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We bring you the very best in Power Plate’ whole body vibration education and are committed to sharing the secret of just how good Power Plate can be for your health. With courses for home users and fitness, sport, or health professionals, our certifications have international recognition and will help you or your clients get the most out of using Power Plate.
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Power Plate has continued developing the technology to create products and training programs that deliver legendary performance for elite athletes, professional sports organisations, medical facilities, gyms, health clubs, pilates studios and millions of individuals around the globe.
For 20 years the world’s leader in whole body vibration technology, people of all ages and physical abilities trust Power Plate to bring their bodies into harmony – the place where optimal physical performance, health and wellness are all in balance and working together. In fact, Power Plate has been linked to a wide range of health and wellness benefits, from strength, balance, flexibility and weight loss to improved circulation, pain reduction, detoxification, stress alleviation, and even reduction in the appearance of cellulite.
Along with delivering great performance for individuals and fitness facilities, doctors in nearly 100 countries use Power Plate to help their patients live life to the fullest. Decades of research have shown that whole body vibration can effectively treat symptoms of conditions ranging from multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and cystic fibrosis, to diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis and locomotive syndromes brought about by aging.
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WE KNOW ASTRONAUTS AND COSMONAUTS USE IT,
BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN IT’S ROCKET SCIENCE!
In simple terms, the three-dimensional movement destabilizes the body and causes a rapid reflex contraction that has a cascade of positive effects on many systems in the body.
Key to this response is how fast the Power Plate is moving – for most people, the maximum muscle activation is achieved when the plate is moving at about 33-35 times per second. And this is a number you want to optimize because it’s all about more muscles, doing more things, more often. There is a point at which the rate of stimulus stops causing an increase in rate of contraction – so it’s not a matter of the faster the better.
The second very important mechanical factor is the direction and type of movement. Power Plate does not rock. It does not shake you in a see-saw motion. Most times you can’t even see the person on it moving from the vibration. The movement of the Power Plate is gentle – between 1mm and 2mm – so no jerking, no jarring, no discomfort. And the whole platform moves in the same direction at the same time, mostly in a vertical direction (that is, up and down).
A superior characteristic of Power Plate, however, is that it also moves subtly backwards and forwards, and side-to-side. This three-dimensional “tri-planar” movement is key to enhanced proprioceptive stimulus. Our bodies are designed to move and respond this way, and so Power Plate can be said to create an “authentic” environment to stimulate the body’s natural responses.
The final thing we’ll talk about from a physics point of view is the harmonics. This is to do with the smoothness of the vibration, which, with Power Plate, is very consistent – 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 gets the most optimal stimulus.
You may think that vibration training is a new-fangled invention, but you would be wrong. Vibration was first explored as a therapy for stimulating healing as far back as Ancient Greek times. And Kellogg (the brother of the Kellogg famous for our cereals) was the first modern-day health practitioner to have applied it in his health sanitoriums in the ’40s. Both these applications were predominantly for circulation increase.
But in the late 1960s and ’70s East German and Russian sports scientists explored vertical vibration as a sports performance enhancing tool. Undetectable and entirely legal. Noticing the anabolic effects, the Russian cosmonaut program started using vibration to counter the bone and muscle loss caused by extended stays in zero gravity.
The Power Plate brand also had its roots in sport performance, having been developed in the late 1990s by a Dutch Olympic coach. Power Plate quickly spread across the globe, attracting both elite sports followers and celebrity user fame, and attaining Medical Device Certification as a Class II medical device in the EU in 2009.