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    • AquaGirl
    • By AquaGirl 3rd Dec 17, 1:42 PM
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    Vibrating plates in the gym
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    Vibrating plates in the gym 3rd Dec 17 at 1:42 PM
    Of course the fitness instructors and the gym owners will tell you they work wonders but i can't help but feel dubious about them. Recently signed up to the gym and there's one of these things there and it just brings me images of those belts that you wear that shock your muscles and give you a 6 pack while you eat cake all day or going even further back in time the treadmill like things with the belt that vibrates and wobbles your belly fat to "melt it away".

    Hopefully you know the plates i'm referring to. I can google images an image if it helps but really are these things worth anything or are they just one big con?
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    • EdSwippet
    • By EdSwippet 3rd Dec 17, 4:23 PM
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    ... but really are these things worth anything or are they just one big con?
    Originally posted by AquaGirl
    Worthwhile if used correctly -- that is, actually exercising on one! -- and a waste of time if not. From a University of Antwerp study:
    "These are very encouraging results, but it doesn't mean people trying to lose weight can ditch aerobic exercise and jump on the vibration plate instead. They still need a healthy diet and aerobic exercise, but this could be a viable alternative to weight lifting," Vissers said, explaining that the plate works by making muscles rapidly contract, which builds lean muscle mass.

    "People say vibration machines are fitness for lazy people. It may feel like a short cut, but if it's easy, you are not doing it properly," he added. "Supervision in the beginning is imperative and the longer the better. What we see in gyms very often - people just standing on the machine holding the handles - is not going to do anything."
    • jeradon
    • By jeradon 21st Dec 17, 8:48 AM
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    • 21st Dec 17, 8:48 AM
    Whatever gym equipment you use, you need to watch your calories intake in order for you to achieve your fitness goal.
    • dawsinho
    • By dawsinho 29th Dec 17, 5:12 PM
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    It all comes down to how you use it really, stand still in an upright position and you'll get little benefit. Try holding a pose or squatting and its a pretty good machine for toning. I find it actually relaxes my muscles after a workout!
    • dawsinho
    • By dawsinho 30th Dec 17, 12:59 PM
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    • 30th Dec 17, 12:59 PM
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    • 30th Dec 17, 12:59 PM
    good link with exercises to do:

    https://www.livestrong.com/article/145948-exercises-to-do-on-a-vibration-plate/
    • parking_question_chap
    • By parking_question_chap 30th Dec 17, 1:59 PM
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    • 30th Dec 17, 1:59 PM
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    Total waste of time. They will not build muscle or reduce body fat. There might be limited core stability gains but nothing significant. All they really achieve is vibrating the floor and thus irritating the rest of us the are trying to have a constructive workout.
    • Nick_C
    • By Nick_C 30th Dec 17, 2:02 PM
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    • 30th Dec 17, 2:02 PM
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    • 30th Dec 17, 2:02 PM
    My physio gave me some exercises to do on the power plates to recover from tendonitis. It really helped.
    • Katapolt
    • By Katapolt 5th Jan 18, 10:26 AM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 10:26 AM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 10:26 AM
    They're brilliant for stretching, massaging muscles instead of foam rolling, that kind of thing. Their effectiveness for general exercises i think is still a bit up in the air, but it does all depend on your goals.
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    • Ballie12
    • By Ballie12 11th Feb 18, 6:28 PM
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    • 11th Feb 18, 6:28 PM
    My experience
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    • 11th Feb 18, 6:28 PM
    Not good at all....was working on one with a so called personal trainer was working on lunges off the plate Snapped my Achilles tendon horrendous and excruciating when it happened....
    • parking_question_chap
    • By parking_question_chap 12th Feb 18, 7:02 AM
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    Not good at all....was working on one with a so called personal trainer was working on lunges off the plate Snapped my Achilles tendon horrendous and excruciating when it happened....
    Originally posted by Ballie12
    As much as I hate powerplates, I dont think they can be blamed for your injury.

    If your tendon was going to go pop, it could have gone doing regular lunges.
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 12th Feb 18, 8:52 AM
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    I've seen one in use & it was a potent motivational tool - as in I do not want to look like *that*.

    I'm not a fan of how I look wielding a skipping rope but my cardio stats look brilliant! I think it's mostly a "what do you really want to achieve" question & if a clear view of where the wibbly bits are, the powerplate & a mirror are pretty clear.
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