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A little different but still very effective,
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I wondered why the vast price difference in these vibration platform fitness machines. Quality, I assumed and maybe brand recognition. That's not quite so. The Confidence from Golf Outlets and Amazon is effective and a great value. The higher end machines, especially the Power Plate vibrate in 5 directions at once. I've only experienced the Power Plate for a few minutes and it seemed a finer vibration; less movement if you will. The Confidence rocks side to side. This is only apparent at lower speeds and becomes more of a vibration early in its 1-50 speed adjustment. I've used it for 11 days and was able to increase my time to the 10 minute limit a few days ago and the speed to the 5 setting. I'm in poor shape and health. Even at these minimal settings, I'm invigorated and feel better with each use; once daily for now. I've used 3 lb. wrist weights in conjunction with the yoga straps the last couple of days and look forward to increasing my capability. The BMI function is very useful in logging my progress. Assembly is easily OK. I read reviews before purchase and found a gremlin in that wires get pinched during assembly. Just my luck, I couldn't find the wires. Of course they were inside the shell requiring it be removed. The plate cover that you actually stand on had to come off first. That's a bit tricky as it's held on with double-sided tape. Then a few screws from the shell itself give access to the wiring. A grommet for the wiring would have been a nice touch but Duck Tape holding it out of harms way worked well. One reviewer had a problem with the Yoga straps but my machine was complete and they were easily attached. When replacing the plate cover be sure to align their holes. The description didn't mention the wheels but even though tiny, they make moving much easier. The Confidence is well worth the price and effort. It shouldn't go without mention, Golf Outlets and UPS were very quick; ordered late 4th, received on the 7th. Hope you have the good experience I've had.
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Initial post: May 14, 2012 5:54:29 PM PDT
Woof Woof says:
Does it vibrate the whole floor? The one I use at a spa, a Turbosonic X7, must be in the basement, otherwise it vibrates through the floor of this solid commercial building. No one has yet mentioned anything about the vibration transferring through the floor in these reviews, and wondering if it reflects on quality. I also live in a second floor apartment, and have to think about my neighbors.
In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2012 4:24:07 PM PDT
Confidence Slim Full Body Vibration Platform Fitness MachineWoof Woof, Mine is in the garage on a concrete slab. However, I'll take a leap to say; because this doesn't vibrate at a high frequency, the motion transfered to you on the platform shouldn't transfer to the floor. Sound like any energy wave (electricity, etc) takes the path of least resistance. That said, the machine should be level and all 4 rubber feet planted firmly on your floor. I can't imagine the vibration transfering to the floor unless the machine is mal-adjusted. AND given no other mention of vibration as a problem, I'd assume it is not. Good Luck.
In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2012 4:54:51 PM PDT
Woof Woof says:
Very interesting. Thank you for responding. I never got to experience the vibration machine other than in the basement, and was not around before it was moved (if ever), and therefore just repeating what the spa person told me. Still, I wonder if it would be problematic on a second floor. If anyone out there uses it on anything other than a garage or basement floor, please let me know. Thanks again!
Posted on Sep 13, 2012 10:44:50 AM PDT
May I ask what the BMI function is and how do you access it?
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2012 4:54:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 13, 2012 5:20:32 PM PDT
BMI: Body Mass Index is a somewhat antiquated measure of height to weight ratio; an index that pigeon holes humans into Under, Normal or Over- Weight. With respect to this machine, it's just a built-in gimmick calculator.
The instruction is in the manual. Assuming you don't have it yet, Your specifications are entered into the console via dual function buttons. The "Mode" button gets into the BMI function and the "Time" button toggles between gender, age, height, weight and the "+" & "-" buttons adjusts them to your spec's as necessary.
As I said; it's little more than a calculator coupled with your specs & your ideal weight. What ever "ideal" is. Good Luck.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2012 9:35:03 PM PDT
Thank you. I appreciate your reply. I do have my machine but it does not have that function included.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 8:07:45 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 14, 2012 8:28:58 AM PDT
That's peculiar; the pictures appear identical. In my manual, it falls under the heading: using the power plate under the heading "Test Fat Value". On the console: pressing "mode" cycles thru manual & pre-programs: 1-3 and then fat value signified by "1". The chrome pads on each side rail shown in the pictures are used to calculate the BMI. I assume your machine doesn't have those or uses them for some other function. Oh well, it's not all that useful And I paid $60 more. I'd rather have the money! Good Luck with your fitness program, the machine has served me well.
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