Elite National Clubs Train for Soccer's Biggest Stage With State-of-the-Art Power Plate(R) Exercise

From Warm Up To Rehabilitation, Power Plate's Advanced Vibration Technology™ Kicks Up Training for World-Class Players in Ultimate Soccer Competition Taking Place in South Africa

Jun 11, 2010, 08:00 ET from Power Plate

IRVINE, Calif., June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- During the most-watched sporting event in the world, elite soccer players from 32 different countries will have their skills and fitness tested in pursuit of soccer's holy grail.  During each match they will run an average of six miles over 90 minutes with no time outs and will face grueling competition through the month-long tournament.  It will all take place on the grandest world stage ever viewed on TV: more than 700 million people.  Every moment of training leading up to the world championship games is critical, which is why the top teams utilize state-of-the-art fitness technologies like Power Plate.

As England primes to face the U.S. in the countries' first match on June 12th, top players like English national goalkeeper David James are preparing with Power Plate exercise.  "Playing regularly in the English Premiership is very demanding and as a goalkeeper I need to be at the peak of my physical fitness.  The Power Plate machine adds a new dimension to my training," says James.

James' teammate for the 2010 games Ledley King, who also plays for the Tottenham Hotspurs in the Premiership League, says, "Training on the Power Plate machine has made my rehabilitation quicker and easier than usual, and has made a significant difference to my recovery.  I've also found the Power Plate machine to be a great tool for warming up and stretching before matches, as well as for post match recovery and massage."

Power Plate provides one of the most efficient and dynamic total-body workouts in less than 30 minutes utilizing scientifically-proven Advanced Vibration Technology that works up to 95 percent of muscle fibers.  The result is a high-intensity exercise that increases strength, improves muscle tone and balance and helps reduce body fat.

The German National Team, known for their technically precise style of play, also benefit from Power Plate's Advanced Vibration Technology.  "Increasing overall muscle recruitment for strength and stimulating muscle recovery from practice-to-practice and game-to-game on a Power Plate machine is essential," says Mark Verstegen, founder of pro-athlete training facility Athletes' Performance that trains the German National Team.  "With the German Football Federation, we use Power Plate to promote stabilization of the hips, spine, and shoulders to reduce asymmetries and re-establish proper muscle firing patterns.  We believe the Power Plate is an integral tool for improving performance on the pitch, and are proud to employ Power Plate with the international soccer athletes we train at Athletes' Performance."

"Many professional athletes competing on the elite level have incorporated Power Plate exercise into their regimens and we are proud to be able to support their training," says Mark de Gorter, President of Power Plate North America.  "Power Plate has specific benefits for soccer players; a recent study conducted by the United Kingdom's University of Hull found a decrease in muscle fatigue and reduced risk of hamstring injury in players using Power Plate exercise during half-time."

Used by elite athletes like pro tennis standout Serena Williams and Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox, teams like the San Diego Chargers and Chicago Bulls, celebrities and people from all walks of life, Power Plate equipment benefits include: increased fitness, strength, muscle tone, flexibility, bone density and range of motion as well as improved blood circulation and lymphatic system activation.  The complete Power Plate® line of fitness equipment is designed for health clubs, wellness centers, spas, hospitals, physical therapy and rehabilitation clinics, professional and collegiate athletic training facilities, private fitness trainers and home use.  Power Plate North America is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. www.powerplate.com.

SOURCE Power Plate