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  • Whole body vibration does not cause weight loss

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    Thursday, January 03, 2008 7:09 am Email this article
    Whole body vibration does not cause weight loss in women according to a 6 month done by researchers from Belgium. Subjects

    Subjects : 48 women

    The study involved 48 untrained women with an average age of 21-years-old.


    Study Design

    Study design : 3 groups — vibration with exercise, fitness training and control group

    The study analyzed whether whole body vibration had any effect on body composition or on muscle strength.

    Eighteen of the 48 women engaged in exercises while on the whole body vibration machine called a “Power Plate” three times per week.

    Another 18 of women engaged in 15-40 minutes of aerobic exercise and leg pressed and leg lifts three times per week.

    The other 12 women were the control group and did not engage in training.

    During the 6 months, “there were no significant changes in weight, in percentage body fat, nor in skinfold thickness [ body fat ] in any of the groups,” the researchers noted.


    Muscle Mass

    Muscle Mass increased by 2.2% in Vibration Group

    Muscle mass increased by 2.2 percent in the whole body vibration group, but none in the other two groups.



    Leg strength increased in Vibration Group plus exercise more than the fitness group

    Muscular strength also increased more in the whole body vibration group than the fitness trained group—24 percent versus 17 percent according to one measurement.



    Conclusion : Whole body vibration plus exercise did not cause weight loss or fat loss, but causes slight increase in muscle

    “In conclusion, 24 weeks whole body vibration training did not reduce weight, total body fat or subcutaneous fat in previously untrained females,” the paper concluded.

    “However, whole body vibration training induces a gain in knee-extensor strength combined with a small increase in fat free mass.”

    “The gain in strength is comparable to the strength increase following a standard fitness training program consisting of cardiovascular
    and resistance training.”


    Roelants M, Delecluse C, Goris M, Verschueren S. Effects of 24 weeks of whole body vibration training on body composition and muscle strength in untrained females. Int J Sports Med. 2004 Jan, 25(1):1-5.


    Christophe Delecluse, Ph.D.
    Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics Laboratory
    Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy
    Department of Kinesiology
    Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
    Tervuursevest 101
    3001 Leuven, Belgium
    Phone + 32 16 32 90 76
    Fax + 32 16 32 91 97
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