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  • Effect of long-term Whole Body Vibration training on visceral adipose tissue: A preliminary report.

    Obesity facts. Online published April 7, 2010.

    Vissers, D., A. Verrijken, I. Mertens, C. van Gils, A. van de Sompel, S. Truijen, and L. van Gaal.

    These preliminary data show that Whole Body Vibration training may have the potential to reduce Visceral Adipose Tissue more than aerobic exercise in obese adults, possibly making it a meaningful addition to future weight loss programs. [more]

  • Whole-body vibration augments resistance training effects on body composition in postmenopausal women.

    Maturitas. Vol. 63, pp: 79-83, 2009.

    Fjeldstad, C., I.J. Palmer, M.G. Bemben, and D.A. Bemben.

    In older women, resistance training alone and with whole-body vibration resulted in positive body composition changes by increasing lean tissue. However, only the combination of resistance training and whole-body vibration was effective for decreasing percent body fat. [more]

  • Anti Cellulite Untersuch.

    SANADERM Professional Clinic for Skin Illnesses and Allergies, Bad Mergentheim, Germany. 2003. Internal publication.

    Frank, H., B. Moos, A. Kaufmann, and A. Herber.

    This study shows that Power Plate Training is extremely effective and time efficient; the cardio group took four times longer to improve 32.3%, while the Power Plate Training group improved 25.7% in an average of 10-minute sessions, two or three times a week, over six months. [more]

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  • Power Plate® Training Improves Walking Function in Spinal Cord Injury Patients

    This is a summary of a study published in the international scientific journal Gait & Posture (2009).

    By Lanitia L. Ness, and Edelle C. Field-Fote, University of Miami Millar School of Medicine, USA.

    Spinal cord injury (SCI) is defined as damage to the white or grey matter contained within the spinal cord which carries signals to and from the brain. A common consequence of SCI is loss of walking function, but where the tissue has not been totally damaged (an incomplete lesion), there is the possibility that patients may be able to walk again. In these cases, it is muscle weakness and sensory impairment which can limit a person’s ability to walk. Rehabilitation of SCI patients focuses on regaining walking function. The purpose of this pilot study (a small-scale study to test fea… [more]

  • Power Plate® Training Enhances Recovery After ACL Reconstruction

    This is a summary of a study published in the German Magazine for Sports Medicine - "Deutchse Zeitschrift für Sportmedizin", Vol. 56, No. 7/8 (special abstract issue), p. 228

    By J.D. Bastian, W. Franz, Lutrina Klinik, Department of Knee Surgery, Kaiserslautern, Germany

    Weakness and atrophy in the muscles of the quadriceps group is a common challenge for patients recovering from reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of whole body vibration training on the healing process. This study sought to build upon previously published research outcomes and investigate the hypothesis that whole body vibration training leads to increased co-activation of the extensor and flexor muscles of the lower extremities, causing positive effects on joint stabilization, strength and circulation. Method: 16 sub… [more]

  • Power Plate® Training Builds Bone

    This is a summary of a study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (Vol. 19 (3), 2004)

    By Sabine Verschueren, Machteld Roelants, Christophe Delecluse, Stephan Swinnen, Dirk Vanderschueren & Steven Boonen, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium.

    These research findings present an exciting solution for an ever-worsening problem in our aging population: osteoporosis, loss of postural control and balance, bone fractures from falls often resulting in difficult and incomplete recovery. As the average age of the western world’s population increases, we are faced with an increasing epidemic of osteoporosis. Each year millions of people suffer from fractures due to early bone loss. One in three women and one in eight men will suffer from osteoporosis this year. In the U.S., 2.8 million people (80% of whom are women) suffer from bone… [more]

  • Power Plate® Training Increases Strength and Muscle Mass in Older Men

    This is a summary of a study published in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences 2007, Vol. 62A, No. 6, p. 630-635.

    By An Bogaerts, Christophe Delecluse, Albreactch L. Claessens, Walter Coudyzer, Steven Boonen and Sabine M. P. Verschueren.

    The number of elderly people in Western populations is increasing every year. Because of the fact that the population is aging, more people will be confronted with age related conditions. Maintaining the best possible health and fitness level is very important in order to prevent or cope with any of these conditions. And there are many ways in which people can contribute to sustain that level - for example, a healthy diet, or staying in shape by adopting an active lifestyle. Aging is associated with a decline in muscle mass and muscle strength, also known as sarcopenia. This condit… [more]

  • Power Plate® Training Proves Effective for the Elderly

    This is a summary of a study published in the international scientific journal of the American Geriatrics Society (June 2004).

    By Machteld Roelants, Sabine Verscheuren and Christophe Delecluse, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven Belgium.

    The hypothesis of this study was the potential of whole body vibration, performed on the Power Plate® machine, in a therapeutic context, where it may enhance muscular performance in patients and older adults for whom standard exercise programs are not an option. Maintaining muscle mass, functional strength and cardiovascular performance is a challenge for the elderly due to the risk of potential overload and the diminished ability of the aging body to adapt to high levels of loading. Whole body vibration provides a safe and easy opportunity to train these systems without excessive ov… [more]

  • The Effects of Power Plate® Training on Fall Prevention in the Elderly

    This is a summary of a study published in the international scientific journal Gait and Posture (no. 26, PP 309-316, 2007).

    By An Bogaerts, Sabine Verschueren, Christophe Delecluse, Albrecht L. Claessens, Steven Boonen. Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven Belgium.

    The present study, performed on a Power Plate® Next Generation (2004), shows that 1 year Power Plate® training in elderly persons resulted in reduced fall frequency and improvement of the response to surface rotations. The aim of the study was to assess the effect of Power Plate® training on postural control and the prevention of falls in the elderly. The Power Plate® generates vibrations that activate sensory receptors in the body, in turn provoking reflexive muscle contractions in leg and trunk muscles (tonic vibration reflex). As both sensory and motor pathways are strongly st… [more]

  • Power Plate® Training Useful After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

    This is a summary of a study published in the British Journal of Sports and Medicine, online, 8. Jan. 2008.

    By Azar Moezy, Gholamreza Olyaie, Mohammadreza Hadian, Mohammad Razi and Soghrat Faghihzadeh, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran.

    Proprioception is the conscious perception of limb position in space. There are many proprioceptors (sensory nerve receptors) located in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). ACL injuries reduce proprioceptive ability and postural stability. The aim of this study was to compare the effects of a Power Plate® training program and that of conventional therapy treatments on knee proprioception and postural stability in ACL reconstructed subjects. A total of 20 male athletes who underwent ACL reconstruction surgery participated in this study. The participants were randomly allocated to… [more]

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  • Power Plate® Training Enhances Resistance Training, to Further Improve Body Composition

    This is a summary of a study published in the international scientific journal Maturitas (2009).

    By Cecilie Fjeldstad, Ian Palmer, Michael Bemben and Debra Bemben, University of Oklahoma, USA.

    Age-related changes in body composition are well documented, with the most commonly observed of these being an increase in fat mass and a decrease in muscle mass. The purpose of this study is to determine the effects of a combined whole-body vibration and traditional high intensity resistance training program on the body composition of postmenopausal women. The study involved 55 postmenopausal women, who were divided into three groups. The first group performed a resistance program only (RG), which consisted of eight resistance exercises (leg press, hip flexion and extension, hip… [more]

  • Power Plate® Training Can Reduce Abdominal Fat in Overweight and Obese Adults

    This is a summary of a study published in Obesity Facts, the European Journal of Obesity (2010).

    By Vissers, D., A. Verrijken, I. Mertens, C. van Gils, A. van de Sompel, S. Truijen, and L. van Gaal University of Antwerp, Belgium.

    One of the biggest health issues for obese people is visceral (or abdominal) fat. Visceral fat is the fat tissue between the organs in the abdomen. It is a major health concern because there is a strong correlation between high levels of visceral fat and the incidence of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. Each group followed the intervention for six months and had a six month ‘no intervention’ follow up. The anthropometric data, body composition and metabolic features were measured at three, six and 12 months. One measurement performed was the determi… [more]

  • Power Plate® Training Helps Reduce Cellulite

    This research was conducted at the SANADERM Professional Clinic for Skin Disease and Allergology, Bad Mergentheim, Germany

    By Dr. Horst Frank and Dr Birgit Moos - Research into the Effects of Vibration Training on Cellulite.

    In six months, the whole body vibration group - which exercised on the “classic” Power Plate® machine - achieved a 25.7% reduction of cellulite on thighs and buttocks, exercising two to three times per week, in sessions of 8-13 minutes. The whole body vibration + cardio group achieved a 32.3% reduction of cellulite on thighs and buttocks, exercising two to three times per week in sessions of 8-13 minutes with whole body vibration, plus 24-48 minutes of cardio training. These research findings reveal a new and exciting solution for fat loss and collagen remodeling. Finally, celluli… [more]

  • Regular Massage on a Power Plate® Machine Can Help Improve Circulation

    This is a summary of two studies conducted at the Loma Linda University in the USA, published in the Medical Science Monitor, Vol. 13(2), pp: CR71-76, 2007 and Vol. 14(3), pp: CR112-116, 2008.

    Study 1, entitled: 'The Effect of Whole Body Vibration on Lower Extremity Skin Blood Flow in Normal Subjects' by Everett B. Lohman, Jerroid Scott Petrofsky, Colleen Maloney-Hinds, Holly Betts-Schwab and Donna Thorpe. Study 2 entitled 'The Effect of 30Hz vs 50Hz Passive Vibration and Duration of Vibration on Skin Blood Flow in the Arm.' by Colleen Maloney-Hinds, Jerroid Scott Petrofsky and Grenith Zimmerman.

    Only a short massage is needed to get results. After three minutes of massage on a Power Plate® machine, there’s an increase in skin blood flow which lasts until at least 10 minutes after treatment. The greatest increase in blood flow actually happens during the first five minutes of massage. Carrying out massage on a Power Plate® machine on settings of both 30 Hz and 50 Hz high can increase blood flow to the skin and thus improve circulation. However massage carried out on a 50 Hz high setting increases the blood flow more rapidly and keeps the level higher du-ring the recovery pe… [more]

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  • Squatting on a Power Plate® machine also improves upper body strength

    This is a summary of a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Vol. 24(9), pp: 2506-2511. 2010.

    By Pedro J. Marín, A.J. Herrero, N. Sáinz, M.R. Rhea, and D. García-López.

    Fitness professionals can employ high settings (50Hz, High) when using the Power Plate® machine, to improve muscle performance in the upper body. These findings expand the use and application of vibration for the upper body, as they indicate that improvements are possible even when specific upper body exercises are being performed without direct vibration exposure. [more]

  • Using the Power Plate® machine during half time in a soccer match increases performance and reduces the risk of injuries during the second half.

    This is a summary of two studies, both conducted at the University of Hull, United Kingdom.

    By Ric Lovell, Adrian Midgley, Stephen Barrett, Daryl Carter and Katie Small

    It is well known that the performance of players who do not do any type of re-warm-up intervention during half time decreases. Researchers at the University of Hull found that using a Power Plate® machine during half time prevented a decrease in performance during the start of the second half. They also found that soccer players who used the Power Plate machine at half time had decreased fatigue in their hamstring muscles and improved lower limb stability, at the start of the second half of the match. The researchers concluded that use of a Power Plate machine during half time could… [more]

  • The Effect of Power Plate® Training on Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Muscle Strength in the Elderly

    This is a summary of a study published in the international scientific journal Age and Aging (May 2009).

    By An Bogaerts, Christophe Delecluse, Albrecht Claessens, Thierry Troosters, Steven Boonen and Sabine Verschueren, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven Belgium.

    Increased age is associated with a decline in cardiorespiratory fitness and muscular performance. However for elderly people to continue to function independently and perform daily activities, it is essential they maintain sufficient muscle strength and cardiorespiratory fitness. To do so, they should perform progressive resistance and aerobic training. However a significant proportion of elderly people are unable or unwilling to undertake two training regimens. Exercise on a Power Plate® machine could offer a viable alternative, as it may be an efficient combination of bot… [more]

  • Stretching on the Power Plate® machine increases flexibility more than stretching alone

    This is a summary of a study published in the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance (2008).

    By William A. Sands, Jeni R. McNeal, Michael H. Stone, G. Gregory Haff, and Ann M. Kinser.

    The Power Plate machine can help increase flexibility and range of motion, even for those people who already have excellent flexibility. [more]

  • Power Plate® Training Improves Sprint Performance

    This is a summary of a study published in the international scientific journal 'Journal of Sports Science and Medicine' (2007).

    By Giorgos Paradisis and Elias Zacharogiannis.

    Sprint performance is determined by the ability to attain maximum running speed as fast as possible, achieving the highest running speed and by maintaining this speed for the required time or distance. By improving specific kinematics such as step length, step rate and running speed, as well as increasing explosive strength, sprint performance can be improved. These kinematics can be trained by improving optimal motor neuron excitability and fast twitch fiber recruitment. Previous studies suggest that whole body vibration training causes length changes in the muscle which stimulate… [more]

  • Strength Gains and Higher Jumps with Power Plate® Training

    This is a summary of a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Vol. 35, No. 6, pp. 1033-1041, © 2003, the Official Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.

    By Christophe Delecluse, Machteld Roelants & Sabine Verschueren, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.

    The whole body vibration group achieved a 16.6% gain in isometric strength of knee extensors, a 9% increase in dynamic strength of the quadriceps muscles, and a 7.6% increase in vertical jump height. There were no reports of adverse side effects. Most subjects found the vibration training enjoyable and fatiguing, but did not consider it a hard or exhausting workout. The placebo group, using a non-functional vibration machine, did not achieve strength or power gains, although they performed the same standing knee extensor exercises. The resistance training group achieved strength ga… [more]

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