Power Plate in the Next Wave Studio

September 24, 2020
Power Plate equipment in the Next Wave Studio.

Written by Tatiana Baier

MUSC Wellness Center’s new Next Wave Performance studio is a place where science meets fitness. We researched the latest industry innovations and equipped our studio with a variety of machines; some are exclusive to the Wellness Center.

This fall we will be introducing you to the special technologies that are used during our personalized Next Wave Performance training sessions. The Power Plate is one of our absolute favorites and the world’s leader in whole body vibration technology that helps users prepare faster, perform better, and recover quicker.

The Power Plate works by giving you a high-speed workout using multi-directional vibrations to contract and relax your muscles. The vibrations cause your body to work harder to maintain stability, thereby making even standing still on the machine a workout. The technology was originally designed to help Russian cosmonauts prepare their bodies for the adverse effects of weightlessness in space, so there is no wonder the results are out of this world. Power Plate has been linked to a wide range of health and wellness benefits from strength, balance, flexibility and weight loss to improved circulation, pain reduction, detoxification, stress alleviation, and even reduction in the appearance of cellulite.

You can work on achieving these results with the help of the amazing Power Plate under the professional guidance of our personal trainers.

Increased muscle strength

The norm is for your muscles to contract one or two times a second but the vibrations on a Power Plate result in a massive 30 to 50 contractions a second. Some people claim that 10 minutes on this machine can bring the same results as a 60-minute conventional workout because it works out many muscle groups at the same time.

Enhanced muscle building

Using the Power Plate to perform exercises such as press ups or a plank will mean your arms, chest and core will have to work harder to stay in position. Over time, this can help to improve core strength and stability.

Increased bone mass and mineral density

Studies have shown that the Power Plate machine can improve bone density without adding load to the body, which can help the body defend against osteoporosis.

Improved balance

The vibrations force your body to work harder to maintain balance and stability, therefore over time the muscles in your back, abdomen and pelvis will get stronger, giving you a more stable core.

Immediate improvement in blood and circulation

Research has shown that the relaxing massages done on Power Plate can significantly increase the circulation in your arms and legs, which helps you recover quicker and remove waste products, such as lactic acid, from your muscles.

We would love to introduce you to the magic of Power Plate and help you achieve your fitness goals in our new Next Wave Performance studio. Please take a look at this page with personal training session descriptions and our contact information.  

References:

Power Plate, Industry Leader in Whole Body Vibration, Joins AFS

The National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Basics of Strength and Conditioning Manual