The first time I saw the Power Plate at the gym, I had a flashback to those machines with the large belt attached that would supposedly “jiggle the fat off your hips and thighs”. Oh yeah, you can bet I spent some time on those gizmos way back when. Alas, those were the days when I didn’t realize that I’d be far better spending my time in the weight room or aerobics studio than on the Fat Jiggler. FYI, back in the days when the dinosaurs roamed the earth,”cardio” used to be known as “aerobics”. Aren’t you glad I’m here to enlighten you?
The Power Plate (and others like it) uses Whole Body Vibration (WBV) to increase the force on the muscles (ya know, that ‘law of physics’ thingy from Sir Isaac Whats-his-name?) The premise: You stand on the platform and perform various exercises while shaking like a leaf. I am still not 100% convinced that it does everything it says: increasing strength, decreasing fat and preventing osteoporosis improving balance, among other things, but it seems that some folks at NASA are interested in it to counteract the osteoporotic effects of weightlessness. Perhaps not so useful for us everyday folks, but worth keeping an eye on nonetheless.
As with most things scientific, we’ll know more about WBV in 20 years or so. Stay tuned. So far, it seems that it is quite beneficial for the frail and elderly, and not necessarily for the general healthy population. Having said that, I can tell you that I was more sore after doing lunges and squats on the PP than on solid ground. Does that make me frail and elderly?
Soooo, if you’d like to read more about this new “toy” that is popping up in gyms and mall stores around the world, head over to my friend, Janetha’s blog by clicking here, where I did a guest post for her while she’s sunning in Jamaica (SPF 50, natch). Since I was having a good-hair-day, I included a video for your viewing (??)pleasure.
Incidentally, the Meals and Moves Goddess just got engaged a couple of days ago on holiday, so be sure to send your best wishes her way and congratulate Marshall, her hunky-hubby-to-be.
Q: Have you ever encountered one of these gadgets at the gym or the mall? Do you know someone who uses it regularly? Did you ever use the amazing Fat-Jiggler?