When I was at a health technology convention in Dallas recently I was drawn into an exhibit with a new prototype whole body vibration machine offered by Vibra Pro. I’ve seen a lot of different machines in my time, but this one was unique in that offered the dual motion style of movement but with a radically new internal mechanism that seems bulletproof.
I’ve seen machines like the Vmax and the iSmart units and I was initially very impressed by their revolutionary dual motion concept. The concept of spiral rotational motion used along side of oscillating motion is well proven to be incredibly effective at utilizing many more muscles than either motion alone. In fact the use of both motions at the same time actually uses more muscle than the sum of either motion combined. The combination of these 2 motions is interpreted by the human brain as an incredible state of instability and the brain reacts by tightening several large groups of muscles in a sort of pre-emptive preparation to what it feels may happen next, and as soon as the brain notices that these motions have not stopped, it reacts by firing massive amounts of reflex muscles to deal with what it interprets as instability. Hundreds and hundreds of muscle contractions occur every second until this state of instability ceases. And even then the brain still is in pre-emptive mode, assuming more is about to occur soon, so it keeps the muscles in a state of ready for 30 minutes or so afterwards. This was a ‘learned’ brain response from early mans adaptation to the effects of earthquakes, and is known as a “basal instinct”. Obviously this type of motion combination can play a major role in the effectiveness of whole body vibration machines. A few companies make machines using this technology, though I haven’t seen any in a few years.
The problem with the machines that I have seen in the past was that the mechanics of the machines did not fare well under these new movements. The mechanical systems inside the machines are a technological marvel. It is not easy to create a moving platform that can move in different directions independently of one another and yet move in a smooth and purposeful manner, controlled by 2 independent separately controllable motor drive units. Indeed all of the early dual motion machines failed after several months of use. The larger more reputable companies like Vibra Pro abandoned the machines noting that it was impossible to make it work long term, using technology available to them at the time. A few other companies kept selling them anyways regardless of the fact that they know it will break down in customer’s homes in a few months. It was an inherent design flaw in the engineering that lead to these issues.
This new Vibra Pro display shows off their new patented design that definitely removes any possibility of failure. I found it very interesting to see how Vibra Pro has overcome the technical design limitations that they were stuck with a few years ago. New 80 ton presses are used to inject molded O rings into cogs that are flexible by design and are fused into place through radio wave heating systems. This is exactly what they needed to do back then, but the technology was not available at the time. Vibra Pro’s new Genesis also utilizes brand new electronic controllers with embedded cooling fans to help maximize the life of the electronic components. It’s really interesting to see how all this technology is used to create one new whole body vibration machine. I have no doubt that we will see a lot more of this machine in the near future.
Robert Redmond, Vibra Pro’s head of marketing for North America told me at the conference that the next step for this machine is their in-house testing laboratories. That is where they subject the machines to overweight loads running non stop in different climate conditions for 6 months, and then they tear the machines apart and look for signs of premature wear and tear. If all goes well then the machine should be available for sale this summer.
I certainly think that this type of machine is far more effective than traditional oscillating units or triplanar units and I believe that multi directional motion machines are the wave of the future. Having the human body respond to motion in different directions is far more effective than having the body responding to motions from one direction. No doubt, Vibra Pro has created a miracle machine here. I am curious to see what they come up with next as Robert tells me that they are currently developing their next flagship machine which is being kept under a veil of secrecy. I wonder if they have developed another level of motion to add to the unit? Time will tell, but I suggest keeping an eye on this company’s website for hints of what’s to come.
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