Month: June 2011

Shake, rattle and roll your way to fitness

The trouble with getting toned is it all takes so much time and effort.  So when Madonna let slip that her uber-toned body was down to no-sweat sessions on a vibrating Power Plate, there was an unseemly dash as everybody tried to shake, rattle and roll their flab into submission.  Celebrities such as Claudia Schiffer, Natalie Inbruglia, Kelly Osbourne, Sinitta, Victoria Beckham and even Jonathan Ross got wobbling. Whole body vibration (WBV) technology is quite simple: a platform pivoted like a see-saw wobbles at various speeds.  Your muscles automatically contract to keep you balanced, giving a toning workout.  It sounds just too good to be true and I was sceptical.  After all,  Madonna has a toned body because she’s been working out for donkeys’ years, right? Yet WBV has a surprising amount of research to back it up. Researchers at the University of Antwerp had seen WBV gaining popularity and decided to test out its use on overweight people.  They discovered that those who used the vibration machines while following a well-balanced diet lost more …