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Benefits of Kwikfit4u Whole Body Vibration : Muscle Strength And Flexibility
Muscle Strength And Flexibility
Muscle strength and flexibility is a major area of interest in the growing body of Whole Body Vibration research. Several recent studies have not only shown Whole Body Vibration exercise’s effectiveness in increasing muscle strength, tone and flexibility, but have also shown that these effects to last for extended periods of time.
Theories behind the incredibly effective and rapid improvements in muscle strength and flexibility that Whole Body Vibration training provides may range from neurophysiological inhibition and neural stretching, to myofascial release, to isometric stretching. Nonetheless, what is clear is that Whole Body Vibration works, and positive results can be achieved in extremely brief periods of time, seemingly exceeding anything else researchers have seen to date. Only ten minutes a day on a Whole Body Vibration platform can be equivalent to over an hour of conventional exercise in a gym or fitness center.
All trainers know the importance of energy conversion and as far as energy conversion goes, the training effect of Whole Body Vibration exercise via the stretch reflex further perfects the energy conversion capabilities of all the muscular systems involved. This reflex involves the rapid stretch (“fast twitch”) of muscle fibers, and through the gamma and alpha neuron systems response to that stretch, a corresponding muscle contraction followed by another release of tension is affected. Through repeatedly eliciting this reflex at varying speeds, the neuroplastic effects on the speed of potential to kinetic energy conversion are apparent.
When considering that muscle strength, power, flexibility and energy conversion are of utmost importance to an athlete, the degree of muscular coordination between and within the postural and phasic muscle groups may be the ultimate deciding factor between optimal performance and sustaining injury. Postural muscles, which act predominately to sustain your posture against gravity, contain mostly slow twitch muscle fibers and therefore have a greater capacity for sustained work. Phasic muscles, on the other hand, are more suited for movement, contain fast twitch muscle fibers and are more easily capable of fatigue. Impairments in the coordination of both phasic and postural muscle systems will cause joint instability, structural compensation, and inevitably, tissue trauma. Due to the unique nature by which Whole Body Vibration therapy works on the body, both postural and phasic muscle systems can be trained simultaneously with maximum levels of muscle recruitment (up to 97%). This enhanced state of inter and intra-muscular coordination, driven directly by the central nervous system and its response to the repeated Whole Body Vibration stimulus, allows for better support, reduced compensatory mechanisms during movement and proper stability during sport activities.
Strengthening Your Core Muscles
When using a Whole Body Vibration platform different muscles and muscle groups can be targeted and that includes your core muscles which are the most important muscle group in your body. Aside from occasional sit-ups and push-ups, however, core exercises are often neglected.
Thankfully there has been an increasing focus on core muscle training in the past few years. They dictate how your entire body including your arms and legs will function. Whole Body Vibration will help firm and tone your core muscles and with only a few sessions you’ll notice the difference. Core exercises on a Whole Body Vibration machine will train the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work in harmony. This leads to better balance and stability, whether on the playing field or in daily activities. In fact, most sports and other physical activities depend on stable core muscles.
In Conclusion: With Whole Body Vibration training muscles get stronger and more flexible, and resting metabolism will increase, toning and shaping your body, even after your ten minute session is over. Besides, it should also be emphasized that (unlike normal training) stresses on the joints, cartilage and connective tissue are significantly less, resulting in decreased risks of injuries.
Whether you are a professional athlete, a senior citizen, a stay at home mom or anything in between, when it comes to toning and strengthening muscles, Whole Body Vibration is perfect for you.