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Power Plate: Whole Body Vibration Training

written by Joel Furhman, M.D. November 15, 2018
Power Plate: Whole Body Vibration Training

It’s no secret that including a fitness program in your life is vital for your health. Scientific studies continually reveal physical activity can reduce your risk of chronic disease, help coordination and balance (especially important in older people), may help weight loss (or maintain optimal weight), and improves your overall wellbeing.

Whole Body Vibration Training (WBVT) offers a unique approach to physical exercise to help keep you on the fitness track.  This involves a machine with a vibrating platform that you can either stand, sit, lie, or exercise on. As the machine vibrates, it transmits energy to your body, forcing your muscles to contract and relax dozens of times each second.

Whole body vibration training (WBVT) as a fitness trend grew out of early research aiming to solve the problem of muscle and bone loss during space travel.

The idea is that muscle contractions that occur in response to the vibrating platform put a mechanical load on a bone, stimulating bone formation and turnover.

Many studies have investigated standing or performing exercises (such as squats and lunges) on WBV platforms as a strategy to quickly and efficiently build strength and bone mass, and possibly as an alternative to resistance exercise for people who are unable to perform traditional exercise.1

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