By Luis Cavallo
We all know that physical exercise should be a part of our daily routine. It keeps us fit and healthy and helps to lower our stress levels. The problem for most of us is that even though there are 24 hours in each day, the time just seems to fly by, leaving no room for a good workout. We skip a workout here and there to do something more important or just to relax and before we know it, our entire workout routine disappears from our schedule all together.
However, what if there was a way to exercise just ten minutes a day and get the same results as if you worked out for an hour? Not with a boot camp style class or quick jog but just by standing still on something that moves your body for you? There is a technology that exists today that does just that. It’s called the ZAAZ machine and it’s going to absolutely revolutionize the way we think about working out and exercising from now on. It’s a technology that has been studied by both the US and Russian space programs as a means to help astronauts exercise in zero gravity. It has helped professional athletes like wide-receiver Demaryius Thomas of the Denver Broncos to have better and more effective workouts. 24-year old Thomas frequently uses his ZAAZ machine before and after each practice.
“I’m on my ZAAZ whole body vibration machine every morning for 10 minutes and I’ve never felt better, looser, and more agile,” Thomas says. “Since I started playing football, I’ve had an uneven running gait from a bad heel and last year it got worse after I injured my Achilles tendon. Now, after using my ZAAZ machine for 10 minutes a day, the muscles in my feet and legs are looser and I’m running and sprinting again with an equal stride. My energy level is at an all-time high since I started using my ZAAZ whole body vibration machine.
I expect to be using my ZAAZ for pre-game warm up and stretching and for cool-downs after games. Recovery from being in a game is like the recovery after being in a car crash. I definitely will be using my ZAAZ machine for my post-game recovery program to reduce muscle soreness and joint inflammation.”
The ZAAZ is a whole body, vibration oscillation system that helps improve muscle strength and mobility. Don’t worry though, it doesn’t use a wrap-around belt like those old machines we’ve all seen in TV shows from the 1950’s and 1960’s, so you won’t look silly using it. Although those vibrating belt machines were found in almost every gym in America at the time, there was never any real evidence that supported their claims of improving health or contributing to weight loss. All those machines really did was essentially jiggle your body around aggressively and give you a nice massage while standing in front of them. The ZAAZ machine substantially outperforms its predecessors by activating 97% of all muscle groups through an oscillating, side-to-side rocking motion. It provides no stress on joints, ligaments or tendons compared to other means of resistance training making the ZAAZ machine the perfect workout tool for people of all ages and fitness levels.
Some of the health benefits of using the ZAAZ machine include: weight loss, decreased cellulite visibility, improved muscle tone and increased metabolism.
Additionally, use of the ZAAZ can also allow for greater mobility and coordination while helping to provide improved bone density, circulation, balance and flexibility.
Many studies have been conducted to support the advanced technology behind the ZAAZ machine. Whole body vibration exercise has been studied in relation to several ailments that have affected people for years. Some these include back pain, injury rehabilitation, Osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, stroke, and Tinnitus. Since many are understandably skeptical of the claims made by the whole body vibration exercise method, ZAAZ has made many articles available on their website detailing the extensive research that stands behind and supports the technology in their new machine. Additionally, the ZAAZ machine has also received a listing by the FDA as a medical device.
Originally developed in Russia, the technology behind the ZAAZ was created to allow cosmonauts to exercise in a zero gravity state and to assist in maintaining their bone density while in space. In the US, NASA further developed the technology more into what the ZAAZ machine is today. Just like the muscles and bones of astronauts can weaken and atrophy over time in the zero gravity environment of space, so too can the muscles and bones of those that suffer from certain ailments here on earth. NASA-funded research suggests that astronauts might prevent bone loss by standing on a lightly vibrating plate for 10 to 20 minutes each day. Scientists believe that this same type of therapy might eventually also be used to treat some of the millions of people who suffer from bone loss, known as osteoporosis.
Clinton Rubin, a professor of biomedical engineering at SUNY Stony Brook and principal investigator in studies involving vibration therapy, said in an article written in 2001, “Our hypothesis is that a key regulator of bone mass and morphology are the mechanical stimuli that come out of muscle contractions.” At the end of the study he concluded that, “The vibration treatment generates a much larger signal in this frequency range, and we believe that 10 minutes per day of this higher frequency signal is sufficient to provide a maintenance signal to bone.” This technology could very well hold the key to healthy bones here on Earth and beyond.
ZAAZ Studios was founded in 2010 as the first whole body vibration studio franchise system in the US.
Their first studio opened in downtown Houston, Texas. It was an immediate success as they introduced the public to a new way to reach their fitness and wellness goals through just a 10-minute daily work out. Just two years later, there are now ZAAZ studios throughout the country including here in Denver. Some Denver area residents are true believers of the famous “No pain, no gain” mantra and live for high impact, aggressive workouts. For many people though, the ZAAZ has now become an alternative to hardcore workouts altogether. Many use it today as a way to supplement both regular and extreme exercise routines as well.
It should be noted though that vibration based workouts need to be viewed not as a substitute for traditional resistance exercises, but as an important supplement to an overall, well-developed exercise regimen.
Those interested in learning more about the ZAAZ machine and finding a location where they can experience one for themselves can visit ZAAZstudios.com on the web. ZAAZ Studios can also be reached directly by phone at (855) 586-3922.