So what about vibration machine companies advertising a really high G-Force? (15+ Gs)
Some companies advertise their machines to have exceptionally high (maximum) G Forces. For example, one company has tested their machine to measure at 17 Gs. Simply put, that means 17 times the force of gravity is put upon you, the user. That is your weight times 17 on planet earth. And the more you weigh, or if you’re carrying some extra pounds, you are going to feel that pressure even more. As further reference, most vibration exercise machines under $5,000 have a G Force of 3-6 Gs.
At first glance, 17 Gs sounds like a much better deal. The more, the better, right? Well the truth is that most people simply cannot take that kind of intensity on their joints and ligaments, especially seniors. It’s a lot of pressure, and it’s causing so much up and down movement, it begins to feel more like a vertical/linear machine than a pivotal machine (please revisit questions #1 and 12 for information on vertical or linear machines). Most people will not feel comfortable at that strong of a vibration or they will not use the machine as much.
Let’s say you are an athlete though, in top shape, and can handle this G-Force. You don’t actually want to do vibration exercise at this intensity for more than 3 minutes, 3 times a week, or something similar to that. I have used the Galileo (the original pivotal vibration machine), and it was NOT comfortable. The trainer understood my discomfort and explained to me that his athletes only use the machine for 3-5 minutes at a time.
One last thing to think about…a home use machine (5K or less) with an exceptionally high G Force is going to break down much faster than an expensive machine (the Galileo is 12k) with an exceptionally high G Force or a home use machine with a moderate G Force. These machines are an investment, so you want the machine that you will be using the most for the longest amount of time.
G-Force is not everything..amplitude, comfort, durability, high-quality reviews, and all of the other aspects covered in this buyers guide are noteworthy too.
The Noblerex K1Machine has a max G Force of 9 and an impressive amplitude of 14. When you stand at the edges of the platform and it’s vibrating 7-28 times per second, this feels like quite the workout. It’s a G Force and frequency that people can handle. Most importantly, it delivers the benefits of whole body vibration exercise as you can see on our testimonial site here. No need to pay more, or end up with, a machine with excessive G force you couldn’t handle.