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Is Whole Body Vibration training credible?

WBV has been widely researched by credible scientific groups who have reported a number of health and fitness benefits, such as strength gain and muscle growth4, an increase in bone density5, improved circulation8 and flexibility9, relief to tight sore muscles. In Australia, Europe, US, Canada, UK and the Middle East Vibration Training is widely used by sports teams and Personal Trainers. Russians have been using WBV to strengthen their athletes for decades.

There are so many wide and varied benefits claimed about vibration - can you really get all those benefits?

Yes. The claimed benefits have resulted from research conducted by over 30 universities world-wide. Some of the studies are listed in this booklet.

Is it safe?

The CV12 is safe for the vast majority of people, although, like all new exercise programs it’s important to consult your doctor first and discuss the contraindications should they apply to you. You can be overweight*, have aches and pains, stiffness, be recovering from injury and still get benefits from the CV12.

Does the CV12 exercise all my muscles?

It can. Even the very deep-tissue structural support muscles that are hard to reach doing other exercise options may be stimulated using the CV12. Vibration Training doesn’t discriminate between muscle groups – they work simultaneously.

The vibration is highest in the body part that is closest to the platform.

Can I lose weight on the CV12?

Yes. Research shows that increasing lean muscle mass also increases your metabolism2 – which means you can burn more calories even when you are resting. Of course, you may also need to attend to your diet - a poor, high fat diet makes weight loss difficult no matter how much you train!*

How long do I need to use the CV12 in any one session to get benefit?

You may notice benefit within just 1 minute! Our standard Safe Strength Program takes just 10 minutes incorporating a range of positions. This workout can be used as a stand alone program or in conjunction with other strength or cardio training.

Is there an ideal training schedule?

Ideally, begin gradually (3 to 10 minute sessions, 3 times a week). We offer a 10 Minute Safe Strength Program which has been designed to achieve training results.

How can I reduce cellulite with Vibration Training?

Studies have shown Vibration Training can significantly reduce cellulite. We recommend following CardioTech’s 10 Minute Safe Strength1 Program, enclosed in your manual.Do I need to exercise hard to benefit?

Simply standing or sitting on the CV12 at low speed will contribute to better circulation. To obtain an exercise benefit you must be using the machine at higher speeds and using a program that is proven to give results. We recommend our 10 Minute Safe Strength Program. All you need is a little determination - any person of any fitness level can do it!

Can I use it everyday?

It is advisable to take at least a day or two off a week to let your muscles recover from the workouts.

Again, this would depend on the intensity and duration of your workouts and your individual health.


Considerable research has been conducted on WBV for decades.

Over 30 universities across the world have produced studies on Vibration Training and research is currently underway in Australia and New Zealand.

Athletic Performance

New trends in training science: The use of vibrations for enhancing performance.
 (C. Bosco et al – New Stud Athletics 1999)
Adaptive responses of human skeletal muscle to vibration exposure.
(C. Bosco et al – Clinical Physiology, 1999)
Acute Whole Body Vibration Training increases vertical jump and flexibility performance in elite female hockey players.
(D.J. Cochrane, S.R. Stannard – British Medical Journal, 2005)

Muscle Power and Strength

Human skeletal muscle structure and function preserved by Vibration muscle exercise following 55 days of bed rest.
(D. Blotner et al – European Journal of Applied Physiology, 2006)
High-frequency Vibration Training increases muscle power in postmenopausal women.
(C.R. Russo et al – Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2003)

Metabolic Changes

Whole Body Vibration exercise leads to alterations in muscle blood volume.
(K KErschan – Dschindl et al Clinical Physiology, 2001)

Senior Performance

Effects of Whole Body Vibration training on cardio respiratory fitness and muscle strength in older individuals (a 1-year randomised controlled trial). (A.C. Bogaerts; C. Delecluse; A.L. Claessens; T. Troosters; S. Boonen; S.M. Verschueren - Age & Ageing, 2009)

Whole Body Vibration exercise in the elderly people.
(T. Akiyama, J. Kawanishi, H. Norimatsu - IBMS-JSBMR. P506F, 2003)
Further research is readily available on the internet. A good site to refer to is:

Muscle Power and Strength

Effects of Vibration Exercise on Muscle Performance and Mobility in an Older Population.
(S. Rees et al - Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 2007)

Whole-Body-Vibration Training Increases Knee-Extension Strength and Speed of Movement in Older Women.
(M. Roelants et al - Journal of the American Geriatrics society, 2004)

Impact of Whole-Body Vibration Training versus Fitness Training on Muscle Strength and Muscle Mass in Older Men: A 1-Year Randomized Controlled Trial.
(A. Bogaerts et al - The Journal of Gerontology, 2006)

Metabolic Changes

Metabolic Study, Oct-Nov 2003. Bonner Physical Therapy, 2003
(Better Health Channel, Department of Health, Victorian Government, 2011)

Back Pain

Treatment of chronic lower back pain with lumbar extension and whole body vibration exercise: a randomised controlled trial
(J. Rittweger, et al; Spine, 2002)


Anti Cellulite Untersuchung. (H. Frank - Sanaderm, 2 - 003).

Flexibility and Range of Joint Motion

Acute whole body vibration training increases vertical jump and flexibility performance in elite female field hockey players.
(C. DJ et al. - British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2005)
Effect of five weeks of whole body vibration training on speed, power and flexibility.
(K. Cole et al - Journal of the American Kinesiotherapy Association, 2010)
Comparing the effects of various whole-body vibration accelerations on Counter-movement jump performance.
(D. Bazett-Jones et al - Journal of Sports Science and Medicine,2008)


The effect of whole body vibration on lower extremity skin blood flow in normal subjects.
(E.B. Lohman, J.S. Petrofsky, C. Maloney-Hinds, H. Betts-Schwab, D. Thorpe - Lorna Linda University, CA, USA)


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