Understanding Whole Body Vibration October 16 2014, 0 Comments
What is controlled Whole Body Vibration?
Controlled Whole Body Vibration is a new type of fitness training and therapy that has a strong and direct impact on health, wellness and longevity.
Mechanical vibrations used at the correct frequency and amplitude cause muscular contractions, better known as involuntary neuromuscular stretch reflex.
Muscles are activated and trained very easily in a short period of time. Twelve exercises of one minute each can be equivalent to an hour work out at the gym.
Vibration training with DKN X Series therefore has the effect of strengthening the muscles and increasing endurance, balance, explosiveness and flexibility. CWBV also has a direct impact on hormonal response.
In a conventional training session, only 40% of the muscle fibers are trained; with controlled Whole Body Vibration training, that percentage can reach 90% to 95%. In addition to its effect on muscle tissues, training with controlled Whole Body Vibration also has a positive effect on tendon tissue, bone tissue, the nervous system and hormonal balances.
Interesting History facts
The world first saw its effectiveness when the Russians started winning all the Gold at the Olympic Games in 1960. They also started keeping their cosmonauts in space longer and longer.
Dr. Vladimir Nazarov, by experimenting with a vibration system also proclaimed that training with a vibration therapy not only produced an increase in strength but also an increase in flexibility.
This has a major advantage over classical strength training, where an increase muscular strength is often associated with a shortening of the muscles.
Research on controlled Whole Body Vibration made its way to Europe in the early 90’s.
Motion, simulation and frequency
What we are talking about here are the mechanical vibrations caused by the DKN machine. These vibrations are defined by three parameters:
- the direction of the motion: for the optimum stimulation of muscles and skeleton, a vertical displacement is required (cWBV = gravity accelerator). The DKN X-series generates these vertical vibrations plus horizontal and lateral residual vibrations that create a 3-dimensional vibration.
- the length or amplitude of the motion: with the DKN X-series, this movement range is from 1.8 to 3.74mm. Depending on the frequency/acceleration.
- the vibration frequency: the number of upward and downward movements of the plate per second. The DKN-series machines offer you a frequency range that can be varied from 20Hz to 50Hz (movements per second).