Power Plate in a nutshell: get more from your workout. Much more. Experts claim that 10 minutes on the Power Plate equals 60 minutes of regular exercise. The science behind this states that the vibrations from the Power Plate cue your muscles to activate their postural function. This means that any exercise that you do on the Power Plate does not necessarily feel more difficult, but certainly has a greater effect. The muscle tone and fitness, however are substantially improved. So who is this piece of machinery for? Athletes, bodybuilders, yogis, other kinds of fitness nuts, seniors, or regular folks? The answer is: all of the above (astronauts included). Check out the official Power Plate website for the complete scoop on what the whole thing is about.
The principle by which Power Plate machines work lies in the law of motion, stated by Sir Isaac Newton: the force of an object is equal to its mass multiplied by acceleration, or f = m x a. Where conventional exercise increases mass, the Power Plate machine increases acceleration through vibration. Power Plate machines create instability in the human body, and with each vibration, the body is forced to perform reflexive muscle actions, multiple times per second. Power Plate equipment vibrates primarily up and down to improve muscle strength, and left to right and front to back to aid balance and coordination. Vertical displacement is the best way to combat the natural force of gravity, especially for an increase in strength and power. In other words: it forces your body’s muscles to engage to “fight” the vibrations.
We recommend doing a Power Plate session 3 times a week, and whereas a regular workout can take approximately an hour for you to achieve your fitness goal, we recommend a good 30-minute session on the Power Plate. In order to make sure you get the most out of your session, we have staff on site that can guide you through the process. For all you visual people out there, here’s a great video featuring a whole body Power Plate workout: