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Hypervibe G17 vs VMAX Pulser

Top 5 Reasons Why You Would Choose A Hypervibe G17 over a VMAX Pulser

1 – Dual Mode Machines Less Effective

Have you ever heard the phrase “Jack of all trades, master of none”? Vibration machines that have more than one vibration method have been shown to produce only low levels of vibration regardless of which method is operating. Isn’t it better to use a machine that does one thing really great, than a machine that does two things poorly?

Worse than that, dual mode machines often produce a method of vibration termed “spiral” or “circular” vibration. Spiral vibration is only a new idea from Chinese designed machines and has no scientific basis. In a 2015 study from the University of Calgary, Canada, scientists found that spiral vibration did not create any increased muscle activation and published the following regarding their findings on the spiral mode being ineffective:

“The results of this study suggest that trainers and therapists should advise their clients to exercise on WBV platforms that induce vibrations mainly in the vertical plane such as side alternating (Pivotal) or vertical synchronous (Lineal) platforms.

Dual mode platforms are another option, although it needs to be considered that the additional costs and resources required for the accelerations in the horizontal plane do not seem to be necessary.”

Platform Type

VMAX PulserModerate Range Pivotal + Spiral
Hypervibe G17High Range Pivotal

Why is the platform type of a machine so important? Watch the video

References:

  • 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.

2 – 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. The VMAX Pulser advertises a maximum frequency of 22Hz, a large number 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.

Pivotal Frequency Range
(Spiral frequency not considered as shown to be ineffective)

VMAX Pulser5-22Hz*
Hypervibe G175-35Hz#

*Not independently confirmed, advertised specs do not calculate correctly, and other models from manufacturer independently confirmed as incorrect specs advertised.
# Engineers report confirmed specs – Proviso Systems Limited. Vibration Analysis Report. Report Date: 10th February 2017

Why is the frequency range of a machine so important? Watch the video

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

3- 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. The VMAX Pulser advertises a maximum G force of 13.5g, whereas the Hypervibe G17 Pro has been independently tested to exceed the 17g capacity it advertises, and of course can be set at much lower levels too.

G force can be calculated based on the frequency and amplitude settings of a machine via a mathematical formula. Based on the advertised frequency and amplitude settings of the VMAX, there is no way to calculate 13.5g using this formula. Other dual mode machines have been tested by engineers to produce below 10g. How would you know if this is 13.5g or not?

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G Force Range
(Spiral frequency not considered as shown to be ineffective)

VMAX PulserUp to 13.5g*
Hypervibe G17Up to 17g#

*Not independently confirmed, advertised specs do not calculate correctly, and other models from manufacturer independently confirmed as incorrect specs advertised.
# Engineers report confirmed specs – Proviso Systems Limited. Vibration Analysis Report. Report Date: 10th February 2017

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

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

4 – Bigger Warranty

At this point, you might be wondering, what good is a warranty if a product is underpowered? Well, some are interested in this, so here is how the VMAX warranty stacks up against the Hypervibe warranty.

Standard Warranty

VMAX Pulsar2 Years Labour
5 Years Frame & Motor
Hypervibe G172 Years Labour
5 Years Parts
10 Years Motor

5 – Scientifically 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 over 800 scientific studies on Whole Body Vibration, dating back over 20 years, however, not a single one of those studies was performed on the VMAX machine.

You might think, well it doesn’t really matter what brand 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.

VMAX = No peer reviewed studies using VMAX equipment, unable to produce vibration levels used in majority of the research Hypervibe = Peer reviewed studies using Hypervibe equipment, able to produce vibration levels used in majority of the research.

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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
  • 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.
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