Vibration plates seem to be one of the next big trends in the weight loss and fitness industry in 2019, clearly demonstrated by the popularity of the Bluefin Fitness vibration plate. As with any trend, it’s be hard to find out the truth about whether you’ve struck weight loss gold, or just another fad.
Our insights: A vibration plate isn’t for everyone – but for those who like it, you can’t beat the Bluefin fitness vibration plate.
You may have heard the claims, that a workout on the Bluefin Fitness vibration plate can do more than simply tone your core. In fact, Bluefin Fitness claim that their vibration plates can tone your body without vigorous exercise, work your core muscles, improve your flexibility, reduce cellulite, increase your strength, improve your posture, help maintain bone density and promote recovery following an injury. All in one machine!
Bluefin are leaders in vibration plate technology. They have have many different vibration plate models available: including the Bluefin Fitness Pro Vibration Plate and the Bluefin Fitness 3D Vibration Plate.
In this review we are covering the vibration plate we feel is the best. One of their newest models, the Bluefin Fitness Vibration Plate Ultra Slim 1000 Watts with Bluetooth Speakers. (Yes, we agree not the most catchy name).
However, with this vibration plate, Bluefin Fitness have really stepped up to the plate (excuse the pun). They have packed the power of a huge commercial vibration plate into a smaller, compact home sized edition. And managed to cram in tons of new functions.
Because of these features, there has been a massive response to this particular model of vibration plate and it has been selected as Amazon’s choice (a prestigious acknowledgement). As with any product with such a huge number of reviews – 200+ reviews on Amazon already most with 5 stars, we think it’s definitely worth checking out what people who bought the machine have to say.
But before we get into the good the bad and the ugly, let’s take a look at the technology behind the machine.
How the Bluefin Fitness vibration plate works:
If you are new to vibration plates – we are talking about a machine which vibrates rapidly, while you stand aboard.
As with all vibration plates, the Bluefin Fitness plate works, by vibrating at high frequency while you stand in a partially engaged squat position. By standing on the vibration plate, or performing other exercises such as squats or even press ups, you are supposed to get extra benefit from each exercise, because your muscles are activated by needing to control the vibration from the machine.
In fact, the rapid vibrations force your muscles to quickly contract and relax to keep you balanced. This means that your body is making constant use of these small balancing muscles and burning more calories as a result. Bluefin Fitness claim that because of this mechanism, even standing still with your knees slightly bent can achieve great toning results.
We have to admit, the Bluefin vibrating plate is excellent at what it does. While in the past we are used to vibrating plates that are huge and take up tons of space, Bluefin have managed to capture the power of a full scale vibrating plate and put it into a slim model which can be proudly displayed in the home and put away discreetly when needed.
The machine comes packed with a 30 – 45Hz vibrational range, spread over 180 intensity levels and 5 built in programs. This makes it easy to adjust the intensity of your workout to perfectly match your fitness level. On top of this, the plate comes with a remote control, so that you can even adjust your intensity mid workout, without having to bend down and touch the plate.
Despite our initial concerns that the plate would be too loud, while not silent, their motor is quiet enough to watch TV at a normal level.
Of course the nature of the plate means that it is a one size fits all machine that should fit almost all shapes and sizes. Combined with the huge range of intensity, means that the vibration plate can be used by both beginners and more advanced fitness pros, making it a perfect fit for the whole household.
As you would expect from a new Bluefin Fitness instalment, it is also fitted with a modern LCD display which shows all the information you need to track your workout. And an internal Bluetooth speaker makes a really nice finishing touch so that you can even listen to your music while working out, without having to worry about wearing headphones.
The icing on the cake is the bundle of bonuses that come packaged with the Bluefin Fintess vibration plate. As well as the vibrating plate, you will also get a full workout and nutrition guide, a workout cheat sheet poster and resistance bands to advance your workout. While none of these are deal makers, they are a nice accompaniment to the product and help you get the most out of your plate.
Let’s face it, the Bluefin Fitness vibration plate is extremely good. However as you’re about to see, it isn’t without it’s challenges.
The first challenge is the weight of this machine. While Bluefin Fitness have done a great job compacting the machine into a slim edition, it’s still not light. The plate weighs in at 16Kg, which can be a challenge to move around the home.
Secondly, the maximum weight for this machine is 150Kg. While this is going to be fine for the average user, it does mean that the heaviest users may have to lose some weight BEFORE they can safely use the product. We haven’t heard of anyone having a problem at higher weights, but of course it’s best to stick to the recommended guidelines.
The final concern is the most serious, and that is durability.
Worryingly, for many people the Bluefin fitness vibration plate has not lasted as long as they hoped. Indeed it has been reported to have stopped working after several months, to as little as a few weeks.
This is not an problem in itself, as Bluefin Fitness offer a LIFETIME guarantee on all of their vibration plates. However going through the replacement process can be a major inconvenience and disappointment to those effected.
Despite the durability issues, the convenience and amazing versatility offered by the Bluefin Fitness vibration Plate, means that we think it’s worth every penny. If you have decided to stay away from vibration plates waiting for a quality at home model; This is the one we would recommend.
After all, a huge number of people are getting great results with the Bluefin Fitness vibration plate already.
For us, this product comes in with a high four star rating. This is a wonderful piece of Ab toning technology, which is well designed and easy to use for any user. If only it didn’t have a history of breakdowns – we would have happily given five stars, without hesitation.