Whole body vibration
How Whole Body Vibration works
The unique vibration of the Power Plate® machine destabilises the body and causes a rapid reflex contraction, making more muscles do more actions more often.
The rate of up and down movement of the plate is one of the keys to success and relates to the frequency of reflex muscle contraction. Most people get maximum muscle activation at about 33-35 Hz (times per second). Power Plate models allow a frequency between 25Hz and 50Hz providing variability for different applications and user preferences.
The direction and type of movement is also important. Power Plate does not rock or see-saw. The whole plate moves in the same direction at the same time, mostly in a vertical direction (that is, up and down).The movement of the Power Plate is gentle – between 1mm and 2mm. There is no jerking, jarring, or shaking sensation.
A superior feature of Power Plate is that it also moves subtly backwards and forwards, and side-to-side. This three-dimensional “tri-planar” movement simulates the “authentic” environment of real life ground reaction forces, stimulating the body’s natural responses, and improving real life movements.
Power Plate oscillation is harmonic. This refers to the smoothness of the vibration, which, with Power Plate, is very consistent and predictable – even with people of different weights on the platform. The importance of smooth harmonic motion is that the body learns best when stimuli are repetitive and precise, so the neuromuscular system receives optimal stimulation without experiencing discomfort.
Can I use Power Plate without doing any other exercise?
Many people whose only form of exercise is using Power Plate are happy with their results. Both cardio and strength training outcomes can be achieved with Power Plate training. Power Plate can be used in conjunction with many other forms of training and pieces of exercise equipment, although is very popular as “body weight training”.
Who can use Power Plate?
Is vibration training safe?
There are literally hundreds of thousands of Power Plate users across the world who have been exercising on the device for many years. Such widespread use with no reported negative effects over an extended period demonstrates the safety of training on Power Plate. As with any form of exercise, there are certain pre-existing medical conditions, which may make Power Plate an unsuitable option.
How does Power Plate differ from other vibration platforms?
Where can I find a Power Plate to try or buy?
Can I use Power Plate every day?
Is there any proof Power Plate works?
There are tens of thousands of independent, peer-reviewed published research studies on different aspects of vibration training, with thousands of these referencing Power Plate. It is not a question of IF it works – but how BEST it can work for YOU. Please direct any research related questions to [email protected]
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Power Plate Discover – free online education course
The FREE Power Plate® Discover 3-hour Workshop provides an introduction to whole body vibration training, so you can understand how Power Plate helps you Prepare Faster, Perform Better and Recover Quicker.
Whether you are an individual consumer, fitness professional, Pilates instructor, therapist or clinician, our goal is to empower you with the skills and knowledge necessary to utilize Power Plate as a means to improve quality of life.
What will you learn?
- Introduction to whole body vibration
- Basic overview of whole body vibration technology
- Basic understanding of physiological response
- Application of Power Plate whole body vibration training and targeted vibration percussive therapy tools for movement preparation, better movement, and quicker recovery