By Ansley Bourn
As you can probably tell from my other 30 Days of Fitness posts, I love working out and trying new forms of exercise — and, the Power Plate® training class at PowerUp30 was like nothing I’d ever done before.
This 30-minute class is designed to help you get an effective workout fast. It is centered around an exercise machine called the Power Plate®. Basically, the Power Plate® vibrates at a certain hertz level, and while on top of it you do other exercises such as weight lifting, planks, crunches, TRX etc. The added challenge is keeping your balance while adding the extra workout elements.
The hardest part for me was keeping my balance (go figure), but you get the hang of it as the class goes on. PowerUp30 owner and instructor, Susan King, kept checking on me to make sure I wasn’t “in my head,” which I quickly figured out is when the vibrations go straight to your head because you aren’t holding a pose correctly. “Get out of your head, Ansley!” was something I heard several times.
Because your muscles are contracting 40x more a second than they would during normal Pilates and TRX workouts, it’s very important to stay hydrated! I would recommend drinking plenty of water and getting some protein in your system before class.
Small group training is what PowerUp30 is all about. The Power 30 class has a maximum of four students. The class I took was even smaller than that. It consisted of just me and another lady. The good thing about a small class, is that you get extra attention! There are several husband/wife duos that workout with Susan and Scott, and the sense of community in the gym is strong.
Susan overall is a joy to be around and I loved taking her class.
Details: 1985 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318, powerup30.com