The Powerful Power Plate, Part Two
Live Like You Can
By Janis McDonald
My last article on the Power Plate and vibrational training introduced San Miguel de Allende to the history of this amazing mode of exercise. To recap, at first I was very skeptical, even after experiencing the workout in Mexico City at an official Power Plate Gym.
However, curious enough to investigate, I began by researching the enormous amount of studies performed on vibrational training machines in order to be convinced that standing on a vibrating platform could induce fitness/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 vibrational training spread worldwide, a great many studies were performed and continue to be performed by numerous organizations unaffiliated with Power Plate, validating the prior research.
How could I use this type of training to benefit people who couldn’t perform traditional gym exercises, for example, people who were too overweight to execute enough exercise to make a difference, people whose bodies have enough pain in their joints to make movement prohibitive, people with neuromuscular disease whose bodies have diminished activation of nerves resulting in weakness, and people new to any form of exercise who want to immediately feel their bodies react to “waking up” sleeping muscles?
Power Plate has served people over 95 years old, allowing them to train their bodies effectively without loading and repeated bending of joints. If a body doesn’t move well, Power Plate can improve confidence in walking, strengthen climbing, improve balance, and activate the neuromuscular system efficiently and thoroughly.
Power Plate’s versatility can be seen in the NFL gyms, basketball athletes, rehab centers, senior living homes, in “truck gyms” that follow around sport pros on their circuits, and here when our local athletes, even ex-Olympians, use the Power Plate at the Live Like Power Plate recommends a maximum of 30 minutes per session due to the powerful, almost total body recruitment of muscle fibers and nerve activation.
Power Plate has proven itself to be an efficient, valuable tool to help anyone feel better, even those who think they can’t start exercising.
Janis McDonald, Master Functional Aging Trainer, Certified Wellness Coach, Private Training Gym offering Power Plate and private small group training with Joe Hernandez, Power Plate Pro, 152 0457. Follow the Live Like You Can Blog! Go to: www.livelikeyoucan.com.