Originally designed for astronauts to train in space, the benefits of Power Plate training have been backed by numerous research studies. The major benefits shown are:
Immediate improvements in blood circulation
Increased muscle strength and flexibility
Increased joint range of motions
Increased bone mineral density
Reduced pain and soreness
Faster recovery and regeneration from injury and training, (research support includes Moezy et al (2008), that indicated enhanced recovery from anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery using vibration technology during rehabilitation)
Enhanced metabolism and lymphatic flow and reductions in cortisol (which is a stress hormone)
Little impact on the joints and ligaments
Capacity for whole body massage and relaxation
Increases the production of collagen to encourage firmer, smoother skin
Helps prevent age-related muscle loss, bone density loss and skin wrinkles
People with medical conditions can exercise while working within their personal physical limitations
Helps prevent injuries through enhanced propriceptive awareness and control
Celebrities like Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Mark Walberg, Hilary Swank, Rachel Weisz and athletes the world over use Power Plate to give them outstanding results in the fastest time possible.
Power-Plate is a machine that gives the body's muscles a high-speed workout by using vibrations to stimulate them to contract and relax. They generally contract once or twice a second, but by standing on the Power-Plate, its vibrations cause an automatic reflex muscle contraction of 30-50 a second.
Power-Plate is a great time-saver due to the effectiveness of training and the fact that many muscle groups are activated at the same time. It's claimed that 10 minutes on the Power-Plate will have the same results as 60 minutes of conventional strenuous training.
What the expert says...
Mark Andrews is a remedial therapist and Power-Plate specialist trainer.
Power-Plate is like the microwave of fitness - you can do as little as 10 minutes and still achieve a great workout.