If you want to tone and strengthen muscles, burn fat, improve metabolism and balance, tighten legs and core, and reduce cellulite, most people will need a gym membership and access to about 15 machines. With a vibrating plate machine, not only can you target all these areas, but you can do it from the comfort of your own home. It’s true. Miracles do happen.
Vibrating plates, which are passive exercise equipment pieces, use controlled vibrations to set to the correct frequency and amplitude, forcing the muscles to contract and relax dozens of times a second. Because of the speed of the vibrations and the resulting fast contracting of the muscles, it’s estimated that almost a dozen exercises are completed in one minute, with vibrating plates advertising high-intensity workouts in 10 minutes that would typically take up to an hour at the gym.
Not only do we love that vibrating plates target different parts of the body and have a wide variety of health benefits, but we also like that they require only a short amount of time and can be used at home for added convenience.
While there hasn’t been much research on whole body vibrating plates with regards to how evenly they stack up against regular traditional exercise, studies have found that there and definitive benefits to using the machines. When used correctly, whole body vibrating plates can also be useful in reducing back pain, improving balance and strength, especially in older adults, and reducing bone loss.
As with any exercise program, it’s always important to check with your healthcare provider before starting anything new. In the case of whole body vibrating plates, specific groups, including women who are pregnant, people who suffer from joint or heart problems, or those who use a pacemaker should be medically cleared before using a machine.
1. Confidence Fitness Slim Full Body Vibration Platform Fitness Machine
Ten minutes on The Confidence Fitness Slim Full Body Vibration Platform Fitness Machine is equivalent to a 60-minute workout. The machine features a user-friendly display that provides low to high impact workouts that target weight loss, muscle gain, improved flexibility and more.
Pros: The Confidence is the only full-size vibration machine on our list, with handles making it the best workout for those with balance issues. With 50 speed settings, the Confidence goes from low to high-intensity workouts, helping to improve muscle strength, boost circulation and metabolism, reduce joint stress and improve bone density. The machine comes with yoga straps and users can perform weight-bearing exercises to expand on the machine’s usefulness. The machine easily folds down and has wheels for added portability.
Cons: Handles are a bit low for anyone over 6 feet.
2. LifePro Vibration Plate Exercise Machine
Lose weight and burn fat with the compact LifePro Vibration Plate Exercise Machine, which comes with free workout videos and resistance bands.
Pros: The LifePro helps to boost metabolism, reduce stress, improve circulation, strength, and flexibility while also decreasing joint and back pain through its 200-Watt vibration plate. The plate has 10 auto-programs and a 15-minute time setting to help users reach their goals, while also including yoga straps and resistance bands for additional workout options. The LifePro can handle 330 pounds of weight on the machine, whereas the Confidence is capped at 300 pounds.
Cons: Heavy and can be cumbersome to move.
3. Hurtle Fitness Vibration Platform Workout Machine
Packing 2300 RPMs and a 10-minute maximum workout session, the Hurtle Fitness Vibration Platform Workout Machine can help get users into shape with a few as two workouts per week.
Pros: The Hurtle provides a full body workout with tension cords and 20 adjustable speed levels that help to tone, build muscle, lose weight, and improve stamina. The dynamic oscillating motion technology vibrates the entire body, which is designed for fitness training and helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite. The rubber grip standing platform and remote control make it easy to adjust the Hurtle’s settings even when mid-workout.
Cons: At 265 pounds, the Hurtle has the lowest load capacity. Customers note that the manual’s instructions on exercises and how to use the machine could be improved.