WHAT IS LOCALIZED VIBRATION TRAINING (LVT)
Localized Vibration Training is an evolution of Whole Body Vibration Training, whereby instead of applying a vibration to the whole body through a vibrating platform, instead the vibrations are targeted on individual muscles using small devices such as the Pulse device.
These devices create vibrations that elicit a physiological and mechanical response in the muscle, which has been shown through wide-ranging scientific research to decrease injury risk in the gym.
HOW DOES LVT REDUCE INJURY WHILE WEIGHT TRAINING?
In short, LVT increases muscle stress at lower effort making it a great tool for at-risk groups (like older individuals, people with prior injuries, etc.).
LVT is particularly effective during submaximal contractions (below maximum effort) with reducing effectiveness as force levels increases towards maximum .
Ultimately this allows lifters to achieve the same level of muscle activation whilst lifting lower weights, therefore increasing muscular stress whilst reducing the mechanical load on the muscle and therefore reducing the risk of injury during lifting.
This makes LVT devices a great tool for patients recovering from injury and or surgery, that medical professionals do not want to stress with high effort or heavy weights.