A Closer Look at Power Plate Training
There are all sorts of exercise machines out there that are designed to better the results you’re seeing from your workout. Few, however, are able to stimulate your body’s natural micro-twitch muscles. Micro-twitch muscles are critical to your spine’s health, and are an important component to its stability. Even the biggest glamor muscles mean nothing if they’re not supported by a healthy spine!
Power Plate training is one of the very few ways to stimulate those important micro-twitch muscles. The concept is simple: vibrations introduced into your normal workout cause instability that your body has to immediately adapt to. This instability causes your micro-twitch muscles to kick on and off rapidly, training them in the same way you’d train any other muscle!
Power Plate training is much more advanced than simply adding vibration to your workout: this is simply the core idea. In reality, the process is much more aligned with your body’s natural tendencies:
- Power Plate machines oscillate on 3-axis, just as your body moves across three planes;
- Oscillations cause 25-50 muscle contractions every second, engaging and disengaging muscles in microseconds to build strength;
- Based on the workout being done, Power Plate machines can help to work fast-twitch muscles throughout the body in intervals.
Think of your muscles like the brakes on a car. The muscles you work out at the gym are your brakes: your first line of defense when it comes to stopping. Your micro-twitch muscles are the anti-lock braking system, kicking on to help you control your vehicle when things become unstable. Training micro-twitch muscles means protecting yourself from injuries.
Power Plate training causes constant engagement and relaxation of muscles in a way that works them. We’re not often able to target our micro-twitch muscles during a routine workout at the gym because instability is the only way to engage them. Power Plate oscillations are unexpected and unanticipated, making them a safe and ideal way to train.
Lifting weights, for example, is a predestined activity that we brace ourselves for: we have no need of our fast-twitch muscles because our biceps and triceps are designed for this job. On the flip-side, if one of those weights slips out of your hand and you’re forced to quickly grab it before it hits you in the toe, this unanticipated action relies on fast-twitch muscles.
Your spine is the shock absorber for your body and the core of your stabilization system. It absorbs the brunt of your actions to keep you stable and supported. Working the fast-twitch muscles of your back and core go a long way towards strengthening the spine and its ability to absorb the burden of stress on your body.
To learn more about Power Plate training and the many benefits it has for your body’s micro-twitch muscles, consult with the professionals at Symmetry Health Center today! We can offer you a free consultation regarding the strength and stability of your spine through a Chiropractic BioPhysics analysis, and advise you on a tailored Power Plate workout plan to help strengthen it! Contact us today for a free consultation.