Frequently Asked Questions
- · How does Vibration work?
The Total Body Shaper (TBS) causes our body to react to the oscillation movement which simulates walking. This natural stimulus causes our body to produce involuntary reflex muscle contractions. Muscles will contract up to 45 times per second and as acceleration increases, your body works against a far greater influence or “load” of gravity in every movement you perform.
- · Many claims are made regarding vibration technology. Can you really achieve such wide and varied benefits?
Yes. Claims made result from over 30 years of research at Universities worldwide. Check out the Scientific Studies section in our website
- · Is there research behind this technology?
Vibration training has 40 years of research behind its science. With any technology, the individual needs to take a critical look at the research and validity behind it. Whole Body Vibration has been featured in such prestigious and influential peer reviewed journals as Spine, Journal of Bone and Mineral Density, and Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. With its potential applications, new research is constantly being initiated across numerous North American and European Universities.
- · Is it safe?
Yes. The TBS is safe for most individuals if you have a specific health concern, please consult your doctor first and discuss the contraindications that would apply to you. Whether physically fit or sedentary, almost everyone can enjoy the benefits of this Body Vibration machine. Whether overweight or suffering from aches and pains, or recovering from injury, you will notice benefits from the TBS.
- · Can I exercise all my muscles on the TBS?
Yes. Various muscle groups will be addressed according to the individual changing positions on the TBS. The vibration is highest in the body part that is closest to the platform and will lessen as it travels up the body.
- · Which type of machine is better suited for weight loss?
Generally speaking, the oscillating platforms are better suited for weight loss than triplanar or piston type machines. The larger amplitude and lower frequencies tend to burn more calories. However, there are some machines that have significant amplitude and are also suited for weight loss. The Total Body Shaper was designed to maximize all the positive results that can be attributed to Whole Body Vibration.
- · Will I lose weight when training on the TBS?
Yes. Training on the TBS has been shown to increase lean muscle mass, therefore increase metabolism, which means you will burn more calories while exercising. For optimum weight loss, it is recommended that you combine a cardio workout with your TBS training.
- · How long should I use the TBS in each session to get a benefit?
A full session should be 10 minutes. When you first begin using the TBS, start with 3-5 minutes and increase as your body becomes accustomed to the vibration technology. You will notice benefits very quickly. Often after 1 minute, you will feel the changes. This workout can be used in conjunction with other strength and cardio training, or as a standalone program.
- · How long should I use the Total Body Shaper to see results?
Use of Whole Body Vibration is similar to regular training in some aspects. How often you use it will depend on what you are hoping to accomplish. For those looking for strength gains, we recommend approximately five times per week. Others may use it every day for recovery and warming up and cooling down. Due to its ability to increase circulation, lactic acid is quickly cleared, leading to faster recovery. In many aspects, Whole Body Vibration exercise training is more efficient than conventional training. With regular weight training, muscles undergo some micro tears through the stresses placed on them. This leads to a recovery time of forty eight hours before engaging in that activity again. Whole Body Vibration training minimizes these micro tears. Combine this with the increased circulation and there is only a twenty four hour recovery period before you can effectively use the same muscle group.
- · Is there a particular training schedule?
Gradually begin using the TBS in 3 to 10 minute sessions. The initial training phase occurs on a neurological level (similar to conventional training). It is necessary to become accustomed to this new exercise technology to receive full benefits. Results will vary with each individual according to their physical condition. Normally results can be seen within 2 to 6 weeks. TBS offers professionally designed programs for beginners, intermediate and advanced users. The programs are illustrated in the user manual.
- · Can vibration training reduce cellulite?
Yes. Studies have shown significant reduction of cellulite with vibration. This is achieved by improving the body’s ability to eliminate toxins and lymphatic waste through increased circulation. Increased collagen results in improvement in elasticity and tone of the skin.
- · Cellulite and how does Vibration Exercise help with this?
Cellulite is sometimes called the ‘cottage cheese look’. This can happen to anyone at any age, regardless of whether you are skinny or overweight! Basically, cellulite is fat accumulation under the skin. This is usually in a honeycombed shaped pattern. In some people, this fat tends to bulge out like stuffing in a mattress. This is the ‘cellulite’ that you see. In order to reduce cellulite, an exercise program has to be specific. Basically, you must increase muscle tone, and replace fat stores with lean muscle. Doing high repetitions of exercise at all the possible angles is one way to reduce cellulite. Whole Body Vibration exercise is another, better way to accomplish this. Vibration exercise presents a very high rate of muscle contraction repetitions (1200 per minute) and works all muscle fibers.
- · I’ve heard people say that Whole Body Vibration training helps with anti aging?
There are many factors that go with aging. Inactivity and stress are two. This effective Vibration exercise training takes only 10 minutes a session, 8 times a day and can be used up to 7 days a week. Whole Body Vibration exercise training on the Total Body Shaper also has been shown to decrease the stress hormone cortisol and increase serotonin which research confirms also combats aging.
- · How does vibration help circulation?
During the exercising process, your muscles are contracting, which would usually decrease circulation. When training on the TBS, circulation in the muscles and skin tissue increases significantly. The massage positions will improve circulation and aid in cellulite reduction.
- · What are the advantages of the massage positions?
When using the massage positions on the TBS, you may experience a slight redness on the skin and feel a warm tingly sensation. This is turn increases the body’s ability to improve lymphatic drainage and flush toxins. Massage increases the production of Human Growth Hormone, reinforces the production of collagen and significantly contributes to combating cellulite.
- · Should I consult with my doctor before using TBS?
Vibration training is becoming widely known internationally and nationally for the health benefits. In the world of health and fitness clubs, as well as in the fields of medical and rehabilitative care, vibration training is increasing in popularity. If your doctor or health care specialist would like more information about TBS and its benefits, have them visit our website.
- · Is vibration training safe?
Yes. As mentioned earlier, Whole Body Vibration utilizes a very specific frequency range that is proven in research to be safe and effective. Every object has a resonance frequency. For example, internal organs and the spine have a resonance frequency between 5 and 10 Hz. Research reveals that longer term exposure to vibration at frequencies lower than 5 HZ is not recommended due to resonate vibration of the organs.
- · Will TBS improve flexibility?
Yes. You will notice an increase in your flexibility and range of motion. Research has shown stretch positions and vibration increase flexibility. Stretching muscles will assist the movements you perform on a daily basis.
- · How does the TBS benefit me while stretching?
Simply standing on the TBS platform will increase muscle strength. Holding a regular muscle stretch position is advisable to increase the stretching effect.
- · Can I use my TBS in bare feet?
Flexible-soled shoes are recommended to reduce friction between the body and the vibration plate, and to ensure the correct transfer of vibrations to the body. Using a rubber mat or towel on the platform, will provide added comfort if using barefoot or to perform other exercises in which body parts are in contact with the platform.
- · I have osteoporosis. How can Whole Body Vibration help?
Vibration training helps by increasing the strength of your muscles. It’s well known that the strength of the bones is influenced by the strength of your muscles. Whole Body Vibration exercise training is a safe and gentle way to achieve these strength gains. For further information, please go to the research section of this site for more information.
- · I have fibromyalgia and was told not to weight train, can I use TBS?
An effective program for those with fibromyalgia will involve exercises that promote strength, flexibility and endurance. Whole Body Vibration has been shown to produce greater increases in flexibility over conventional training, with less stress on the joints. In addition, strength gains with vibration training are comparable to regular exercise, except the time to complete exercises is shorter. More importantly, the Total Body Shaper is gentle and safe, not putting undue stress on your joints. Consult your physician prior to starting any exercise program if you have fibromyalgia.
- · I have arthritis. Will Vibration Exercise be helpful?
Whole Body Vibration training has shown to be beneficial for those with arthritis, with the goal of strengthening the muscles around the joints in keeping the area stabilized and to prevent further injury. The Total Body Shaper minimizes stress on the joints, making it the ideal training solution. Various health professionals have incorporated Whole Body Vibration exercise into their treatment plans. Once you are screened by your health professional, they will be able to recommend the appropriate vibration training regimen for your particular condition.
- · How many calories does Vibration Exercise burn?
Let’s look at it another way. Our metabolism is unique to each of us. Metabolism is our body’s ability to burn a certain number of calories a day. The higher our metabolism, the more calories we can burn every day. Whole Body Vibration training on the Total Body Shaper has been shown to increase our resting metabolism. Whole Body Vibration exercise will also allow you, over time, to burn more calories per day than you did before starting Whole Body Vibration training. This aids in preventing a drop in your metabolism if you wanted to lose weight. In addition, it allows you to be able to eat healthy foods and maintain your weight over time.
- · Why Vibration Exercise is different from conventional training?
The Whole Body Vibration advantage over conventional training is due to its ability to provide more effective and efficient training without the multiple repetitions, joint stress and large time commitments associated with regular exercise. Research has shown strength gains equivalent to conventional resistance training at a fraction of the time commitment. Ten minutes of Whole Body Vibration training produces results comparable to one hour of conventional training. Therefore, Whole Body Vibration exercise provides a safe and effective alternative to those who want benefit from weight training, but are unable or unwilling to engage in it.
- · What is your warranty?
Our warranty covers all defective parts and labor for a period of TWO year period. The labor inclusion is for customers in Alberta and will be addressed for out of province customers.
- · Is there a weight limit for your machine?
The weight limit for individuals using the Whole Body Vibration machines the Total Body Shaper is in the range of 270—370 pounds depending on the model you are using.