Welcome! If you’ve ended up here it’s almost certainly because you’ve been going crazy trying to find lubrication instructions and to figure out how to lubricate your vibration platform or vibration plate (or whatever you choose to call your vibration machine). You are probably mystified as to why how to oil or lube your vibration platform wasn’t covered in the user manual that came with your vibration plate or platform. (Please note that we are using the terms “vibration platform” and “vibration plate” interchangeably, even though there may be minor differences between the two and from manufacturer to manufacturer.) You may even have already tried to figure it out for yourself, turning your vibration plate over and over looking for where to oil it.
But just in case you aren’t familiar with these machines, which can be found both in gyms and homes, vibration platforms perform whole body vibration. According to Healthline, “Vibration machines, also called shaking machines or shaking platforms, use whole-body vibrations to force your muscles to contract reflexively. They’re available in some gyms and are sold for home use. Generally, people perform exercises like squats, pushups, or crunches on these machines while they’re vibrating. Supporters of vibration machines say these vibrations make your muscles work harder and can help you lose fat, build muscle, and get stronger.” And the Mayo Clinic, always a respected resource, says that research shows that whole-body vibration, when performed correctly and under medical supervision when needed, can reduce back pain, improve strength and balance in older adults, and even reduce bone loss.
In terms of fitness and exercise benefits, online fitness site FitDay has a great, in-depth article on The Benefits of a Vibration Plate.
Vibration plates are sold in many places, and at many price points, all the way from vibration plates for home use, such as this highly rated one on Amazon and this other highly rated one on Amazon, both of which are under $200, all the way up to commercial vibration platforms for gym use that sell for $10,000 (such as this one) up to $15,000 or more!
However they all do essentially the same thing: they vibrate the bejeezus out of you. And the actual platform (plate) part does pretty much the same thing on all of them (that’d be the “vibrating the bejeezus out of you” thing). Obviously the higher-end ones, made for use in a commercial gym, are more solidly and sturdily built, but they still do roughly the same thing.
And they all, every single last one of them, have the same lubricating instructions.
How to Lubricate Your Vibration Plate or Platform
That’s right, that’s what we said. The reason that you can’t find instructions anywhere for lubricating your vibration plate is because they are not made to be lubricated. They are a closed system, with no access for lubrication.
But don’t take our word for it, take the words of all of the experts that we ourselves contacted because, well, our home vibration platform developed a squeak, so we were trying to figure out how to lubricate the damned thing to shut it up! First we contacted the manufacturer of our model, who said “you don’t lubricate it, you can’t.”
That made us think that we had gotten a bum deal, and maybe should have gone with a different model which would allow us lubrication access.
Then we discovered that there are no such models.
So then we called our trusty home and commercial gym equipment repair company (don’t ask) and they, having never heard of lubricating a vibration plate, called their suppliers, and all the way up that supply chain the word came back down: you don’t lubricate a vibration platform.
Finally, we called a gym that has vibration platforms for their members’ use. Surely they would either say “that’s crazy, of course you have to lubricate them” or they would confirm that, even in the high-use environment of a commercial gym, vibration platforms don’t get lubricated.
Guess what. The nice people at this large commercial gym, that has been around for 40 years, said that yes, it’s true, you don’t lubricate vibration plates (vibration platforms, vibration machines, etc.). You don’t, and you can’t.
And what this means for you if you have a home vibration platform and it develops a squeak, is, well a) don’t worry about it, and b) you have to live with it.
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