By Melissa Baird, RMT & Dr. Oakley
There are constant fitness trends emerging, most of them leaving the customer disappointed; the Power Plate is not to be mistaken as a fitness trend. The Power Plate machine is a three-dimensional platform providing a consistent, safe and controlled level of vibration in an up and down, back and forth, and side to side motion.1
There are many benefits to using a Power Plate platform such as improving muscle tone, increasing range of motion, improving coordination and balance, increasing blood flow, reducing body fat and boosting metabolism, decreasing cellulite, increasing bone mineral density and alleviating pain by promoting recovery of damaged muscles and tendons.1
How does the Power Plate work? Constant vibration in three-dimensions forces the body to seek out stability, contracting muscles involuntarily to compensate.2 Not only does the Power Plate add to ones’ workout regime but it is also providing a different treatment option for those suffering from cerebral palsy, osteoporosis, neck and back injuries, chronic pain and even kidney stones.2
In one study, 61 obese adults were split into 4 groups: a control group (no changes made to their lifestyle), a diet only group, a fitness group, and a Power Plate group. The study took place for 6 months with a follow-up after an additional 6 months of no intervention. The Power Plate group had significant decreases in visceral fat (fat surrounding the abdominal contents), and after 6 months post intervention the Power Plate group maintained their decreased visceral body fat levels whereas the other groups of diet and fitness returned to their baseline values.3
Whether searching for pain relief, are new to fitness and seeking long-term results or are looking to maximize your current fitness level, incorporating the 3D Power Plate technology will ensure you get the best results!
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- Cromley, J. (2006) Celebrities and athletes tout the benefits of Power Plate. Chicago Tribune September 12, 2006. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2006-09-12/features/0609120200_1_sufficient-high-quality-scientific-research-slackers-and-elite-athletes-soloflex-whole-body-vibration
- Vissers D, Verrijken A, Mertens I, Van Gils C, Van de Sompel A, Truijen S, Van Gaal L. Effect of long-term whole body vibration training on visceral adipose tissue: a preliminary report. Obes Facts.2010;3(2):93-100. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20484941