Stupid "fitness" equipment: The Vibration Platform

This very strange and completely bogus piece of "fitness" equipment has a lot of different names but I just call it "The Wobbler" because that is basically all that it does. It, in all of its forms advertises that you will get ripped and lose weight once again by doing virtually nothing at all and well, anytime that anything tells you that this is the case you can be all but guaranteed that it is a flat out lie. src

I saw them appear in some gyms in hotels I was staying at but for the most part you are not going to see this machine in any sort of serious gym because it doesn't do much for their image to have something in there that they are very aware does absolutely nothing for you.

This notion of vibrating the fat away is not a new concept, there were variations of these things that were aimed mostly at women that were all the rage long before most of us were born and every now and then you still see one of these kicking around somewhere src

The claims made by manufacturers of these wobblers include but are not limited to the following.

increased circulation, muscle strength, and flexibility; better range of motion; core conditioning and stability; and faster muscle recovery after working out.

I have seen some of these machines that actually had a calorie counter on them to assure you that by simply standing on something you are burning off the cheeseburger and fries you had for lunch and you can do it all while simply standing in front of the TV.

Actual doctors have come to the conclusion that while these machines can offer some benefits, they don't burn calories at any sort of accelerated rate and the claims that the manufacturers make are almost entirely untrue or at best gross exaggerations of what the machine is actually capable of accomplishing.

A wide variety of doctors, who are being as nice as they can be when describing what these machines actually accomplish all say that there is "some benefit" to bone density when this machine is used regularly, but it wasn't any different than if someone were to walk around 2 miles a week - which come on man, that isn't even very far. Plus, the walking is proven to burn calories and independent studies of these machines have all come to the conclusion that it has a "nearly meaningless impact on caloric burn." src

Most of the machines focus on improving the butts of women and all you have to do is hold a position similar to the one in the picture and let it wobble your glutes into a perfect size (whatever that is - I suppose this is subjective.)

However, this "exercise" once gain, can be replicated by simply holding that position without the machine at all and doing squats does a lot more good for your glutes than either one of them.

The bottom line is that this product is bogus just like a wide-variety of bogus products that make claims about weight loss and toning of anything without doing any actual work. They hire models to try to make these claims appear true but outside of the photo shoot and / or commercial, you can be all but guaranteed that these models do NOT even use said machine.

If it sounds too good to be true it is because it isn't true folks, that is the secret to all of this gizmos.

combo fatty.jpg I went form star athlete, to fat-lete, and then lost 50 lbs and kept it off by simply being a bit more sensible... you can too... but there are no shortcuts


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