Thursday, February 17, 2011

Good Vibrations?

According to the New York Times, you can temporarily boost your athletic performance by standing on a gigantic vibrator. "Although they don’t really know why vibrations should work, researchers report that they actually seem to slightly improve performance in the few minutes after a person gets off the machine."

There is, however, a caveat: The effect is very, very temporary.

People seem to be slightly faster sprinters immediately after standing on a platform. They also seem to be able to jump a bit higher. Vibrations also seem to help people warm up before more strenuous exercise.
“The effect wears off very quickly,” Dr. Brown said. “We are not talking about using this to play a 90-minute soccer match. One sprint and the effect would be gone. You’d play for one minute and still have 89 minutes to go.”
Also? They look like this:

And this: