In the 21st century, the fitness industry has finally decided to evolve and move beyond dumbbells, barbells, weight stacks and treadmills. Although traditional training can produce results (with lots of effort over several weeks and months) today’s consumer doesn’t have nearly the amount of patience as they used to and are looking to see results sooner rather than later. New fitness products have been launched in the market that appeal to the needs of the modern consumer but very few have developed education and certification for personal trainers and fitness professionals. This is especially true for technologies that require a “tech savvy” fitness professional who understands the science behind the “high tech” equipment. One company that has taken the time to develop the technologies, prove the science and develop the education and training tools is Power Plate.
What is Power Plate®?
- Improvement in blood circulation
- Increased muscle strength and flexibility
- Improved range of motion
- Decreased cellulite
- Increased bone mineral density
- Reduced pain and soreness
- Faster recovery
How does the Power Plate® work?
Acceleration Training with Power Plate creates an unstable environment for the human body. With each vibration the body is forced to perform reflexive muscle actions to respond multiple times per second. The vibrations occur in three different directions which force the body to react and respond in even more beneficial ways to produce results. The Power Plate machines oscillate in all three planes (the way the human body was designed to function):
- Up and down
- Side to side
- Front to back
The net result is an incredible improvement in force production, or strength and power.
This is a real breakthrough in training and conditioning the body as you can now optimally add “load” to the body while minimizing the dangers of high impact, high load, and high stress on the muscles and bones. Gravity is the force that adds load to the human body. Through Acceleration Training exercise, Power Plate machines make the body feel as though it “weighs” more through variations in the vibration settings (frequency and amplitude).
The technology behind Power Plate equipment utilizes the science used by Soviet Cosmonauts back in the 1960s to promote muscle tone. In an anti-gravity environment, individuals lose muscle tone and strength over long periods of time because gravity does not challenge them. Of the 200+ research studies completed on whole body vibration, more than 30 (of the more recent studies) use Power Plate technology.
Power Plate vs. Traditional Weights
With traditional weight training you need to complete multiple sets and repetions of an exercise to challenge the muscles of the body. An external weight is applied and the muscle is worked to failure to cause an adaptive response. This takes a significant amount of time and effort to complete each exercise effectively and even more time to complete a workout consisting of multiple exercises (multiple exercises are required to challenge all of the muscles of the body, in all degrees of movement). In addition to that the muscles require time to recover in between each exercise set, essentially doubling the time to complete any type of workout.
Unlike traditional weight training, Acceleration Training contracts muscles anywhere from 20 to 50 times per second. These contractions occur without conscious effort and each exercise requires only your body weight. Because of the high volume of muscle contractions produced with each movement, you can complete multi-joint exercises in a matter of seconds in a safe and effective way. Recovery in between exercises is also minimized because the Power Plate effectively stimulates blood flow and oxygenation of the muscles. In the end you complete more work in less time with less perceived effort.
Power Plate® Fundamentals Course
Power Plate® Fundamentals has been developed to educate personal trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, therapists, and medical practitioners to better understand the science and application of Acceleration Training™ for their clients and patients. This four hour CEU-approved program covers the biomechanics and neurophysiology of Whole Body Vibration, benefits of Acceleration Training™, and an introduction to Power Plate’s five fitness elements (movement preparation, stability & coordination, core & pillar, strength & power, and recovery & regeneration).
Topics Covered in the course include:
- Understanding the science behind Acceleration Training™
- Understanding the five fitness elements (movement preparation, stability and coordination, core and pillar, strength and power, and recovery and regeneration
- Program design
Duration: 4 hours
Continuing Education Credits (CEU/CEC):
- NASM: 0.4
- ACE: 0.6
- PTAG: 0.7
- CanFitPro: 2.0
Cost: $250.00 (USD)
Course materials are provided but participants have the option to purchase additional course materials and support tools including:
- Power Plate Level 1 Academy Manual – Cost: $49.95 (USD)
- Power Plate Acceleration Training Handbook – $29.95 (USD)
- Power Plate my5 Exercise Guide – $24.95 (USD)
Currently, there are 40 locations worldwide offering the Power Plate Academy Fundamentals course in the following countries:
- United States
- United Kingdom
Next Steps …
As the fitness industry evolves and incorporates more innovations and technology, the need for highly trained and specialized fitness professionals will be important for the safety and success of people looking to improve their quality of life and overall wellbeing. If you are interested in learning more about Power Plate and the Power Plate Fundamentals course, visit their website at www.powerplate.com. From there you can access the course listings (which include dates and locations) at www.ptonthenet.com.