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What's the Deal with: The Power Plate

What's the Deal with: The Power Plate

The Power Plate is the latest in workout equipment.
The Product maker, Power Plate USA, says:

Advanced Vibration Technology exploits the body's innate reflexive response to disruptions in stability in order to stimulate enhanced muscle strength and performance. The Power Plate produces a vibration through which energy is transferred to the body. This mechanical stimulus produces a stretch reflex which, depending on the frequency, results in rapid and intense muscle contractions 30-50 times per second.

In simpler terms, the Power Plate is this machine that vibrates extremely fast. You stand on it and try and hold on for dear life until your session is over. I like to describe it as similar to when you are riding the bus or subway and it's full, so you have to stand (and that stinks). During your ride you hold on tight while it stops and starts again and your entire body automatically tightens up to keep upright. That's your reflexes doing their job, and the same type of thing happens when you train on the Power Plate.

The product is supposedly used by Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda and even the king of Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately, the price for the new Personal Power Plate is still out of my league at $3875, so I'll just vibrate when I am at the gym. But if it's in your league, buy it here

Fit's Tip: Each set on the machine is only 30, 45, or 60 seconds in length -- you're training sessions on the Power Plate don't need to be more than 3 to 4 times per week with each session lasting about 10 minutes of actual time on the Power Plate.

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executegirl executegirl 9 years
Before I was pregnant, I used to work out on the Powerplate 3 times a week and I have to say, the results were amazing in a short time! I did it in combination with cardio training, and I lost alot of centimeters and weight. Over here in Belgium it works like this: a Powerplate instructor will help you out the first 10 times you go to see that you are standing correct on the Powerplate and doing the movements right. At first, you will get a beginner schedule with static poses. When your muscles get stronger, the program will change and you will get a dynamic workout on a higher frequency (more & stronger vibrations per minute). It's not that you stand on it and wait for the time to go by, no it's very intensive for a short moment and quite exhausting. But great results in a 15 min. workout + 10 min. massage afterwards wich is great to reduce existing cellulite. After I will have given birth & I need to get back in shape, I will go "Powerplating" again!
DStirk DStirk 9 years
a 30 second workout... if it works i think its worth the $$$$...
azucar_maddy azucar_maddy 9 years
LOL DesignR! This machine sounds like fun.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
Plus, I'd make those noises you do when talking into a fan u.u.u.u.uooo....hhhh.h...aaaa..a.a.a.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
I'm afraid this would tickle me and I'd be laughing the whole time.
scratch5 scratch5 9 years
Sounds stressful to me. But a 10 minute workout and 20 minute stretching session (I love stretching) sounds sweet to me.
J_Stone J_Stone 9 years
A ten minute work out ! Sign me up! Also sign me up for a loan because that price really excedes my monthly gym membership. I saw this on TV and it looks really intense. I dont know if I could enjoy the work out, which is a key element why I excersise to stay mentally and physically in shape. Has anyone here ever tried this??
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