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PFERD_FAN Posts: 31
12/12/12 9:13 A

Jamie, YES! Way better than tanning! Enjoy.

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
12/12/12 6:31 A

As long as you're *also* doing a regular workout, then it's not going to hurt you. I just wouldn't want you to fall into the trap of doing that sort of thing (those vibrating machines are so popular at my gym - we have 4 of them...) that you do nothing else, because you will have no results if you do only the "easy machines". You have to do the work to get the results. It sucks, but it's life. If the machine makes you feel good, do it. I can't do the vibration one anyway because I get seasick hahah!

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12/11/12 10:10 P

Well, I've already upgraded because there are some other perks as well (still only $20/month). So for free I think I'll give it a try! I'm sure the light is a lot less intense than what you've used, but I'm willing to give it a try and see! If nothing else it's a way to feel like I'm tanning without the negative affects! Tanning in the winter just feels so good, but it's not worth getting skin cancer over it. lol

PFERD_FAN Posts: 31
12/11/12 9:18 P

Jamie, yes I think it helps the horses but I'm pretty sure we are talking about lights of totally different intensity. A useful handheld therapeutic red light is around a thousand, and they have bigger models that are several thousand. Some kind of thing that emits light on your whole body and vibrates...? Sounds like BS to me. I say save your money and get a facial or a body treatment if you are concerned about your skin.

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12/11/12 7:58 P

Well the booth at my gym is red light therapy plus total body vibration. I guess some people say the vibration helps with looking more toned or something??? I'm not sure. But I'm interested in the red light therapy because my skin gets really red and uneven, and I'm thinking it might improve my skin. We'll see! I might not even turn on the vibration thing next time- it felt really weird!

I also had a sunburn in April that is still red. Talked to my doctor about it and she said there's really nothing I can do about it. I'm wondering if this might help with that, too? That's interesting you use it to help horses heal faster! Do you think it helps?

Edited by: JAMIE68117 at: 12/11/2012 (20:00)
PFERD_FAN Posts: 31
12/11/12 6:56 P

I've used a lot of red light therapy on horses for injuries, but it's typically a handheld device used for specific areas of injury. It draws blood to the surface to aid in healing. Never heard of using red light therapy for weight loss.

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12/11/12 6:30 P

hahaa ohhh I gotcha- like the ones who call it a "workout".

I did it today and the vibration was just weird. I'm more interested in the benefits of the "red light". Definitely won't let it cut into my workout time though. :) We'll see how it goes!

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
12/11/12 3:37 P

I've personally never tried it, nor do I have desire to -- I've found that diet and exercise are surprisingly effective. I based my comment on the people who go to my gym and are on that machine constantly and never do anything else and never get results but keep paying for it because the other people that use the machine tell them that they are getting results. (I've seen this scene played out many times.)

JAMIE68117 SparkPoints: (3,738)
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12/11/12 11:47 A

When you tried it were you consistent with using it for 3 months? I heard it takes a while to see results. I've heard good things about red light therapy but this could just be a really weak version of it, too. haha Thanks for your input. :)

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
12/11/12 5:08 A

I don't go to Planet Fitness but we have the red light thing at my gym. It burns off the money in your wallet, that's about it.

JAMIE68117 SparkPoints: (3,738)
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12/10/12 10:55 P

I just got a membership at Planet Fitness last week. I've been working out at the YMCA, but had been looking for something with better hours. So for now I have both memberships (still only paying $22/month total).

Anyway, I'm considering signing up for some of the free fitness training, but I'm under the impression it's more instructional and less of an actual workout? I'm just wondering what to plan for. If it's mostly instructional I will make sure to get a real workout in before my training session! =)

I'm interested in the "design your own program" class. (I have a good plan I'm following- but will need to switch up in another 2-4 weeks.) I also thought about doing the 30-minute circuit class just to get familiarized with all that equipment, and figure out if it's something I might like to add into my routine.

I'm confused about it because most of the classes (other than the "design your own" one) only last 30 minutes. I'm just confused about how there is time to learn the equipment, and still have time for a decent workout????


Another question- has anyone here used the "Red Light Therapy" booth? I'm considering upgrading to the $20/month plan if I get rid of my Y membership, and the red light thing really intrigues me! I'm just curious if people seem to think it does anything or not???

Thanks in advance for your replies!

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