Having tried out a power plate class before, I had an idea about its benefits and usefulness across the entire body. The vibrations move the plate up and down 25 to 50 times a second, activating, tightening then relaxing the muscle hundreds of times per minute. As a result, practicing basic moves and positions on top of the plate works your muscles harder and fatigues certain muscle groups more efficiently than doing them standalone. The Power Plate Acceleration Training class at Higher Ground (formerly Aileron Fitness) is a fantastic, 40-minute resistance and cardio session that is designed to create lean muscle and tone the entire body.
Strength and cardio power plate training
For experienced and beginners alike, the class was a great use of both on and off the power plate to provide you with a perfect workout. To start with, the instructor showed the class how to increase or decrease the intensity level of the power plate giving you total control over the amount of vibrations for the whole session. The class was then run through a number of exercises that combined resistance training with cardio at 30-60 seconds per exercise and 10 seconds rest. The benefit of using High Intensity Interval Training here as well as the vibrations from the power plates is that it increases the difficulty and effectiveness of the workout, making the 40 minutes a seriously effective sweat and toning session.
A HIIT power plate session
The final set was an intense round of 60-second exercises that worked your core and arms, transitioning between crunches and dips whilst keeping the vibration level on high. What is great about the plates is that there is no ‘warm-up’ set required: after the first 20 seconds of holding a pose on the plate, your muscles are activated and have already started to fatigue. Another benefit of using power plates to work out is the lack of lactic acid build up due to the increased circulation, blood flow and muscle movement. At the end of the class, the instructor shows you how to use the power plate as a therapeutic device by placing areas (i.e. the bicep, tricep, quad, glute etc) on the plate, allowing it to vibrate, massage and release pressure within the area.
I’m a huge fan of power plates and can vouch for their effectiveness in causing fast and efficient fatigue, and therefore development of muscle all over the body. If you’re a bit intimidated by the idea of working out on a moving plate, try our Higher Ground’ Power Plate for Beginners before moving to the Acceleration class where they teach you the basic movements on a low level vibration. Otherwise, the Acceleration training is extremely fun and intense workout.
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#GuavaTip: If you’ve done power plate before and are feeling up to it, ask the trainer to put your vibration setting up another level from the class. This way, you’ll get a deeper burn and better results from the session.