If you’ve wondered what all the vibrating is about, it’s time you step up to the Power Plate® to realize there’s so much more going on while standing on this cutting edge piece of machinery! Let’s talk numbers. If it’s your first time on the Power Plate® there’s a good chance that the machine is set to a vibration level of 30-40Hz. What that means is you now have an indication for how many involuntary muscle contractions are happening throughout your body during your workout. Yes, once you stand on the machine, it will feel like your muscles are shaking when actually they are contracting! At 30Hz for 60 seconds, that creates 1,800 (30×60) involuntary contractions per minute! Keep in mind, that’s just in one muscle! This is why standing on the Power Plate® is a workout in and of itself, and only 25 minutes is needed to accomplish what could take an hour in the gym!
In a previous post, we mentioned the Power Plate® improves bone density. Studies show, that Bone Density can improve with just 15 minutes a session at three days a week! Expect to feel how this is happening the first time you step up to the Power Plate®. The muscles contract and pull on the bone, which is how bone grows. Many mention the vibration reaching the top of the head when they hop up on the plate and stand tall. While this isn’t necessarily uncomfortable, it can be a surprise. The simple way to alleviate that sensation is to decrease the surface area in contact with the Power Plate®. If you lift your heels slightly or bend your knees taking you in to a squat, the vibration won’t be felt as high as the head.
Much like any form of exercise, it’s important to prepare your body before you begin. Be sure to hydrate before your first Power Plate® experience. Listen to your body’s thirst centers and energy level. Drink a tall glass of water in the morning to set the tone for your day and feel your brain (75% water) perk up. Some people (with lower hydration levels) have reported an itching sensation while on the plate, often on the bridge of the nose. This can be due to dehydration causing friction in the blood cells. We’ve found that a few glasses of water alleviate that problem pretty quickly.
Another important way to prepare your body for the Power Plate® is to select the right footwear. Due to the way the vibration moves, on three planes (X, Y, and Z axis), the Power Plate® will reinforce the posture of the user. We always encourage good posture for this reason during all classes. Certain shoes create poor posture (think: elevated heels) and certain shoes create a poor walking gait (think: flip-flops). For the experienced users, barefoot is ideal. If it’s your first time, a thinner-soled running shoe may work best.
If you’ve been wondering what all the excitement is about, stop by our cutting edge Power Plate® studio in Alameda. Symmetry Yoga offers many options for first time students. Click here to sign up for your first class!