You know what one of the best feelings is? Waking up and actually feeling refreshed…even better when that day falls on a Monday! Fortunately a spa day on Sunday at Taj Wellington Mews combined with a quality night of sleep that night gave me the R& R needed. I’ve mentioned the Taj Wellington Mews’ outstanding service before and I have to do it again. Massages there might cost 6 x more than ordinary massages in India, but they are absolutely worth it!
Fortunately that renewed energy lasted me all day, including during my workout. Along with the regular cardio & weight training equipment, my gym also has a separate area with a Vibro Trainer Machine. I signed up for a trial session for the sake of variety. I know I know– I’m a little late to the party given how popular the Power Plate machine was some years back. Anyway I had no idea what to expect other than the workouts:
- Involved a vibrating plate
- Were efficient
From what I understand, these machines create vibrations from the feet upward and distribute the energy across the whole body. In response to these vibrations, the muscle fibers have to contract & relax faster than voluntary movements alone. Along with cutting down overall workout time, other “promises” include quicker fat loss, improved motion and stability and enhanced blood flow. I’m always a bit weary about machines/equipment that make inflated claims, especially in relation to traditional exercise. I’ve owned a pair of Fit Flops for about 4 years now and I definitely don’t find them toning my legs any more than my trainers.
After the personal trainer outlined the basics, we did 2 rounds of the following circuit on the vibrating platform:
- Quick step-ups
- Leg lifts
- Bridge Lift
- Step-ups with dumbbell bicep curls
- Step-up with dumbbell tricep extensions
I actually really enjoyed the workout. The vibrating sensations were initially a bit weird, but I got used it after a few exercises. We finished the workout within 35 minutes, including recovery time. As for the claims, I wouldn’t say it’s “better” than good ol’ fashioned running or weight training…at all. However any workout that gets my heart rate up to an elevated level sounds effective me. I especially liked that most of the exercises relied on my body weight. As my current strength training routine involves a mix of dumbbells & machines, this kind of workout could be a good alternative for when my workout mojo starts to dwindle.
Have you ever tried working out on a vibrating machine? What’s your take?
What’s your workout today (or yesterday)? Rest day for me!