The power plate is actually an attempted copy of another vibrating platform i think it's known as Vibraflex. There is some decent research for it's use in a clinical setting (note, NOT in a "drop a dress size in a day" setting). It's one of those things that someone in the fitness industry must of spotted in a Physio's office and thought, "$$$"..... "I could use this!!! Another gimmick!". Not only that, but they can say it's backed by research!!! (without having to say what the research actually, um, researched)
makes sense. I guess if you had a dodgy ankle or something then a bit of instability for rehab purposes might work. From what I saw though it was just middle aged women standing on them and being like "Oooooh..."
The best of it is, though, the power plate works differently than the vibraflex. I believe the vibraflex moves rotationally (i think the technology is patented so it's the only one, or something) where as the powerplate pretty much judders up and down in a vertical motion. As a result, the power plate motion actually creates a lot of stress on your skull lol. Lovely. Did you feel your teeth clatter together? Vision go nuts? Even feel a little sick? That's not really desirable. The vertical ones like powerplate use research based on rotational plates to back themselves up, too. Also, the favourable research for the rotational plates are all at around a frequency of 30-ish Hz or less. Most power plates go way beyond this, and people will crank it up to play to the "more is better" mindset.
hahaha yup, teeth were clattering like crazy, but the most discomfort was actually in my back. That was really weird. Obviously being the macho macho man that I am I cranked that bad boy up full. Very weird sensation. The thing I don't get is that if power plates are good for you, then surely so must sitting on the washing machine! I mean, it's the same thing isn't it? Surely no one would ever try and tell you to sit on the washing machine for any kind of health benefit, so why the power plate?
I don't even know how I know this. These just became a pet hate for me. You actually get power plate classes. You can even go places to rent them out! Not to mention this strange fad of having obese people with poor movement ability hop on and off them. Jumping on and off them is a popular fad for trainers to use. I see it a lot. It's NASM 101 (I was certified by NASM, btw, whilst this isn't completely true, it's not far off).
you love the power plate. It's the only explanation. It's one of those grudging, love-hate relationships. On a serious note though I think putting an obese person on a power plate is about the cruelest thing you could do. Think of the wobble!
Some of the positions listed on the accompanying posters that are normally displayed beside them can only be described as, well, masturbation. Not even joking.
haha, I've seen that poster. You're right it's like a weird man and machine karma sutra.
Jim Wendler said in his latest article, regarding diet I believe, "people will believe anything but common sense".
Sometimes I do wonder how grown adults with real jobs and responsibility, with the ability to do things like tie ones shoe, can possibly buy into some of this stuff.
i think deep down people know. How many times have you heard someone say "Well [X activity] burns more calories in an hour than sprinting up a mountain carrying a musk ox" or something similar when people talk about ridiculous health fads. Deep down people know that the only way to get in shape is diet and (traditional!) exercise. I think it's just misguided hope. I mean, you know that deep down standing on the washing machine won't get you in shape but maybe, just maybe...