Power plate pro5 Whole Body Vibration Training Machine Used Price $4500. Power Plate pro5 is the ultimate experience in exercise machines which utilize the concept of vibrating plates to improve health and wellness easily and quickly. The beauty of the Power Plate pro5 machine is that it can work all the muscles of the body in a fraction of the time required by traditional training at the gym.
Indeed, in a full session using standard gym based exercises it is likely that less than half the body’s muscles will be exercised.
The Power Plate pro5 works your muscles in constant interaction with gravity and acceleration several times in every second. With your body adapting to this stimuli quickly, fitness targets will be achieved in less time, and you will have more thorough workouts.
Whole body vibration exercise is a fast and effective way to gain benefits such as getting in shape, gaining strength and losing weight. Plus, you can achieve the results you are seeking in just 10 – 15 minutes a day. The other big benefit of using the Power Plate pro5 is that these automated reflex and stretch response exercises do not cause tiredness or weariness.
Power Plate machines use the principle known as Acceleration Training to stimulate the body’s natural response to vibration. Power Plate machines create vibrations that cause instability throughout the body. As these vibrations transmit waves of energy, a variety of muscles subconsciously contract to stabilize the body. This rapid cycle of muscle contraction and release is what makes training with Power Plate equipment so effective.
With the Power Plate pro5 you can strength train without the need to add extra weights, and thus not overload the body and its joints. They are so effective that Power Plates are used by individuals at every different level of fitness. These include high-level, high-performance athletes, the elderly and those simply wishing to improve their general health and fitness levels.
The Power Plate pro5 is an ideal vibration system for the home and for the gym. It will easily fit into a spare room, the garage, the home office, indeed anywhere with a little space in which the unit can be placed.
Power Plate Pro5 Specifications
- Dimensions (WxDxH): 34in x 43in x 61in / 87cm x 109cm x 155cm
- Platform Dimensions (WxD): 34in x 37in / 86cm x 94cm
- Weight: 328lb / 149kg
- Maximum Load: 400lb / 182kg
- Power Supply: 90-240 VAC, 50/60Hz Universal Voltage
- Nominal Power in Operation: 200-225W
Whole Body Vibration – Background
As is apparent from its name, in Whole Body Vibration (WBV) the entire body is exposed to vibration. Whole Body Vibration is typically implemented through the use of a vibrating platform, such as Power Plate pro5, on which exercises can be performed.
The vibrations generated by the engines underneath the platform are transmitted to the person standing, sitting or lying on the machine. The intensity and the direction of these vibrations are essential for their effect. Different vibration platforms have different vibration characteristics.
Not all platforms perform in the same manner, and that is why the results of using them are different. Power Plate technology has been developed for the masses so it is now possible for everyone to enjoy whole body vibration training.
Vibration Exercise – Programs
In theory, the Power Plate pro5 can be used by almost everyone. You can adjust training to your own level, for example to reduce the burden on your joints, tendons and ligaments.
As with every form of training, the correct use of exercises need to be adjusted to your personal abilities. This will help to generate the full benefits and effects of completing a training session on the Power Plate machine, while at the same time avoiding risks of injury or damage to the body.
Body posture, muscle stiffness and muscle tension (i.e. how contracted your muscle is), are important contributing factors in your training session. If muscles are tensed, or contracted, they will absorb vibrations to help strengthen and tone those muscles. Passive exercises, such as stretch and massage on the Power Plate pro5, don’t absorb as much vibration and can therefore be performed on a more frequent basis.
Vibration exercise should be used on a regular basis, starting with low intensity, which means low frequency settings for short sessions. The body should be gently stimulated in a way that will allow it to adjust to vibration training, but will not be overloaded. Over time, the intensity and duration can be increased in the same manner as other progressive training programs. Once the body has adapted to vibration, the training can be changed or intensified to keep improving performance.
In order to take full advantage of the concept of vibration exercise, such as that employed in systems like the Power Plate pro5, you will find these machines come with a complete guide to the various types of exercise you can conduct.
These vibration exercise groups cover areas such as:
- Weight Loss
- Upper Body Strength
- Lower Body Strength
- Cellulite Reduction
- Anti-Stress Conditioning
- Stretching and Flexibility
- Bone Mineral Density
Vibration Training – The Right Way
You need to wear the proper footwear when you use your Power Plate pro5. For example, you should wear rubber-soled shoes or, if you prefer to exercise in socks or bare feet, you should use one of the three contoured mats that are provided with the machine. And, in order to avoid possible injury from the machine’s vibrations, it is recommended that you do not not lean back on your heels or “lock” your joints or straighten your legs when standing upright on the machine.
It is important at all times to maintain balance whilst vibration training. You should not “hang” on the machine’s handles in order to maintain balance but should (unless the directions for a particular exercise state otherwise) keep your knees directly above the toes.
Proper position and balance are especially important if you employ weights during any exercise on the machine. Power Plate strongly recommends that you do not employ weights while using the machine, unless you are being coached by an exercise professional or unless you have extensive experience with weight training or with the Power Plate machine.
In order to have any long term effect on the body, it is important that the body systems experience fatigue or some sort of light stress. As in other kinds of training, when the body is overloaded repeatedly and regularly, the principle of supercompensation will occur. This principle is the cause of the body adapting to loading. In other words, performance will increase.
This effect has been proven several times in scientific research for both young and elderly subjects. In the only placebo-controlled study to date a significant increase in strength was found in the vibration training group, when there was no improvement measured in the placebo group. This is a clear indication that the vibrations actually do have added value when performing static exercises.
From research into the structural effects of vibration training it can be deducted that the increased strength resulting from such training can definitely be compared to the results that can be attained with conventional methods of training.
Another important difference between conventional training methods and vibration training is that there is only a minimum of loading. No additional weights are necessary. This ensures that there is very little loading to the passive structures such as bones, ligaments and joints, which is why whole body vibration training is extremely suited to people that are difficult to train due to old age, disease, disorders, weight or injury.
On the other hand, it is also very suitable for professional athletes who want to stimulate and strengthen their muscles without overloading joints and the rest of the physical system.
Other than its influence on the muscles, vibration training can also have a positive effect on bone mineral density. The vibrations cause compression and remodeling of the bone tissue, activating the osteoblasts (bone building cells), while reducing the activity of the osteoclasts (cells that break bone down). Repeated stimulation of this system, combined with the increased pull on the bones by the muscles, will increase bone mineral density over time.
Vibration Training for the Elderly
The Berlin Bedrest Study proved that 10 minutes of vibration training 6 times a week prevented muscle and bone loss in total bedrest over 55 days. Enhancing bone mineral density can help in preventing falls and therefore reduce the incidence of bone fractures that can ensue. Increased muscle power, postural control and balance are also considerable factors. Studies involving elderly subjects have shown that all of these issues can be improved using vibration training.
One of the most successful vibration training machines is made by the Power Plate corporation. This model is called the Power Plate pro5. The Power Plate pro5 is only one of several models of vibration machines produced by the Power Plate company, which are designed to cater for all levels of current fitness, and desired fitness targets. The Power Plate pro5 is the ultimate exercise system for those of advanced years. The Power Plate pro5 is a professional level machine at a home machine price.