Monday, 30 November -0001

Power on a Plate

Rachel Johnson gets good vibrations and a dramatic improvement in fitness when she uses Power Plate

Written by Rachel Johnson

I am a firm believer that exercise works better than any drug. If I am grumpy, a run, a couple of sets of singles, a walk up a vertical cleeve on Exmoor, preferably during an extreme weather event, sort me out. I cheer up, and feel much better, both during and after physical activity of almost any sort (I am not mad about ironing and leaf-sweeping).

You know those forms at doctors', the ones where you pretend you only drink a couple of units a week? Well, I'd never dream of admitting how much I do, actually, drink, but am always horribly keen to overshare when it comes to exercise. I try to do an hour a day to try to keep me sane. I walk, run, play tennis. Having a dog means you have to go outside, and I am evangelical about being outside. And now I can add another string to the already taut bow. Power Plate. I'm already evangelical about it, and it's not even outside.

Basically, it's a machine, with a platform, a tower, and handles. You can work out on it any number of body-shaping combinations and speeds. Yes, speed. It's a machine that vibrates, and stimulates your muscles to contract and relax. In normal exercise they do this once or twice a second, but with Power Plate, I am told they do it 25-50 times a second. Which is why it's so effective, and so knackering. The experts call it the microwave of exercise techniques, because results you need to sweat over an hour to get 'normal' oven-cooking can be achieved in a fraction of the time: they reckon just 10 minutes of Power Plate equates to an hour of conventional, aerobic training.

So I now pop along to a studio in Bayswater once a week, where Ronnie puts me through my paces for only 25 minutes. Afterwards, my head and body feel as if I've been through the Hadron Collider (I'm sure my brain is made to automatically vibrate as well) but in terms of fitness, the results are dramatic, after only a few sessions (£20 in a class, £40 for a private session with a trainer).

So much so that after just three weeks, I was in my tennis club, playing a set of doubles, and ended up playing singles with a burly, and very athletic TV presenter: male, 6ft 3in of him. Well, reader, all I can tell you is that I was thrashing him and he was dripping with sweat and he called a halt to the set when he was 3-5 down. It was as if – and I have witnesses – I had morphed into Superwoman, and the only reason I can imagine I was stronger, and fitter, was because of those Good Vibrations in Bayswater, and I can proudly boast I can add another addiction (along with caffeine, tennis, Downton Abbey, etc) to the list for 2012.

Powervibe Fitness Studio: 95A Westbourne Park Villas, London W2, 020-7229 9614,

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