So, pretty much anyone who reads this blog, knows me, or has just been unfortunate enough to stand next to me at a bus stop or something has had to hear about the fact that I have been doing a course of Power Plate sessions.
I have been banging on about them for the past month and a bit, since I first started the course on the 25th February. But rather than continue to wax lyrical about why I love them in great detail, I want to summarise the reasons I like Power Plate sessions….
– They leave me with the same buzz as a good workout, but in half the time
– The trainers really help hone your technique for different moves
– The classes are short, so they don’t take up whole evenings
– You don’t need trainers so the kit is easy to carry around
– They are really convenient, and don’t leave you so sweaty you need a shower
– The results (more on this in a moment)
What don’t I like? There is nothing I don’t like about the classes, I think they are my ideal form of exercise. If I can combine a couple of sessions of these a week with a couple of jogs, then I really think I would be in pretty good shape. My only slight issue is the cost, there is no denying that these sessions aren’t cheap so the cost can be prohibitive for some, but having had the chance to test the sessions out for long enough to see proper results I am extremely keen to sign up to more.
So, onto the all important part – The Results.
Overall, I truly feel like it has made a difference but I will leave it to you to make of it what you want. Before my first (and final) session I did a full body test on the in-studio ‘in body’ machine to get a really clear idea of how my body is made up, and to help me get a true impression of the difference it makes.
Without further waffle, my readings before:
Weight: 59.7kg (normal for my height)
Muscle Mass: 22.5kg (on the low end of normal for my height)
Body Fat Mass: 18.4kg (over for my height)
Percentage Body Fat: 30.8% (over for my height)
There are a number of other stats, some of which are relevant and some that aren’t. I will go into some of these in a bit.
Drumroll please…. my readings after:
Weight: 58.8kg (normal)
Muscle Mass: 23.6kg (normal)
Body Fat Mass: 15.9kg (normal)
Percentage Body Fat: 27% (normal)
So, overall – I am hugely happy with these results. I have managed to lose 2.5kg of body fat (reducing my body fat percentage by almost 4%) through power plate sessions alone – I haven’t changed my diet at all, apart from making an effort to eat more protein. I have increased muscle – which I can definitely feel, especially in my thighs, stomach and upper arms and still managed to lose weight over all (0.9kg) which wasn’t the goal, but is a bonus.
So those are the stats from the machine, I also took body measurements before and after starting the course… these give a better impression of the difference that toning up can really make.
Arms: 29cm (before) 26cm (after) – 3cm loss
Hips: 91cm (before) 83cm (after) – 8cm loss
Thighs: 54cm (before) 50cm (after) – 4cm loss
Waist: 73.5cm (before) 68cm (after) – 5cm loss
I am so happy with these results. I feel so much better for having toned up,- especially having managed it so quickly. I don’t think it would be possible to get these results from the equivalent time in the gym, it would take far longer. Plus, the fact that my usual jeans are feeling quite loose is a huge bonus.
A couple of tips I want to share with anyone thinking of starting with the Power Plate workouts…
- If you do the classes, mix up the days so you have different trainers each time so your work out varies.
- Drink lots of water before, during and after sessions.
- For your first few sessions, have a bath after wards to help ease the next-day aches.
- If you aren’t a fan of long exercise sessions, I would definitely recommend the power plate – most studios do trial sessions, so go along and see what you think.
- Be prepared for the sensation to be quite unusual, when you stand or sit upright on the plate the vibrations go all the way up to your head and can make it feel like even your eyeballs are shaking.
- If you want to work a specific area, tell your trainer and they will usually give you an extra special move.
- If the cost of Power Plate sessions is too high, go for a trial session to pick up the moves and then join a gym with a power plate or even just try the moves at home.
So, yes – I am a HUGE fan of Power Plate. I can happily testify that they are not just a fad – they really do deliver results.
**The Small Print**
The Power Plate sessions were provided free of charge. All opinions are honest and impartial.