From Madonna to Martha Stewart (yes she really does have one) celebrities swear by their Power Plate machines. Add to that devotees like Claudia Schiffer, Elle Macpherson and Kylie Minogue and we have something to talk about!
Power-Plate is a machine that gives the body’s muscles a high-speed workout by using vibrations to stimulate them to contract and relax. They generally contract once or twice a second, but by standing on the Power-Plate, its vibrations cause an automatic reflex muscle contraction of 30-50 a second.
The body has to subconsciously contract a variety of different muscles in order to stay balanced during the vibrations created by the Power plate. It is precisely this constant muscle tensioning that makes the Power plate so effective.
Developed by Russian scientists for their Olympic athletes in the 1970’s and later used to train cosmonauts, the Power Plate® platform vibrates as you perform a series of simple exercises. A pose is held for up to 60 seconds, activating multiple muscle groups simultaneously to stretch, tone and strengthen. It is so effective that 3 short sessions a week is enough to transform how you look and feel and being non-impact and incredibly gentle on the joints and tendons, it is suitable for almost everyone.
The benefits of Power Plate are huge – regular sessions result in weight loss via increased metabolism and fat burning. It is proven to reduce cellulite by breaking down fat cells. Increased blood flow improves circulation, flexibility and the ability for the body to heal itself. Power Plate improves core strength and stamina and is used in rehabilitation programs for sufferers of osteoporosis. Power Plate training increases the release of growth hormones, encouraging the production of collagen, which keeps the skin looking younger. Power Plate has become an important feature in many celebrities workouts.
We have 2 Power Plate Group Classes at Pilates Physique:
Power Plate Circuit
A combination of Power Plate®, circuit training and Pilates matwork. A strong, full body workout in circuit format which keeps you moving providing cardiovascular and fat burning benefits.
Power Plate Plus
A full body workout combining the Power Plate®, Reformer, Tower Cadillac and small apparatus all in one session. Tones the entire body and assists with weight loss due to increased metabolism. Strong workout with a cardiovascular element.