Whole body vibration improves body mass, flexibility and strength in previously sedentary adults

  • Kholvadia A
  • Baard M
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Objectives. This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of whole body vibration (WBV) training for promoting health-related physical fitness in sedentary adults. Design. A non-randomised sampling technique was used with an equivalent match-pair comparison group, pre- and post-test design. Volunteers were gathered through a combination of accidental and snowball sampling and divided into either the experimental (n=32) or control group (n=30). Dependent variables included body mass, hamstring flexibility as measured by the sit-and-reach test, upper-body strength as measured by a grip strength dynamometer, abdominal and upper-body muscular endurance as measured by 1-minute timed sit-up and push-up tests, respectively. The standardised YMCA fitness battery was used as the evaluation protocol. The WBV experimental group participated in a progressive 3 times/week training programme for a maximum duration of 30 minutes/session for 12 consecutive weeks. The control group remained sedentary.Results. Significant improvements in all five of the selected dependent parameters were measured. Conclusion. WBV training 3 times weekly for 30 minutes/session provides an effective method of exercise intervention for health promotion in sedentary adults over a 12-week period. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]




Kholvadia, A., & Baard, M. (2012). Whole body vibration improves body mass, flexibility and strength in previously sedentary adults. South African Journal of Sports Medicine, 24(2). https://doi.org/10.17159/2078-516x/2012/v24i2a341

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