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lars harms head of education & training, power plate uk
O
nce a fitness centre has installed
Power Plate equipment, it’s
imperative that every member
of staff that will be training members on
the machine becomes certified to do so.
To become certifi ed, they need to
attend a one-day Fitness & Performance
Core Fundamentals course, which
is REPs accredited. Once certifi ed,
trainers can then choose to attend
more specialist courses, such as Post
Natal and Fitness & Performance
Integration. Each certifi cate is valid
for one year, so an annual re-sit is
mandatory if trainers wish to continue
training members on the machine.
An online learning tool is also available
to trainers via PTontheNet.
When purchasing a Power Plate
machine, training is not included in the
overall cost. The price is dependent
on the number of staff who take the At Virgin Active, Power Plate machines are well used by personal trainers
course and whether the training is being
conducted online or at one of the three
Power Plate Academy sites. Core Fundamentals course from members at any gym, as long as their
If trained members of staff leave and PTontheNet, to gain a basic knowledge certifi cate is valid and they renew it
there’s no-one left to induct members, of the machine before attending a one- on an annual basis.
then the fi tness facility needs to book day certifi cation course. For insurance If the club and the trainers really get
new members of staff onto a training reasons, we recommend that trainers do behind the machine and the technology,
course. In the interim, staff can request not train members on the machine until then we fi nd it’s in constant use by
information from one of the Academy they are fully certifi ed to do so. members, whether in a class environment
sites in London, Harrogate and Edinburgh, Once a trainer is a qualifi ed Power or on the gym fl oor. At Virgin Active, for
or purchase the Fitness & Performance Plate instructor, they can teach any example, the Power Plate sessions are
the second highest performing gym fl oor
class, and this is due to the fact that it’s
a major focus for the chain. The Power
Plates are also heavily used by trainers
and PTs and they’re leading the way for
members to use them on their own, too.
As soon as a new member of training
staff joins, they’re immediately sent onto
the Core Fundamentals course. This
approach works very effectively for them.
The Power Plate is a versatile machine
that can be used by a wide range of
gym users: a young person wanting
to tone up, an elderly client needing
to increase bone density, an MS or
Parkinson’s sufferer for circulation/
massage, or bodybuilders for ‘prehab’
and regeneration. The machine can be
used on its own or incorporated into a
wider training regime, and it has recently
achieved its MDD (medical device
directive) class II certifi cate, making it
even more relevant as a medical tool.
The Power Plate machine may not
be for everyone, but gym staff should
Every member of staff using Power Plate must be trained by the company approach every training method with
an open mind.
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