FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Power Plates are a very safe, quick and effective form of exercise.  They have been medically certified and are used for rehabilitation, healing and repairing of many ailments worldwide. 

If there are any unanswered questions in our list please email us: info@reposestudio.co.uk or to discuss any concerns.

Q: WHEN CAN VIBRATIONS BE HARMFUL?

A: These days there is a lot of media attention and a lot of scientific research aimed at the effects of Acceleration Training on the human body. Our body was made for movement and agility. We have been perfectly equipped to absorb all of the vibrations we are confronted with in our daily lives. The amount of mechanical vibrations we are exposed to has increase enormously over the last few centuries. However, compared to the Power Plate® technique there are some fundamental differences. While training in the Power Plate® machine, you are actively using positive effect of vibrations, which are being absorbed by the muscles, instead of the joints. The duration is also very important. The total amount of time of a training session has no relation to the time people are exposed to vibrations in a working environment. In short, if you are healthy and train according to our instructions and under certified supervision, Acceleration Training is a very safe and comfortable way of exercising. 

Q: WHAT IS ACCELERATION (POWER PLATE) TRAINING?
A: To explain how Acceleration Training works, it is important to refer to the discipline of physics and the formula for "force", the second law of Sir Issac Newton: 

F = m * a 

In this formula, F stands for force, m stands for mass and a stands for Acceleration. In order to achieve greater physical strength, we need to subject our bodies to forces greater than those which we experience in daily life under the influence of normal gravity. Through the ages, people have enhanced gravitational forces by moving increased mass, in other words, by adding weights. But modern developments enable us to affect the other factor – it is now possible to increase 'Acceleration', which produces the same result as adding weights: an increase in muscle force. By actively absorbing this "Acceleration", it is possible to stimulate muscles without putting undue stress on the ligaments and joints, thus minimizing the risk of injury. 

Q: HOW LONG HAS ACCELERATION TRAINING (POWER PLATE) BEEN AROUND FOR?                     

A: The first implementations of vibration to improve human performance go back to as far as ancient Greece, where physicians used saws covered in cotton to transfer vibrations to those body parts that needed stimulation. The most simple manufacture vibration tools were developed in Germany, delivering a high-variable frequency that resembled vibration. If cranked fast enough. Actual vibration delivered in more than one direction was not developed until the middle of the 19th century, when physicians began to use machines that produced both up-and-down and circular movements to treat disorders as diverse as neuralgia, atrophy, emaciation, and constipation. 
In the late 19th century, several specialists began to develop steam-powered machines that could deliver either percussion or vibration to up to five people at the same time. One example was the device invented by John Harvey Kellogg, M.D., at the Battle Creek Sanitarium, which he incorporated in his holistic treatment methods. In Sweden, Gustav Zander, M.D., rose to fame at the end of the 19th century because of his applications of steam-powered massage machines. 
Professor W. Biermann was one of the first modern scientists to realize the potential of vibration – he studied "cycloid vibrations" and the "Rhythmic Neuromuscular Stimulation Method," the foundations of today's acceleration technology. Acceleration Training was used and researched in the former Soviet Union during the 1960's to enable cosmonauts to withstand the negative effects of microgravity while engaged in space flight, and this implantation of vibration may have been responsible for the cosmonauts staggering record of 420 days in space, compared to American astronauts returning home after 120 days. After space missions, the cosmonauts had previously suffered severe loss of strength and bone density, and this training method appeared to mitigate the negative effects suffered, helping them to recover quickly. 
In later years, vibration science was studied extensively and the results showed benefits for muscular strength, flexibility, power, bone density, circulation, and recovery. The West was still in the dark about this training method until the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, when the Dutch Olympic coach Guus van der Meer was one of the first people to recognize the potential of this technology. The paradigm shift to this method of training offered the possibility of optimizing human function naturally, using the body's own resources, while preserving joint health, and maximizing power. The use of this technology stimulates the body's reflex neuromuscular activation to promote strength benefits without requiring heavy loads. For the elite training and therapeutic community, vibration opened the potential for human performance and exercise physiology to reach new levels of accomplishment. Using his experience in training athletes and listening to the wants and needs of "average" people who are aware of the need to exercise, but are not willing to devote a lot of time and effort to training, Guus van der Meer then went on to develop Acceleration Training – to make it accessible to as many people as possible, resulting in the world-wide success of the Power Plate® equipment. 


Q: HOW DOES THE POWER PLATE MACHINE CAUSE MUSCLES TO CONTRACT AUTOMATICALLY?                                                                

A: The physiological principle behind the stimulation of muscles is extremely complicated. A slightly simplified explanation follows: due to the mechanical vibration produced by the Power Plate®device, the body will react involuntarily. While standing on the Power Plate® machine, the natural balance in the human body is disturbed, thus numerous muscles are activated in order to recover the balanced lost. By changing the angles of the joints and the position on the Power Plate® platform, the muscles around the joint involved will stretch. This stretching is registered by the muscle spindles. Thesespindles are specialized muscle structures that send information about the muscle to the central nervous system. The signals received by the brain react with signals through the spinal cord and cause a reflex contraction of the muscles involved. The change of position is thus countered as soon as possible. 

Q: I HAVE BEEN EXERCISING INTENSIVELY FOR YEARS.  CAN I START TRAINING ON THE POWER PLATE DEVICE WITH AN ADVANCED PROGRAMME IMMEDIATELY?                                                                              

A: Even for a very well trained athlete, acceleration exercises are an unconventional form of training. As with any type of sports or physical exertion, you will have to allow your body to get used to a workout that will progressively intensify. It is very important to create a tailor-made training schedule by which you can increase the number of exercises, the duration and, of course, the intensity of the training quicker than an untrained person. However, the Power Plate® training can always be an exertion. You will have to stimulate your body constantly by increasing the intensity of the training or the efficiency of your workout will diminish in time. 

Q: IF I QUIT TRAINING AFTER HAVING USED THE POWER PLATE INTENSIVELY FOR A NUMBER OF WEEKS, HOW LONG WILL THE EFFECTS LAST? 

A: As with all other kinds of training, the results achieved will disappear in time once you stop stimulating the body. This is caused by the biological law known as reversibility, meaning that the human body strived for a balance in all things. For example, if you break your arm, muscle strength will begin decrease within 24 hours after immobilization. This principle is applicable for many physiological processes. If you reduce or even stop using the Power Plate® machine after having trained intensively, the effects will slowly recede. However, the speed of the recession is highly individual, and depends on a number of other factors as well. 

Q: ARE THERE ANY NEGATIVE EFFECTS CONNECTED TO ACCELERATION TRAINING (POWER PLATE)?     

A: The effects of vibration on the human body have been researched for many years. No negative effects have been found at all, providing the Power Plate® is used accordingly to our instructions and advice, and under proper supervision. Certain principles will have to be adhered to, such as responsible and safe use of the machine, and consultancy of a doctor prior to using the Power Plate®device, if any contra-indications are involved. However, a vast number of enthusiastic users of the Power Plate® equipment, many of whom are using Acceleration Training to combat the effects of different disorders or to speed up recovery after injury, can testify to the comprehensive range of positive effects. 

Q: WILL I LOSE WEIGHT WHEN I TRAIN ON THE POWER PLATE?                                                                            

A: Depending on how fit you are, the Power Plate® workout can contribute to a lesser or greater degree to a loss of fatty tissue in your body. The Power Plate device has such influence on some of the essential processes involved, it can, in fact, aid weight loss. As with any other activity, however, you will also have to pay attention to your calorie intake. Because the division between fatty tissue and muscles are positively influenced, training on the Power Platedevice will speed up the basic metabolism, leading to higher energy consumption. In short, if the energy intake is constant and its consumption rises, logically a negative energy balance will be the result. In other words, you will decrease the amount of fatty tissue. However, this decrease does not correspond directly to your weight, as muscle tissue is heavier than fatty tissue. Many of the processes in our body, among others burning calories, are regulated by hormones. These hormones are effectors, in other words, they can start a process in the body, speed it up or slow it down as necessary. If you train on Power Plate®equipment, your body will be stimulated to produce all kinds of hormones involved in the recuperation processes, which have a significant influence on reducing fatty tissues, such as the Human Growth Hormone. All of these factors can bring about a considerable reduction of fatty tissue, if combined with a program of the proper intensity. 

Q: DOES POWER PLATE TRAINING IMPROVE FLEXIBILITY?                                                                                  

A: Using Power Plate machines increases flexibility in many different tissues, including the joints. To explain this phenomenon, the Janda Stretch method is helpful. In this method, the muscle is tensed and then stretched (contract-relax method). Training flexibility on the Power Plate® machine is based on this Janda method. All muscles and joints that are stretched during the training are fully mobilsed. The vibration also loosens adhesions, which positively influences flexibility even more. 

By using the Power Plate machine in different positions, it is possible to stretch different muscles, which will relax after stepping off the plate. The Golgi apparatus is also activated during training, which promotes a high measure of relaxation (tendon-reflex). An extra advantage is that muscles are lengthened in a functional active position, while not decreasing explosive muscle strength. 

Q: WILL I PERSPIRE DURING MY TRAINING SESSION?

A: A Power Plate work out is intensive and quite taxing, and you will certainly perspire – albeit not as heavily as during an intensive cardiovascular program – especially when you expand the number of exercises or shorten the period of rest in between. You are physically exerting yourself, causing an increase in body temperature and metabolism, which will cause perspiration. The extent of exertion obviously depends on the program you perform – massage, relaxation or stretch exercises will most likely not make you perspire heavily. 

Q: SHOULD I DO CARDIO-TRAINING AS WELL AS WORK OUT ON THE POWER PLATE? 
A: In principle, you could exchange your cardio training for the Power Plate® schedule, but only if you were to perform all of the exercises dynamically and have little or no rest in between. Acceleration TrainingTM will attain many of the effects you are developing in cardio-training. If you are an athlete using the Power Plate® workout as a part of, or in preparation for regular training, it is advisable to integrate cardio-respiratory training in a complete program. In that way, the Power Plate® work out will work as a catalyst and enhance the effect of the cardio-respiratory stimulation enormously. 

Q: MY DOCTOR/SPECIALIST IS NOT FAMILIAR WITH POWER PLACE MACHINES OR HAS A NEGATIVE VIEW ABOUT THEM (AS THEY DO NOT UNDERSTANBND HOW THEY WORK) - WHAT SHOULD I DO?       

A: Power Plate organises practical and theoretical presentations and demonstrations of Power Plate® equipment, where doctors, physiotherapists and other specialists are very welcome. Internationally, Acceleration TrainingTM is gaining vast acceptance and familiarity within the medical sphere due to ever emerging scientific backup and research studies. The knowledge on the many applications of Acceleration TrainingTM is growing rapidly, not only in the world of fitness and health, but also in the area of medical and paramedical care. If your doctor, specialist or physical therapist would like to know more or you need them to know what they are, please ask him or her to check our website, www.powerplate.com. 

Q: DOES THE POWER PLATE IMPROVE CIRCULATION IN THE ENTIRE BODY?

 A: During the massage applications, the circulation will mainly improve locally, with a very positive effect as it counteracts cellulite. During exercises involving contraction of the muscles, circulation usually diminishes temporarily – this phenomenon is known as vasoconstriction. While standing on the Power Plate® platform however, circulation in both muscle and skin tissue increases due to the alternating constriction and relaxation of the muscles – lasting up to several hours upon completion of the workout. 

Q: I GET ITCHY DURING AND AFTER TRAINING, IS THAT NORMAL?                                                                   

A: Yes, this is a perfectly normal phenomenon. Using the Power Plate® device enormously stimulates circulation. People with complaints connected to circulation can greatly benefit from using the Power Plate® machine because it is very effective in improving the transport of waste products. In some cases, erythemia may occur, (severe reddening of the skin, usually on the legs) which can be extremely unpleasant. For many people this is just a temporary phenomenon. However, if erythemia persists, we advise you to cease exercising on the Power Plate® equipment. 

Q: CAN I USE THE POWER PLATE IF I HAVE METAL ITEMS INSIDE OF ME?

A: Yes, the vibrations have no effect on metal in your body. 

Q: IS ANY VIBRATION TRAVEL TO MY HEAD?

A: No, it's more of a discomfort more than a hazard. We have coaching tips to help localise the vibration travel to the targeted muscle. The vibration travel is more of an acclamation thing than anything else. Stay in the pretense position, minimize any pressure in the hells, knees and elbow and you should have very limited travel. 

Q: CAN I USE THE POWER PLATE IF I HAVE A PACEMAKER?

A: Have you talked to your doctor? Are you cleared to perform strength and cardiovascular training? Are you cleared by your doctor to engage in recreational sport activities that absorb shock; skiing, horseback riding, boating, biking, etc.? If yes to all, then yes. If not, then we don't recommend it. 


Q: ARE THERE MAGNET OR ELECTRICAL SIGNALS BEING DISCHARGED FROM THE POWER PLATE?            

A: No, the machine is mechanical. 


Q: HOW MANY TIMES PER WEEK CAN I TRAIN ON THE POWER PLATE?

A: We recommend full body workouts 3 times a week with proper rest and recovery time in-between workouts. You can stretch and massage on the machine every day. 

Q: CAN I USE THE POWER PLATE IF I HAVE A BACK, HIP OR KNEE ISSUE?

A: If you are cleared by your doctor to perform strength and cardiovascular training then you are ready to begin a program on the machine. 
 

In some cases we have been told that a doctor has suggested a patient not use the Power Plate.  On further questioning, the doctor has no knowledge of how the Power Plate actually works.  Please ensure that anyone who is advising you against Power Plate classes understands how the vibration is working.

 

 
 

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