Whole body vibration (WBV) is a generic term used where any vibration of any frequency is transferred to the human body. Vibration training on the other hand is a discipline where varying frequencies/amplitudes/forces will be transferred into separate body parts using precise joint angles for any limited time (approximately 1 minute sets). This is done to create a purely eccentric muscle reaction and enable anaerobic activity (burning energy without oxygen – the opposite of cardio).
It should not be confused with uncontrolled vibrations in occupational settings such as truck driving or hand tool operating. It is important to point out that the first systems were especially designed to be a form of resistance training.