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    Have any of you tried/used/own one of these machines? They are supposed to help drain lymphatic glands, give more energy, build core strength, develop muscle etc etc. My cousin is thinking about buying one (they are about $2200), but would like some more opinions/experiences of other people to factor in.

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    Nothing replaces real exercise.

    They *do* work. To a point. But again, nothing can replace the real thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Words of Ivory View Post
    Nothing replaces real exercise.

    They *do* work. To a point. But again, nothing can replace the real thing.
    Excellent reply!

    Several devices have attempted to supplant exercise.

    Remember "Tens" units?

    The rubber pads that hooked into a power supply via wire leads, and each power source was controlled by a dial?



    They are great for lower back pain, they are super for folks in a medical setting who do not have full capacity to exercise, but do not wish to atrophy. Neither will turn an average person into Mr. Olympia.

    Before spending $2,200 on a machine, first look at their used price (an indicator if they are worth a shit, (a) if lots are available they suck, (b) if used price is less than 50% of retail then they suck). Then, see if you can get the opinion of a neutral third party, a trainer you know casually, a fitness store clerk who is not on commission, or a local gym rat.
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    In her case, she suffers from thyroid problems and walks/runs 1 1/2 hours a day plus does some light strength training. Her daughter is 15 and had slight oxygen deprivation when she was born, resulting in some learning difficulties. The daughter has always been extremely tired and needs a lot of time to be fully awake in the morning, and also has had to take a day or two off school every month to catch up on sleep. My cousin is hopeful that this could make a difference in her daughter's alertness and also enhance her own fitness.

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    If it could work and help her, that would be amazing. I would definitely suggest doing more research first though, or you might ending up wasting two grand on a giant paperweight.

    Ask a doctor. They would know best.

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    A whole gym in one!

    I wouldn't recommend it for the kid, though.

    Really, though, I wouldn't see the vibration machines doing any serious help to anyone who is even relatively healthy or capable of exercise, surely not compared to walking/running an hour and a half a day.
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    As much as I'd like to think this will help her, I looked at a video and I honestly think this would be a waste of money.

    Something to consider when thinking about fitness... the most vital element of overall fitness has very little to do with muscles. Muscles are like the wheels on a car, they are where the rubber meets the road as obviously they are the only thing moving your skeletal system around. However what is far more important is the engine, the nutrient delivery system.

    The primary factor of how good of shape someone is in not their muscular development but rather their cardiovascular system, and the only muscles involved there are the heart and diaphragm which can only be developed aerobically. Someone with well developed heart, diaphragm, and muscle capillaries but poor muscle tone and extra fat will outperform someone with great muscles, low body fat, but poor cardiovascular development. Aside from the possible lymphatic stimulation, this machine seems to be focused on muscle development so I'm not sure it has much to offer her or her daughter.

    I'm certainly not a doctor or a fitness expert but I think the best thing they could do is get some medication and look into low impact aerobic exercises like swimming or an elliptical machine. Better diet perhaps, too? Hope this helps.

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    No personal experience, but my question would be what this expensive machine can do that light bodyweight routine (with a cost of $0) could not. Improvement is simply an adaptation to stress.

    The promise of draining glands and such sounds like marketing crap, like a detox program. If anything, a doctor or dietician should be consulted for those types of things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Words of Ivory View Post
    Nothing replaces real exercise.

    They *do* work. To a point. But again, nothing can replace the real thing.
    Quote Originally Posted by Words of Ivory View Post
    If it could work and help her, that would be amazing. I would definitely suggest doing more research first though, or you might ending up wasting two grand on a giant paperweight.

    Ask a doctor. They would know best.
    Just suggest she do this. She is going to have to find a neutral party.

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    They'd be better off with electro kits and I wouldn't suggest those to anyone unless they're so far gone they are suffering from muscular atrophy, have a severe physical disability, or are in need of intense physical therapy due to injury.

    I just looked up videos on the vibration trainer things, they look like a load of crap. Reminds me of when my mom and aunt went to this 'gym' where they had machines you laid on that moved your body for you. Resistance is what builds muscle. Example: If you curl a dumbell, you're supposed to tense the muscles at the top of the curl and then slowly lower it back down. If you just fling it up then let you're arm go loose and just drop it back down due to the weight, you're not doing yourself any good.

    Skip the vibration gimmick. If they're in that bad of shape, get the electro-pad deals like Halla74 posted, try to find the kinds they use in physical therapy treatment and not mass-market,'as seen on tv' junk.

    Honestly, I think they'd be better served with Resistance Bands and a Balance Ball. A helluva lot cheaper and far more effective.

    EDIT: I did have a friend get professional medical treatment for his plantar fasciitis using vibration...Ultrasound vibration that is.
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