Which Power Plate Workout Is Best For You?
By: David Howatson-Begg
Power Plate training sessions are so varied, so numerous and so widespread that it can prove difficult to find the right one for you. Fitness trends are always shifting back and forth in a seemingly endless cycle and we've previously highlighted the need to map out your own individual aspirations and match them to a specific way of training. However, with so many options available in today's fitness market it's important to figure out which kind Power Plate workout is best for you.
Small Group Training
Pros: Being part of a small community of people training together has proven to be one of the most effective ways of achieving any goal. The motivation from instructor-led classes comes not only from the coach but also from the other members of the class. Healthy competition is also bred from this type of environment, keeping many people on track for the long haul. Without any restriction on movement or environment (other than the need for electrical power!) Power Plate lends itself well to everything from small group boxing to yoga to HIIT to dance-based disciplines.
Cons: The class is all about the class. Any individual needs, past injuries or levels of ability can only be accounted for to a certain degree. Those needing more in depth information or specific rehab may only find small group exercise useful up to a point.
Pros: The list of positives here could be never ending. In relation to whole body vibration having a personal coach puts you at a huge advantage. Due to vibration passing into the points of tension in the body (e.g the thighs and glutes during a squat) it's important to know which movements will hit the spots you need to work. A personal trainer can ensure that every exercise is effective and tailor made for you. They'll also help advise on intensity, duration and your level of hydration. Those markers are extremely important during a Power Plate workout. People often underestimate just how hard the body works and how much fluid intake is needed when dealing with vibration.
Cons: Not all coaches are created equally! Find a trainer who has formal education from Power Plate. A certified trainer will have the most up to date information and knowledge programming with Power Plate. Those who don't are working from hearsay and intuition, which is unhelpful at best.
Pros: Riding solo allows for freedom. The chance to explore Power Plate and move how you choose is a huge plus point for lots of people. For long-time users it's easier to experiment with movement, to explore the effects of vibration on different exercises every time you step onto the platform. No distractions.
Cons: Self-reliance and self-education can affect our ability to sustain any given program. With nobody there to educate or motivate it can be tough, especially when the gains don't come as quickly as you expected. Not knowing about the science of vibration or how best to absorb and use vibration puts you at a disadvantage right away.
For more information on Power Plate's upcoming small group training go to our YouTube channel https://youtu.be/NHEdsVh0n4s
By David Howatson-Begg, Performance Health Systems UK Master Trainer