body Vibration benefits all age groups.  It is especially nice for people who are sedentary or who are wheelchair bound because it gets the circulation moving throughout your body.  Whole body vibration is used in physical therapy as well as sports training.

Go to our website: for more information about many of the benefits to using whole body vibration as well as pricing.


Healthy Life Institute Weigh In

It’s a free consulting program!  Starts Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 7 P.M.

Location:  1156 S State Street, Suite 206, Orem, UT 84097 (Building behind Arby’s Restaurant)

Personalized Weight Loss Plans

  • Not “One-Size-Fits-All”
  • Lose 10 or 100 pounds
  • FREE! Comprehensive Computerized Evaluation (Personalized for you)
  • Professional Grade Herbal Supplements (Reduces appetite and cravings; for anxiety eating; Increases your metabolism)
  • Individualized meal plan and recipes (Meal Replacement Shakes & More)
  • We will incorporate appropriate exercise routines for your age and fitness level
  • Something to learn each week.
  • Most important — Your Personal Coach will be your support and will call you weekly
  • You will get weighed and measured weekly by a coach at your privately scheduled appointment.
  • Your Success in losing weight is determined on “How Compliant You Will be!”Image

Call 801-358-4777 for those of you interested in this weekly Weigh In Support Meeting or for your individualized appointment with health coach.

Ultimate Body Cleanse (Part II)

What Organs Detoxify and What is Their Purpose ?

  • The KidneysIllu spleen.jpg
    • Form urine from bloodplasma
      • Major regulator of water, electrolytes and acid-based content in the blood
  • The Liver
    • Secrets bile
      • Bile emulsifies fats in the small intestine
    • Produces enzymes
      • Converts toxic substances into less harmful ones
  • The Spleen
    • Forms red and white blood cells
    • Filter for lymphatic system (important part of immune system)
    • Reservoir of blood in times of emergency
    • Macrophages, in a healthy spleen, remove pathogens from the circulating blood
  • The Lungs
    • Excretes toxic gases out of the body when exhaling
  • The Skin
    • Excretes toxins out of the body, sometimes forming rashes or blemishes, etc.

What Can You Do to Eliminate Toxins Naturally?

It is an incredible cleansing process:

  1. Divide your weight in half and drink that many ounces of pure, filtered, non-acidic water
  2. Replace lesser quality foods (recreational) with higher quality foods:
    • Decrease cooked foods to no more than 50%
    • Consume raw fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts
    • Consume naturally-processed sea salt
  3. Exercise to stimulate blood circulation which improves all organs
    • Whole Body Vibration (Go to: )
    • Ground-bearing exercises i.e. walking
    • Stretching and deep-breathing exercises (Yoga) provide great benefit for a weakened liver
  4. Cleanse the Colon to remove self-poisoning from putrid, unevacuated waste
  5. Cleanse the Liver
    • Too vital an organ to leave polluted and congested
    • Performs more than 500 functions in the body
    • After the heart and lungs, it is the most important organ
  6. Cleanse the Kidneys to remove toxins
  7. Cleanse the Skin – the largest organ of the body

What Happens When Toxins are Stored in an Unhealthy Liver?

  • Toxins remain unchanged when leaving liver
  • Toxins are stored in tissues
  • Stored toxins are re-circulated in the blood
  • Re-circulated toxins may contribute to long-term, poor health conditions

Studies on Musculoskeletal Effects of Whole Body Vibration

Those people directing the studies are so convoluted [long-winded, complex,  or elaborate] that they don’t show whether the whole body vibration is effective [some studies show a minor additive effect on body composition and neuromuscular performance when using whole body vibration.   However, the following study indicates whole body vibration and the use of weights versus no weights, making the use of load [weights] as an increased benefit to the workout:

Evaluation of muscle activity for loaded [weights] and unloaded [no weights] dynamic squats during vertical whole-body vibration 

Hazell TJ, Kenno KA, Jakobi JM. Exercise Nutrition Research Laboratory,SchoolofKinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, TheUniversityofWestern Ontario,London,Ontario,Canada.

The purpose of this investigation was to examine if the addition of a light external load [weights] would enhance whole-

This exercise and others using dumbells can safely and effectively be performed on a whole body vibration machine.

body vibration (WBV)-induced increases in muscle activity during dynamic squatting in 4 leg muscles. Thirteen recreationally active male university students performed a series of dynamic squats (unloaded with no WBV, unloaded with WBV, loaded with no WBV, and loaded with WBV). The load was set to 30% of body mass and WBV included 25-, 35-, and 45-Hz frequencies with 4-mm amplitude. Muscle activity was recorded with surface electromyography (EMG) on the vastus lateralis (VL), biceps femoris (BF), tibialis anterior (TA), and gastrocnemius (GC) and is reported as EMGrms (root mean square) normalized to %maximal voluntary exertion. During unloaded dynamic squats, exposure to WBV (45 Hz) significantly (p < 0.05) increased baseline muscle activity in all muscles, except the TA compared with no WBV. Adding a [light external load without WBV increased baseline muscle activity of the squat exercise in all muscles but decreased the TA. This loaded level of muscle activity was further increased with WBV (45 Hz) in all muscles. The WBV-induced increases in muscle activity in the loaded condition (approximately 3.5%) were of a similar magnitude to the WBV-induced increases during the unloaded condition (approximately 2.5%) demonstrating the addition of WBV to unloaded or loaded dynamic squatting results in an increase in muscle activity. These results demonstrate the potential effectiveness of using external loads with exposure to WBV. [Brackets, italics, and font color were added for emphasis]

J Strength Cond Res. 2010 Jul;24(7):1860-5.

PMID: 20543737 [PubMed – in process]

In the following study, 3 groups of women over the age of 65 were examined.  The group that used the whole body vibration with training (VTG) had the most effective workout, especially concerning muscle strength and power.  Compared to the Controlled Group (CG) who did not use whole body vibration, the VTG group training resulted in a significant increase of leg and trunk flexion [bending of joints] strength:

Effect of whole-body vibration on neuromuscular performance and body composition for females 65 years and older: a randomized-controlled trial.

von Stengel S, Kemmler W, Engelke K,KalenderWA. InstituteofMedicalPhysics,Friedrich-AlexanderUniversityErlangen-Nuernberg, Erlangen,Germany.

Whole Body Vibration Technology (Oscillation Model is Most Effective Type)

We examined whether the effect of multipurpose exercise can be enhanced by whole-body vibration (WBV). One hundred and fifty-one post-menopausal women (68.5+/-3.1 years) were randomly assigned to three groups: (1) a training group (TG); (2) training including vibration (VTG); and (3) a wellness control group (CG). TG and VTG performed the same training program twice weekly (60 min), consisting of aerobic and strength exercises, with the only difference that leg strength exercises (15 min) were performed with (VTG) or without (TG) vibration. CG performed a low-intensity “wellness” program. At baseline and after 18 months, body composition was determined using dual-X-ray-absorptiometry. Maximum isometric strength was determined for the legs and the trunk region. Leg power was measured by countermovement jumps using a force-measuring plate. In the TG lean body mass, total body fat, and abdominal fat were favorably affected, but no additive effects were generated by the vibration stimulus. However, concerning muscle strength and power, there was a tendency in favor of the VTG. Only vibration training resulted in a significant increase of leg and trunk flexion strength compared with CG. In summary, WBV embedded in a multipurpose exercise program showed minor additive effects on body composition and neuromuscular performance.

Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2010 May 24. [Epub ahead of print]

PMID: 20500555 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

The best way to find out if whole body vibration is effective for your health and well being, is to try it out for yourself.  If you don’t have this technology in your home or business, and would like a demonstration, please call Healthy Life Institute  at 801-358-4777 or 801-317-1647, to schedule a no-obligation appointment.  

Good News!  Healthy Life Institute is holding a Whole Body Vibration Workshop on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 11 am.  Call 801-358-4777 to reserve your seat today.  The Workshop is Free!  

Location:  Healthy Life Institute, 1156 S State Street, Suite 206, Orem, UT 84097 (building behind Arby’s).

Whole Body Vibration and Fitness

Acute changes in neuromuscular excitability after exhaustive whole body vibration exercise as compared to exhaustion by squatting exercise


The effects of hard squatting exercise with whole body vibration and without whole body vibration on neuromuscular function were tested in 19 healthy young volunteers. Before and after the exercise, three different tests were performed: maximum serial jumping for 30 s[econds], electromyography during isometric knee extension at 70% of the maximum voluntary torque, and the quantitative analysis of the patellar tendon reflex. With whole body vibration and without whole body vibration values, there was no

patellar tendon

difference found under baseline conditions. Time to exhaustion was significantly shorter in whole body vibration than without whole body vibration, but blood lactate and subjective rate of perceived exertion at the termination of exercise indicate comparable levels of fatigue. After the exercise, comparable effects were observed on jump height, ground contact time, and isometric torque [refers to the force the researcher is studying, for various joint movements while person is standing still]. The vastus lateralis mean frequency during isometric torque, however, was higher after whole body vibration than without whole body vibration.  Likewise, the tendon reflex amplitude [a measurement] was significantly greater after whole body vibration than without whole body vibration.  [Those conducting the study were still skeptical about the use of whole body vibration.  This study only proves to the author of this blog that whole body vibration is less wear and tear on the body.]

Rittweger JMutschelknauss MFelsenberg D.


Institut für Physiologie, Freie UniversitätBerlin,Arnimallee,Berlin,Germany.

Acute effects of whole-body vibration on muscle activity, strength, and power


vastus medialis & vastus lateralis

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of a single bout of WHOLE BODY VIBRATION (WBV) on isometric squat (IS) and countermovement jump (CMJ) performance [and compared it to a sham procedure or placebo, which means that those conducting the study were using a fake method–what’s the point?]. Nine moderately resistance-trained men were tested for peak force (PF) during the IS and jump height (JH) and peak power (PP) during the CMJ. Average integrated electromyography (IEMG) was measured from the vastus medialis, vastus lateralis, and biceps femoris muscles. Subjects performed the 2 treatment conditions, WBV or sham, in a randomized order.  Subjects were tested for baseline performance

biceps femoris

variables in both the IS and CMJ, and were exposed to a 30-second bout of WBV or sham. Subjects were tested immediately following the WBV as well as 5, 15, and 30 minutes post treatment. WBV resulted in a significantly higher JH during the CMJ immediately following WBV, as compared with the sham procedure. No significant differences were observed in CMJ PP; PF during IS or IEMG of the vastus medialis, vastus lateralis, or biceps femoris during the CMJ; or IS between vibration and sham treatments. Their conclusion was not very conclusive  because they indicated that future research was warranted addressing the influence of various protocols of WBV (i.e., duration, amplitude, frequency) on athletic performance.

Cormie PDeane RSTriplett NTMcBride JM.


Neuromuscular Laboratory, Department of Health, Leisure & Exercise Science, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina 28608, USA.

Acute physiological effects of exhaustive whole-body
vibration exercise in man

Vibration exercise (VE) is a new neuromuscular training method which is applied in athletes as well asBicycle Ergometric Test in prevention and therapy of osteoporosis [the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time]. The present study explored the physiological mechanisms of fatigue by VE in 37 young healthy subjects. Exercise and cardiovascular data were compared to progressive bicycle ergometry until exhaustion.  The reproducibility [the degree of agreement between measurements or observations conducted on replicate specimens in different locations by different people] in the two VE sessions was quite good: for heart rate, oxygen uptake and reduction in jump height . . . . VE can be well controlled in terms of these parameters.  The study found that exhaustive whole-body VE elicits a mild cardiovascular exertion, and that neural as well as muscular mechanisms of fatigue may play a role.”

“Vibration exercise (VE) . . . elicits neuromuscular training reflectorily [reflex /re·flex/ (re´fleks) a reflected action or movement; the sum total of any particular automatic response mediated by the nervous system], without much effort and in short periods. . . . VE has been reported as a successful countermeasure against loss of bone mineral (Flieger et al., 1998). . . . depending on the frequency of vibration, VE renders specific training of type II muscle fibres possible.  Several chronic training studies are being conducted in various fields, including sports and training sciences, geriatrics and treatment of osteoporosis (Rubinet al., 1998; Wilhelm et al., 1998; Bosco et al., 1999).”

Novotec, Pforzheim, Germany

Novotec model

The institute performing this study “worked with a prototype, in which a platform vibrates around a horizontal rotation axis (i.e., Novotec, Pforzheim, Germany).  Exercise is usually performed with both legs, the feet posed equally distant on either side of the rotation axis [platform].  Hereby, extensor [Extension is the opposite of flexion; a straightening movement that increases the angle between body parts i.e. In a conventional handshake, the fingers are fully extended] and flexor [Flexion is the bending movement that decreases the angle between two parts i.e. Bending the elbow, or clenching a hand into a fist, are examples of flexion] contractions alternate continuously in the left and the right legs.  There is no direct vertical acceleration to the body’s center of gravity.  This reduces passive forces to the joints, but elicits reflexes to stabilize the body posture.”

In the previous experiments this institute studied, they ascertained that “VE elicits muscle contractions by recording an electro-myogram (EMG).  Moreover, [they found that] oxygen uptake and metabolism typically increased during VE as compared to squatting without vibration (unpublished data).”  In a more recent study that was performed, they explored the limits, i.e. the exertion and fatigue effects of exhaustive VE, and how far these limits are reproducible in subsequent exercise sessions.  They used progressive bicycle ergometry as a comparison.

The study showed that the participants “heart rate increased significantly less in VE Sessions 1 and 2 than in bicycle ergometry.  Control values were higher before VE than before bicycle ergometry.  No difference was found in the recovery values.  Similar to heart rate, the Oxygen uptake was significantly lower during VE than during bicycle ergometry.”

“Systolic blood pressure increased significantly during bicycle ergometry and VE.”  When participants were tested, the rise in blood pressure was not as large on the VE as it was on the bicycle ergometry.  They found that the participants’ diastolic blood pressure was decreased after VE, but not after bicycle ergometry.

The Findings

“Treatment and prevention of osteoporosis by physical exercise is a new therapeutic concept (Calmels et al., 1995).'” Generally, the subjects became acquainted very rapidly with this exercise.  By the second VE session, they were standing confidently and safely on the platform.  Exercise time was longer during the second VE session than in the first session. . . . “At the termination of exercise, i.e. after about 5 minutes, the subjects appeared to be quite as exerted by VE as after [a] 12-minute session [of] bicycle ergometry.”

” Systolic arterial blood pressure, which could not be measured during VE, was found to have increased after it, but less so than after bicycle ergometry.  In contrast, diastolic blood pressure had decreased only after VE.”

“The fatigue in VE therefore appears to be caused not by insufficiency of cardiac output (as in exhaustive bicycle ergometry), but rather occurs in the neuromuscular system.”

“. . . vibration exercise is a new strategy in eliciting muscular contraction by reflexes.  It therefore may allow the combination of voluntary and involuntary muscle work.  The present investigation has shown that, even if performed to exhaustion, cardio-vascular effects of VE are mild. . . .In consequence, the risk expected when VE is applied in the elderly is negligible. ”


The institute will investigate further studies on itching erythema and oedema of the skin over activated muscles and the mechanisms of fatigue, which seem to bear neuronal and muscular components.


J. Rittweger1,2, G. Beller2 and D. Felsenberg2

1Institute of Physiology, Freie UniversitaÈ t Berlin, Arnimallee 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany, and 2Osteoporosis Research Group, Freie UniversitaÈ t Berlin, University Hospital Benjamin Franklin, Hindenburgdamm 30, 12200 Berlin, Germany
Received 29 June 1999; accepted 9 November 1999

Correspondence: Dr JoÈ rn Rittweger, Institut fuÈ r Physiologie, Arnimallee 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany

There are many more studies on whole body vibration . . . so it’s not possible to include them into one post.  We will continue to post studies about the different aspects of whole body vibration in the future.

If you are interested in talking with one of our whole body vibration trainers, please call Healthy Life Institute at 801-358-4777.

Whole Body Vibration

What is WBV Good For?    

Many physical therapists and strength training coaches have started incorporating whole body vibration (WBV) into their therapy or coaching sessions.  The patient stands on the platform of the WBV Machine that provides constant vibration from gentle to challenging and which reverberates through the body.  Everyone is unique and the therapy or coaching sessions will be uniquely programmed according to the needs of the patient.  


WBV first originated in Russia for their cosmonaut training to preserve muscle and bone mass in zero gravity conditions.  WBV is gaining confidence among health practitioners, especially for the athletic populations or people compromised by disease, age or disability.  

WBV is already employed extensively in Europe and Asia.  Practitioners in the United States are becoming more aware of its total benefits and therapeutic functions.  

How Does it Work?  Vibration therapy units are either motor-generated plates or vibrational models.  Motor-oriented units move in both horizontal and vertical planes.  This is beneficial for athletes who want to challenge multiple planes of motions, i.e., a golfer’s swing or the variations of a tennis player’s swing.  

Vibrational sound or piston models operate in the vertical plane only, reproducing the effects of gravity.  This is beneficial to the older generation or those recovering from injury.  Vibrational models also allow patients to experience higher Hz ranges to allow higher tolerances and more systemic and cellular benefits.  WBV therapy machines typically range from 3 to 50 Hz.  (The hertz  – symbol Hz – is the SI unit of frequency defined as the number of cycles per second of a periodic phenomenon.[1] One of its most common uses is the description of the sine wave, particularly those used in radio and audio applications.)    

What does whole body vibration do to the body?  WBV increases physical strength, dexterity and endurance.  It also increases circulation and oxygen uptake.  The mechanical oscillations create tendon stretch reflexes to stimulate involuntary muscle contractions throughout the body.  

One session of 10 minutes on the WBV takes less effort and time, boosting muscle strength, doing the same movements that are done in a one-hour workout in the gym.  The WBV is of benefit to those with balance or coordination issues in a safe environment.  

If you would like to schedule a session for yourself or a group to learn more about the WBV Technology, contact Gerry at 801-358-4777 with Healthy Life Institute.  

[1] ^ “hertz”. (1992). American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 3rded. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Whole Body Vibration Training Event

The event will take place on Saturday, August 13th from 11 am to 1 pm

The location is:  1156 S State Street, Suite 206, Orem, UT 84058 (behind Arby’s) 

Parking is in front of the office complex!

To reserve your seat or get directions, please call Gerry Larsen at 801-893-1190 

Whole Body Vibration is the Perfect Alternative to Drugs, Alcohol or  Comfort Eating!


  • Arthritis or Joint Pain

    Just 10 minutes a day = 1 hour workout in the gym

  • Back Pain
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson’s
  • Osteoporosis
  • Incontinence
  • And so much more


  • Blood Circulation
  • Blood Pressure


  • Flexibility
  • Endorphins


  • Serotonin


  • Connective Tissue (where subcutaneous fat accumulates into cellulite)
  • Skeletal Muscles (enhances  flow of fluids through the body)

Promotes Weight Loss!

The Appaloosa has been engineered especially for baby boomers, seniors and sedentary living!