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Budding Triathlete Turns To Power Plate

Press Release August 2008

Budding Triathlete Turns To Power Plate

Kristen Hewitt, an emerging international triathlete, is the latest convert to the training benefits of Power Plate® machines.

World class athletes know that high levels of fitness and stamina are crucial to deliver the performances that will win events and take them to the top of their game. Kristen joins the likes of more than a handful of Olympic medallists, including Nadal and the Chinese gymnastic teams, who are turning to Power Plate® training to achieve competition condition.

Kristen, 24, from Paeroa is the only New Zealand woman participating in the elite category of the World Long Distance Triathlon Championships in Holland at the end of August. Kristen has previously competed in the Worlds Triathlon championships in 2006 and 2007 in the age groups but her high placing last year, despite a puncture, has pushed her into the elite group for the first time. “Long distance triathletes are always in danger of overtraining,” says Kristen, who is no stranger to pushing her body beyond the limits, “and the Power Plate® machines I use at New U Fitness & Wellness in Thames and Paeroa are fabulous for my recovery and regeneration.”

A newcomer to Power Plate® training, Kristen was introduced to Acceleration Training™ by Donna Doran, owner of New U Fitness & Wellness Studios. “Kristen has to spend so many hours a week training, I just know that using Power Plate® equipment to complement her rigorous schedule will save her hours and help her recover between training sessions.”

“It’s helped heaps with recovery”, says Kristen. “It’s just helped everything to come together – I wish everyone had access to Power Plate®”

Donna roped in the expertise of New Zealand Power Plate® Master Trainer and physiotherapist, Jaydn Nixon. Jaydn took into consideration the fact that Kristen was “peak season”, as well as the fact that she was showing signs of overuse, when he designed her specialized Power Plate® program. “I have found the Power Plate® machine an easy piece of equipment to integrate into conditioning and prevention protocols, as well as really speeding up the recovery time of athletes,” says Jaydn.

Developed to optimise the effects of Acceleration Training ™, Power Plate® machines deliver the equivalent of a full body workout in 25 minutes, as well as offering massage, myofascial release and relaxation which are incredibly popular with serious sportsmen.

Power Plate® machines work by transferring vibrations to muscles, which naturally activates reflexive muscle contractions. A static or dynamic pose, held for up to 60 seconds at a time, activates multiple muscle groups simultaneously to improve muscle tone, power, performance, flexibility and range of motion.

In addition to increasing strength and agility, Acceleration Training encourages hormone release for promoting recovery and regeneration of damaged tissue. This in turn can reduce sports injuries, speed up rehabilitation and shorten healing time.

“Acceleration Training is fast becoming part of sports training programs across the world and we are working with so many world class athletes.” comments Karen Beard-Greer, General Manager of Power Plate Trading in New Zealand. “The unique and extremely positive benefits of Acceleration Training are quickly evident to users, and it is a great tool to have for assisting in preparation, rehabilitation and recovery from injury. It really is set to change the way many athletes train.”


For further information, or a demonstration, please contact New U Studios on 07 862 6059 or Power Plate Trading Ltd on 0800 235 438, email or visit

For further press information, please contact Hendo Communications on 09 309 4548 or email

Notes to editors:

Power Plate® machine training schedules
A diverse range of exercises can be performed on the Power Plate® machine, with straps attached to the platform at various lengths offering additional resistance training options.

The simple, user-friendly control panel ensures ease of use with time and frequency set automatically. Training intensity can be adjusted using three different mats that dampen the vibrations to varying degrees.

There are five main groups of exercises:
Movement Preparation, Balance and Stability, Core & Pillar, Strength & Power, Recovery & Regeneration

What is Acceleration Training™?
Acceleration Training is based on Rhythmic Neuromuscular Stimulation (RNS) dating back to the 1960s when Professor W. Biermann, from the former East German Republic, described ‘cyclical vibrations’ capable of improving the condition of the joints relatively quickly.

Russian scientist, Vladimir Nazarov, became the first person to utilise Acceleration Training in its most modern application - Biomechanical Stimulation (BMS). With this technology, he was able to investigate involuntary muscle contractions and involuntary movement.

As the theories of Acceleration Training developed, Russian ballet dancers with minor muscle injuries such as Achilles Tendonitis discovered that vibration aided the healing process. They also found that their muscular strength and jump height increased with only a quarter of the effort or time required by traditional training methods. Since then many athletes have discovered the benefits of Acceleration Training.

Power Plate® machines are now used by a wide range of people from athletes looking to improve their performance, to individuals attempting to improve their fitness and wellbeing and those who have a disability or illness that can be relieved or alleviated by Acceleration Training.


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