Power Plate Vibration Training
Ok so at my new overpriced shiny gym today they were trying out one of these vibrating plate things. You stand on it, you do squats, pressups, dips, lat raises, lunges, calf raises etc or any other different type of exercise on it and apparently it improves circulation and endurance. Most of the exercises are based around the squat.
My first impressions were... pah... another lateral thigh trainer, bollox to it!
Cue dodgy american : "Oh my god! i cant believe im toning...."
Anyway this guy who was demonstrating it put me through a 4 minute workout on it with squats and lunges (no weight) and other variants of the squat. It was absolute agony, i swear it felt like id just gone through the heaviest squatting session of my life, really really difficult. Then you just lie down with ur legs on it for a minute and "because your circulation is going haywire, the lactic acid has no time to pool and collect". Now i thought he was talking rubbish too, but its believable, the heat generated in the muscles was absolutely insane, he got my mates to poke em and they were like:
Then he made me do BB curls on it with get this: 5kg. I usually bb curl 42Kgs, this was 5kg and i was having severe problems, i went to failure after 8 reps. The thought is that you are working so hard on core stability and keeping yourself static, that most of the oxygen rushes to your lower leg muscles and your upper body has to work almost anaerobically.
Apparently this is how the russians have been training since the 1970's, thats what he said, dunno if their supposed to be any good at anything. But this machine is immense, if you ever get a chance to properly try it out, go for it. You're in for a treat!
more info: http://www.powerplateusa.com/products/ng_prddet.html
post edited by sub_z3ro - 2005/08/04 13:22:08