Dr. Horst Frank, MD (dermatologist, allergy specialist) and resident Dr. Birgit Moos, both working at the Sanaderm clinic in Bad Mergentheim, Germany, have undertaken this study in order to verify whether and how training on the Power Plate would affect cellulite.
- A group that trained exclusively on the vibration plate
- Another that performed additional cardio-exercises.
All of the subjects were tested and measured at the beginning of the study. The data compiled were their measure of cellulite, the VO2-max (maximum oxygen volume used per minute during physical exertion), the circumference of their calves, posterior and upper leg as well as Biospace measurements such as body fluids, muscle mass, fat free body mass, total body weight and the fat percentage. All measurements were repeated after 3 and 6 months.
- In the most important parameter (the degree of cellulite) an average reduction of 25.68 % was achieved in the vibration group, after a total of 11 hours of Power Plate training (in sessions of 10 minutes over a period of 6 months).
- In the group performing additional cardio-exercises the average reduction achieved was 32.30 percent, after a total of 40 hours of training (in sessions of 45 minutes over a period of 6 months).
A relatively clear reduction in the size of the posterior, the major problem zone for cellulite, is most impressive in both the Power Plate group (around 3.17 percent) and the additional cardio-group (around 3.44 percent).
In the VO2max data a clear increase of about 7.69 percent was observed in the Power Plate group, which entails a measurable advance in physical fitness.
Cellulite is firstly an aesthetical problem. This is why the degree of cellulite should be considered the most important factor in judging the effectiveness of vibration training.
Reviewing the results of this research we consider the Power Plate an effective method to clearly diminish the degree of severity of cellulite without any negative side effects.
In the future variations on the exercises on the Power Plate will show whether it is possible to enhance the results even further.
Dr. Horst Frank