Could watercress be the key to exercise injury prevention?

The benefits of regular exercise are well documented, but the effects of intense training can often take their toll on your body, leaving you with niggling injuries and feeling fatigued.

Highly energetic exercise increases the demand on our body to produce energy to sustain activity. This increased demand can create a build-up of free radicals which may damage our DNA and contribute to ageing. New research by scientists at Edinburgh Napier University and Ulster University has found that watercress can help to prevent DNA damage caused by intense bouts of exercise.

Dr Mark Fogarty, from Edinburgh Napier’s School of Life, Sport and Social Sciences says, “Although we are all aware of how good exercise can be for our bodies, pounding the treadmill, lifting weights, or doing high levels of training can take its toll. What we’ve found is that consuming a relatively small amount of watercress each day can help raise the levels of important antioxidant vitamins which may help to protect our bodies, and allow us to enjoy the rewards of keeping fit.”

For eight weeks, ten healthy men, were given 85 grams of watercress and asked to participate in high level exercise on the treadmill. The results were then compared to an eight-week study that was conducted without watercress consumption. Findings indicate that participants who had taken part in intensive exercise, but had not consumed watercress, were found to have more DNA damage than those who had consumed watercress.

Additionally, the effect of eating watercress was not reliant on an accumulative build-up in our bodies, those that ate the vegetable just two hours before exercise experienced the same benefits as those who had consumed the vegetable for eight weeks.

In order to help our bodies prepare for the increased demand of intense training, it’s vitally important to warm up and cool down after each session and make sure that your body has enough time to recover.

Power Plate is an excellent tool to help you warm up and cool down and it’s also perfect for injury rehabilitation. Vibration training helps to increase your flexibility by allowing your muscles to contract and relax multiple times a second, increasing the blood circulation to your joints and muscles to enhance stretches and prevent injury.

Check out Power TV for all the latest Power Plate warm up and cool down exercises as well as new stretches and exercise programmes.


Get Fit and Turn your Life Around

It’s no secret that regular exercise can help you to lead a longer and healthier life. In fact, regular exercise not only helps you to trim and tone, but it also helps you to avoid illness and in some cases, even prolong your life.

Here at Power Plate, we’re lucky enough to work with 33 year old Cystic Fibrosis sufferer, Kate Smith from London. Kate was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of four and since her diagnosis, she and her parents have done all that they can to ease her condition and suffering.

Cystic Fibrosis is one of the UK’s most common life-threatening diseases. It’s caused by a faulty gene that controls the movement of salt and water in and out of the body. The condition affects the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, by clogging them with sticky mucus making it difficult to breath, digest food and making sufferers more prone to infections and illness.

It is well documented that exercise is one of the best methods to shift the mucus which clogs up the lungs, so from an early age Kate has thrown herself into exercise and tried to lead a healthy and active life. As part of her regular exercise regime, Kate trains on her Power Plate, which she believes is a vital tool – helping her to keep active and well. “As I hold poses on the Power Plate, the vibration makes muscles contract and relax helping to clear mucus from my body,” she explains. “My lung function has increased and it’s a huge boost to feel my body getting stronger.”

At 29, Kate was given a life expectancy of just 31, but Kate has defied this two-year life expectancy and is now 33, working full-time with young offenders as a Treatment Manager. Kate admits that fitting exercise around a busy job can often be difficult, but according to her, it’s definitely worthwhile: “Being able to use my Power Plate just a couple of times a day is fantastic for my health. Even when I’m really tired, I can do gentle exercise on it, so it’s perfect if i feel ill and the thought of a jog is too daunting. It’s a great cardio workout that vibrates my lungs and keeps my bum in shape too! Since I’ve had it I haven’t been admitted to hospital at all.”

As well as working full-time, Kate also raises funds for Cystic Fibrosis. If you would like to help her to continue her fantastic work, please visit You can also read Kate’s inspiring story in the Prima Summer Special, on shelves now.


Keep active to reduce the risk of Diabetes

A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine Journal has found that the more exercise men do, the less at risk they are from developing Type Two Diabetes.

Researchers focused their study on more than 32,000 men and found that regular weight-training – 30 minutes a day, five times a week – reduces the risk of developing diabetes by up to a third. If weight training isn’t for you, the study also found that even less regular exercise – up to an hour a week – still had an impact, cutting the risk of developing the disease by 12%.

Regular aerobic exercise was found to be slightly better with regular activity halving the risk. For those who want to eliminate the risk of developing diabetes as much as possible; combining aerobic exercise with weight-training was seen to have the greatest effect; reducing the risk up to 59%.

Although it is already well-known that regular exercise can prevent the risk of developing diabetes, the report’s insight into the positive effects of weight-training will come as welcome news to those with mobility issues.

“Many people have difficulty engaging in or adhering to aerobic exercise,” says Anders Grontved, lead author of the study. “These new results suggest that weight-training, to a large extent, can serve as an alternative.”

Power Plate® training could also help to reduce the risk of diabetes. A study produced by the European Journal of Obesity in 2010 reported that Whole Body Vibration Training can help to reduce visceral fat round the mid section; which is often an early indicator of diabetes.

So whether it’s vibration training, weight-lifting or running that gets you going; now there’s an even better reason to keep fit and stay healthy.


The elderly power up

Think Power Plate is just for the young and fit? Think again. A care scheme for the elderly in Evesham Worcestershire has turned to Power Plate to help its residents stay active and mobile.

In 2010, a Power Plate pro5™ machine was installed at Yates Court, a scheme owned by Extracare Charitable Trust and now, around one third of its residents are using it regularly.

Yates Court Wellbeing Nurse, Tessa McDonald, recognised the benefits of Power Plate after it helped with her daughter’s rehabilitation following an accident. Since installing the pro5, there have been similar success stories at Yates Court, with one wheelchair-bound patient now being able to walk short distances after regular sessions on the vibration training device.

Power Plate technology is suitable for all levels of ability and can therefore benefit any care scheme resident – whether they are able to use the machine independently, or need assistance from trained staff.
Such success stories further support scientific studies which focus on improving Balance and Mobility.
These studies have found that whole body vibration training can help with postural control in healthy older adults; making this an effective and accessible option for nursing home residents.


Tasty Tuesdays with Total Greek

August has come and we’re feeling summery (even if the weather doesn’t agree) and in the mood for tasty and healthy treats. That’s why we’ve teamed up with our friends at Total Greek Yoghurt to bring you Tasty Tuesdays!

Yes you all know, Total Greek is that creamy, thick and delicious yoghurt that’s low in fat, 100% natural and additive and preservative free. Best of all, it can be used as that special ingredient to complement a plethora foods.

This month, we’ll be giving away three Total Greek goody bags every week, containing a mixture of their fruit and honey split pots for you to enjoy (they also promise to be the perfect post-exercise treat).

What’s the catch? Well every Tuesday we’d like you to give us inspiration by submitting your healthiest and tastiest smoothie recipes on our Facebook page. We’ll pick the top three suggestions and if yours is one of the three winners, we’ll send you your prize.

Don’t say we’re not good to you, Happy Tasty Tuesdays everyone!

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Going for Gold at London 2012

Here at Power Plate HQ, we’ve been super excited for London 2012 and now it’s finally here, we’re not disappointed.

Friday’s opening ceremony was a spectacular display of Britain’s history and culture, celebrating the best of Britain and showcasing the 30th Olympiad and London 2012 to an estimated global audience of one billion.

The Opening Ceremony reflected the key themes and priorities of the London 2012 Games, based on sport, inspiration, youth and urban transformation. The ceremony, created and directed by Danny Boyle, had something for everyone; celebrating the contributions that the UK has made to the world through innovation and revolution, as well as the creativity and exuberance of British people.

The show also featured iconic British celebrities and sportspeople, including David Beckham and Bradley Wiggins, screen characters Mr Bean and James Bond, and even a surprise acting debut from the Queen herself.

The finale of the ceremony saw the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron, formed of 204 copper petals representing the competing nations coming together in London for the Games, ignited by seven young Torchbearers nominated by Britain’s past and present Olympic and sporting greats.

With such a fantastic opening ceremony, our hopes are high for Team GB and with one gold medal, two silvers and two bronze medals already, we’ve got our fingers crossed for a few more. Come on Team GB, you can do it!


Power Plate launches Power TV!

We’re delighted to introduce you all to the launch of Power TV!

We’ve been very busy recently at Power Plate HQ, working hard to develop Power TV, the ultimate online portal for exclusive Power Plate exercise videos. It’s the most comprehensive source of video training, education, workouts, product and testimonials to date.

This exclusive television channel gives you access to more than 90 video workouts, weekly programme uploads and a host of training tips from professionals at the touch of a button.

Designed to educate, enlighten and inspire, PowerTV videos are ready to take your Power Plate experience to a whole new level with a searchable database, full-length programmes and training tips that will keep you moving toward your goals. It’s never been easier to use your Power Plate machine or discover the benefits of whole body vibration.

Follow this link and discover the benefits of Power TV, we also welcome your feedback and suggestions to improve – so don’t be shy let us know your thoughts.



Power Plate teams up with new sport fashion brand HPE Clothing

This summer may be short on sunshine but it’s certainly not shirking when it comes to sport. If all this physical activity has inspired you to try out a new sport, it’s important to remember to prepare both physically and mentally. That means everything from warming up correctly, to staying hydrated and even choosing the right training kit.

That’s why we are delighted to be working with new sport fashion brand HPE Clothing, which offers a range of apparel that will help you step out in style and comfort, no matter what your chosen sport is. From relaxed yoga wear to advanced training kit which incorporates graded compression to help improve performance, this range offers something for both men and women.

HPE Clothing has sporting expertise at its core, having been developed by Nick Harris, the Human Performance Specialist with more than 15 years of experience working with world class athletes, from F1™ drivers to Grand Slam-winning tennis players.

He has applied this knowledge to develop HPE Clothing, resulting in a range that will stand up to the rigours of intensive training, and provide total comfort. Nick’s own philosophy is that even the clothing you wear can make a difference to performance and recovery.

HPE Clothing incorporates quality cotton and yarn with clever fabric technologies such as graded compression and an HPE signature fabric FRESHFIT® which has silver technology with a rapid moisture management system designed to keep your body performing for longer.

Want to put this remarkable new range to the test yourself? We’ve secured a Power Plate exclusive, especially for our loyal Facebook followers. Be amongst the first 100 Power Plate fans to purchase from to receive 20% off your first order. Just use the promo code HPE2012 at checkout to qualify – but do hurry, as this offer is strictly limited to the first 100 purchasers! And if you’d like to find out more about HPE Clothing, why not visit their Facebook page at /HPEClothing.


FIA Flame Conference 2012

The Power Plate team were out in force, at last week’s FIA Flame conference, where they showcased the latest products in the Power Plate portfolio to over 800 delegates from the health and fitness sector.

The two-day event starts with a golf and spa day, which gives operators and suppliers the chance to catch up with old friends and industry contacts, and meet and make new contacts. The following day, the conference itself took place at the Magna Centre in Sheffield.

The seminars on offer were laden with tips on how companies can do more for their clients, whether it be integrating social media into their communications strategy, or keeping abreast of emerging trends.

For us, the social media seminars were spot on and opened our eyes further to how this relatively new form of communication can be used in a business environment. However, the best seminar had to be the one presented by SAS hero Chris Ryan, who gave an incredibly emotional speech about ‘the one that got away’.

In the evening we all attended the Ball of Fire, an awards ceremony that recognises outstanding companies within the fitness industry. This was a very glamorous event, with everyone making a huge effort in the fashion stakes.

As well as enjoying a delicious three course meal, we learned about the FIA’s chosen charity, the Matt Hampson Foundation, which was set up by England rugby star Matt Hampson in 2005, after he was paralysed from the neck down following an accident during his training with the England under 21s squad.

Awards on the evening included Club of the Year, Educational Club of the Year, Spark of Innovation, Operator of the Year and the Future of Flame, and then it was time to take to the dance floor and enjoy the live band and DJ.

Both the Flame Conference and Ball of Fire were a great success, so thank you very much to the team at the FIA for organising such a fantastic, informative and fun-filled industry event, for the fourth year running. All we ask is that next year’s venue comes with air-conditioning (or the weather co-operates and isn’t quite so muggy!)


Be a Belle of a Bride with Power Plate

With wedding season now in full swing, whether you are a blushing bride preparing for your nuptials or simply attending as a guest you’ll want to be sure that you look your very best.

Why not take the lead from Cathy Howes from You and Your Wedding Magazine and Helen Crockett at Brides Magazine, both of whom put the Power Plate 6 week “Summer Sculpt” challenge to the test.

When you are battling with tight schedules and an array of wedding appointments, Power Plate is the perfect solution for a busy bride. Only half an hour to spare? The “Summer Sculpt” program combines Acceleration Training™ with Rodial’s body care range, to offer long lasting results in record time.

The 25 minute Power Plate “Summer Sculpt” classes include a series of high intensity, dynamic exercises to give you a full body work-out, combined with a five minute regime specifically designed to focus on the common problem areas. Results can be enhanced further by combining your Acceleration Training sessions with an active Rodial skincare regime using their body sculpting products every morning and evening to help redefine your figure.

So whether you want to banish the bingo wings for your strapless dress using the ‘Arm Sculpt’ program, add a little lift to your décolletage using Rodial’s ‘Boob Job’ or achieve a washboard tummy in time for the honeymoon on the ‘Tummy Tuck’ program Power Plate can help you to achieve the body you’ve always dreamt of!

Power Plate Summer Sculpt classes are available at selected studios in London from summer 2012. For more information contact Power Plate on 0207 317 5000 or visit

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