"Gabrielle Union and Demi Lovato do squats and other moves on this buzzy device. The vibrations make muscles work harder, toning you even faster says LA trainer Brian Nguyen."
The Personal Power Plate is featured in an in-depth, personal testimonial on Health.com in a piece titled "The Fitness Machine That Shook Up My Pilates Routine for the Better". The article features the revolutionary Pilates workout with the Personal Power Plate at New York's Moving Strength studio. It includes quotes such as “The Personal Power Plate, which launched this past January, is a smaller, more portable version of the Power Plate. Both machines feature a vibrating platform that’s meant to amplify any type of workout, not just Pilates, by challenging one’s strength, balance, circulation, and flexibility." Also stated is "…planks are tough enough already. Spoiler alert: The Personal Power Plate made them (and a slew of other classic Pilates exercises) tougher."
The Personal Plate is included in a feature titled 'Get Tech-Active' – a round-up of high-tech kit to help you achieve your goals and enjoy your fitness journey. The piece talks about how the Personal Power Plate can help you upgrade specific exercises to give you more bang for your buck.
In this piece, the Personal Power Plate appears in a feature called ‘So Hot Right Now - The ultimate guide to the hottest products on the fitness scene right now’. The article describes the Personal Power Plate as compact and portable, mentions there are excerices available on the website, and describes it as “…perfect for fitness professionals on the go…"
The Personal Power Plate is featured in the latest holiday gift guide of Bella New York. In the article, 'Get Giving! Some of Our Favorite Gifts For This Holiday Season', the editor highlighted the compact size of the product for easy storage, the technology and effectiveness and a list of celebrities and athletes known to use Power Plate.
The piece is called 'All About Power Plate' and explains how, after using one in her gym she bought one for her home. Carmen goes on to explain how Power Plate works and that it is a great product for weight loss, recovery and increase in stamina, but recommends that workouts are varied and diet is also important to get results. The full piece can be read here, first in Romanian, then in English at the bottom.
"Good vibrations are the secret to these speedy 30-minute workouts. All classes—from HIIT and boot camp to yoga and barre—take place atop individual Power Plate machines, which vibrate 25 to 50 times per second, engaging multiple muscle groups at once for results in half the time. Those in the know, however, like to double up and stick around for a CelluliteFIT session: a high-intensity massage, achieved through lying in different positions on the machine, which promises to shake it off. Locations in West Hollywood and Brentwood.”
Power Plate received coverage in Gym Owner Monthly, a digital publication dedicated specifically to gym owners and health and fitness professionals in the UK. It comes as part of a round up of the trade show LIW, which took place September 20th-21st. The full piece can be read Here (p18 - 23). Power Plate appears on p.22.
WHAT: The Personal Power Plate. Amazingly, this didn't exist until now – but the makers of those motorised vibrating platforms you see in gyms have slimmed down their equipment into a 3ft x 2ft box, for use in the home.
WHY: Power Plate have some good research behind their product: people who used the technology in addition to exercise and a healthy diet lost more weight over six months than those who dieted and exercised normally – and they kept it off.
It's low-impact, so joint-protective, and there is evidence that it helps with bone density for those at risk of osteoporosis.
"Those who want to tone up while also practicing their technique should head to Good Vibes and try the Power Plates Box class. Not suitable for beginners (they recommend that you first do at least five Power Plates classes), it's a grueling work-out that targets specific muscles (particularly the arms) while also honing your boxing skills."
Los Angeles Times editor Roy Wallack recently wrote an article about his experience with Power Plate in an article titled "Heard of those hot new workouts done atop a vibrational plate? Yeah, we tried it". Wallack attended a group Power Plate BootCamp class at the new Platefit studio in Brentwood, CA. The article highlights the history of Power Plate, the technology and benefits, specifically with recovery and hormones. He explains to the local Los Angeles readers they can attend one of the two Platefit studios and experience any of the variety of classes they offer from boot camp to kickboxing to recovery. Roy says "The PlateFit classes are just 27 minutes long, but, as I found out, that's a workout". He also mentions that he felt refreshed and energized afterward.
Premier lifestyle and news publication Well+Good just posted an article titled "The Most Exciting Fall Fitness Openings in NYC and LA" and included Power Plate studio Platefit. The article lists the top 13 exciting debuts happening on both coasts; the ones fitness enthusiasts may not know about but will want to try immediately.
The new Platefit studio in Brentwood, CA opened last month and the editor had this to say about it:
"Can't seem to score a spot at Platefit's always-packed West Hollywood studio? Try the Power Plate destination's newest location in Brentwood. The sunny second-floor space is just as petite as its older sister, with only nine machines up for grabs, but what it lacks in capacity it makes up for in variety—since each session is only 27 minutes long, the daily schedule is packed with classes. Formats range from the Kayla Itsines-esque HIIT-Fit to a new recovery class, all performed on the Power Plate for maximum efficiency. Be sure to sign up for a sesh with studio owner Rachael Blumberg, who just returned from maternity leave."
The first is a two page advertorial in the latest issue of Health Club Management, the leading publication in the UK health and fitness industry. In the advertorial, David Williams, Head of UK Commercial Sales, introduces the UK's new brand positioning to the commercial fitness industry, explaining how Power Plate is an effective tool to use before and after a workout, to improve performance and reduce the risk of injury. The piece also mentions that World Cup, Grand Slam and Superbowl winners use Power Plate, and that the Gray Institute are our education partners. The full piece can be read online Here (p80-81).
There is a double page spread in Fitpro Magazine, the UK's leading publication for fitness professionals. The article is titled 'Bossing It!' and features Nahid, the owner of London Power Plate and yoga studio, Good Vibes. It is the second in Fitpro's series of profiles of movers and shakers in the Fitness industry, and the journalist speaks to Nahid about why she set up a Power Plate studio and how she runs it successfully. Nahid mentions that she 'got' Power Plate as soon as she tried it, and saw it as a great business opportunity. She also mentions how she incorporates yoga into her Power Plate classes which makes her stand out from other yoga studios.
Sportluxe posted an article today about Power Plate classes at California studio Platefit. The article titled, "Platefit Uses Vibration To Give You A Better Workout—And Get Rid Of Cellulite" describes the writer's first experience with Power Plate classes and she had this to say about them:
"It's totally worth trekking to West Hollywood or Brentwood a few times a week to get in a PLATEFIT workout. And even though the cardio classes involve jumping and squatting, the Power Plate reduces stress on joints, which means it's great for those with injuries." and also said "We ended up taking two classes—PLATEFIT and CelluliteFIT/Recovery—and I loved the recovery class. I'm in the midst of training for a marathon, and my legs were feeling really fatigued and sore before class started. By the end of our session, which involved foam rolling and vibrational therapy, I felt like I could go on a 10-miler without any problems!"
This article, titled 'Power Plate: The Little Known Therapeutic Applications', mentions that Power Plate is used by over 1,500 physiotherapists in France and explains how Power Plate is a powerful tool when it comes to rehabilitation and elderly care.
Power Plate is featured in an article in the Naples Daily News about North Naples, FL studio Jabz Health & Fitness and their Power Plate classes called iVibe Power Plate. The classes are led by Christine Androff, a physical fitness instructor for 25 years. One of her students had this to say about the classes "It's unbelievable. I couldn't walk for a week, and I normally work out. ...This is just a different kind of workout. It hits every single muscle."
Dan’s article "Blokes, Training After 40 Doesn’t Have to be Boring” talks about keeping in good heath after you hit the age of 40 and is quoted as saying 'My favourite tool of the trade is Power Plate whole body vibration'.
Clare’s article "5 Ways to Stay Fit When You Work Long Hours” gives tips on how to stay in shape when you have a busy schedule. One of those tips is to get a personal trainer. Her personal trainer of choice is the Personal Power Plate.
The Personal Power Plate is featured in the 'Kit List' section on the Gear page of Gym Owner Monthly. The piece mentions that it's a great device for at home use, is lightweight and has a carry case for on-the-go fitness, and that exercises can be downloaded from the website. The article is attached.
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Power Plate is featured on the website Fitbottomed Girls in an article titled "7 Moves To Try On A Power Plate". The writer had the opportunity to try out the Personal Power Plate earlier this year and has put together some of her favorites moves. Although she mentions that you don’t need a Power Plate to do the moves, using Power Plate will increase the level of difficulty and increase the efficacy in less time. Her top 7 moves are:
Single Leg Balance: Stand on right leg and stretch left leg up and back. Keep arms at side or reach out, but aim to have your chest parallel to the floor. Hold for 30 seconds, then switch legs. (If 30 seconds feels easy, go for 45 seconds or one minute!)
Alternating Forward Lunge: Start with feet together on the floor, then step out (and onto the Power Plate or uneven surface if using) with your right leg and lunge until both legs are bent at 90 degrees, then hold for a moment. Push back through your front heel to return to standing, then repeat with your left leg. Keep your motion slow and controlled throughout the exercise. 20 each leg.
Alternating Walking Push-up: Start in plank with hands shoulder width apart (on Power Plate or uneven/raised surface, if using). Walk your left hand to the right, place the right hand to the right side of your surface onto the floor, and do a slow, controlled push-up. Then, reverse and go to the left. 5 each side.
Calf Raises: Opt for single leg if you’re on a static surface or fairly advanced, or stick to double leg. Keep feet closer than hip width apart and slowly raise all the way up onto your toes, hold for a beat, then control yourself as you roll back down to flat feet. 30 total.
Side Plank: Placing either your arm or your feet on an uneven or vibrating surface really increases the challenge of a side plank. Keep your core engaged and don’t let your hips sag down. Use either your forearm or your palm. Hold 30 seconds each side. (Want to take it up a notch? Hold your top leg 6″ above your bottom leg!)
Alternating Single Leg Glute Bridge: Lie face up on the floor with your heels on the uneven/raised/vibrating surface (if using). Straighten your right leg as much as possible, then lift your hips into the air and hold for 5 to 15 seconds before lowering slowly. Switch to your other leg right away if you’re super shaky already, but if you’ve got something left, do several in a row on the same leg. 5 times each leg.
Triceps Dips: Place palms on Power Plate or other slightly raised surface. The closer your feet are to your bottom, the easier the move will be. Start with straight arms, then slowly lower down until arms are bent at 90 degrees. Hold for a beat, then raise up to straight arms. 15 times.
Two Power Plate classes at West Hollywood studio, Platefit, were mentioned on The Zoe Report in an article titled "I Tried 30 Different Workouts In 30 Days, And This Is What Happened". Below is the text from both class reviews:
Platefit Power Plate Studio: PlateFit Class: PlateFit Power Plate About the workout: In a PlateFit class, you work out on a vibrating plate, which forces muscle contractions between 30 to 50 times per second. That means in just 30 seconds, you get over 900 muscle contractions. The workout is just 27 minutes long. According to the studio, when going three times a week, most clients start seeing results in six to twelve sessions. "You can expect to feel leaner and tighter and experience a reduction in cellulite," says founder Rachel Blumberg. My experience: I love a quickie workout. This one was tough, and I have to admit checking the clock to see how much longer I had to survive. The machine is weird at first but feels so good—it's like getting a massage while working out. Tip from the studio: You can buy a Personal Power Plate to use at home if you don't live near a studio.
PlateFit CelluliteFit Studio: PlateFit Class: CelluliteFit About the workout: Says PlateFit founder Rachel Blumberg, "Using whole-body vibration technology, people are able to lose more weight, reduce the appearance of cellulite and improve their lives in a fraction of the time of working out without the Power Plate." My experience: Cellulite is a genetic inevitability for me. I already have it, but I know that my current wobbly patches are only going to expand with time. So, I'll try anything that purports to reduce its appearance, even if it is generally acknowledged that this can't be accomplished. This class was basically as therapeutic as a massage—if you're looking to relax and do some good for your body in a cost-and-time-effective manner, I'd highly recommend giving it a try. Tip from the studio: You can buy a Personal Power Plate to use at home if you don't live near a studio.
The first appears on Standard.co.uk, in the lifestyle section, in an article highlighting London's mini fitness classes. Within the article, Power Plate studio Good Vibes is highlighted as a place to go for quick workouts if you're short on time. The text reads as follows:
"Pre-HIIT, the go-to for quick workouts was power plates and it's still one of the best ways to work out if you're short on time. Nahid de Belgeonne, from Good Vibes, says: "You can get great results in shorter time but that doesn't necessarily mean you have to flog your body to do it. Sometimes a HIIT class can cause injury to joints but this is effective because your body weight is amplified on the plate so that you are working more efficiently, using more muscles fibres in each exercise. Your muscles lengthen and contract between 30 and 40 times a second."
Power Plate classes offered at West Hollywood, CA studio Platefit are the topic of a post on the blog site How You Glow. The post starts off by saying "Platefit is a workout like no other. This studio uses space age technology that helps you shake your way to a toned and tight body."
After describing how Power Plate works and the classes offered by Platefit, the writer ends by saying "We love PLATEFIT’s effective and quick approach to working out. They have fun and high energy classes as well as stretching and relaxing classes, so there's really something for everyone!"
In the article, former manager of Penhill Residential Home in Bristol, Trina Birtwistle, talks about how buying a Personal Power Plate for the facility has benefitted residents and staff alike. She mentions that all residents love using the Personal Power Plate, and highlights the story of one resident in particular, whose life has been transformed since he started using it. After using the plate for five minutes a day for three weeks, his legs became strong enough to allow him to stand up and use his zimmer frame on his own, without relying on a carer to supprt him. This has given him back his independence and improved his quality of life. Trina also mentions the excellent service and support she has received from the PHS team and says she would highly recommend Power Plate.
Power Plate is featured on Forbes.com in an article titled "Power Up Your Workout Like Celebrities and Professional Athletes With Power Plate". In the article, Contributor Meggen Taylor highlights the history, benefits, results and impact the technology has upon everyone, at all ages and all fitness levels along with multiple photos, videos and direct links to the Power Plate website and others mentioned within the piece (such as Caroline Pearce, Jenny Burrell and Gunnar Peterson).
Meggen also highlights benefits she felt from using Power Plate, and her personal review of how accessible it was while traveling. Megan says "Not being familiar with this technology myself, I have had the opportunity to try the Personal Power Plate out myself for the last few weeks. As an avid fitness junkie, I have to say that I was impressed with my results. I also traveled with the Personal Power Plate unit, which weighs less then 40 pounds and can be stowed away either in a closet or under your bed. I can now see why this technology has been a favorite to so many of the best bodies both in the professional sports arena as well as celebrities. The results are fast and the workouts are endless."
The article centers around Susan Ramage, a woman with impaired mobility after a motorbike accident left her with seven spinal fractures, an incomplete spinal cord lesion and spinal cord bruising. In addition, she recently had an ankle injury. Because of this, even three years after her accident, climbing a flight of stairs or walking around the house was a challenge for her.
But Susan wanted to climb Mount Maunganui. With that goal in mind, she began twice-weekly Power Plate sessions at Recharge Physio, inside Unichem Faulkner's Pharmacy. She used the Power Plate rehabilitation sessions to activate her neuromuscular system, strengthen her legs, help her balance and proprioception, and develop her endurance. After five months of hard work, determination, and perseverance, Susan conquered the Mount Maunganui summit.
Susan's physiotherapist Jayden Nixon says "Power Plate is a fantastic rehabilitation tool with scientifically proven benefits in strength, balance retraining, pain control and recovery".
The article talks about how using Power Plate is a highly efficient way of warming up before a session and recovering afterwards, which can turn a 'good' session into a 'great' one.
Power Plate classes at Platefit in West Hollywood, California were reviewed in the latest post titled "That Time I 'Shook Up' My Workout at PLATEFIT" on the blog site Soul Wellness Method.
The writer points out the classes are a major time saver – coming in at under 30 minutes. She participated in a BootcampFIT class, which she described as "an intense workout" and then stayed for the CelluliteFIT class. About the second class she said "Hallelujah. This class felt so good and was so relaxing."
Overall the blogger loved the intimate hands-on class setting and quick workouts on Power Plate. She says "If you're in Los Angeles definitely put them on your list. "
The Personal Power Plate was featured on Bruce Pechman's, aka Mr. Bicep, latest fitness segment "Hi-Tech Fitness Gadgets" yesterday on Good Morning San Diego. The segment featured new products that were showcased at the IDEA Fitness convention.
Bruce speaks to the Personal Power Plate very well and touches on the benefits of the product as well as showing the audience how the product works. Bruce points out that the Personal Power Plate can be used for increasing circulation, muscle recovery, stretching, and balance, among other things. He also points out that Power Plate is the ‘gold standard’ and ‘simple to use".
The Power Plate segment begins around the 3:30 mark and can be viewed HERE
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Power Plate is featured in a video on Dr.Mercola's website within his latest article "Take Control of Your Fitness, 2016 Update". The video goes through Dr. Mercola's home workout in his home gym and features Power Plate around the 3:08 mark. He starts off by stretching on the Power Plate and says "I love the Power Plate. It's a magnificent tool for stretching". He goes on to perform some balance movements and also mentions you can do squats (and also weights), and deadlifts on Power Plate and says "Power Plate enhances the effectiveness of the movements".
"Power Plate creates harmonic vibration, instantly triggering the body's natural response to vibration. The Personal Power Plate's vibrating surface vibrates 35 times per second, resulting in corresponding muscle activation. This significantly amplifies the effectiveness of any movement performed on the plate, improving circulation, balance and stability."
The Personal Power Plate is featured in the September issue of Runner's World in an article called 'On Test: Stand and Deliver'. The article comes after two months of the tester using the Personal Power Plate for 10 minutes before and after each run. The article also describes how Power Plate works in general and the settings on the Personal Power Plate.
The review states "…over a two month testing period our tester found it was handy for a prerun 10-minute warm up, great for post training massage on the legs and it added fun to a body-weight workout. Our tester also noted some improvement in flexibility".
"Good vibrations are the secret to these speedy 30-minute workouts. All classes—from HIIT and boot camp to yoga and barre—take place atop individual Power Plate machines, which vibrate 25 to 50 times per second, engaging multiple muscle groups at once for results in half the time. Those in the know, however, like to double up and stick around for a CelluliteFIT session: a high-intensity massage, achieved through lying in different positions on the machine, which promises to shake it off. Locations in West Hollywood and Brentwood."
"We did several moves with resistance cables, which created more of a drag then a heavy weight. We used them to work our arms and several lateral body moves. We also did exercises to enhance our core, and let me tell you, it was a good burn! This class was much more active than I was used to on the power-plate, but I loved it! I’d previously taken Cellulite Blast several times with Patricia, and can definitely speak highly of how amazing and quickly those classes have sped up my recovery time from endurance training, cross-fit, and long runs. The one thing I will say is sometimes, since my brain was all shook-up, I’d almost forget what move we were doing!"
"…Yes, this is the Rolls-Royce of home fitness equipment. If you love some vibration training and/or want to promote recovery and have some moolah at your disposal, the high price point is well worth it."
Power Plate is the focus of Dr. Nina Cherie Franklin's latest blog, titled "Amp Up Your Workout Routine With Vibration Training". Dr. Franklin is an Exercise Physiologist, Nutritionist, Health and Wellness expert and Blogger and participated in a personal Power Plate workout session at Chicago's East Bank Club. She worked with EBC trainer Maureen Wagner who is their top Power Plate expert. Wagner put Dr. Franklin through a whole series of workouts including traditional resistance exercises, isometric iterations, interval work, stretches and ended the session with the relaxing Power Plate massage settings. Dr. Franklin goes into detail on each set of workouts she was guided through and really communicates how much the "whole body vibration training" enhances these moves. Dr. Franklin touts "While these exercises weren’t at all new to me, the actual incorporation of vibration is what made all the difference."
The Personal Power Plate was featured in an article today called "Home Gym Equipment Round-Up" on Fit Bottomed Girls, a fitness blog. The editor highlighted the Personal Power Plate as "pretty exciting", "easy to use" and "it honestly could not be simpler". Additionally, the writer explained to her readers that despite being quite the investment, vibration training is designed to increase the efficiency of workouts and it facilitates recovery, therefore, for someone who is a fan of vibration training, the Personal Power Plate is worth it.
Power Plate was featured in an article in Malaysian newspaper, The Malay Mail. In the article, the writer details how she initially wasn't interested in using Power Plate, but decided to sign up for a low-impact, beginner LBT (legs, bums and tums) class at Bodytone Studio. After the class, the writer said she was "breathless and sweating buckets, but with a big smile on my face – not only because I felt amazing after the workout, but also because of how fast time had gone by".
Power Plate was shown on NBC's Today show this morning in an interview with professional beach volleyball player, Kerri Walsh Jennings. Kerri is a 4-time Olympian and 3-time Olympic gold medalist. In the interview with Today correspondent Jenna Bush Hager, Kerri details how she is training for another Olympics this summer.
Today, BikeRumor.com featured Power Plate and USA Cycling in their weekly roundup. Along with information on this team announcement, it mentions that readers can enter to win their own Personal Power Plate to train like the US team at PowerPlate.com/contest. The article touts "Power Plate has developed training programs with their gear specifically aimed at boosting their bike performance."
The article describes how a second series of workouts is coming to Virgin Active Heath Clubs, select Fernwood clubs, and Power Plate studios across Australia. The Fit Pro Team Leader at Virgin Active’s Moore Park Club has noticed a revitalized attendance record for Power Plate classes since the introduction of the Train Like A Gladiator series and says "We have gone from an under-performing class attendance to full capacity in these classes".
The Personal Power Plate is featured in the June issue of Club Solutions Magazine in an article titled "New Advancements in Strength". The article highlights equipment companies that are taking unique approaches to strength training and includes Power Plate. Other companies highlighted include Precor, Matrix, Life Fitness, Technogym and Keiser.
The full article is attached and the entire issue can be read HERE. The article in which Power Plate is a part of starts on page 40.
The Personal Power Plate has a special advertising feature in the summer issue of Zoomer Magazine. The article discusses the benefits of whole body vibration training including improved balance and posture, increased circulation and mobility, and reduced pain and soreness. It also talks about the science behind the technology.
Power Plate was featured in an article in Malaysian newspaper The Star. The article describes Universal Fitness and Leisure's managing director's discovery of Power Plate. Initially, he was skeptic of the equipment and dismissed it as a "fad". However, he eventually tried Power Plate for his recurring back problems from his years of being a gymnast. Within months, he noticed his back pain easing and says:
"I could not believe how effective the 45-minute workouts were. My back pain has disappeared and has allowed me to go on dives and treks without fear."
The article also mentions the Personal Power Plate will be launched this weekend at the FitForLife KL fair.
The author, Victoria, calls Power Plate "the real deal when it comes to fat loss and improving your overall fitness level." Victoria is regular at Power Plate studio, Transition Zone, and when she asked the owner, Claire Finlay, what she thought about Power Plate being a fad, she got the following response:
"In terms of Power Plate being a passing fad I would say it's definitely not. In fact, many top athletes within rugby, football and American football use it. It’s scientifically proven and backed by the medical profession. Not only will you see dramatic inch loss it will get you incredibly strong and increase your endurance and stamina FAST!."
Healthy Living London, published a blog entry called 'Power Plate for Activation and Recovery' in which the author describes how Power Plate works, explaining how the movements and stretches in the session can help runners prepare and recover. She says "...thanks to the Power Plate vibrations, your joints get properly activated and prepared for the full range of movements they will be expected to perform during your running strides."
Healthy Living London is a health and fitness blog managed by a team of busy Londonors, each working towards a different health or fitness goal. It was named the Best Fitness Blog in 2015 and the full piece PDF is attached and can be read here.
There has been some great recent press in France on Power Plate for the elderly. Bel Age care home group has invested in Power Plate for residents to use daily, and this has been featured in daily, national newspaper, Aujourd'hui en France, as well as TV coverage on Le Parisien TV, highlighting the benefits of Power Plate for elderly care. One of the residents featured in both pieces is Francis, an 82 year old man who has suffered two strokes, a broken femur and a hip replacement. Power Plate has helped Francis and the other residents build strength, improve balance and have a better quality of life, and is described as "the device that performs small, daily miracles".
SeekNPlay, a team of two London based bloggers, also enjoyed the event at Good Vibes and wrote a piece called 'Power Plating at Good Vibes Covent Garden'. They say "All the stretches you can do yourself against a wall can be upgraded to the plate, which works magic to enhance them all. It was particularly effective for releasing tight hip flexors, which admittedly can be a result of poor posture."
Power Plate has an editorial and full page ad in the summer issue of National Fitness Trade Journal, out on May 15. Both pieces focus on using Power Plate for activation and recovery and why these two steps, as part of a complete workout, are important and how greater benefits are realized when performing a full workout using Power Plate equipment.
Blogger Sabine Noebel has featured Power Plate in her blog My Life Challenges, in an entry called 'Power Plate for Runners'. In the entry, she describes her session at Good Vibes studio in Covent Garden, London, where she attended a running bloggers' recovery event for those who ran the London Marathon. Sabine talks readers through some of the movements she completed within the session and says she will definitey be using it for stretching after her runs.
The article starts off by saying "The Power Plate might just be the best kept fitness secret today. In terms of versatility, there is no tool better adapted for people of all ages, conditions, and fitness levels."
Highlights of the article include:
Personal trainer Jill Rodriguez demonstrates how to use Power Plate with a variety of different exercises, including squat circuits, deadlift circuits, pushups, plank circuits, cardio intervals, and stretching
Whole body vibration training can turn bodyweight exercises into super-slow, high intensity exercises that recruit more muscle fibers, which maximizes your workout, in terms of time, energy, and results
In addition to being an incredible fitness tool, Power Plate operates with multi-directional vibration that has numerous benefits for your body
Whole body vibration training can turn your post-workout stretching session into a massage, possibly causing you to look forward to post-workout stretches instead of dreading them, as many people do
Personal Trainer Kristoph Thompson gives the Personal Power Plate a great mention in the Trainer Talk column in Your Fitness Magazine.
Within the column, Kristoph explains that you can you can perform the same exercises you love at the gym on a Personal Power Plate, in the comfort of your own home. He also highlights that it's lightweight and easily transportable, and that exercises can be downloaded from the Personal Power Plate website.
In the article, journalist Esther Walker describes how everybody is so 'busy' nowadays, and as she has recently found herself with less time on her hands, half an hour is all the time she has to exercise. As a result, she tries a Power Plate session at Good Vibes studio in Central London, and describes the class as tough, and perfect for her busy schedule.
"The new compact and portable Personal Power Plate provides faster and more effective workout results for every fitness level regardless of space constraints. Ideal for at-home workouts, it weighs less than 40 pounds and harnesses the same patented whole body vibration technology as a full-sized Power Plate. Benefits include improved strength, balance, circulation and flexibility, increased metabolic demand to help in weight loss and a decreased appearance of cellulite.
You can read the entire magazine HERE. The Power Plate piece is on page 21.
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Personal Trainer Magazine has included a full page feature on the Personal Power Plate called 'Hands on with the Personal Power Plate'. The journalist mentions he is impressed with the new model as the fact it's portable means it's well suited to those who like to train at home and have limited space. He also mentions PTs have a business advantage for buying Power Plate as it has a loyal following, so in becoming an earlier adopter of the Personal plate, they could offer something that no one else in their area does.
The Personal Power Plate was recently used in a live webcast by the Academy of Physical Medicine (http://academyofphysicalmedicine.co.uk/), an educational resource for physotherapists, sports therapists, osteopaths and chiropractors.
In this webcast, Director of Training at the APM, Steve Bruce, interviews Tim Watson, a Professor of Physiotherapy at the University of Hertfordshire. Tim Watson is one of the UK’s leading expert on electrotherapy, including ultrasound, shockwave and vibration therapy and in the interview, he explores the benefits of shockwave and vibration therapy in rehab. They do not endorse any particular product, but borrowed a Personal Power Plate, acknowledged us (although got our company name wrong!) and produced a great, balanced piece on the benefits on vibration therapy.
Gym Owner Monthly, a new publication in the UK, has published a piece on the pro7, mentioning the installation of pro7 into Basildon Sporting Village in Essex. This facility is operated by Everyone Active, and is one of the leading sports and leisure facilities in the area. Fitness Manager, Lauren Sinfield says 'The new models are already proving really popular among our gym members and feedback has been great'.
The article is called 'Age-Proof Your Body' and introduces different exercises that can help you look and feel younger. As well as being talked about as a great workout tool, Power Plate is mentioned as a great way to age- proof your skin as it boosts circulation, increasing blood flow to the skin, flooding it with oxygen and nutrients, and removing toxins, which improves the skin’s condition.
Online wellbeing magazine, Hip & Healthy posted and article, "Shake Up Your Workout with a Power Plate". The article highlights the ever increasing desire for people to get fit in less time and how boutique studio Movers & Shapers can help accomplish this with just two 30-minute Power Plate classes per week. The writer says "In short, it's efficient and effective – two words that we all love when it comes to fitting exercise into our busy lives" and "In the past, I've achieved excellent results using a Power Plate, so I was very keen to get back on one. The 30-minute class flew by as we moved quickly from one toning exercise to the next, always using a different muscle set to avoid fatigue but maintain the burn. And because the class size is small, everyone gets a bit of one-on-one attention. By the final minute – a gruelling deep squat holding a medicine ball between my thighs – I was gritting my teeth. But then followed a blissful two minutes of massage on a higher frequency to help flush out the lactic acid."
Power Plate was also featured in Coach Magazine in an articled titled "Why the Power Plate has Been Ignored for Too Long" and says "Vibration training with the Power Plate – if it's good enough for cosmonauts, it's good enough for you". The article discusses how to use Power Plate and points out "You can do lots of things on a Power Plate. Many people use one before their workout, some to stretch at the end, and you can use it for a full workout. Anything that you do as part of a floor-based workout, you just translate onto the vibrating platform." There's also a good video in the article which gives some good examples of exercise that can be done on Power Plate.
The Personal Power Plate was featured in Crain’s Chicago Business' weekly column, New In Chicago amongst other fresh local business' products. The piece highlights the portability of the Personal Power Plate as well as the benefits you can experience from using whole body vibration
Power Plate was mentioned as a great way to tighten and tone your midsection in an article on LA Confidential. The article, "5 LA Trainers Share Tips on How to Achieve Bikini-Ready Abs by Memorial Day Weekend” includes a quote by Rachael Blumberg, owner of Platefit:
"The Power Plate machine will contract the tummy muscles 25-50 times per second and will shake your abs as you move through the 27-minute workout session. Each session engages the core and delivers results quickly and effectively. If you have a Power Plate at home, I’d recommend crunches, full sit-ups, planks, and mountain climbers for 6-9 minutes, 30 reps of each. Do this three days per week and you will sculpt washboard abs in no time!”
This online resource for moms gives us Everything You Need to Know About Power Plate Fitness. The article explains that Power Plate has been around for over 15 years, but group classes such as the ones at Platefit have reignited the whole body vibration craze and says "the vibrations cause your muscles to contract, which is a workout in itself, but you really feel the burn when you amp up your regular routine by doing it on the platform."
The blog Running With Icing recently posted a review about The Xcceleration Station, a Power Plate studio in West Hollywood, CA. The writer took her first Power Plate class two months ago at Platefit and, after hitting her ClassPass limit for the month, decided she loved using Power Plate so much she looked for another studio offering Power Plate workouts. That’s when she discovered The Xcceleration Station (T-X-S).
This Canadian blog highlights a Power Plate class in at 3P Gym Montreal, similar to Platefit, in a post titled 4 Classes To Kick-Start Your Spring Fitness. After describing the basics of what Power Plate is, what it does, and where to take the class, the writer explains why she likes it - "We love quick and effective workouts. This one really targets key areas, and (trust us!) you feel it the next day."
In France, the Personal Power Plate was featured on national TV channel, LCI, the leading information channel in France. In the three minute segment, physiotherapist Jean Barby, who works in a retirement home, discusses the benefits of Power Plate for the elderly.
"PlateFit is the workout that has the potential to be the next SoulCycle, without the repetition and the life-affirming mantras. It uses something called a Power Plate, which is basically exactly what it sounds like: a giant plate with a patented vibration technology that literally shakes you up as you work out. An instructor will lead you in a series of moves, from planks and jumping jacks to lunges and yoga moves on this vibrating plate, which has the power to spur 900 muscle contractions in just 30 seconds—in other words, it promises amplified results. The classes have a variety of themes, from yoga to cellulite-busting, and the best part is they’re only 27 minutes long. I tried this workout and got through the whole thing without questioning my sanity or mentally swearing off working out forever—and was as sweat-drenched afterward as I was after my first Pop Physique class. I can’t recommend this class more, and look forward to going back."
"Golfers preferring to work out on their own have unlimited resources at the SRC (Sports & Racquet Club). Equipment includes rebounders for medicine ball torso rotation exercises as well as an array of balance and strength equipment including BOSU balance balls, TRX Rip Trainers and Suspension trainers, stability balls, foam rollers and even a Power Plate for those who truly want to bring their game to a new level."
Fitness blogger, PT Mollie, featured Power Plate again in her blog. In the piece, she talks about the numerous benefits of Power Plate, including improving flexibility, speeding up recovery, boosting endurance, and improving core strength and stability. She mentions the launch of the Personal Power Plate, and mentions its compact size means it can be stored under the bed or in a closet, and also highights some key Power Plate research.
Power Plate was featured in popular, action packed, consumer television show The Gadget Show last Friday April 1st. In the segment, three of the show’s presenters championed a different piece of technology that would help a triathlete with his training.
"This for me was one of those classes I was surprised existed and yet insisted on investigating because it sounded so incredibly interesting. Platefit is a 30 minute full body workout program done entirely on a vibrating platform called a Power Plate – you may have seen these machines before in a gym or elsewhere but they’re great for stretching and apparently much more. I had no idea what I was in store for with Platefit, but once the 30 minutes were up I was out of breath, sweating like crazy, and was pleasantly surprised how much fun I’d had. The Platefit class consists of interval training mixing calisthenics and weights for the perfect cardio blast. No two classes are ever the same, and should you find that Platefit was interesting, body vibrations and all, consider trying one of their other classes like "Bootcampfit", "Balletfit", "Dancefit", or even "Cellulitefit" (oh yeah baby)."
"Preparing for the show is always fun. I make wellness a priority in my life now. I do yoga, pilates, and some Power Plate work as my workout regimen, and I’m trying out various treatments for my skin, which becomes a priority when you are being filmed in HD."
"Power Plate, a Performance Health Systems brand, showcased its Power Plate pro model in a variety of group exercise settings. I was on hand for the barre class demonstration and also had the chance to look at the new Personal Power Plate, which has a smaller footprint at a lower price point.”
"The WeHo-based boutique gym offers a full schedule of workouts that combine popular fitness methods (yoga, pilates, bootcamp, ballet, kickboxing, etc) with the science-backed Power Plate equipment, which is said to amp up your sweat session by engaging muscles more consistently. And because the vibrations keep your body working the entire time, classes are just 27 minutes, which makes them ideal for those of us who sometimes struggle to squeeze in gym time amid a hectic weekly schedule."
The segment begins with the presenter speaking with a coach, Eric Foucaud, who owns a Power Plate studio. Eric gives a detailed description of how Power Plate works, explaining the history and benefits, before focusing on the Personal Power Plate. One of Eric’s student's, Amelie Servajean, gives a demonstration on the Personal Power Plate, and highlights its compact size and portability.
"A vibrating platform may seem like an absurd way to workout until you try it just once. We’re obsessed with the Power Plate. Use the vibrating platform as a base to do squats, planks – just about anything. The carefully-tuned vibrations stimulate blood and lymph flow and cellular activity, as well as increasing balance and reducing cellulite. The effects of a 30-minute workout can be achieved in just 10 minutes!"
The article mentions that all of Platefit classes are 27 minutes long and the classes they offer include boot camp fit, dance fit, ballet fit, boxing, kick boxing, sport fit, a cellulite class, and yoga stretch. Platefit client Jessica Postigo said:
"As a working mother of two, I found that in in half an hour, I could get just as solid of a workout as I was getting in an hour."
The editor of the piece participated in the Platefit Boot camp Fit class and said:
"After several rounds of jump squats, medicine ball lifts, and forearm planks, I walked out as exhausted and drenched in sweat as an hour at Barry's, but still had time to grab a juice from down the street before my 45-minute parking meter ran out."
"Preparing for the show is always fun. I make wellness a priority in my life now. I do yoga, pilates, and some Power Plate work as my workout regimen, and I’m trying out various treatments for my skin, which becomes a priority when you are being filmed in HD."
"Performance Health Systems launched the new Personal Power Plate, a compact and portable model of the industry leading Power Plate, ideal for at-home and on-the-go workouts. This new model is smaller and weighs less than 40 pounds. Whatever your workout routine – squats, planks, lunges, etc. - doing them on the vibrating Power Plate helps you reach your fitness goals faster and more effectively than traditional exercise alone. powerplate.com/personal."
There is a lot of interesting research on the benefits of vibration training, but until recently vibration platforms were large, cumbersome devices. If you want the benefits of vibration training combined with a portable device that can easily be moved around a facility or carried to clients’ homes, the Pro5HP portable vibration platform is something you should consider for your business. All of the goodness of vibration training in a small, portable piece can help you boost your bottom line by providing science-based solutions for your clients."
Check out this great video from IHRSA which showcases our Director of Elite Sports, Josh Dobbie, leading a group exercise class focused on conditioning and recovery using Power Plate and TrueForm Runner:
At IHRSA, Josh led a fantastic class centered on using Power Plate in conjunction with other equipment including TrueForm Runner, a weighted should bag, and battling ropes to show how vibration training can be used in an active conditioning and active recovery circuit.
London Fashion Week has started and TV presenter Laura Whitmore shares her tips for surviving the week in a toungue-in-cheek video, filmed at Virgin Active and posted online on Mirror.com. Within the video, Laura shows how different pieces of equipment can help fashionistas with various activities during Fashion Week, including Power Plate. In the video, the use of Power Plate simulates "putting makeup on in the back of a car".
Please find a link below to a great review of the Personal Power Plate from UK fitness blogger Mollie Millington.
She has reviewed it in context of her marathon training/tapering and explained how her session with Caroline Pearce really helped her stretch and recover. Mollie shows her understanding of vibration training and recommends the Personal Power Plate for its convenience, smaller size, suitability for home use and ease of setting with the remote control.
Blogger La Beaute Parisienne, features the Personal Power Plate in her ’tips and advice’ section. She describes how the plate works and states that it is effective for fitness, weight loss, boosting metabolism, circulation and lymphatic drainage.
Power Plate is shown in an image from Jerry Weintraub’s Palm Desert, CA real estate listing as part of his home gym.
Mr. Weintraub, who passed away last year, was an American talent agent, concert promoter, film producer and actor whose television films won him three Emmys. His career spanned decades of music and movie trends; he was the producer of Ocean's 11, 12, and 13, Robert Altman's Nashville, The Avengers, and the Karate Kid series, as well as a concert business innovator who began as a manager for John Denver and later served as a tour manager for Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and Led Zeppelin.
Power Plate was mentioned in an article in the San Diego Union Tribune. The story revolves around Izaiah, a six year old little boy who was hit by a drunk driver in 2010, and his rehabilitation process to walk again. Part of that rehabilitation process involves the use of Power Plate at the Project Walk Paralysis Recovery Center in Carlsbad, CA. There is also a picture of Izaiah suspended in a body harness in a standing position with his feet on Power Plate. Although he isn’t able to move his legs independently, the passive exercise on Power Plate trains his muscles and neural pathways for when that might happen.
There has been a review of the Personal Power Plate in Healthista, a popular healthy lifestyle blog in the UK, within Helen Foster's round up of new products she has tried and "9 New Health Trends to Try Now". She describes the Personal Power Plate as just as powerful as the larger models and highlights the fact you can do a full workout on it. She also mentions how portable and ideal for home use it is and, as a Power Plate fan, is impressed by its quality and versatility.
The Energy Bar is a holistic wellness center, helping people prevent illness, optimize wellness and increase energy. For each client, they develop a custom wellness plan, incorporating the right mix of treatment modalities, including Power Plate and bioDensity.
In the video Jeff Adeszko, co-founder, owner and President of The Energy Bar, explains that while using Power Plate muscles contract 25-50 times per second and normal exercise only results in 1-2 contractions per second. He goes on to say this increases your body’s growth hormone production, which helps with tissue repair, muscle growth, mental clarity and many other benefits. He also points out that anyone can use Power Plate from an athlete athlete to a 75 year old.
There is a feature of the Personal Power Plate on popular, French National Television show called Le Grand 8 (The Big 8). Within a feaure called 'Everything New Everything Caroline’ the presenter, Caroline, introduces the latest health and fitness products and in the latest episode she talks about the Personal Power Plate. There has already been a great response since the appearance of the Personal Power Plate on the show.
Le Cahier, a lifestyle blog, has pubished a feature on Power Plate in which the author, who tried Power Plate for the first time at a studio, describes her experience. She explains how Power Plate works and gives an example of some of the celebrities that use Power Plate. She also talks about her experience at the session, which was challenging, but rewarding (she loved the massage!) and will be attending 10 further sessions which she will also blog about.
The article describes the launch of FitStop at the Corporate Health & Wellbeing Summit, March 3-4 from our exclusive Australian distributor, The Fitness Generation. The article includes a quote from The Fitness Generation CEO:
“There is growing research out there which shows the negative effect that sitting long hours at our desks is having on our health and productivity. The Power Plate FitStop concept is simple. Taking time out on the Power Plate machine a few times a day will improve circulation, aid good posture, boost concentration and enhance productivity. FitStop provides employees with a break from their desks and a chance to revitalize themselves during the work day."
There is also mention of the new FitStop app that is available for download from iTunes and GooglePlay.
In the piece, Pure Power Studios (one of the leading Power Plate studios in the UK) gives a detailed explanation of the science behind Power Plate. They also describe how using Power Plate to warm up before exercise and recover after a class or session can enhance performance, prevent injury, and improve rehabilitation time.
The piece then explains why Power Plate is good for triathletes, including different ways the plate can be used to support the three disciplines of a triathlon: swimming, cycling and running.
Power Plate has an article on African American Golfer’s Digest titled “Power Plate: A Golfer’s Secret Weapon”. The article discusses how Power Plate can help with balance, flexibility, coordination and strength - all essential to help golfer’s improve their game.
The article includes a quote from PGA Tour Professional Craig Barlow - “I started using the Power Plate to improve my flexibility, increase my strength and rehab a wrist injury. After six weeks, my flexibility has improved dramatically, my strength is through the roof – I have gained a full club in distance and my wrist is ready for a return to the PGA Tour.”
The world's first whole-body vibration system for group fitness is hitting the U.S. market. The Power Plate pro6+ unveiled as a prototype earlier this year at the FIBO 2014 Global Fitness, Wellness & Health Expo in Cologne, Germany, and is now available to fitness clubs here for small and large group training. Combining the proven effectiveness and fun of Power Plate whole-body vibration training with one of the fastest growing sectors in fitness industry, the Power Plate pro6+ provides club operators with a new, attention-grabbing way to capitalize on the popularity of social exercise.
The Power Plate pro6+ features and interactive 4.3-inch touch screen monitor specifically designed for easy-to-follow use in instructor-led classes. It also has Power Plate's patented embedded proMotion™ cable system for enhanced upper body work and an unbeatable total body workout.
Power Plate's industry-leading technology, using a patented advanced dual-synch drive system with tri-planar vibration, destabilizes the body and triggers a natural reflex response. As the body works to regain stability, approximately 95 percent of all muscle fibers become engaged in any single movement, significantly amplifying the effectiveness of any exercise performed on the plate. Research has also proven this reflex response stimulates the body's natural production of regenerative growth hormones that help tissue repair, muscle growth, brain function, energy and metabolism.
Touted by celebrities including Claudia Schiffer, Mark Wahlberg, Courtney Cox, Clint Eastwood, Cindy Crawford, Sting and Madonna, among many others, 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 and stress alleviation.
The Power Plate pro 6+ is one of the newest models among a broad line of Power Plate products that includes five commercial models and three home models. For additional information, visit www.powerplate.com.
Tuscaloose, Alabama - Bobby Ramsay watched from a short distance as the greatest player he'd ever coach couldn't keep his balance.
The Yulee (Fla.) High School coach knew he had a superstar-in-the-making when Derrick Henry joined his team as a 205-pound ninth grader, but there was work to do. Henry was already a physical specimen, but his ability to stop at an exact point and change direction while maintaining his speed was a mess.
He was 14 years old, after all.
Back, forth and plop Henry went during his first attempts at the shuttle run – a conditioning drill that has a runner sprint 5 yards, stop, sprint 10 yards in the other direction, stop and finish with another 5-yard sprint in the opposite direction. By the end of the day, Henry's falls during the drill had created a 5-yard swath of matted grass.
"He couldn't touch the ground and change direction," Ramsay said. "Then you look two years later, he's good enough to compete with the best kids as a junior. When he's not good at something, he's going to attack it."
During the summer before his senior year, just a couple months before he committed to Alabama, Henry finished first overall in the SPARQ Combine test, which tallies a player's results in a number of agility and strength drills into one score. Henry's shuttle time of 4.12 seconds was eighth out of 95 participants.
The stakes and goals have changed as Henry enters his highly anticipated sophomore season at Alabama, but the mentality hasn't.
Fast forward two years from his SPARQ triumph, as Henry stood before a group of reporters after a sweltering afternoon practice. Asked if he felt like he arrived when he ran for 100 yards and caught a 61-yard touchdown pass in Alabama's Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma, Henry made his old coach proud.
"I feel like I still got a lot to prove. I'd say I have a lot to prove," Henry said. "I don't see I've done anything that makes me feel like I've arrived or anything like that. I let my play speak for itself. I just feel like I still got a lot more to prove."
Tuscaloose, Alabama - Arie Kouandjio understandably misses playing next to his little brother. The fifth-year senior is old enough and wise enough to realize it was once-in-a-lifetime experience of which few can relate.
It's just not something Kouandjio dwells on all that much. Kouandjio's got one last season in front of him as Alabama's starting left guard, and he's been through far too much to let it pass without maximizing its potential.
"We had a lot of fun playing together and it was a great experience. But this year is this year," Kouandjio said. "I'm out there with Cam (Robinson) and he's a hard-working guy. He reminds me a lot of my younger brother. It has been pretty smooth and a lot of fun. It's a good experience."
Little was smooth about Kouandjio's first three years at Alabama, two of which were wiped away by knee injuries. He's found stability and health ever since he made his first career start to kick off 2013 and said he's bending a lot better now than he has in years.
That's where the old and wise part comes into play. He's taking preemptive measures to ensure he'll stay that way by the time he plays his final collegiate game. He's increased his squat workouts and spent more time on the Power Plate, a vibrating platform that adds tension to muscles during workout.
"Every day I find different processes and things I can do to get it better and fulfill the goals I have set for myself and the team," he said. "I tend to look for any ways, new things I can do to find things to allow me to play to my full potential so I can play tenaciously and do the things I would like to do on the field."
Stale and drab or vibrant and buzzing? How to lift the working vibe:
Go wild. Parklike describes the office at DuneCraft, seller of educational science and nature products. "My inspiration was to make our work environment be like a botanical garden," said CEO Grant Cleveland.
Plants and koi fish-stocked ponds, rather than fabric-covered partitions, surround the company's workers. "They bring in their friends and family to show it off," Cleveland told IBD.
Get closer. The problem with the traditional corporate cubicle? "When you box people off too much, they get lonely," Cleveland said. He also did not want the chaos that results from eliminating partitions altogether. DuneCraft's flora separates workers gently.
"This is a nice intermediate," he said. "You want it to be open, but not too open."
Brighten up. Lack of natural light is another challenge in DuneCraft's area of Ohio, which enjoys around 60 sunny days a year.
Walking into a sunny office, brightened with grow lights for the plants, helps workers beat seasonal doldrums."(Last) winter was our longest ever, and I didn't have any of those feelings," Cleveland said. "It puts people in a better mood".
Breathe easy. The aesthetically pleasing plants also serve a practical purpose.
They clean the air and add humidity to the air," Cleveland said. "There's more oxygen in the air, so (employees) are more awake."
Spend wisely. A jungle makeover doesn't have to be more expensive than a traditional approach.
"The cost of all the ponds is probably less than 15 partitions," Cleveland said.
To stay within budget, he took recommendations from his architect and constructors "You have to have constraints to make innovation make sense," he said.
Squeeze it in. Nothing energizes like the buzz of activity, which is why workplace experts advise brisk walks and exercise breaks during business hours.
But how to fit them in? Lee Hillman, CEO of Performance Health Systems, sees a business application for his company's Power Plate workout machine. Touted by gym rats Clint Eastwood and Evan Longoria, third baseman of the Tampa Bay Rays, the fitness device uses vibration technology to create short, intense workouts.
"It's fun. It's like a treat in the afternoon to go use it," Hillman said.
Shake it up. The Power Plate's platform vibrates 25 to 50 times a second, triggering muscles to contract rapidly. "The body is sensing in its simplest form a bit of a crisis, and adapts itself to help you perform," Hillman said.
A three-minute stint of various stretching moves on the Power Plate can increase blood circulation, release good hormones like serotonin and testosterone, and suppress the stress hormone cortisol.
"The vibration technology was used by the Soviets to train cosmonauts," said Hillman. "That's why they could stay in space longer at that time."
Keep track. Imagine an ear bud that detects when you need a stress-relieving break or reminds you to up your blood oxygen level with a few deep breaths.
Valencell CEO Steven LeBoeuf sees such applications for his firm's biometric technology. "The biggest market that has been adopting it is the fitness market," he said.
In addition, the military uses Valencell's technology to monitor and train soldiers, and the gaming industry uses it to feed players' physiological data into their platforms.
"We are the biometric power behind what they do," LeBoeuf said.
Mark Wahlberg's trainer tells MF how he got the actor marine shape for action thriller Lone Survivor
After pumping himself up to huge proportions to play a bodybuilding criminal in Pain & Gain, Mark Wahlberg had to trim himself back down to play a Navy SEAL in Lone survivor – Peter Berg's Afghanistan-set thriller that tells the real-life story of a group of marines who soon turn from hunters to hunted during mission to take down a notorious Taliban leader.
Ditching the isolation machines altogether, Wahlberg hired long-time trainer and Brian Nguyen - a key member of the 42-year-old actor's entourage since working with him on 2006's American drama Invincible - to prepare him for the rigorous marine bootcamp he was about to embark on. MF caught up with Nguyen to find out how he used functional training to get Wahlberg battle ready…
How did Mark prepare for his role in Lone Survivor?
Mark only had four weeks in between finishing Pain & Gain and Starting Lone Survivor. We got him back down to around 185lbs (84kg) from 210lbs (95kg) by cutting out the weight training and switching his diet from eating heavy to eating clean. After all the bench pressing and heavy squatting he was doing for Pain & Gain, we also had to reestablish his shoulder and hip mobility as he was dropping weight.
As soon as he got to the Lone Survivor set in New Mexico he went straight into marine training, which involved a lot of functional work – running up and down hills with a gun and a heavy backpack – so if he didn't have that mobility it would have been a disaster.
What did your training involve?
We tried to keep it functional. If you spend your whole time pushing and pulling heavy weights like Mark was on Pain & Gain, your body is going to get out of sync and that's what happened – old, nagging injuries like his back and shoulder pain came back. So we did inverted rows on the TRX and other shoulder stability exercises like Turkish get-ups, and we did lots of spider-man floor moves and lunges to improve his hip mobility.
We continued to do things like front squats but we moved more towards kettlebell variations like goblet squats, because Mark's got awful wrists from doing so much boxing – it really compromises him. We also incorporated slams and jumps with battle ropes into his training for power.
Is Mark good at embracing new fitness trends?
Oh, without a doubt. His brand new house is being built right now and we just finished the gym – inside his gym he has a Keiser squat rack, he has a fantastic new kettlebell rack and TRXs hanging from the top for suspension training. Power Plate training is also a huge thing for him - he does flexibility work on it for 10-15 minutes every morning to work on his flexibility. He'll stand on there and get into a deep squat to open his hips, then he goes into some basic squats, push-ups and reverse lunges.
Mark's got another action-heavy role in Transformers: Age Of Extinction coming up. Have you changed anything about his training for that?
Mark was doing more complexes with the kettlebells going into Transformers because he was always on the move, so he had to fit his training in whenever he had a half-hour break on set. For example, he'd do 30 seconds of single-arm swings with each arm, then 30 seconds each of goblet squats, alternating press-ups, double-arm swings and threaded lunges. He'd do them all back-to-back, so it would be three minutes of straight work and one minute rest and we'd do that five or six times. That one completely wipes you out and it's constantly a challenge – he would never walk away from that complex without feeling sore!
Lone Survivor is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 9 June, courtesy of universal Pictures UK. Brian Nguyen is the fitness director and owner of Brik Fitness – check out brikfitness.com for more details.
Are you stuck in your fitness routine? Do you suffer from aches and pains in muscles and joints? Are you noticing the ‘arm flabs' that many women dread? Or, are you or your doctor concerned about your bone density? The Power Plate can address all of these concerns.
Originally designed for astronauts, the power plate vibrates between 25 and 50 times per second. This vibration activates up to 95 percent of muscle fibers, compared to as little as 20 percent during regular exercise. This increased muscle use occurs as your body stabilized itself against the vibration, using muscles you don't really utilize in your fitness routine.
This process of stabilizing yourself is completely automatic - you will hardly know you're doing it. The vibration also speeds up the rate of cardiovascular activity, providing more exercise in less time.
The following benefits of the Power Plate are supported by clinical studies
Higher lean body mass
Improved elimination and lymphatic drainage
The Power Plate has been tested exhaustively in clinical studies, providing the above benefits with regular use. Several studies are summarized at holistichealthstl.com/power-plate
If you suffer from any issues regarding circulation, body fat, swelling or pain, the Power Plate could help you much more quickly than conventional exercise alone. Also, if you have problems with a tight back, legs or neck, sessions on the Power Plate can loosen the muscles more quickly than typical stretching can. A power plate session is great before massage, as the therapist can reach much deeper muscles much more effectively after being loosened up on the Power Plate.
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