LifePro Vibration Plate
However, I soon discovered that this plate has some serious advantages that helped take my workouts to the next level. It works similarly to the balance balls I’ve seen yogis use. The vibrations cause your muscles to contract and relax constantly, and the vibration plate works all of those little stabilizing muscles. Think of it as band work for your entire body.
I use this plate while doing dumbbell work, bodyweight exercises, and even utilize some of the resistance bands that are included with purchase. This design is super easy to use, has various vibration settings to turn up the intensity, and it just adds a little something extra to boring and stale workouts.
Below, I wanted to take a deep dive into all of the features that make this simple device a great tool to slim down and spice up tired old workouts.
Provides up to 99-speed settings
Comes with a compatible remote control
Grippy rubber surface for added stability
Great for workouts or recovery
Runs very quietly
Impressive 330-pound weight capacity
Time-consuming to set speed
Automatically shuts off after 15 minutes
Heavier than expected
The very first thing that I want to point out is that this machine requires you to put in the work to see results. Many vibration plates are marketed as a device that requires users to simply stand on the plate to see the pounds fly off. Just as there are no magic pills that help you lose weight, there are no magic machines that will help you lose the weight for you. This plate is simply an extra tool, such as a resistance band, that amps up the difficulty of basic and boring bodyweight and dumbbell workouts.
The way this plate works is that the unsteady vibration forces your muscles to constantly be engaged. When doing dumbbell curls, for example, the only muscle group engaged in this lift is your biceps. By doing curls while standing on the vibration plate, it causes every muscle in your body to constantly be on alert to keep your balance. While you work your biceps, you are also working all of those tiny stabilizing muscles that basic bodyweight and circuit exercises just can’t touch.
It’s also a great tool to use for recovery. Simply set the oscillation setting to a lower number (typically under 20). The vibration helps to gently remove lactic acid from affected joints, which makes it a great tool for cooldowns and boosts blood flow to your muscles to help aid the recovery of an injury.
Using this device is super easy, albeit a little time-consuming. The central control panel is clearly marked and inputting settings is super easy. Simply turn the device on, and hit the speed button to your desired setting, and get to work.
What I didn’t like about it is that the speed settings range from 1-99, and are adjusted one number at a time. While this is great for finding that perfect sweet spot, it makes placing it at a higher setting a little time-consuming. If you want to work at a speed of 99, you need to press the speed button 99 times.
Plus, this machine has an automatic shut-off after 15 minutes. If you are working out for 30 minutes, you will need to start the setting input all over again. It can get a little frustrating when burning through speedy circuits.
The LifePro vibration plate also comes with additional remote control that allows you to make adjustments without bending over to access the central panel. Unless I am engaging in pure bodyweight workouts, I didn’t find much use for the remote.
If I have dumbbells in my hands, I often leave the remote control on the ground. If it’s cold and I’m wearing a sweatshirt I will pop the remote in my pocket, but more often than not I opt not to utilize the remote.
I also love that this vibration plate also comes with quite a few accessories to jumpstart your workouts, even if you don’t have any dumbbells. It comes with a pair of basic resistance cables with handles that affix to the base of the unit, as well as a set of low, medium, and heavy color-coded resistance bands that are compatible with this unit as well.
Overall, I found the resistance cables to be a little weak. They are great for beginners but may prove to be a little less than ideal for anyone that hits the weight bench on the regular.
The resistance bands require more strength from the users but are a little difficult to wield. The cables have a pair of handles that make them easier to use. The bands that are included with your purchase are just your average set of resistance loops. They are powerful, but difficult to use on this particular device.
I found that while I didn’t use the resistance bands on this particular device, I found other uses for them so that they didn’t go to waste!
I was a little surprised by the overall size of this device. It measures to be 30.5 inches long, stands up to be 15.3 inches deep, and stands to be 5.8 inches tall. Overall, it is bulkier than I expected, but still small enough to pop into storage or slip under the bed as needed. It also weighs in at 31 pounds, which is a little on the heavy side, but still easy to move around your home gym when you need to clear up a little space.
What I loved most about this design is that it boasts an overall weight capacity that is much higher than other models out there on the market. This design is able to comfortably hold up to 330 pounds, which makes it accessible to most users. If you weigh over 330 pounds, the machine won’t burst into flames, but you won’t get the same level of vibration if you fell under the recommended weight capacity.
The aim of the game is to cause the ground to be unsteady under your feet, which means that you need good traction to prevent slipping. The base of this unit is composed of an anti-slip rubber material that grips the bottom of your shoes, or it can also be used in bare feet. It has a grooved texture along the top that helps to ground you down so you always feel nice and stable as you use your device.
What I also appreciate about this design is that they also include a set of suction cups along the bottom to prevent your unit from shifting under your feet. If you are using your plate on the carpet, the suction cups will not be necessary.
However, if you are using your device in the garage or on a concrete basement floor, these suction cups are essential. Sometimes suction cups don’t do a great job of sticking, but I found that these do an excellent job of easily sticking to most types of hard surfaces (just make sure that it’s clean!).
The price tag on this vibration plate is a little higher than I expected, but the versatility makes it well worth every penny. I often use this machine for my main workouts and then kick it into low gear for gentle oscillation recovery.
When compared to other vibration plates out there on the market, the LifePro vibration plate is a better overall value. It may cost a little bit more, but the extra cost ensures you are using a strong and effective machine that will yield results.
What I love most about the LifePro vibration plate is that it spices up boring old workouts and makes them fun again. If your dumbbell routines are getting a little stale, and you aren’t quite tearing up your muscles the way you used to, The LifePro vibration plate is a great investment!
It’s great for dialing up the intensity of your workouts, and also serves as an excellent recovery tool as well. It may cost a little bit more than similar designs out there on the market, but the effective performance of this device is well worth every penny.