Cons of the Quantum Vibration Plate

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Cons of the Quantum Vibration Plate
There are less expensive exercise options that provide the same benefits as vibration plate equipment. (Andrew Bret Wallis/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Vibration training, a practice that has been around since the 1960s, uses rhythmic neuromuscular stimulation (RNS) to help build muscle. It was originally designed by scientists to aid in preventing osteoporosis, but it became a major success after it was used to train astronauts, as the trainees who received RNS were able to remain in space up to four times longer than those who didn't. Whole body vibrational equipment thus became very popular worldwide as a way to tone the body. However, despite clear advantages, there are also drawbacks to using this equipment.

How It Works

The Quantum Vibration Plate uses whole body vibration (WBV) technology to produce quick results by rapidly stimulating muscles while allowing its user to take on a more passive role than what is needed for regular exercise. The machine's base plates emit mechanical vibrations that are transferred to the entire body and use varying levels of contractile force that causes fibre and frequency summation to take place in the muscles.

High Cost

The cost of a vibration plate can be up to several thousand dollars and they are also very costly to repair in the event that they malfunction or need regular maintenance. The cost of joining a gym over the course of a year is likely to cost considerably less than a vibration plate. Additionally, many gyms offer versions of the vibration plate.

Narrows the Options

Owning a vibration plate may mean that you spend less time trying different activities. Fitness experts and enthusiasts use weight sets, skipping ropes, cardiovascular equipment and other at-home gym equipment that produce the same results as a vibration plate.

Lack of Flexibility

Vibration plates are extremely heavy and are not practical to transport. This makes taking the vibration plate for vacation exercising or changing its general location on a whim is nearly impossible. This could leave you with a limited space in which to work out and possibly result in boredom with your exercise routine.

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