How Does Whole-Body Vibration Training Work?

The jury is still out as to whether whole-body vibration training, like the Power Plate, is a true strength-training routine.

Q: How does whole-body vibration training with the Power Plate work? And what are the results compared to other forms of fitness training?

A: While the Power Plate is not equivalent to a robust fitness-training routine—and cannot replace that effort—it’s definitely a fun way to help support core strength in addition to your regular workouts. Here’s how it works: You stand on a vibrating plate (that has handlebars for stability) and vary the intensity of the vibration, so you are challenged to keep your balance. The jury is still out as to whether the Power Plate is a true strength-training routine. Generally, it’s not for use at home (a unit costs about $10,000), but if you’d like to give it a try, visit Power Fit Pittsburgh in Shadyside.

Dr. Madelyn H. Fernstrom, Ph.D., C.N.S., is the founder and director of UPMC’s Weight Management Center. She is the diet and nutrition editor for NBC’s “Today Show” and is the author of The Runner’s Diet and The Real You Diet. Also, visit “Health Journal with Dr. Madelyn Fernstrom,” a health and wellness blog at

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