So we ended part 2 with this riddle: What piece of exercise equipment could literally shake your world to better fitness?
Some of you may have assumed this:
Actually, the ShakeWeight did show at the Expo, but I’m talking about the greater benefits/applications offered by vibration platforms.
My preference of these will always be POWER PLATE, because in my opinion, their program design and research is most tried and tested of all the units out there.
In addition, the newest model (called the Pro6) has an added feature that expands the plate’s application toward even more exercises and movements, using vibrating cables that transmit up to 80% of the platform’s vibration level.
Now, I’m not saying that this is the only vibrating platform out there. My bias has been toward PowerPlate because in my study of other plates and comparison of their program offerings, it’s PowerPlate that has proven the most comprehensive.
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There were other vibration platforms that made an appearance, which is why I consider these products continuously “trending” for 2011.
One uses only upward vibrations versus additional side-to-side movement, and it’s called the VibePlate. In my opinion, the benefits and studies done on this platform pertain to overall research done on Whole Body Vibration in general, making the uniqueness of the product questionable, in regard to its offerings along other vibration plates.
All the same, the proof is in the pudding. Read on VibePlate, try one out, see it for yourself. Maybe its minimalist look and function will also appeal to you.
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A crowd favorite, mostly because of the products’ “Jetsons-esque” visual appeal was the HyperGravity Fit n’ Flex.
This product actually dares to pit itself directly against PowerPlate, and I applaud them for these efforts. On an apples-to-apples comparison chart, they literally show how their products are cheaper, offer more settings, built with steel vs reinforced plastic, and made in the USA vs. China.
Does this make the product necessarily better? Can’t really say, although here’s a picture of the unit that drew me to their booth:
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Stay tuned for Part 4! In case you’re wondering about where this blog goes next, check out the next photo: