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Power Plate: Session 1

March 1, 2010
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Last Thursday I was lucky enough to be invited to go along to Harrods (ooh, swanky) for a Power Plate class. I have read all over the place about the number of gorgeous celebs that swear by the vibrating wonders of Power Plate to hone their red-carpet-ready bodies, so I was really excited to get to go along and try these out for myself.

Not only are scores of celebrities raving about the wonders of power plate, but when I tweeted about it – I also got loads to tweet-replies saying how amazing they are and how I would love it, plus a friend of mine used them to get herself in shape for her wedding.

So all in all, some pretty exciting recommendations – I was really looking forward to my first class. Just to put the positive side into perspective – I was slightly anxious about how it would feel and if I would be left in pain as I have heard that your first couple of sessions can leave you feeling pretty broken.

So, last Thursday I arrived at the class feeling excited but not really sure what to expect. I was greeted by a couple of friendly power plate instructors who showed me the studio and where I could get myself changed and ready to go. Once I had changed (into a loose t-shirt, leggings and socks – you don’t need trainers for this, so very easy to pack for) I was ready to go.

Before getting on the main machine – which is pretty huge – I was invited to do a body test, to show me exactly how my body was made up (weight, BMI, muscle and body fat – eek!). This is going to come in very handy as I have some stats to compare against at the end of the month long fat-busting trial. The rough gist was that my weight was fine, muscle was on the lower end of the scale and fat on the higher end – probably could have predicted this, but it’s good to have it down in writing so I can see in black and white if any improvements are made – and you don’t need to take my word for the results.

The class was small, four of us in total, including one girl who was very much the ‘busy-city-woman-doesn’t-have-time-to-work-out’ stereotype, doing sit-ups on the machine, wearing a full face of make-up whilst also checking her blackberry. The instructor talked us clearly through each of the simple exercises – lasting only a minute each – explaining which muscles we were working and constantly encouraging. It was really straight forward; I didn’t feel like a power plate dunce.

After the 20 min class I felt very refreshed and energised – like the vibrations really got my blood pumping! I did feel warm, but not sweaty – so it really is one you can do in a lunch break. My legs did feel a bit wobbly, but that’s probably just showing how long it has been since I did a work out.

I made sure I had a warm bath that night (helps the muscles) and ate a protein filled dinner (good for muscles) and the next day I felt fine. I felt like I had used the muscles – slight aches in the thighs and down my sides – but nowhere near the pain I had heard rumours of. I half expected it to kick in the next day, but still felt fine. The most amazing bit was how energised I felt on the Friday – I couldn’t have predicted it would make me feel that good!

So, that was my first experience – have you tried Power Plate? What did you think?? If you have any questions about it then please let me know and I will try to find answers (will ask the trainers).

I am aiming to 2/3 classes a week till the end of March and will report back on how it’s going. At the end of the trial I will also share the before and after body test results so you can judge for yourselves if it as effective as the celebs claim!

Wish me luck!
**The Small Print**
I was invited to go along to this class and participate in the month long trial free of charge for review purposes. All reviews or opinions shared are honest and impartial.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Gemma March 1, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    I’m doing the challenge at the moment too. Am halfway through and I’m already noticing a difference in the amount of exercises I can actually do, and how achy I am afterwards. Don’t know how my fat / muscles are doing but I’m interested to do another inbody test at the end.

    Maybe I’ll see you at some classes. I’ll be the overweight one in the odd socks :-)

  • Reply Beautyjunkielondon March 1, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Are you doing it at the Harrods studio?? May see you there one day – I’m the one looking a bit confused who can’t do the tricep dips for more than 30 seconds :)

  • Reply samwells87 March 1, 2010 at 7:48 pm

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  • Reply samwells87 March 1, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Hey, my gym has just invested in 3 of the machines and I love them, I go on them twice a week with my weight workouts, my cardio is way to tough to do the vibro machine afterwards!! They really do help, my partner is a personal trainer and he says the vibrating has up to 3 times the effect as the normal stretch/exercise on its own.

    Really great for toning up, as you say, you are a healthy weight but had more fat – this machine is great at turning that fat into muscle!! Enjoyed reading ur review!

  • Reply Beautyjunkielondon March 1, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Glad you liked the review!

    I’m really looking forward to seeing the results – might encourage me to keep up with the exercise routine more regularly in future :)

  • Reply Gemma March 2, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    I am doing it at Harrods, yep. And don’t worry, 30 seconds of tricep dips is 15 seconds more than I can do!

    We did a version of the fat burning class on Saturday. I could barely walk afterwards!

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