Strength and Toning
One of the main vibration plate benefits is strength and muscle toning. The vibrations cause your muscles to quickly contract and relax. It is worth remembering that there are two very different categories of vibration plate. Oscillation plates (JTX 6000 and JTX Salon Fit S2) and gym style vibration plates (JTX Pro-10 and JTX Pro-50). Oscillation plates have a see-saw or wobble type motion and are often found in salon’s. Gym style or tri-plane vibration plates have a very powerful buzzing vibration and are used as a platform for doing workouts. Tri-plane vibration plates are favoured by personal trainers. Oscillation plates are often used by people new to exercise and are often stood on for ten minute sessions either in a salon or at home. It is possible to do exercises on an oscillation plate but they are favoured by people who simply want to stand and wobble!! Tri-plane, gym style vibration plates are completely different. These are used to do workouts for the upper and lower body and core. They are incredibly effective allowing you to do less for more. Squats, sit-ups, crunches are all more effective on the plate than a mat. If it is important you get the right style for your goals. If in doubt call the retailer for advice.
Weight Loss and Cellulite
As little as 15 minutes each day will soon make a big difference. Combined with a sensible diet, they will also help to reduce body fat, including abdominal fat. When it comes to weight loss there are no miracles. However, the benefit of vibration plate training is the ability to intensify the effort you put in and reach your goals faster.
Health and Rehabilitation
Whole body or tri-plane vibration plates can be used for pain management, recovery of damaged muscles and tendons, to aid stroke recovery, improve circulation as well as improved spinal stability. Please consult your GP or physiotherapist first.
Improve Your Sport
Using gym style, tri-plane vibration plates (JTX Pro-10 and JTX Pro-50) regularly can benefit your participation in a range of other sports and activities by building overall strength and improving flexibility and balance. Tri-plane vibration training has particular benefits for sports such as golf, skiing, racket sports, climbing and many more.
Force = mass x acceleration. Traditionally to increase force (in this case strength) training has focussed on adding mass (in the form of weights) to increase muscular strength or force. This is very effective, but comes at a cost. Weight training is high impact and causes an element of stress to the body. Vibration plates focus on the other side of this equation and apply acceleration to increase force (strength). The benefit is a low-impact workout, suitable for all ages and abilities.
Buying your own vibration plate can be a very cost-effective way to keep in shape too. Power plate classes cost around £10 to £15 for a 20 minute session - it soon mounts up if you’re using them for a recommended 3 times a week minimum. Good quality vibration plates start at £499 and there are interest free credit options to help you spread the cost.