15.11.13

Power Plate EssentElle's

By now you must know that I work at a great studio in Central London teaching Power Plate classes, right?!

Said studio kindly donated a free class to each of the attendees at my keep it simpElle Supple Strength class and a couple of questions were raised as a result so I decided to scribble a few answers down here!

class vouchers

Beginning with what is a Power Plate...

Power Plate is a brand of vibrating platform used as exercise equipment. It consists of a vibrating base, which may vibrate up and down approximately 1 to 2 millimetres 25 to 50 times per second. wikepedia, 2013

this is a power plate

So when we talk about Power Plates (PP's) we are actually referring to whole body vibration training which is just another method of working out to get the results we want.

What results do we get from whole body vibration training, I hear you ask!

The list is exhaustive! PP's can be used in a medical setting, for rehabilitation and then all the way through to professional athleticism.

The point of this method is that you get results, but FASTER! In today's day and age who would (could) turn that down?!

So all the usual...weight loss, increased muscle tone, increased strength, increased flexibility can all be achieved using PP's ...in a shorter space of time than 'regular' training.

Other benefits include:

Healthier bones (increased bone density)
Increased circulation 
Relaxation 

Generally, studios will offer 25 - 30 minute classes which, believe me, is enough! Each drill will last somewhere between 30 seconds and 1 minute depending on the type of drill.

power plate display 

you can use equipment too :) 

Wear regular gym clothing, preferably something made of a technical fabric to wick sweat and keep you feeling comfortable. No shoes are required - just socks -  ones with grip on the bottom are ideal. Take along your water bottle and a small towel too if you tend to sweat a lot! Nothing else is needed, except a smile & some enthusiasm...

example session plan 

As with all forms of exercise, there are precautions to be taken. One is to not overtrain on PP's. I'd recommend a maximum of 3 - 4 sessions per week. You need to give your nervous system (that sends the messages to your muscles & back) a rest after working so hard sending messages like crazy when your muscles are contracting 30 times per second!!

I always suggest yoga as a great complimentary form of exercise for PP's and virtually everything else! If you want to increase your cardio side of things, running and / or spinning are great options too.

Next time you pass the PP machine sitting there lonely in the corner of the gym think about all the potential we have just explored...

Get yourself to a studio class, get some ideas and then incorporate them into your regular training schedule...

Classes generally are not cheap but most places offer great intro deals...free first session or a month or so for around £30 - £40.

Up for giving it a go?! ...if you have any questions, please, leave them below in the comments section...cos I'm sure someone else somewhere will be wanting to know the same thing...


Elle :) x

12 comments:

  1. Wow, what an interesting piece of equipment! I love hearing of new/alternative forms of exercise...I'm sort of a nerd like that, so this is pretty neat! :)

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    1. They have been around for so long I am always surprised when someone hasn't heard of / tried PP's before!! Hope you get to try them out soon! :) x

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  2. So interesting thanks for sharing! I'd love to see some video of you conducting a workout on this! I've seen them around, and actually take a couple shakes on one, but I can't get over the vibration! It feels so bizarre!

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    1. Hey Jill :) Thanks for stopping by! ...I shall add a PP workout video to my list of bloggy to do's! I have been thinking about doing video's so I shall defo give this a go! Stay tuned :) x

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  3. This looks really cool! Thanks for all the info, I just might try it now :)

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    1. YES! ...give it a go, for sure, and let me know what you think!

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  4. I've never seen one of these before, thanks for sharing! I love learning about new things!

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    1. Now you will notice / see them everywhere! ...and you will be in the know :) let me know if you ever try one / a class :) x

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  5. Need to use my voucher in the next 2 weeks - excited to try it! x

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    1. YES! you must use it!! That's £22 of free class right there! Hopefully see you at one of my sessions...if not, you will still have a fab class and I'll look forward to hearing all about it! :) x

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  6. Wish I was in London to go to your class! I've got a machine at home, think I just need to figure out a plan to do rather than go on and feebly try to remember what to do!

    Ally // Digital Diva
    www.digital-diva.co.uk

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    1. Hey Ally, I will be sharing a PP workout soon so keep a look out! ...until then, just do what you would do regularly off the plate...on the plate! ...in less time! :)

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