Forever gorgeous, the busy Cindy Crawford always finds ways to work fitness into her family life. And whether it's running on the beach or working her core on the Power Plate, the supermodel loves finding ways to include her hubby and kids in the mix. It's not exercise alone that keeps her looking so great; Cindy also maintains a healthy diet by eating whole, natural foods and keeping hydrated with sugar-free beverages like Propel Zero. Learn more and watch the video.
Cindy Crawford isn't the only hot mama who mixes in the Power Plate to her workouts. Still rocking 60-year-old Stevie Nicks credits her fit-for-touring physique to the vibrating device that she uses for 13 minutes every other day. She notes, "You can't get results faster than that."
The Power Plate made its debut into the fitness world back in 2006, and its growing popularity is evident in the number of mainstream gyms that now offer this piece of equipment. People have reacted positively to the efficient workout that claims to cause "rapid and intense muscle contractions 30-50 times per second."
Ms. Fleetwood Mac complements her Power Plate fitness fixation with a healthy attitude toward weight. She suggests striving to achieve a weight that's maintainable, saying, "You don't have to weigh 105 lbs. Weigh 125 lbs. and stay there."
This vocal legend could be on to something. Have you tested the Power Plate?
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My gym is getting "Power Plates" installed and I am curious about the benefits of standing on a vibrating platform compared with a one hour workout in the gym? They are claiming it can have the same effect but I am not convinced! Of course, I'm going to try one but how is this beneficial for overall long-term health?
The Power Plate revolution is beginning to fully materialize and I think it is cool that your gym is springing for some fancy new equipment. However, I am with you and am a little incredulous that 10 minutes on a Whole Body Vibration Machine (WBV) can replace a 60 minute traditional workout. To hear the pros and cons of the Power Plate, just read more
I have never tried a Power Plate, but something about it just reminds me of those vibrating belt machines from the 1950s. You know, where you put the vibrating belt around your bum and it was supposed to jiggle all the fat off.
Basically, there are two major players in vibrational exercise these days, one being the Power Plate, which is a small standing platform that vibrates really fast with a handle (it kind of looks like a floor polisher or a vacuum cleaner on steroids). The other Whole Body Vibration, made by Soloflex, is an over sized vibrating skateboard with no handles. You can pretty much do any move on these machines, from squats to yoga poses, from push-ups to standing hammer curls. The workout is closer to weightlifting than aerobics, like strength, core and balance training all rolled into one.
The list of claimed benefits from this type of workout is rather long: improves flexibility and strength, reduces pain and stress, builds muscle and reverses osteoporosis, but the most praised benefit by far is the decrease in workout time. Getting all shook up while doing alternating lunges really taxes your muscles. NASA is even investigating vibrational strength training as a means of reducing muscle atrophy and bone loss that accompany long trips in space.
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The Power Plate is the latest in workout equipment.
The Product maker, Power Plate USA, says:
Advanced Vibration Technology exploits the body's innate reflexive response to disruptions in stability in order to stimulate enhanced muscle strength and performance. The Power Plate produces a vibration through which energy is transferred to the body. This mechanical stimulus produces a stretch reflex which, depending on the frequency, results in rapid and intense muscle contractions 30-50 times per second.
In simpler terms, the Power Plate is this machine that vibrates extremely fast. You stand on it and try and hold on for dear life until your session is over. I like to describe it as similar to when you are riding the bus or subway and it's full, so you have to stand (and that stinks). During your ride you hold on tight while it stops and starts again and your entire body automatically tightens up to keep upright. That's your reflexes doing their job, and the same type of thing happens when you train on the Power Plate.
The product is supposedly used by Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda and even the king of Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately, the price for the new Personal Power Plate is still out of my league at $3875, so I'll just vibrate when I am at the gym. But if it's in your league, buy it here
Fit's Tip: Each set on the machine is only 30, 45, or 60 seconds in length -- you're training sessions on the Power Plate don't need to be more than 3 to 4 times per week with each session lasting about 10 minutes of actual time on the Power Plate.