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Tom Posted On:2009-12-15 14:29:32

Gents, thanks for getting back so quickly.

Di Heap;
Close guess with the kids. I'm 34 (with two kids youngest is 9 months so its a bit crazy in this house). I'm 6" tall weight 176 pounds (pretty sure fat % is above or close to 20%). So am slowly accumulating on the abs... I'm a Computer Programmer so spend my days sitting on my butt mostly (one of the contributing factors to the situation). Lately I had some problems with my lower back after carrying a desk to my basement by myself (stupid I know).

Possibly my wife would be using the machine, she's a bit skeptical but I think once she tries it I'll have to keep her away. About trying the machine.. I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I've looked at places here and lately there is a gym downtown that opened up that is doing vibration training but I don't know what machines they have, I will check. Its a long shot though that they're using anything of good quality, probably Power Plate. Thats what the local fitness stores carry. But I don't know for sure, I will check.

Injuries, it would appear that all the time sitting has taken its tole. I'm currently going to chiropractor for my lower back (also my left hip muscles need work) and am getting better. But my goal is not therapy as much as getting into shape which I think is the cause of my current problems. X-rays show nothing wrong and just had a MRI done last week (waiting for results) which was done just to be on the safe side. Ideally I would like to get back to my "see my abs" shape before the kids, don't know if thats possible with a 5K machine.

I've looked at DKN G10 and am seeing it about 1K less then Wave Contour Plus. I know that $$ don't always translate to quality but am wondering if there is a difference here. Looking at the specs the Wave actually weights more and has bigger platform (I'm sure I'm missing a detail here :)). As I mentioned my main problem is time constraint so am not too ecstatic about eventually extending the work out time, however it might be inevitable with the budget that I have to work with. Let me ask you this, if you were getting a machine on which you know you would not plato for the least amount of dollars (home use) what would you go with? Also if for instance if I'm close $$ wise to a "next" level of a machine, I might be able to got higher with my budget (can wait) if it was worth it. If the value increase is worth it.

About HyperGravity, I've read enough blogs/messages to know the background ;) So know what you mean.

As a sight note, just an FYI. I'm frequently having problems loading the and the (this one more often). It takes several tries to eventually get in and I often get "Server not found" error. Just letting you know, that all.

By the way I wish you guys would open up a Vibra-Train Gym here in Ottawa.

Again, thanks for the help.


Lloyd Posted On:2009-12-15 13:55:12
I understand the HyperGravity situation is contentious,  but I would like to assure all readers I personally did everything I could to stop it from happening. Even giving Josh engineering tips and things to watch for when building a High Energy Lineal machine of commercial quality ( which he ignored )  I am not over-exaggerating when I say every issue could have been avoided if he had taken my advice. 
As with any engineering project if you wish to scale up the energy from a previous project, you need to fully understand the expediential forces you are dealing with. I do not agree with companies using the consumer and other peoples businesses as a trial and error testing ground. And then abuse the customer when the machines fail ???   
Lloyd Shaw Vibra-Train Posted On:2009-12-15 12:25:24

Wave is about your only choice in Canada, or you could look at DKN ( G10 unit )  Both companies are here to stay, with Wave edging out DKN in the medical support side of the industry. Both their machines will give ongoing results to a degree, but that may mean elongating your workouts as you progress.   
HyperGravity are actually blacklisted by us at present with too many engineering, customer service and ethical issues to be supported. 
Di Heap Posted On:2009-12-15 09:32:44

Tom, a little more info would be helpful.   You want to get in shape –what sort of shape are you in now?  Do you have any injuries or health concerns we need to know about?  dAnd your age – If you have kids taking up your time, you’re 30?  Also your size/weight?

Will anyone else be using the machine also and if so what are their needs?

Have you trialled either of the machines?


Tom Posted On:2009-12-15 05:50:49

Looks like I screwed up in my original post. Please disregard previous message.

Hello Lloyd,

First of all I would like to thank you for all the information and leadership that you have shown on the vibration training front. You know your craft well.

My question. I've been reading about vibration training and want to purchase a machine for home use. After the kids there just isn't enough time in the days to get consisant workout routine. I'm hoping that a short workout will help me. My goals are to get in shape and stay in shape, I used to got to the gym quite a bit. I'm planning to also suplement with some cardio workouts.

My budget is ~5K CDN from what I understand I should be able to get a decent machine for this?

I was originally gun-ho set on the Hypergravity Personal Delux Round model

but recently started reading about the Wave Contour Plus.

I really like the community that is build around the Wave machinces and it seems like its more caring towards helping people. Hypergravity strikes me like they just want the sale.

Lloyd, I was hoping that you could comment on my two choices taking into consideration my goals. Which machine would be best. I want the machine to keep challanging me and am afraid that I will reach a platoe. Also if there is any other alternative machine that you feel would be better in this price range for my needs please suggest (I live in Canada). If you have any questions please let me know. I thank you for your time Sir.


Tom Posted On:2009-12-15 05:39:22

Posting does not work

I just tried posting a message and nothing happened. So this is a Test, sorry if it comes through. Is there a delay between when message is posted and when it appears on the webpage

Lloyd Shaw Vibra-Train Posted On:2009-12-10 10:21:38
From what I have seen Core Performance and API do not act in the best interests of their athletes, and are just marketers posing as trainers. Anyone serious about getting the best for their clients would have been asking the same questions John and I were. Instead they censored us. You would have thought that when the Power Plate research rep ( Scott Hopson )  on their site refused to answer some pretty important questions, alarm bells would have started ringing.
Quite amazing how money silenced those alarm bells.      
I think people like Mark Verstegen are very short sighted and fail to understand what is coming. When the real industry arrives and they are publically shut out, it will hurt.
John Posted On:2009-12-10 05:35:55

Thanks Jon.  Lloyd and I know all about Mark Verstegen and API.  In fact, I wrote advertising articles with Mark in 03 and 04 for an exercise company.  Lloyd and I were kicked off the forum at  which is run by API a while back for asking questions about Power Plate.  It seems one cant even ask intelligent questions without suffering repercussions.


John Weatherly

JonHyams Posted On:2009-12-09 13:21:58


Power Plate hasa facility in Scottsdale, Arizona through API aka atheltes performance institute.  Its a super high end facility that trains professional athletes.  Scottsdale is a hot spot for spring training baseball players.  Most of them train there or at Triple threat performance in Tempe where they use Nitrofit  Deluxe Pivotal and Pnuemex Provibe Lineal vibration side by side.   Atheltes perfromance institute has several locations in the United States and is in contract with Powerplate.  Google API to find out more or go to powerplates website to find out about the affiliation.

Lloyd Shaw Vibra-Train Posted On:2009-12-04 10:15:10
Dear Power Plate Australia,
                                     " The inventor of Whole Body Vibration today as we know it is the chairman of Power Plate International "  ???
I was sincerely hoping the new Power Plate Australia team was going to be more honest than the International company you keep, but obviously claiming to be the inventors of Vibration Training, instead of showing proper respect to its true founders,  Dr Biermann , Dr Bosco ,  Nazarov  et al.  is not below you.  The fact is Power Plate only released a more "commercial "version of Dr Boscos machine, and has done nothing of note since then. (  Except aim for cheaper manufacturing materials. )  The original Next Generation was a giant step backwards in design and had massive breakdowns and other engineering issues ( I know because I had to try and fix them ) , so your "Inventor Chairman" left to his own devices failed completely. Proof enough he is not what he claims.
So because of your disrespectful claims I will now continue actively making sure the consumer is aware of Power Plates past unethical behavior.
Note:  The offences range from  trying to sell faulty equipment to the disabled to putting fake "made in Holland "  stickers on the back of machines made in China. I have a long list of offences that I am going to inform the public about for years to come. Simply because it disgusts me what Power Plate have done in the name of greed and you seem to be heading in the same direction.
I will also be highlighting how your new campaign of awareness regarding crappy machines flies in the face of the facts, that Power Plate machines have failed engineering tests in the past ( in multiple countries ) , which was never acknowledged and actively covered up. 
Eg... David M. Bazett-Jones   ( in regards to discovering the Power Plate machine he used in research was faulty, after he was encouraged him to tests it  )  
July 13th, 2007
U.S. Based researcher.
"I would argue that it is the ethical responsibility of the manufacturer to do this testing and report the results"

"I can only wish that I thought of this prior to doing this study"

"As far as my study in 2005, we only measured the accelerations (which were different than the manufacturer’s claimed accelerations)."
I also have independent engineering tests done by an Olympic athlete here in a N.Z. University that states he had been lied to by Power Plate about the performance of the machine. And to not trust them. This was presented to SPARC.  So your warning of underperforming machines is a joke.  
As Power Plates Product Manager in N.Z. I witnessed the cover up of multiple ethical concerns first hand, and was asked to keep my mouth shut ( I refused and left ) , so do not waste your time threatening me legally or denying any of it.  As you will be aware Power Plate already tried that and failed, I had too much proof, which is why I am still allowed to make public statements like this. So unless you are going to publically put the record straight on a number of matters I will continue to expose Power Plate for what it is,
                                                         " the most unethical company in our industries history. "                

                      Lloyd Shaw
                      International Product Manager
                      Vibra-Train Ltd
                      0064 9 309 6874 
                      0064 21 309 939 
   P.S.  Such a shame you guys never seem to learn.  
Lloyd Shaw Vibra-Train Posted On:2009-12-04 08:12:34
The same Greg Hammann  that misjudged the market and helped screw up  Nautilus ? 
After Greg Hammann walked out of Nautilus ......  The new CEOs tasks, analysts say, include repairing the damage done by Hammann, who flooded sporting-goods retailers with the company's Bowflex machines and apparel lines just as consumer spending sharply tailed off.

Adding to the company's woes, the Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday announced a recall of 68,000 Bowflex Ultimate 2 machines, citing faulty fasteners that hold resistance rods. The rods can separate and strike a user or bystander, the commission said. It was the fourth Bowflex recall since 2004.
Nautilus stock has taken a pounding in recent months and hit a 52-week low this week of $6.26 a share.
One of the guys running Power Plate Australia now worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland  (  a recent £24 billion loss was the biggest ever annual loss in UK corporate history )
Last time I checked Power Plate was in a fight for its very existence. So bringing people in who can not read markets or are involved in failed companies is hardly a good direction to take. But what would I know ? 
John Posted On:2009-12-04 06:01:16

I just looked at the Power Plate site again under U.S. and now cannot find the info about Greg Hammann being the new Global CEO under the  About Us section where it mentioned Hammann being an expert in exercise physiology yet not having a degree or degrees in this discipline.  From past experience, it appears Power Plate is up to their old deceptive tactics and lies to fool people.  I have caught them over and over saying stuff that is not true on their site over the last few years.


John Weatherly


John Posted On:2009-12-03 05:41:15

It says on the Power Plate site Greg Hammann was named Global CEO of Power Plate in Oct of 09.  This is in the about us section.  It also, in the article, called him an expert in exercise physiology.  According  to the information provided, Hammann does not have even a degree in exercise physiology.  His academic training is in business.  This is very common in the exercise field.  People profess to be experts and yet do not have any academic training.  Compare this with fields like medicine, law, engineering etc.   Exercise is not a professional field. 

John Weatherly

PhilippaChurch Posted On:2009-12-03 05:07:08

There are a number of acadamies here in the UK.  I use the word acadamies in the loosest possible form of course.

John Posted On:2009-12-02 07:22:15

I looked at under U.S. for country and they are now showing pictures and using testimonials from Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Courtney Cox etc. on the site.  I am also curious about the Power Plate Academies and the locations of these Acadamies in the U.S.  If anybody knows where they currently are please let me know.


John Weatherly

MarkPellett Posted On:2009-11-29 23:06:22

Thanks for advice.  Havent seen customer since though but will get more details.

Lloyd Shaw Vibra-Train Posted On:2009-11-28 09:48:25
I have been reading all the new research as it comes through.
But I am still very unimpressed at the academic understanding of Vibration Training. According to them if it vibrates then it qualifies. At least perceiving the different qualities a vibration has is not bloody rocket science. It is VERY, VERY basic physics. Again I will say for the record. These brainless academics and their tests will not make our industry any safer, more effective or move it forward. 
It will be the designers who build better machines, prove their worth on the street and finally about 10 years later when academics finally  "get it" and turn their attention to the real industry, will they become useful.  Until then it is as infuriating as watching a group of monkeys trying to operate windows,       
John Posted On:2009-11-28 07:30:32

There is an interesting study by Lamont et al. on vibration and explosive strength at, click on PubMed, and type in vibration exercise as search words.


John Weatherly

Lloyd Shaw Vibra-Train Posted On:2009-11-27 18:50:12
vibrationtrainingdevice-com...... Is it purely a sales and marketing site ?
I would like to bring about a discussion regarding the above mentioned website.  Here are a couple of my concerns...
(1) The reviewer himself sells machines. 
(2)  He purely reviews machine based on engineering tests. Not the results the machine gives. As we all know engineering tests only give a very limited understanding of the quality of the machine and the results they give.  He would have had to have zero experience on the various machines not to know this.       
(3) He sells and gives Power Plates a recommended listing, even though he has previously stated that they would not let him tests the machines.
" It's 3 years I'm trying to make an in-depth review of the Powerplate series... I am always ready to, however I doubt they'll send me!
I was close to get one for my tests 2 years ago, they said it was on delivery but at the end they didn't send. Invited again... no one called back. "
" Now, I have a question or two. If you are so proud of your product, how come you avoid to compare with others? What best opportunity to show your values? "
 Curiously he still has a ? next to the machines performance. So apparently sells them but has not tested them. Does this not go against the entire pretext of him being a reviewer and engineer ?
(4) He constantly points people towards Galileo, even specifically stating it is the best for every situation and purpose. The best "Vibration Training" machine ever made ?  Which we all know is not true and a claim even Galileo are backing away from ( as we have heard on this forum )
My opinion is this all smacks of a salespersons site and not an independent review site at all.  Or am I reading things wrong ?
Lloyd Shaw Vibra-Train Posted On:2009-11-27 12:42:44
Mark .....
Firstly I would want to know what the injury is, because stretching does not necessarily help an injury to that area of the body. At least muscular issues. It will help with mobility in the joint though.
Having said that, the stretch you suggest is a well known one on Vibration platforms and is usually safe and effective unless there is a tear in the muscle or tendons. But not really recommended for High Energy Lineal units like you use.
If you are looking for pure stimulation to create new cells and a very controlled stretch ( to avoid unaccounted for movement )  then a squat with the heel hard down and the toes slightly raised ( thin piece of foam under toes )  will be safe and effective.   
MarkPellett Posted On:2009-11-27 06:57:19

I'm trying to get some advice on calf stretching to help a slight injury one of our clients has.  We have done a calf massage which helped a bit and the normal stretch helps a bit.  Philippa suggested  that it might be good to stand on the machine with heels over the edge - holding onto the bar.  Drop one heel till they feel a stretch and then use the other leg to stabilise to prevent any futher downward pull  - then swap heels.  She said to check out what you guys thought though before doing it - sound a good plan or any better ideas

Dean Posted On:2009-11-26 21:23:43

Great to be here. In Germany, they offered me some brownies, but they were not as good as those you made ;)
Regarding machines, I can only say what my body felt during exercising on them. Physics and biomechanical properties for now I will leave to Lloyd and other guys who knows more than me. In that matter I can divide (lineal) machines to three categories. In first, there is only Vibra-train, which gave me really good workout. In second I can put Vibrogym, Bodyshaker, and Hypergravity, which all felt good, but somehow less powerful than Vibra-train. In third there are almost all others (from which I described some), that I feel are capable to provide some benefit, but mostly for therapy.

Thanks. I will keep you posted. Since I spend a lot of time reading the posts on this as well as on Vibration training site, I feel like I know some of you already.

You already saved me a lot of money and nerves, because I was about to buy machines, that I know now, have history of breaking up on regular basis.

Mike Hair Posted On:2009-11-25 19:47:47

Hi Dean Welcome to the forum, look forward to hearing about your advances with a studio.

Lloyd Shaw Vibra-Train Posted On:2009-11-25 13:37:45
"That it can be used in a busy studio for years without problems (but neither one of them could redirect me to such a studio owner or manager that I can contact, and see for myself)."
I know, I love asking Power Plate reps where all the "commercial" machines are hiding that were sold a few years ago. Because I know how many were imported. Surely they cant all have broken down ? I cornered the Managing Director recently on this topic in a meeting and she went ballistic.  I mean full on yelling and screaming. Seems to be a sore point.
I think the recent failures of Hyper-Gravity units ( still breaking down despite lots of " but we made them better" promises )  should be quite sobering and hopefully asking for proven working locations becomes the norm.       
PhilippaChurch Posted On:2009-11-25 07:25:32

Hi Dean

Great to see you here.  Sounds like you were kept busy in Germany.  Hope you managed to get yourself some good kuchen .  Thanks for the descriptions.  Were any as good as the machines you tried in the UK, the Vibratrains, Bodyshaker or Vibrogym. 

Dean Posted On:2009-11-24 23:02:25

Hello to everybody
I'm a physiotherapist from Croatia, and I'm new here. For a year now I have been collecting information, facts and "facts" on vibration training. Finally, I contacted Lloyd, who recommended me to Philippa in UK, where I received a practical course in vibration training. (many thanks to Philippa and Mark, who were great hosts, and wonderful teachers). Hopefully sometime next spring I will open a first vibration studio in my country.
Since this is my first post, and in a near future I will have a lot of questions which will hopefully be answered, I will try to give to this community something first.
Last week I visited Medica fair in Dusseldorf, Germany, which is the greatest fair in Europe regarding medicine technology. Beside other stuff that interested me (I also have private physiotherapy practice) I step on every vibration platform displayed on that fair, and following are my personal experience with them:
Fitvibe (
They offer "variety" of types of their machines, which are practically all the same (only difference is on display). Vibration which it produce is not particularly impressive, and it can do much things in physiotherapy, but it will hardly produce any serious workout. Beside that, complete platform wobbles when you step on it, or when you move your body weight from one leg to another, especially on wide squat stand. This wobbling is small, but noticeable.
I-tonic (
Very nice looking machine. They produce two types- smaller with handles, and bigger without them. If it was cheaper it would be great home device, since it transfers really very little vibrations to the floor and it is generally low noise. It also wobble a little. Even on highest settings, and after few other vibration plates that I tried that morning, it didn't produce that feeling of tired muscles neither on my legs, or arms. And complete machine weights only 40kg. It can be good for small physiotherapy practice, since it consumes very little space.
Vibrafit (
This machine is clearly built with studio/fitness settings in mind, with metal shell, and separate control tower. It produce two types of vibration- lineal and pivotal. Lineal feels somehow like a Vibragym, but a bit less powerful.  Pivotal is small amplitude, and lowest frequency is 28Hz. Not very much use of that, I suppose.
Turbosonic (
Any workout on this machine is out of the question, but in physiotherapy I think it would be a great tool for treatment of various disorders, especially in elderly people. Vibrations are very soft, and they transfer through a body in different manner comparing with mechanical types of vibration plates.

Galileo was also displayed on this fair. Since there is a lot of discussion about this topic going on on this forum, I will not go on details. They generaly point out the rehabilitation use of their machines.

I will not go in Powerplate this time, since there is a lot of information and discussion about them here already. They displayed their Pro-5 air adaptive all covered with shiny stuff (crystals, or whatever). It looks like it would fit perfectly in some disco club 80's style.

There was also some CrazyFit style machines which are not worth talking about.

Producers, and all sails people that I have been talking with ensured me two things for every described machine:
1: That it can be used for training, not only for physiotherapy (with exception of Turbosonic)
2: That it can be used in a busy studio for years without problems (but neither one of them could redirect me to such a studio owner or manager that I can contact, and see for myself).

Lack of practical, as well as theoretical knowledge of sails people is a problem of its own. Wih exeption of guy with Fivibe who wrote my questions on paper and promised to answer me by e-mail, rest of them act like knowing all, but their answers didn't really support this act.

Dean Mistura

John Posted On:2009-11-21 06:02:08

I look forward to you replicating it in the U.S. Lloyd.


John Weatherly

Lloyd Shaw Vibra-Train Posted On:2009-11-20 17:12:17
Yes they are all as bad as each other, the difference is I always thought Galileo was more science based and would have restricted what their salespeople could say. Unlike Power Plate who gave the green light to their sales teams to be as unethical as they wanted. Just get the sale at any cost.
Note... Make no mistake  Galileo "trying" the Gym market without the proper equipment and failing does hurt our industry. Anyone who tried that equipment and believed their " this is the best it gets " BS will now be shy of the real gym units. The exact same damage Power Plate has done.
Luckily we have been through the "dis-interested and confused thanks to crappy machines and uneducated trainers" stage here in N.Z. , we beat them hands down and we will replicate that in the U.S.  It all just takes time and opportunity. In the mean time I am working hard for an unbeatable reputation ( the kind you cant buy ).
These guys have just made our job harder thats all, but we will still win.
Gabriel Posted On:2009-11-20 15:28:37

Like I said, from my experiences with Reynald, and meeting with Harold and Hans in Denver a few months ago, they seem purely research driven with the Galileo in Germany and seemingly disinterested in trying to compete from the fitness angle. They dont even attempt to utilize upper body positions and showed little recognition of any other manufacturers products besides Powerplate. Perhaps that was them playing coy with me

 They tried the fitness angle here in the US and it just didnt catch on. The gym around the corner from me has the Vibraflex 600 and I never see a single person using it. The gym across the street has a powerplate and its the same story. None of these trainers have the knowledge to comprehend the physics behind it or how to anticipate the many individual client responses to vibration that they may see. I see things picking up steam here amongst the medical professionals, but people overall, just dont get it yet. I do hope to change that however and will be opening a studio in March or April..depending on construction speed. I am going to use the Vibraflex 450 in the studio and do plan on reinforcing your safety program as best as I can. The honest truth is, at least for me, that the neurological and general rehabilitative benefits of the Galileo certainly outweigh the anabolic benefits that you mention so they should coexist as a "1, 2 punch" so to speak.

As far as the current debate that you are referencing, my guess would be that other individuals affiliated with Galileo may be perpetuating this lineal vs pivotal battle in order to sell the platforms. In reference to the frequency debate, amplitude claims etc, on the lineal end, everyone still says the "shearing forces" are dangerous to deter potential buyers. I cant see any more legitimacy to this claim than the "head acceleration" claim.

Keep up the good fight Lloyd. Ill be sure to keep you posted on how things work out here in the US.



Thanks for the invite. I will certainly take you up on that one of these days. Also, I like the mind.body component you have added to your studio. You are certainly on the right track. I recently attended a holistic medicine and wellness expo here in NY and you should have seen how blown away the energy healer community was by the vibraflex...definately something there.



Stay on your feet already would ya. With all that vibration, your supposed to have a superhuman  proprioceptive system.


PS I never realized how hard it is to right without emoticons.

Lloyd Shaw Vibra-Train Posted On:2009-11-20 14:04:28
Now if Galileo had been upfront and honest from day one, about the limitations of present Pivotal designs I would give them more respect. But they choose to go head to head with Lineal in a competition, their salespeople often telling the consumer Pivotal was better for everything, not just Physio work.  Even going so far as using Lineal research in weightloss, hormonal activity etc.. to sell their machines.  Knowing full well their own tests showed significantly less pressure in the muscles than Lineal platforms. Everybody knowing pressure being the key to any anabolic response.
( I will be writing an entire article on why these differences occur between Lineal and Pivotal soon )
If they had been very loud and clear from day one about these differences the cheap Chinese Pivotal market would have a much harder time lying to the consumer now. This is the same reason I came down hard on Power Plate, for starting the whole " any vibration is Vibration Training ", to cover up the limitations in their plastic machines. They have both shot themselves in the foot in perpetuating these myths, and helped ruin our industry.
The rule is if you have a truly "greater" machine then quoting research from other machines is fine. But if you have a "lesser" unit then it is simply unethical. In my opinion these so called pioneers of the industry have allot to answer for, and some of the negative things our industry will have to fight for years are a direct results of their actions, or lack of action in some cases. In doing so they became marketers not scientists.
Note:  My prediction is Pivotal will play a major role in this industry in the future, but only after the mess these guys have created is cleaned up. Until I see in print Galileo stating Pivotal should be used besides Lineal for ultimate results  (  as long as they have no plans to start selling Lineal machines themselves )  I will consider they are only interested in their own bank accounts.          
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