Space race' fitness machine unveiled

PUBLISHED: 15:19 31 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:55 10 June 2010

COLD War technology developed during the height of the space race that could help Exmouth pensioners with arthritis, is being unveiled at Withycombe Tennis Centre.

COLD War technology developed during the height of the 'space race' that could help Exmouth pensioners with arthritis, is being unveiled at Withycombe Tennis Centre.

Power Plate works by giving the body muscles a high speed workout, as the vibrations make them contract and relax up to 50 times a second - and helps ease conditions like arthritis, joint pain, rheumatism and weak bone conditions like osteoporosis.

Already available at Leisure East Devon (LED) at Honiton, the system, used by several premiership football teams, including Manchester United and the German National Squad, was developed by Russian scientist Vladimir Nazarov.

His vibration training was used to prevent cosmonauts' muscles and bones wasting when they were in zero gravity.

Later, Russian ballet dancers discovered that vibration could aid the healing of their injuries by increasing their muscular strength.

Dutch Olympic trainer Guus van der Meer used this research in 1999 to develop it for the health and fitness sector.

In addition to increasing strength and toning the body, makers boast that it can improve blood flow and reduce cellulite if used for 15 minutes, three times a week.

Vladka Juroskova, LED's resident expert says it is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, doctors say it puts no strain on the joints.

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