Power Plates – shake it up and improve your health in less time

Written by on June 7, 2013 in Body & Mind, Wellbeing - Comments Off on Power Plates – shake it up and improve your health in less time

Sometimes jogging can get boring; your favourite fitness classes become stale, even walking the same routes can become tiresome. Recently, this is exactly what we at allmygoodness have experienced. With summer upon us, you can feel the need to accelerate fitness and exercise. After some research, allmygoodness discovered that power plate classes are excellent for your health.

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Power Plate is a brand of vibrating platform used as for vibration training. It consists of a vibrating base, which may vibrate up and down approximately 1 to 2 millimetres, 25 to 50 times per second. Vibration training, also known as vibration therapy and biomechanical stimulation is a training method employing low amplitude, low frequency mechanical stimulation to exercise musculoskeletal structures for the improvement of muscle strength, power, and flexibility.

At first, I was dubious. How can 30 minutes of basic squats and stretching exercises possibly be better than intense cardiovascular training? At New River Fitness Centre in Islington, the instructors and gym members are testament to the device. Furthermore, because you only need to use the machine for 30 minutes, you are effectively using less electricity than you would at an hour long session at the gym and effectively the machine is more eco-friendly.

Vibration training is sometimes thought of as a lazy persons exercise. However, the results speak volumes. PowerPlate Classes help you develop lean, slim, toned muscles; a PowerPlate activates nearly 100% of all muscle fibres where normal workouts activate a small fraction of that. Over time you will see amazing improvements in strength and muscle tone.

The machines also result in increased metabolism. PowerPlate training intensifies fat burning and improves metabolism so that you can burn calories faster. They are also known to break down fat cells and reduce the appearance of cellulite. The machinery intensifies circulation, warms up the muscles and encourages tendons to be more pliable, enhancing flexibility.

Power PlatesThe machines aren’t for everyone, the classes are very intense and often your muscles may ache more than your average gym session. However, at New River, a massage is included at the end of your class to reduces cellulite, break down fat cells and stimulate lymphatic drainage

Perhaps the most notable health benefit, for this type of exercise, is the claim that classes will reduce chances of osteoporosis and muscle wasting common with aging. Because of this Vibration training has been advocated as a therapeutic method in the treatment of osteoperosis, sarcopenia, and metabolic syndrome.

Vibration training machines are available to use in most gyms and can be bought online for reasonable prices. So why not skip the treadmill next time you head to the gym and try something new? Or if you would prefer some guidance with the machines, then New River and Good Vibes offer excellent, instructor-led classes. Try a gym machine that effectively makes you exercise for a shorter amount of time, using less electricity yet having twice the effect!

About the Author

Christina Latham

Christina is one of our original writers who helped with the launch of allmygoodness. She has a love for finding vintage treasures and organic products in unexpected, undiscovered places. She has previously worked as a journalist for CD News at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and Bader TV News in Berlin. She also writes freelance articles for Fitzrovia News and BetaTwentyOne. Follow her on Twitter @ChristinaLatha