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Buyer's Guide to Vibration Plates

Posted by Amy Campbell on

There has been a recent surge in the use of Vibration Plates in the home as they represent the very latest developments in fitness technology. Vibration plates or vibration machines give users a thorough, low impact workout in less time and with much less effort than many other variations of home gym equipment. If you’ve decided to invest in your very own vibrating plates there are a few things you’ll need to think about before you invest. Gym equipment tends to be an expensive and bulky long term investment and we want to help you get the most out of your money, so read on for our buyers guide to vibrating plates.

Things you need to consider when buying a Vibration Platform 

Aesthetics and user interface

It’s much easier for a manufacturer to create a vibration machine that looks nice and is easy to use than it is to engineer one capable of producing high acceleration rates at optimal frequency, but don’t let fancy design elements distract you from your core objective of choosing a machine that benefits your health.

Space

It may seem really obvious, but there is no point buying a massive vibrating machine only to find you can’t fit it anywhere in your studio apartment and so before making a big purchase like this you should always make sure that you have enough space when it arrives. Most products will have their dimensions listed in their specifications, so it’s a good idea to make a note of these and then measure the area to make sure it’s compatible with the machine.


Display panel

Most vibrating plates will come with a display panel which will show you your speed and time. Most display panels will also let you control your work out; some will have in-built workout programs that you can follow, and most will let you adjust the speed and save your progress so you will find it easier to improve. It is important to make sure that the machine you are buying does have a display panel because if it doesn’t not only will you miss out on a lot of features but it may be very difficult to control the machine during your workout.

Platform size

A large platform size may enable a few more exercise positions when compared to a medium sized platform. The bigger and heavier the platform, the harder the machine has to work, and consequently, an increased platform size may actually come at the expense of performance. So first establish which machines can produce the kind of vibration that produces health benefits and then pick the one with the platform size you prefer.

Motor Type

The type of motor used in the vibration plate you are considering can be crucial to your purchase decision. Often overlooked, different motors are used to achieve different workout objectives. For use in homes or rehabilitation, a one motor unit is the most ideal. These make one motor units more family-friendly as it can be used by anyone. A dual motor system induces more intense muscle contractions, whereby professional guidance is strongly advised. This makes the dual motor system more ideal for professional athletes and bodybuilders who usually have professional trainers and regimens designed specifically to meet their training objectives.


Frequency range

It’s important to have a large frequency range because the higher the frequency is the harder the workout will become as your muscles will be working harder, and if you want to keep using your machine and improving for a long period of time you need to allow yourself room for improvement.

When you first buy a vibrating plate machine you will be working on a low setting, but as you improve you’ll need to increase the intensity if you want to keep seeing results. There is no point in investing loads of money in a machine that has a limited range because once you master it you’ll be able to maintain your weight, but you’ll find it harder to lose weight or gain more muscle.

Energy Consumption, Noise Levels and Size

As we have already established, for a vibration plate machine to achieve its objectives, it needs to be able to accelerate adequately while producing the right frequency of vibrations. Models that are smaller or claim to make lower amounts of noise can generally do so because they don’t have enough power to deliver the results you are looking for. So don’t buy a vibration machine because it consumes less energy, is smaller or quieter, as these are sure signs that it will be nothing more than an expensive ornament.


Return guarantees

Warranties are very important, but what if you buy the machine and realise that it’s not for you? Money back grantees protect you because if you do decide you want to return your machine you will be able to get your money back within a reasonable period of time (most guarantees run for a month). It’s very important to check that the product you are buying does offer a returns guarantee and that it is within a reasonable time, because some companies will either not offer a guarantee at all or will offer it within a very short space of time (sometimes less than 7 days!). Also check if it is you or the company who will have to pay for the postage and packaging, as large machines like this may cost quite a lot to return.

Warranty

Whenever you buy an expensive machine, it is important that you look out for the warranty. This is especially true of personal gym equipment because it tends to be quite bulky in size and expensive in price, and so you’ll want to make sure you are getting the most out of your investment. If your vibration plate machine has a warranty you will be protected from accidental damages and/or manufacturing errors during the length of that warranty, so if you receive a faulty machine you can get it replaced for free within that time period.

Warranties are also a good indication of the quality of your purchase. If a machine has a 10 year warranty, that means that the manufacturer is fairly confident that machine will last at least ten years. There would be no point in slapping a massive warranty on a product that the manufacturer knew would break within the first six months because they would have to keep paying out, so it makes sense that a company would only put a warranty on a product they were sure about. Therefore checking the length of a products warranty is a good way of checking how durable that product is.

Manufacturer

It is always good practice to do a quick search on the manufacturer of the product you are investing in to ensure they are going to stand the test of time. Reputable companies with years of experience and relevant certifications and compliance to the industry’s quality standards are going to be the tell-tale signs to look out for in a quality product to avoid a waste of money and time.

This brings us to the end of our buyers guide to Vibration Plates. We hope you have found this guide informative and helpful and you now feel confident to get out there and make the right choice for you.


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