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Get Fit: Power Plate a new vibrating exercise machine for fast tone ups

FORT WORTH, Texas - There's a hot vibrating training machine on the market, and it's shaking up everyone from Madonna to the Dallas Mavericks. The Power Plate promises to tone muscles, improve strength and increase flexibility with just three 15-...

FORT WORTH, Texas - There's a hot vibrating training machine on the market, and it's shaking up everyone from Madonna to the Dallas Mavericks.

The Power Plate promises to tone muscles, improve strength and increase flexibility with just three 15-minute workouts a week. At 20 to 50 vibrations a second, it shakes up the entire body, causing all those muscles to contract at lightning speed. Spending 15 minutes on the Power Plate is, according to the manufacturer, like working out for an hour at the gym without all that sweat and strain on joints.

Power Plate uses whole body vibrations to improve muscles' strength and tone and bone density. The benefits are supported by scientific data showing immediate improvement in blood circulation, according to the manufacturer. Other measurable outcomes include increased bone density, reduced pain and faster recovery from injury. The makers of the Power Plate say it also accelerates fat loss, decreases pain, improves joint function, builds muscle tone, reduces stress, increases circulation, enhances immune functions and increases metabolism. Other perks include anti-aging benefits such as improving hormone levels and enhancing collagen production.

Kay Smith, a Pilates instructor who owns the device, calls it the "ultimate anti-age machine" because it builds bone density as well as increases flexibility, strength and muscle tone. She saw measurable results after about eight months. It also helps heal sports injuries faster, increases circulation and reduces pain. Best of all, users don't walk away from a workout feeling exhausted.

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