Whole-body vibration augments resistance training effects on body composition in postmenopausal women


Age-related changes in body composition are well-documented with a decrease in lean body mass and a redistribution of body fat generally observed. Resistance training alone has been shown to have positive effects on body composition, however, these benefits may be enhanced by the addition of a vibration stimulus. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of 8 months of resistance training with and without Whole Body Vibration on body composition in sedentary postmenopausal women. In the vibration plus resistence group, total percentage of body fat decreased, whereas the control group had a significant increase in total percent body fat.


In older women, resistance training alone and with whole-body vibration resulted in positive body composition changes by increasing lean tissue. However, only the combination of resistance training and whole-body vibration was effective for decreasing percent body fat.

This is a summary of a study published in the: Maturitas. Vol. 63, pp: 79-83, 2009 Authors: Cecilie Fjeldstad, Ian J. Palmer, Michael G. Bemben, Debra A. Bemben Affiliations: Bone Density Research Laboratory, Department of Health and Exercise Science, University of Oklahoma, 1401 Asp Avenue, Norman, OK 73019, United States