SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – How would you like to step on a machine and vibrate your way through a better workout?

That’s what makers of the “Power-Plate” promise.

credit: Deanna Lites/WWJ)

credit: Deanna Lites/WWJ)

Power Plate is a “vibrating exercise platform developed in the 1960s for the Soviet space program as a way to preserve bone density and muscle mass in astronauts,” according to the New York Times.

These days, it’s a trendy workout. At a workout studio in New York, participants spend 25 minutes doing a series of poses on the machine, including squats, calf raises, push-ups and planks, for a full body workout. The high frequency vibration brings on rapid muscle contractions that make workout moves ultra-effective, supporters say.

Madonna and Mark Wahlburg are reportedly fans.

Locally, Casey Czuj, from Vital Performance in Southfield, says when you stand on the vibrating machine, you can give your body a total workout in 25 minutes or less.

“What the vibrations do is they force a muscle contraction which causes you to work out three times harder than doing basic exercise that you do on the floor,” Czuj told WWJ Health Reporter Dr. Deanna Lites.

credit: Deanna Lites/WWJ)

credit: Deanna Lites/WWJ)

Czuj says the different types of exercises and the frequency of vibrations on the Power-Plate are tailored to your individual needs, which makes it an effective and efficient workout for all fitness levels.

“We see people who have MS, Parkinson’s, rheumatoid arthritis,,” Czuj said. “It’s safe enough for some people who have knee pains, neck pains, back pains, hip pains.”

Is it for you?

Learn more about the Power Plate, at this link.

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