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PowerPlate Review - Does This Device Really Work?

PowerPlate Review

If you haven’t looked carefully at PowerPlate; now’s your chance. We took the time to create a comprehensive review, focusing closely on the ingredients, side effects, customer-service quality and scientific studies. Then we took the time to evaluate user comments from all over the internet. At last, we condensed all of the data we gathered to give you the facts.

EDITOR'S TIP:

What is PowerPlate?

To start, PowerPlate has several product lines which are subdivided. The personal machine is the one most heavily marketed to private owners and without any accessories it is about $2,000. The common thread with all options is the body vibration technology.

PowerPlate is made by Performance Health Systems, LLC based out of Illinois. They claim to be a world leader in body vibration technology which originated with cosmonaut training to combat bone and muscle loss caused by zero gravity. The company is popular with fitness enthusiasts from around the world, but read on…

Cost– “I Can’t Afford That!”

The first concern is the hefty price tag. While exercise equipment is expected to be more expensive than a supplement or diet program, this may be unobtainable for many dieters. According to our Research Editor, “Consumers need affordable and effective weight-loss solutions and this doesn’t fit that bill.”

One unhappy reviewer said, “The commercial version of the machine was available at my old gym and I liked it. When I moved I wanted to purchase one for my home but the price just wasn’t doable.”

Another said, “I read about it in a review and thought it might be fun but then I saw what it would cost to get everything I wanted and had to pass.”

Others found the price to be in line with their expectations. One said, “I’ve bought fitness equipment before. Most of the stuff I order tends to be in this price range so it didn’t seem like a big deal.”

Another explained, “High quality is going to cost more. It’s expensive but I think my health is worth it.”

Limitations– “Not a Full Body Workout”

For the cost of the machine many people think they will be getting a piece of equipment that will provide a full body workout. However, the main impact of the PowerPlate is in the lower muscles.

One unhappy reviewer said, “I thought this was going to make it easier for me to tone my whole body but it did almost nothing new for my arms.”

Another said, “I got it and I was expecting a more challenging overall experience. I didn’t even really feel like my legs got a more strenuous workout which was disappointing.

Others had expectations more in line with what the product can deliver. Explained one owner, “I really wanted something that would help me build my balance and lower body endurance and it works really well for that.”

Another customer explained, “I liked that I could adjust the vibrations to make it more challenging as I got better.”

According to our research, cost and limitations can be a huge turnoff for people who are considering an exercise equipment purchase. If PowerPlate is not affordable for many, that could be enough cause for people to choose not to buy.

The Science – “Clinical Evidence?”

At DietSpotlight, we are very familiar with the proven health benefits of engaging in regular exercise. If the PowerPlate looks like something you would enjoy and you can afford the price, it could be a valuable addition to your workout regimen. However, science doesn’t say it will work better than walking, jogging or working out with home programs.

The Bottom Line – Does PowerPlate Work?

What’s the real deal with the PowerPlate? It is a novel piece of equipment that has some interesting testimonials and science supporting the claims. It doesn’t appear to be the only item one would need for a fully equipped home gym, but it might make a nice addition. The fact that consumers would need supplemental items makes us hesitant to give it our full support.

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About the Author:

Summer Banks is an ISSA-Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist and has reviewed over 2000 diet products. She has years of nursing training, experience as a manager responsible for 15 supplement brands, and completed coursework on Food and Nutrition from Stanford University. full bio.

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What You Should Know

Power Plate is an exercise device which vibrates to throw off the person's balance once it is stood on, a method claimed to provide numerous benefits, including strengthening all core muscles and providing a substantial workout to people of all fitness levels. It is currently being introduced in fitness centers but can also be purchased online for nearly $10,000. The simplicity of this device is its biggest attractor and numerous news stations have covered the Power Plate and investigations into how well it helps dieters build their core strength. The jury is still out about how effective it is, but dieters claim it helped them become stronger without doing any stressful or hectic exercises. Though the price makes this a very unaffordable choice for personal use, Power Plate is showing up in fitness centers all around the United States and appears to be getting even more popular with the production of more Power Plates. They currently host about a dozen different Power Plate machines that differ in appearance and size, and their Pro5 Airdaptive Power Plate appears to be their most popular product. to this review.

Product Features

Power Plate features handlebars for stability and a vibrating plate, which is stood on. When it vibrates the user is to stabilize his or her body, a technique Power Plate says forces the muscles to work to stabilize the body and helps work all of the core muscles including the abdomen, the thighs, and the buttocks. The level of vibration can be increased to accommodate bigger fitness levels. The device appears to be simple and is fairly easy to use but some question if this offers a legitimate workout. Some studies show it does provide a strengthening workout to the body's core but this is as far as the benefits go. It does not appear to contain components of a full workout, such as increasing cardio strength, speeding up the heart rate, and offering challenging moves to increase the overall strength of a person's core muscles. Cardio and strength training are both needed to help dieters shed fat while increasing the strength of all muscles, and using Power Plate by itself may not provide these benefits.

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Advantages

  • Offers a unique, easy-to-use machine for all ages and all fitness levels.
  • Is available in fitness centers as well as online through their official store.

Disadvantages

  • May not provide a full cardio workout.
  • Is extremely expensive, and most of their machines cost nearly $10,000.
  • Does not exercise all of the muscles such as the arm or chest muscles.

Conclusion

Power Plate is a unique vibrating device with some evidence proving it may provide a strengthening workout to the lower body but, as a whole, may not provide a challenging workout. If consumers do not incorporate cardio or additional strengthening exercises into their exercise regimen, they may not experience the benefits claimed by Power Plate. As always, it is advised to speak with a physician before beginning any exercise regimen to reduce the chance of injury and other side effects.

18 User Reviews About PowerPlate

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  • 1
    Maria Hoth

    Does anyone know if power plate is suitable for people with a total knee replacement?

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    Orrin Helms

    The doctor that replaced my knee said using the power plate is not a good idea. Any thoughts? I don’t see any warnings in your material.

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    barb

    does anyone know if the powerplate is suitable for someone with MS mild, and also a hip replacement (6 years ago)

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    Tom Hochstatter

    I have an anurisim in my decending arota. Is it ok to use a Power Plate?

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  • 5
    Gabby

    I adore it.Can’t imagine my life without the power plate and the results are amazing.Believe me using power plate is the best thing u can do for your self:)))))

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    Terri

    yes it does cardio. I’m using it for 9 months lost 2.5″ in circum.Have built muscles in my arms & legs. I’m getting a flat stamach. I more than love it.

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    Bibi

    I have a Power Plate machine. I have knee problems and the plate really help me excercise with no pain! Riding a bike for 5 minutes has me crying from pain!
    My dad had hip and knee replacement and he uses the machine with no problems.
    One thing about this machine I do not appreciate (ladies please take note) once you start don’t ever stop! You will get cellulite 10 times worse than you can imagine! Don’t use the machine for 10 sessions as offered by your gym or spa, rather buy a smaller/cheaper/second hand machine for yourself!

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    Abby

    Why do you get 10x more cellulite?

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    Luda

    this doesn’t make sense as cellulite is caused (mainly) by bad circulation (and mostly by genetics, nine in ten women have it) and this maching is supposed to help circulation the same way massage does.

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    Your Name

    She said when you stop using it you get cellulite

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  • 8
    Alex

    I am definitely a fan of the powerplate. I tried it out in Los Angeles at a facility caled fbe spa and they also had whole body vibration machines which I liked even more. The vibration machines were defintitely more effective than the powerplate. I definitely suggest looking into vibration machines. If you are in the la area go to fbe spa, or I am pretty sure that they are actually the cheapest retailer of vibration machines if you are not in the la area. fbespa.com check it out!

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    Anonymous

    Hey Stupid……The Powerplate is a vibration device. It vibrates on 3 different planes and is the most effictive machine of its type.
    Check out Dr. Mercola and he will educate you uneducated people.

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    John

    Well Alex let me educate your here. The Powerplate is a vibration machine. I vibrates on 3 different planes to work the muscles more effectively then copycat machine.
    If you doubt how effective the Powerplate can be take a look at Dr. Mercola’s site. Come into a Gym Source store near you and we will PROVE how effective the Powerplate can be for all users.

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  • 9
    marie

    these plates are really good for people with problems with joints my aunt has really bad arthritis in her knees and shouldres and she finds these really usefull and it has helped to buld up her strenght in these areas and reducing the pressure and pain

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  • 10
    David

    has anyone who has had hip joint replacement used a powerplate without damage to their hip joints?

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    Pip

    Have you had any advice on using a power plate with a hip replacement? I’m forty had my hip done 5 months ago.. it is great!! But would realy value any thoughts or advice on power plates!!

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    Max

    Would there be any adverse effect(s) for someone who had a knee replacement some 6 month ago?

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    jennie hawkins

    i started with a personal trainer at fit u in Burnsville who uses this machine and he has taken my back pain from an 8 down to a zero with this machine I love it.

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