Whole Body Vibration
The study of whole body vibration (WBV) technology, as applied to fitness and sports training began with the Soviet Space Program. The Russians discovered that cosmonauts removed from the effects of gravity developed significant bone and muscle loss during space travel.
In an effort to stop this loss and wasting, the Russian scientists experimented with vibration induced muscle activation.
Profound improvements in muscle and bone strength were obtained by using vibrating platforms to artificially super compensate for the future loss of gravity.
As a result of this effect, Veteran Russian cosmonaut Valery Polyakov, a medical doctor, set the current world record for the longest continuous spaceflight when he spent about 438 days aboard Russia’s Mir space station between 1994 and 1995. Comparatively, American astronauts Carl Walz and Dan Bursch training on conventional fitness equipment were forced to cease their mission after just 196 days due to bone and muscle degeneration. Not until the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, did WBV technology find its way into other countries.
WBV technology is finally being embraced by NASA, Professional Sports Teams, along with many allied health, medical and fitness experts throughout the United States. Hundreds of thousands of people throughout Europe have been using this technology with incredible success for over a decade!