To evaluate the effects of whole-body vibration (WBV) on ergospirometric variables in the elderly.
A total of 31 elderly people were randomly assigned to 1 of the 3 groups—resistance, WBV, WBV + resistance—training twice per week, 3 months, evaluating ventilatory thresholds by ergospirometry and peripheral strength.
WBV groups increased
O2 after training when compared to the resistance group (25.2 ± 1.6 in WBV with P < .001 and 25.2 ± 3.2 in WBV + resistance with P < .001), as the percentage heart rate reserve (resistance = 27%; WBV = 48.4%; and WBV + resistance = 49.9%).
In the elderly, WBV increased strength and
O2max, combining into a single program both aerobic and resistance workouts.
Departamento de Fisioterapia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil.
Correspondence: Armele Dornelas de Andrade, PhD, Departamento de Fisioterapia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Av. Jornalista Anibal Fernandes, s/n, Cidade Universitária CEP: 50740-560, Brazil (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This study was supported by Fundação de Amparo à Ciência e Tecnologia (APQ 0234-4.08/13), Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e tecnológico (Edital Universal—2012) and Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (PROCAD 88881.068409/2014-01).
The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.