I was talking to a friend of mine the other day and she was talking about buying something called a crazy fit vibration plate. It looks a lot like a doctor’s scale. There is a platform that you stand on and it has a rail around it to hold on. The platform has a vibration plate in it, which I believe is driven by a 200 watt electric motor or motors. No idea how it works under the platform, that is just what it says in the ad she showed me. So when it is running it will use a fairly considerable bit of electricity I suppose, although that is not a big factor in whether or not I would buy one. The price would seem fairly reasonable if it does what they claim that it does, around a couple of hundred dollars more or less as I recall.
Of course the big question I have is whether or not standing upon a vibrating plate will really make your muscles tone or if it has any real beneficial effect. I assume that your muscles must react to the stimulation some way or another. So it is not unreasonable to suspect that you are getting some sort of workout even if it seems that you are only standing still in one spot. I suspect that it has some beneficial effect, but whether or not it is worth the money and just as importantly the floor space I can not really say. In theory I love the idea. I could put my Kindle ebook reader in front of me and read a book while I was standing upon it, assuming that it did not shake your so much that it was difficult for you to focus. Obviously I suspect that it is only going to work if you are already in good shape.