The Soloflex Story
Soloflex revolutioned the home fitness industry with the introduction of the Soloflex Muscle Machine in 1978.
The single best thing you can do if you are injured is to regain full strength and function of the injured body part. Do this as quickly as you can! You are probably familiar with the term physical therapy. Physical therapy is… resistance training done with proper form and alignment with the goal to get the body back to a functional state. Physical therapists are now seeing the great benefits of vibration therapy added to a rehabilitation program. By adding vibration to your therapy routine you will see greater, faster results. It is ideal for getting your body's injury healed safely and quickly while following all the necessary steps to recovery. Built on decades of work by physicists and surgeons, the vibrating platform appears to work by triggering bones to generate tiny electric fields. These tiny currents may turn on genes that affect bone remodeling and growth. Even the Food and Drug Administration acknowledges that when properly applied, vibration can make for good medicine. Do not forget though, weight lifting provides the most important part of any physical rehabilitation program. During rehabilitation you are using lighter weights to heal not to train. Lifting weights is vital to physical therapy. As young adults (18-25) the hormones that naturally help generate muscle growth begin to slow down. This means muscles begin to atrophy. Yes, atrophy begins as early as 18 years old; up to ½ lb of muscle per year. This will cause two things to happen. One - it will make us weaker and more prone to injuries. Two - it will cause us to put on extra fat. Muscle burns fat so you need muscle to stay healthy and help avoid injuries in the first place. Rehabilitation can be done with out the aid of a therapist. Be aware of what your injury is and make sure you have consulted a doctor before taking on any physical therapy. But remember, vibration, when even just stood on will help aid in muscle growth and blood circulation which is good for you at any time.
Our hope is that you are in good health and are only looking for ways to prevent future injuries. Benjamin Franklin wrote…”an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Boy was he ever right!!!
The Soloflex WBV Platform is built to last. Made of 3” steel tubing legs, thick urethane molded foam pad over 15 ply-wood that can hold up to 1200lbs , the best quality motor and rheostat; just like the Classic Soloflex, it will last. The size of the platform is another reason to look at Soloflex. The platform is 41” long, 10” wide, and 5” high. Still small enough to fit under your bed. It weighs only 31lbs. This is much larger than almost all other units on the market. Most only measure half of that in length. The size is important to allow all exercises. Pilates, Yoga, general stretching, many resistance exercises, and movement for cardio all require the larger platform. A weight or resistance routine, as mentioned earlier, is the most important addition to your strength training. Soloflex sells the very best adjustable hand weights on the market. They have a very comfortable hand grip cover with rubber plating on the weights themselves to help with safety and sound as well as overall visual quality.
When you begin using WBV you will find the vibration levels that best suit you and your needs. The range of vibration should run between 25hz and 60hz for optimum results. Soloflex WBV does just that. The Soloflex WBV comes with an adjustable rheostat so you can find your perfect level. Over time you may up the hertz or always remain comfortable with the level you are at. It all works.
I wanted to give you an update on my experience with the whole body vibration unit that I bought and attached to my Soloflex. My family laughed at me when I told them I ordered the unit. My cat proved them wrong. My cat has been having trouble walking and jumping since January. His back legs were so weak his tail dragged behind him between his legs. He started to sit on the e Soloflex bench with me when I was exercising with the WBV unit turned on. After a month of sitting on the e vibration bench a few times a week, he was able to hold his tail up parallel to the floor; after another month, he was able to hold his tail up even higher. It turns out that he had arthritis and the WBV was helping the muscles in his back legs and lower spine get stronger. I certainly didn’t expect this when I got the unit! As for me, I am enjoying using the unit with the exercises. I do notice that I am more fatigued if I do the exercises with the unit on as opposed to when it’s off. It’s too soon to notice any real changes for me but after my cat’s health improved so much I’m sure that I’ll see noticeable changes within a few months.”
— Christine on January 8th, 2009
I am a 60 year old woman who loves your Soloflex WBV because I have difficulty exercising. I have multiple sclerosis, and I get around with a walker and a wheelchair.
When I saw your ad in the newspaper, and you called it an exercise device for people who cannot exercise, you got my immediate attention. When I went to your website and read the particulars, I knew I wanted to try it.
I ordered a Soloflex WBV in November, 2006, and I started using it the day it arrived. At first, I had to hold onto the handles of my walker to steady myself because of my lack of balance, but soon I was able to stand up straight, unaided, for intervals of a minute or so. I still have my walker in front of me, but don’t have to hang on anymore. I can stand straight and do torso twists and all kinds of arm raises and stretches for 10 minutes a day. I love this machine – it has made me find my center again. I can stand at the kitchen and bathroom sinks and perform normal tasks without leaning on the sinks for balance. Of course, I still use the walker and wheelchair for mobility, but I can stand with a centered core. THANK YOU SO MUCH.”
— Joy on January 30th, 2009
I purchased this unit for my mom well over a year ago. Before your company had even put data out on it. My mom is 87 and does it every day for 15 minutes. She says she can feel a difference. She has her walker over it for balance and even does knee bends and alternately lifts legs. She is a trooper.
- Mick on February 3rd, 2009
I just wanted to give you a little report on the difference your vibration platform has made in my life. I am 63 years old and purchased the platform about 9 months ago. I have been using it steadily since then. I had broken my foot twice and was having balance problems and a general weakness since I had not been able to move as much as usual during my bone healing process. I started by doing mostly light stretches while standing on the platform. Later I started using weights and sat and lay on the platform, performing crunches and leg lifts and using arm weights and everything I could think of. I ended up with knee pushups against the platform. It didn’t take long after I started before I had no more balance problems. Now I have more core strength and arm and leg muscles than I can ever remember having. I had also been contending with shoulder joint pain, and even thought it hurt to do it I kept on with the stretches and weights until now I have very little problem with it.This is a marvelous machine and I have told many others about it. Three people also bought one at my recommendation. I think we need to recommend this platform to senior citizen centers and nursing home physical therapy centers. It’s a miracle in my life.
- Lise February 10th, 2009