With all the personal trainers out there looking for an edge with their clients, vibration training may very well be that advantage they can have over their competition. Not only that, it’s actually been shown to enhance the results you will get with your clients. Investing in vibration training is a win-win situation, as long as you follow the right principles of training. We look at a few key points that should guide a personal trainer to becoming more open to integrating vibration training into their facilities.
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For most personal trainers, there are a wide variety of excuses I hear when they discuss vibration training. Some don’t believe it ‘works’. Others believe the cost is too high. Some believe they can get similar results with other equipment that is much cheaper. Others have their own ‘secret techniques’ and will never embrace a new technology. Whatever your reason, it’s important to understand that vibration training is not something new. There’s no magical machine out there that is going to revolutionize your training program. The only thing that is going to revolutionize your training program is your thirst to continue increasing your knowledge on effective training, translating that into real world experience with your clients, and replicating it with each client while personalizing their programs. You are the motivational coach for your clients. Getting a vibration training machine won’t make you a great personal trainer if that’s something you weren’t prior to purchasing one.
That being said, vibration training is one of the best tools in your toolbox. It allows you so many options when it comes to training. Adding vibration training can be quite different from one client to another. Some clients may progress rather quickly through their strength training program, while others use vibration training as an effective warm up and cool down technique. The type of vibration training program that you integrate will largely depend on the goals and needs of your clients. Uses it as another tool within your toolbox of knowledge and you’ll see great results.
I’ve talked to a lot of trainers over the years. One of the biggest problems they’ve had is the compliance factor with the program. This isn’t the same compliance problem the general gym members get. Those compliance issues are usually whether the person shows up and exercises or not. The personal trainer’s issue is compliance with the program while they are there. I believe personal trainers are the best at motivating their clients, and they shouldn’t have an issue with getting their clients on a regular schedule. I remember talking to one trainer about their experience with vibration training. They realized that their client base was expanding. Long gone were the days of all younger clients with no injuries or issues. Now they were getting the sedentary professional or the middle aged guy that wanted to get back to where he was, although the knee surgery or aches and pains prove it to be difficult to do that.
These are the real challenges for trainers today. How do you offer an effective program to the different groups? How do you get the business executive the same pump and motivation by lifting less since his knees won’t be able to take the harder workouts? That’s where vibration training has been so effective. We’ve seen great results with adding vibration training to a strength training program. These type of clients are best able to engage in a high intensity program by generating high intensity muscle contractions on a vibration platform while performing lower intensity weight training exercises. Eventually that same client is able to progress to more difficult exercises.
I know of a personal training studio that solely uses vibration training for warm up and cool down. The trainer realized that his clients’ greatest needs was to recover faster after a workout. His client base also consisted of a lot of busy professionals. They worked hard, but they also wanted to exercise hard. When he began using vibration training, he realized that his clients would recover faster. That made them want to train harder. It also gave them great satisfaction to know that they wouldn’t be limping around during their 14 hour work days.
These are just some of the benefits of vibration training that we’ve seen with personal trainers. When given a chance, vibration training machines can be an integral part of your program. Before you decide to purchase a vibration machine, you need to assess exactly what your goals are. What type of clients do you have? Are you focused on sports, fitness, weight loss, or just general fitness and wellbeing? All these questions need to be answered prior to deciding on a vibration platform that will fit your needs. Looking for some advice on what type of vibration platform you should purchase? Simply email us and one of our trainers will get back to you. We hope this small vibration training guide for personal trainers have answered some of the reasons to begin adding vibration to your fitness programs.
Dr. Jasper Sidhu has been using vibration platforms for over 10 years in rehabilitation, sports, fitness and weight loss settings. In addition to hands on treatment of patients and clients in these settings, he has lectured at various universities and medical association meetings on the application of vibration training.