An innovation in neuromuscular training, Galileo uses “side-alternating” Whole Body Vibration (WBV) devices to accelerate therapeutic benefits, increase strength, and improve your overall fitness level.
Galileo therapeutic training aims to accelerate rehab and prehab regimens for everyone from children to seniors suffering from a variety of illnesses, such as scoliosis and various neurological conditions. The high repetition principle optimizes “motor relearning” in patients, decreasing the chance of long-term immobility.
This universal WBV training exercise tool can enhance athletic performance, improve muscle fitness, and even has space research applications. Utilizing a see-saw motion pattern, the exercises are able to simulate a human’s natural gait which perpetuates a tilt in the pelvis as when walking at a fast pace.
Galileo training works by recruiting afferent and efferent systems, or nerve signals moving in and out of the brain, which trigger muscle groups to go through thousands of muscle contractions in just minutes.
History of WBV technology
Though the concept of vibrational therapy may seem like a new-age thing, it was actually conceptualized and even practiced as far back as ancient Greece.
A warrior society, the ancient Greeks often dealt with injuries from battle. Greek doctors invented the first body vibration machine in recorded history to help soldiers recover faster from battle wounds.
Plucking the strings of a bow-like wooden instrument, they would vibrate it over the injuries of soldiers. They discovered that the vibration stimulate the human growth hormone and allow puss from open wounds to drain faster.
Whole body vibration continued to be used into the 1800s, when it began spread throughout much of the world, thanks to Swedish doctor Jonas Gustav Zander. Inventor of the modern gym, Zander’s establishments were equipped with a vibration machine aimed at stimulating weight loss and muscle gain.
By the end of the century, John Kellog redesigned Zander’s creation, effectively inventing the first whole body vibration machine.
Much scientific research was conducted on the benefits of whole body vibration beginning in the 1960s. Russian researchers were the main pioneers of what they called rhythmic neuromuscular stimulation. This led to the discovery that WBV could also accelerate bone regeneration, which they used on cosmonauts who suffered from poor bone density as a result of their space travels.
By the turn of the 21st century, Italian physiologist Carmelo Bosco had created the modern day WBV machine
How to Workout with Galileo
It is recommended that you work with a trained practitioner for your first Galileo “side alternating” whole body vibration session so that proper individual contraindications (physical condition analysis) can be assessed.
There are also some general beginner rules to follow when practicing Galileo:
- The head should not vibrate. Keep a slight bend in the knees and bring your weight up to your toes or narrow your foot position.
- Always start with a narrow foot position in beginner mode.
- Make sure feet are symmetrical.
- When feet are set wide, do not straighten the legs.
- All exercises should be practiced slowly with intent
- Frequency level should be bases on your training goal.
A typical beginner’s workout looks like this:
- Step onto the Galileo machine and turn it on.
- B1: Two-legged squat. Squat slowly, spending 4 seconds each going down and coming up.
- B2: Bend backward and forward. Hold your end positions for 10 seconds.
- B3: Bend sideways. Hold your end positions for 4 seconds.
- B4: Head and Shoulder rotation. Hold your end positions for 10 seconds.
- B5: Pelvis tilt backward and forward. Hold your end positions for 10 seconds.
- B6: Hump back and swallow back. Hold your end positions for 10 seconds.
All beginner’s training should be done in intervals of 3 minutes with a 1 minute break.
There are several benefits to utilizing Galileo vibrational exercises, such as:
- Increase strength and balance
- Accelerate rehab and prehab
- Optimize motor relearning
- Improve athletic performance
- Low impact on joints
- Improves neural communication
- Increases bone density
Galileo has several types of workouts based on individual need and preference after the initial beginner’s routine, including:
- Cardio training
- Gym workouts
- Dumbell exercises
- Scoliosis therapy
- Pelvic floor therapy
- Fall prevention therapy
Save Time as You Heal and Get Fit with Galileo
This efficient, time saving vibrational technology tool provides an incredibly low-impact total body workout. The galileo product line includes platforms for standing workouts, chairs for sitting workouts, tilt-tables for laying or standing therapy, smart dumbells for shoulder, arm, and hand training.