A new and upcoming trend coming up in the fitness world is Whole body Vibrations. The concept of whole body vibrations is using low impact impact vibrating exercise platforms while exercising to help fight a range of diseases and make a person fit and healthy. In fact, according to promotional literature, just 10 minutes a day, 3 times a week on these platforms is as good as lifting weights to strengthen and tone muscles. Soloflex, VibroGym, Vibraslim are a few companies offering the vibration equipment.

Advantages
a. This exercise equipment comes with a vibrating platform.
b. A person exercises standing on this platform.
c. The whole body is vibrated causing the muscles to contract and stretch.
d. Despite low exertion levels, a person benefits as much as when doing traditional strength training.
e. It is easy on the joints.
f. It is ideal for older people or those suffering from obesity.
g. It increases bone mineral density in post-menopausal women.
h. It reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
i. It helps people suffering from lower back aches and stroke victims, improves circulation and lowers blood pressure.
j. Recommended usage time is 10 minutes.

Disadvantages
a. Some experts are of the opinion that this technique is not backed by enough research.
b. Results of existing research data are inconsistent.
c. Most studies on vibration equipment are concentrated only on one area of the body.
d. Skeptics are of the opinion that nothing can substitute the sweat resulting from traditional workouts.
e. Vibrating platforms are not recommended for people with epilepsy, diabetes, heart and vascular diseases, hernia, discopathy, spondylitis, headache, fever, organ implants and kidney problems.
f. People on pacemaker should not use this equipment.
g. People with rheumatic arthritis, placed metal pins or bolts, thrombotic conditions, tumors, inflammations, wounds, pregnancy and migraine should avoid this platform.

Manufacturers
Soloflex Power Plate - $500.
VibroGym - $10,000
Vibraslim