A whole-body vibration workout requires you to stand on a platform that shakes your entire body, firing muscle activity needed to keep your balance. When doing this workout, you burn more calories than when standing still.
Manufacturers admit that the variations in the number of calories you burn while using a vibration machine depend on a range of variables, including your original basal metabolic rate, your age and gender, and the other movements you engage in while standing on the platform. Generally, though, a 10-minute vibration session burns about as many calories as a six- to 10-minute walk, or about 47 calories for the average 150-lb. person walking at 4 mph.
A 175-pound person would burn closer to 54 calories in the same session, while a 200-pound person would burn about 62 calories.
Vibration machines can help to reduce abdominal fat while building lean muscle mass, states Dirk Vissers, a physiotherapist at the Artesis University College and the University of Antwerp in Belgium, according to a May 2008 article in "Science Daily." Since muscles burn more calories than fat, even at rest, the workouts can lead to additional weight loss when combined with other exercises and a low-calorie diet.
In addition to the few extra calories you burn standing on the vibrating platform, a vibration workout can help to improve your balance, boost bone density and improve muscle strength.