Monday, May 18, 2009

Power To The People: How a Vibrating Plate is Helping Celebs Stay in Shape

“Cher turns back time in her Vegas shows, there's a miracle machine at home helping her 62-year-old body squeeze into the outfits she wore two decades ago. Asked by Oprah Winfrey to spill her secret, she confessed it was 'running and walking... and the Power Plate'. There is hard medical research to add to Cher's endorsement. Researchers at the European Congress on Obesity in Amsterdam have found that the vibrating Power Plate (above), used with a calorie-controlled diet, was 2.7 times more successful at achieving long-term weight loss than a diet combined with conventional fitness. So how does it work? You stand on a platform that vibrates between 30 and 50 times a second, stimulating your muscles to contract and relax. The high-speed training means you see the benefits of an hour-long workout in just 20 minutes. 'We have intensive classes, which burn 275 calories in 25 minutes, and have women who dropped two dress sizes,' says Nahid de Belgeonne, director of London's Good Vibes centre.”

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