With the advancement of technology in sports science and exercise medicine, the Powerplate is one of the newest creations that's applied to the fitness industry.
The waves of energy transmitted from these high tech pieces of equipment make muscle fibers contract between 25 and 50 times per second, which enhances the coordination and efficiency of both muscles and nerves in the body.
The instability caused in the body's musculature forces the body to react with multi-directional contractions as a counter balance. This is a more powerful version of already established stabilization equipment, such as fit balls, Bosu's, Dyna discs, ½ foam rolls and Reebok core boards.
With all of these exercise modalities, the underlying principles are the same:
- The instability created in the muscles forces activation of additional nervous tissue and muscle fibers including the core musculature. The more muscle you switch on, the more is available to tone and burn calories.
- Unlike most traditional exercise the instability created enhances the flexibility and strength of the tendons and ligaments around joints.
- This is a real breakthrough in training and conditioning as we can now optimally load the human frame while minimizing high impact, high load, and high-stress factors. As we can maximize the involvement of the body as a whole, without necessarily going through great ranges or even any movement, it provides a powerful tool in the areas of rehabilitation and exercise prescription for those with medical conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's Disease.