Vibration plate buyers guide
Vibration plates or vibration trainers are a relatively new comer to the fitness industry. How do they work? You simply stand on the vibration plate and it will send a high-speed vibration up through your whole body, which helps to stimulate your muscles at a larger rate than usual.
Vibration plates can help you to lose weight and tone your muscles all from the comfort of your own home. This can save you the time and hassle of having to travel to the gym and the cost for a gym membership.
Despite what some say, studies have actually shown that vibration trainers do indeed cause your muscles to work harder and fatigue. They have also been known to combat osteoporosis. Some even promise to give you a full body workout in just 10 minutes! This makes them useful for those who have to squeeze their exercise into a tight schedule.
With a range of budget vibration plates and premium vibration plates to choose from, there is something for everyone. Just keep in mind that they are not intended for use when pregnant or if you have any cardiovascular conditions.
Read on to discover our best vibration plates and what features to look out for if you are in the market for one.back to menu ↑
What are the best vibration plates?
Here we will take a look at our best vibration plates from the hundreds of vibration plate reviews that we have researched and analysed in great detail.back to menu ↑
How to choose the best vibration plate for you
Vibration plates will have a range of different features and functionalities. Whilst a basic vibration trainer should be sufficient enough for the average user, the fitness enthusiasts may want something more advanced. In this section we will cover some of the key features to keep a look out for when buying a vibration plate.back to menu ↑
You will want to check the vibration plate dimensions to ensure that it will fit within the space you have available in your home gym. They generally do not take up as much space as say a treadmill, exercise bike or elliptical machine. Vibration trainers are a lot more compact which makes them a good option for those with limited space. They can easily be stored away when not in use.
The bigger the vibration plate, the more exercises you will comfortably be able to do on it. However, keep in mind that a bigger plate also requires a larger motor to operate properly, so you may have to spend that little bit extra.back to menu ↑
Weight & Height
Take a look at the weight capacity and any height limits that there may be on the vibration plate. The more weight that it can hold, the more stable it is likely to feel when in use. Height matters on vibration plates with handles which provide extra stability. Make sure that the height and weight restrictions are suitable for anyone who will be using it.back to menu ↑
We strongly believe that everyone should have a fair chance at exercise regardless of their physical condition. If you have any injuries or a disability, you may want to shop around for specialist vibration plates that can cater to your specific requirements.back to menu ↑
You can have the best vibration plate in the world but that doesn’t mean anything if it is so uncomfortable that you are put off even using it! The more comfortable it is, the more inclined you will be to perform sustained exercise routines.back to menu ↑
Check what the range of vibration plate frequencies are. The frequency is how fast the plate can vibrate and is usually measured in impulses per second. E.g. at 40 hz the plate will move up and down 40 times in a second.
The higher the frequency is, the harder the workout will be because of the force applied to your muscles is increased. We advise a lower frequency to start with and for working with injuries. Tri-plane plates can be used for stretching and massages by setting the machine on a low frequency (hz) setting.back to menu ↑
The amplitude is measured in mm and refers to the peak to peak displacement of the vibration. A higher amplitude increases the extent of the movement which in turn increases the intensity of your workout.back to menu ↑
Tri-Plane Vibration Plate
These are the types of vibration plates you tend to see in commercial gyms. On a tri-plane plate, the powerful vibrations move across three planes; forward and back, side to side, and up and down. There is some extensive research from NASA testing to back up their fitness and rehabilitation possibilities.back to menu ↑
Oscillation Vibration Plate
Oscillation plates have a see-saw motion which is less intense than tri-plane vibrations but are still a great choice for your home workouts. These plates vibrate on a pivotal point: as one of the plate sides is raised, the other side drops. If you stand with your feet apart on the platform, your body will be ‘wobble’. This focuses on training your legs, bottom and stomach.back to menu ↑
It is important to check if there are any safety features incorporated into the vibration plate. These can help prevent any accidents or injuries, especially if you are going to be vibrating at a high frequency.back to menu ↑
The best vibration plates can include a computer display which lets you keep track of your workout data. This can be a great way to see how well you are performing, identify areas in which you can improve and to reach your fitness goals. The display should be easy to read and any controls should be user friendly. If you would like preprogramed workouts, check to see if they are included.back to menu ↑
It goes without saying that your budget will be a big part of your decision when buying a vibration plate. You can further narrow the options down according to your price range. Thankfully, there are vibration trainers to suit a wide variety of budgets and user requirements.back to menu ↑
Other Key Features
Here are a few other things to consider when choosing a vibration plate;
- How good is the build quality?
- Does it have handlebars for stability?
- Does it have any accessories such as resistance bands?
- Is there anywhere to place your water bottle and smart device?
- Will you be able to assemble it on your own or will you need help?
- Does it include setup instructions and any video tutorials?
- Is there any protection underneath to prevent damaging your floors?
- Does it come with a warranty and if so, what does this cover?
- Is the customer support any good?
- What is the general consensus from the vibration plate reviews?
Benefits of vibration plates
The main benefits of vibration plates are that they can give you a low impact workout that stimulates your muscles with minimal effort from your part. In addition to that, here are some other benefits of using a vibration trainer;
- Improve your cardiovascular health
- Stimulates muscle growth
- Boost your mood and mental health
- Burn calories and trim fat
- Low impact exercise in your home
- Vibration plates are compact and need minimal space
- Save you gym membership and travel costs
Tips for using your vibration plate
A vibration plate can provide a unique way to improve your health and fitness from the privacy and comfort of your own home. However, before you begin, here are a few tips to help you get the best vibration plate experience;
- Start with a lower frequency and work your way up
- Watch video tutorials to familiarise yourself with the vibration trainer
- Keep it in a suitable place where you are more likely to use it
- Set yourself short to long term fitness goals
- Listen to music for motivation during your workout
- Stay hydrated throughout your session
- Stop exercising if you feel any pain
Vibration plates have been around since the early 90’s and remain popular in the health and beauty industry. It is only recently that they have been introduced for home use. Before that, you would have had to go to a commercial gym or spa to use one.
There are different types of vibrating plates available on the market, but they all essentially do the same thing. This is to force your muscles to contract and relax, in the same way as they do when you’re exercising normally. The difference being you can just stand on a vibration plate and exercise without breaking a sweat! Of course, it is not the same as a punishing spin bike workout or gruelling session on a rowing machine, but vibration trainers certainly have a place in any home gym.
Vibration plates intensity can range from a gentle massage to an intense vibration that gets your muscles pumping. The greater the frequency range, the more variation your workouts can have. It is important to remember that your bloodstream is what carries oxygen and nutrients around your body and plays a pivotal role in transporting waste and toxins out of your body.
Hopefully this guide has given you an idea of how vibrating plates work and will help you to find the best vibration plate for your home gym!