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Reasons Why You Would Choose

A Hypervibe over a Portable Type Machine

It is important to start this article by properly defining a “Portable Type” machine. By this, we are referring to the cheap Chinese designed portable platformts, that weigh less than 40lb. Hypervibe, and other manufacturers like Galileo produce a small platform without the handles, but these machines weigh over 40lb and are much more powerful.

1 – Greater Frequency Range

Frequency refers to the number of times per second the platform travels up and down through 1 complete cycle of movement. Research has shown that different vibration frequencies have different effects on the way forces are transmitted to the body. Portable Type machines have been tested under many different brand names and have a maximum frequency of just 15Hz, whereas more than 90% of the 800+ studies on Whole Body Vibration research use frequency higher than this. If you want to achieve the scientific proven benefits of Whole Body Vibration, it is important the machine you purchase is capable of operating at the same settings used in the scientific research. Scientists have noted that insufficient vibration frequency could be the reason for failed outcomes.

Frequency Range
Portable Type3-15Hz
Hypervibe G10 Mini5-25Hz
Hypervibe G14 Home5-30Hz
Hypervibe G17 Pro5-35Hz

Why is the frequency range of a machine so important?

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References:

  • Using Whole Body Vibration in Physical Therapy and Sport, 1st Edition, Clinical practice and treatment exercises.

2 – More G Force

G force refers to the intensity of the vibration, the more G force placed onto the body, the greater the body responds to that force. Side Rail Type machine have a maximum G force of just 4g, whereas Hypervibe machines can be controlled to produce very low G force like the Side Rail Type, or much higher levels of 10g or higher, depending on the model.

When asked why their G force is so low, importers of low G force machines find themselves painted into a corner and respond with the only response available, “high G force is dangerous” and reference the negative effects of G force on fighter pilots (which is trickery and not relevant to G force from vibration).

There is a BIG problem with this response.

There are more than 800 peer reviewed studies on the effects of Whole Body Vibration, and none of those studies used the Side Rail Type machines. The one machine that has more research than any other brand in the world is called the Galileo, the German inventors of the technology from 1996. Galileo have more than 100 studies published in science journals from around the world, Galileo is the reason why you discovered the technology and why you are reading this article right now. The smallest of the Galileo models, is a machine called the “Galileo Kiddy” i.e. it is designed for children. The Galileo Kiddy, has a maximum G force of 10g, whereas their largest model has a maximum G force of more than 30g.

On one hand you have the most scientifically researched machine in the world, inventors of the technology, and their least powerful machine, designed for children produces 10g.

On the other hand, you have Side Rail Type machines with no clinical evidence, warning of the dangers of high G force, whilst also referencing the Galileo research on their website as evidence for the benefits of their machine.

The same story repeats again when comparing Side Rail Type machines to other brands that have been heavily researched.

G FORCE RANGE
Portable TypeUp to 3.5g
Hypervibe G10 MiniUp to 10g
Hypervibe G14 HomeUp to 14g
Hypervibe G17 ProUp to 17g

Why is the G force range of a machine so important?

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References:

  • Marín PJ A comparison of training intensity between whole-body vibration and conventional squat exercise. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2011 Aug;21(4):616-21
  • Lienhard K Relationship Between Lower Limb Muscle Activity and Platform Acceleration During Whole Body Vibration. J Strength Cond Res. 2015 Oct;29(10):2844-53.
  • Raphael Z. Occurrence of fatigue induced by a whole body vibration session is not frequency dependent. J Strength Cond Res. 2013 Sep;27(9):2552-61

3 – Frequency Displayed

As we already discussed, frequency is an important factor in Whole Body Vibration, it is used to control different effects and benefits. For example, 6 to 8Hz is best suited for balance, 10 to 12Hz is best suited for relaxation, and 20-45Hz is best suited for training. With this being said, when you use a vibration machine it is important that you get a frequency reading from your machine so that you can target the benefits you are wanting to achieve.

The Confidence Fitness and many others like it, don’t give you any indication of the frequency setting on the control panel, instead the machine displays a range of speed levels from 1 to 50 that don’t really give you any idea of what frequency the machine is operating at.

4 – Clinically Supported

When a company make claims that their product is supported by scientific evidence, it would not be unreasonable to expect such evidence can be provided. There are hundreds of scientific studies showing benefits of Whole Body Vibration, dating back over 20 years, however, not none of those studies used the Side Rail Type machines.

You might think, well it doesn’t really matter what type of machine was studied, what really matters is that there is scientific proof that Whole Body Vibration works, right?

Well no, when scientists conduct a study, there are many factors they choose which can cause a study to be successful or a study to fail. In Whole Body Vibration research, such factors include, how many times per week they use the machine, what exercises will be performed on the machine, how long each exercise will be performed for, and importantly what vibration settings will be used. If the vibration levels are too low, the forces placed onto the body can be too low to cause any benefits, alternatively, studies have shown that as forces are increased, the response from the body increases. Therefore, if a machine has not been used in scientific research, it is important to make review studies to make sure that the alternative product can produce the same levels of vibration used in the research.

Hypervibe

Peer reviewed studies using Hypervibe equipment, able to produce vibration levels used in majority of the research.

Portable Type

No peer reviewed studies using Portable Type equipment, unable to produce vibration levels used in majority of the research.

References:

  • Sealy RM. — Effects of exercise interventions on physical condition and health of Vietnam Veterans. Intl J Ther Rehab, August 2011, Vol 18, No. 8.
  • Sealy RM. Acute Exercise in Vietnam Veterans is Associated with Positive Subjective Experiences.
  • Jones A. The Effect of a Single Session of Whole Body Vibration on Mobility, Lower Limb Joint. Position Sense and Balance of Community Dwelling Older Adults. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. July 2013. Volume 11 Number 3.
  • Proviso Systems Limited. Vibration Analysis Report. Report Date: 10th February 2017

5 – Better Value

In a 2012 comparison of over 41 different vibration machines, engineering test results showed that on average, the more G force a machine could produce, the more expensive it was.

Often times people pay up to $1000 for one of these Portable Type machines, when the same performing machine can be purchased for $100 on eBay or Amazon.

The +10g vibration specifications of Hypervibe machines are only found in machines which cost many thousands of dollars more.

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References:

  • Pel JJ. Platform accelerations of three different wbv devices and the transmission of vertical vibrations to the lower limbs. Med Eng Phys. 2009 Oct;31(8):937-44.
  • Alstom MSC. Vibration Test Report. 1st July & 13th September 2010.
  • Proviso Systems Limited. Vibration Analysis Report. Report Date: 10th February 2017

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