By far the most popular new addition to the passive exercise category is whole-body vibration or WBV. An outgrowth of a program used to train Russian cosmonauts and later utilized by NASA, it quickly spread through Europe and Japan, then hit U.S. shores.
Movements performed on a Whole Body Vibration (WBV) oscillating platform have been shown to be four times more effective than equivalent exercises performed on a stationary surface. When standing on the platform of a WBV machine, the body experiences vertical oscillating vibrations, a side-alternating rocking movement. The energy from the oscillating vibrations is safely transferred without impact, deeply stimulating the cells of the body’s muscle, bone and soft tissue. Because the amplitude and intensity of the vibration can be controlled, WBV is intended for users of all types and all fitness levels.
WBV activates an average of 97% of all muscle groups and produces up to 30 involuntary reflexes per second, all of which results in the burning of fat and the building of muscle. There is no stress on the joints, ligaments or tendons compared to other resistance training. The result is more benefit in less time.