The effect of whole-body vibration short-term exercises on respiratory gas exchange in overweight and obese women

The Physician and Sportsmedicine. Vol. 37(3), pp: 88-94, 2010

This study's aim was to anaylze the effect of Whole Body Vibration on oxygen uptake and carbon dioxide production among overweight and obese women. Measurements were taken in 20 adult overweight women. Ventilation of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and heart rate were measured using a portable gas-analysis system. Exercises were performed on a vibration platform with a frequency of 35 Hz and with the intensity set on "high". Two dynamic exercises and one static exercise were performed during three minutes with and without vibration, with 10 minutes rest between exercises. Mean values of the third minute of exercise were compared. Results: Ventilation of oxygen and carbon dioxide were consistently, significantly higher in the exercises with vibration compared with the exercises without vibration.

Conclusion: The addition of Whole Body Vibration to both static and dynamic exercises appears to significantly increase oxygen uptake in overweight and obese women.