Power Plate

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Power Plate is a brand of vibrating platform used as exercise equipment. It consists of a vibrating base, which may vibrate up and down approximately 1 to 2 millimetres (39 to 79 thou) (1/16") 25 to 50 times per second.[1]


The machine is large enough to accommodate a person in deep squat. Traditional exercises such as squats and push-ups are done on the vibrating base.[2] People typically do a series of vibration plate exercises for 30 seconds to one minute each on the machine, with rests of a similar duration.[citation needed]


Makers claim that using the Power Plate for 10 minutes is equivalent to 60 minutes of conventional exercise.[3] In order to develop strength, power, muscle tone, and definition, conventional exercises are conducted putting tension on the muscles while standing on the Power Plate.[citation needed]

The brand has promoted the machine by highly publicizing its use by celebrities[citation needed], such as Madonna, Jonathan Ross, Donatella Versace, Claudia Schiffer, and Natalie Imbruglia.[4] Stevie Nicks has said that the Power Plate machine is a central part of her exercise regimen.[5]


The muscle-activation technique through vibration was initially studied by Russian scientist Vladimir Nazarov;[4] it found application in the Russian space program helping to prevent astronauts' muscles and bones wasting in space.[6] A commercial version of the machine was marketed by Guus van der Meer and others since 1999 under the name Power Plate.[4] The Power Plate accelerates mainly in a vertical direction in an almost perfect sine wave.[7]

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  1. ^ Bautmans, Ivan; Ellen Van Hees; Jean-Claude Lemper; Tony Mets (2005-12-22). "The feasibility of whole body vibration in institutionalised elderly persons and its influence on muscle performance, balance and mobility: a randomised controlled trial". BMC Geriatrics. 5: 17. doi:10.1186/1471-2318-5-17. PMC 1368976Freely accessible. PMID 16372905. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  2. ^ Heyward, Vivian H (2006). "power+plate"+vibration Advanced fitness assessment and exercise prescription. Human Kinetics. p. 159. ISBN 978-0-7360-5732-5. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  3. ^ Hall, Joanna (2007-05-05). "All you need to know about: Power-plate". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  4. ^ a b c Camber, Rebecca (2006-07-18). "Madonna looks amazing thanks to £7,000 vibrating plate". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  5. ^ Baker, K. C. (2009-03-31). Stevie Nicks: How I Look Fabulous at 60. People, 31 March 2009. Retrieved on 2012-01-21 from http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20269012,00.html.
  6. ^ Campbell, Denis (2003-09-07). "Gyms now offer 'passive exercise' machine that's no sweat". The Observer. Guardian News and Media Ltd. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  7. ^ Pel JJM, et al. Platform accelerations of three different whole-body vibration devices and the transmission of vertical vibrations to the lower limbs. Med Eng Phys (2009), doi:10.1016/j.medengphy.2009.05.005

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