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The New Rage - Vibration Training
The new rage is "Vibration training." Essentially, the athlete will stand on a vibrating platform and perform various exercises. The main question to be answered is: will vibration training make you, the athlete, bigger, stronger, and more powerful?

The following information appeared in The Journal of Pure Power, July 2009 with original research done by Wilcock, I, et. al, "Vibration Training: Could it enhance the strength, power, or speed of athletes?" Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 23(2);593-603, 2009.

A high degree of strength and power is essential to success in any strength and power sport. So your training revolves nearly exclusively around ways to increase your strength and power.

Many studies have found increases in strength and power after vibration training in trained and aged subjects. But you are not just a "trained" subject; you are a highly trained athlete. Yes, there is a difference. Most of the vibration research was conducted with college students who are "trained," meaning they are familiar with weight training; they are fitness enthusiasts. This is very different from the athlete who trains at high intensities and at a volume and frequency that by far exceeds the training regimen of a "fit person." With that distinction, can you, the athlete, expect to gain just as much from vibration training?

There are two primary methods of vibration training: whole-body vibration, where you stand on a vibrating platform, and what is called segmental vibration training, where you place only part of your body on the vibration mechanism.

What are the actual long-term effects of vibration training on strength, power, and speed in trained athletes?

Researchers from the Institute of Sport and recreation Research at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand set out to investigate.

I won't go into the details of the studies here, but when accessed as a whole, it seems clear that the reported benefits of vibration training for trained athletes by far exceed the actual benefits that research has found. It's not surprising that a vibration machine manufacturer would make such claims, but coaches should be too smart to swallow such hype and should dig deeper before committing their school's, team's, or their own money to such training modalities.

For my recommended training techniques, see "The Winning Edge: Fueling & Training the Body for Peak Performance."

For my recommended nutritional program, see "Nutripoints: Healthy Eating Made Simple."

Author/speaker and an expert in ”Sports Performance Enhancement”. Jack Medina is available for speaking engagements, consultation and personal training of athletes in various sports, professional and amateur. Jack has written a new book, “The Winning Edge: Fueling & Training The Body For Peak Performance” with Dr. Roy Vartabedian, an internationally known New York Times Best Selling Author of the “Nutripoints” program for optimal nutrition. Both books are available online at Jack also has a monthly ezine (newsletter) available free which can be subscribed to on his website. All subscriber’s addresses will be confidential and not sold or given to any other organization or group.

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