Power Plate WTF?

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    Feb 21, 2008 7:10 AM GMT
    It just happens that we have a friend who really is one of the world's most distinguished surgeons and a top medical scientist. This is an extremely serious and intelligent man who has made enormous contributions to medical science.

    The other day he told me that he uses this Power Plate contraption as a serious exercise method.

    A couple of years ago my barber (who is insane) tried to sell me a competing product for 14K euros. I just laughed.

    The only thing I have in my head is the vision of my aunt Betty Lou (yes that is her name) standing on that stupid vibrating belt thing that was popular in the sixties and early seventies.

    Is there any possible way that such a retarded contraption as the Power Plate can actually do anything? Does anyone have any experience with this?

    Cheers,
    Terry

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    Feb 21, 2008 2:42 PM GMT
    I have no frickin' idea whether it works, but I can tell you that my gym's getting one in the next couple of weeks. Will let you know once I've experienced it in real-time.
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    Feb 21, 2008 2:59 PM GMT
    They've just installed one at my gym and have tried on numerous occasions to get me to have a go claiming that it "works out 100% of the body, whereas weight training only works out 20%". After the initial trial it's £100 for 5 sessions. I'm not convinced. Most of the people I've seen using it so far are female.


    • The vibrations from the platform are transmitted to the body (i.e. the muscles) of the user.

    • These vibrations trigger reflexes in the muscles, thereby improving circulation.

    • The process is similar to that triggered when the doctor tests the reflex of the knee tendon.

    • The reflex causes the length of the muscle to change, leading to involuntary tensioning and relaxation.

    • The muscles are exercised. Almost 100% of the fibres in every group of muscles are affected.

    • Legs, belly, seat, arms and torso are exercised evenly and simultaneously in virtually any position (standing, lying, sitting, kneeling …).

    • In only 10 minutes the entire body has undergone a thorough session of exercise.
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    Feb 21, 2008 3:01 PM GMT
    wow. i had no idea about this either until i saw it on youtube.




    seems like a "perfect" way for super lazy people to exercise.


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    Feb 21, 2008 3:15 PM GMT
    ursamajor said

    A couple of years ago my barber (who is insane)

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    Feb 21, 2008 3:32 PM GMT
    Thygros said "You have a barber? And you call him insane? "

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    Feb 21, 2008 3:38 PM GMT
    Sounds interesting. I think we have to be open to the fact that new resaerch and better understanding of things can lead to new technology that actually works and isn't just an outrageously expensive, useless, gimick. However, I'm skeptcial enough at this point that I sure wouldn't pay $100 for 5 sessions.
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    Feb 21, 2008 3:47 PM GMT
    Who needs a PowerPlate?? Just get one of those girls who are into aerobics to be your workout partner. It'll push you, they have no threshhold those girls.

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    Feb 21, 2008 4:36 PM GMT
    There have been numerous studies showing the benefits of incorporating high-frequency vibrations to weight training--particularly when doing squats. But in order for this to be feasible you need to stand on the vibration plate while doing the weight training. Just standing or sitting on the damned thing without doing nothing more won't accomplish much.

    If anyone is interested I can reference some of these studies, but it's pretty boring reading. (Almost as dry as some of my Realjock postings...)

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    Feb 21, 2008 5:08 PM GMT
    If that worked, I would have gotten really buff in high school, when I went home every day and drove the old tractor around the farm. Not those goons who stayed and played football. And you'd think that most guys you see at the truck stops would look really fit.
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    Feb 21, 2008 9:50 PM GMT
    In re insane barbers, my meaning is that as a sort of barber fetishist (I go to have my beard trimmed and head shaved three times a week) I have discovered that all barbers are always trying to sell you something (i.e. workout machines, investment opportunities, etc.). I think that is insane because I just want to relax.

    I have tried barbers in Asia, Europe, and America and they all seem to have he same characteristic.

    Cheers,
    Terry