The Powerful Power Plate
Live Like You Can
By Janis McDonald
When two long time clients came home from a Paris trip, they started begging me to acquire Power Plate equipment for my San Miguel de Allende gym. (Power Plate is a manufacturer of whole body vibration technology.) I was doubtful, and in fact, I laughed and thought, “Yet again, another quick fix for fitness.” They insisted it was one of the most efficient and complete workouts they had performed and took me to Mexico City for a first-hand Power Plate workout. While I might not have understood completely what was happening during the exercise program, I certainly felt a full-body, total muscle-fiber recruitment as well as a general feeling of wellbeing and relaxation.
After returning home, I began my investigation of the Power Plate by doing enormous amounts of homework in order to be convinced that standing on a vibrating machine could induce fitness and strength; increase bone density; boost the neuromuscular system; help people with MS, Parkinson’s and stroke; step up circulation to reduce pain; improve balance and flexibility; and increase lymphatic drainage of toxins. As vibration training became better known worldwide, the expansion of research on this kind of training grew exponentially. My education went beyond studies conducted by Power Plate to include hundreds of studies performed all over the world.
My final acceptance came when I read the study performed by the American College of Sports Medicine, which validated whole-body vibration training as an effective and efficient mode of exercise. After Power Plate received a seal of approval from the top leader in the fitness industry, which sets exercise guidelines for healthy and at-risk people, I decided to purchase this very valuable piece of equipment in order to expand the demographics of the population we served.
During the last 11 years, I have witnessed people with joint issues, who couldn’t train otherwise, perform exercise. Clients get stronger and have less pain due to the huge increase in circulation. Older clients with balance problems feel more confident, and people with neuromuscular diseases gain more mobility and strength. The Power Plate has helped mature athletes improve in their sport, and younger, fit people squeeze the maximum out of their workouts with external loading (kettle bells, dumbbells, balls, and bands).
Power Plate recommends two or three thirty-minute sessions a week on non-consecutive days. These short sessions are powerful because of the whole-body muscle recruitment of fibers as well as the multidirectional movement by the plate.
The Power Plate is included in spring training for 29 NFL teams and is used by rehab facilities, assisted-living homes, and massage therapists.
Contact the Live Like You Can Gym for a free demonstration with Joe Hernández, the Power Plate pro.
Janis McDonald, Professional Wellness Coach, Designing Your Third Act Workshops, Private Training Gym, 152 0457. Follow the Live Like You Can Blog! Go to: www.livelikeyoucan.com.