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Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat uses a Power Plate machine. Randy Belice, NBAE / Getty Images
You can get a massage while you improve your strength training and workout recovery. This isn’t a massage chair, though: It’s a workout device originally built for Russian cosmonauts. Now athletes, movie stars and the common guy are using it to elevate their fitness levels.
Power Plate, a computerized workout device that incorporates vibration technology, provides gym goers with two goals in mind: to build strength without inducing joint stress and to optimize recovery time.
How It Works
Vibration technology was first used in the 1950s and ’60s by Russian astronauts, who thought vibration would stimulate muscles that had atrophied during space missions. The device’s body frame looks similar an elliptical trainer and functions by using a constant vibration to create instability in the body, which, in turn, stimulates muscle fibers by activating contractions 25 to 50 times per second.
The way it works can be boiled down to the physics equation that mass times acceleration equals force, according to Fred Heim, VP of Brand Connection for Power Plate.
“The person is the mass, and the plate is the acceleration,” Heim said. Strength training relates to this equation by using more more mass or more acceleration to improve a person’s stability and strength of power. Conventional weight training adds mass whenever a person lifts a dumbbell or a barbell to commence an exercise. Power Plate’s difference is that mass stays the same while acceleration is increased.
The breakdown of muscle fibers creates more blood flow, which translates to oxygen being more readily available in muscles. That results in additional stamina for each workout. The contraction created in the muscles also means that lactic acid, which builds up during conventional lifting sessions, is flushed out.
“I love it and use it a ton,” said Steve Hess, the Denver Nuggets’ strength and conditioning coach. “It’s huge as a pre-game or pre-practice warm-up.”
Aaron Nelson, the Phoenix Suns’ athletic trainer, has a Power Plate device in his team’s weight room. “It’s a great training tool,” said Nelson.
Nelson said he encourages his players to perform the following exercises on the Power Plate: foam rolling, static and dynamic stretching, single-leg squat touchdowns, single-leg balance and reaches, step-up-to balance, and three forms of push-ups (normal, with feet on a stability ball and with rotation).
Nelson cited a study done by the University of Hull in the United Kingdom that showed soccer players who used Power Plate for a warm-up at halftime experienced only a 3 percent decrease in strength performance for the second half, versus 6 percent for a normal halftime resting period. Jump performance did not decrease, whereas a normal resting period lessened it by 7 percent. Nelson has Suns players do two to three sets of squats for one minute at halftime of their home games. (They don’t travel with their Power Plate device, although Nelson said he likes the Pro5 HP for its portability.)
Power Plate’s six models range in price from $ 2,599 to $ 11,500, so the cost isn’t for everybody. But its impact on the body can suit just about anyone.
Mark Verstegen, founder of Athletes’ Performance and Core Performance and a Power Plate endorser, stated that the most prevalent technique flaw in people who use the device is that they struggle to hold an appropriate posture during an exercise. According to Verstegen, it’s a violation of their pillar strength, which is an integration of movement among the shoulders, torso and hips. He emphasized that people improve their posture once they become used to the device’s vibration.
While Verstegen said Power Plate is ideally just one part of a training plan that should incorporate conventional resistance training and proper nutrition, he cited its important role in strength training and in accelerating the rate of recovery.
“Being able to rapidly upgrade stability, mobility and strength with the right movement patterns, it allows us to more rapidly progress our athletes through their training programs with a reduced chance of injury,” Verstegen said. “It’s a very effective tool.”
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