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Rachel Blumberg
Fitness
Published Thursday Jan 02, 2020 by Brittany Raine

Good Vibrations: How PLATEFIT’s Founder Rachael Blumberg Is Shaking Up the Fitness World (Literally) 

Fitness
Expert Advice
Motivation

Something is shaking up the fitness scene in the City of Angels—and trust us, it’s not your average sweat session. It’s a studio called PLATEFIT, and it’s our favorite futuristic fitness phenomenon.  

Backed by science (and loved by celebrities), PLATEFIT’s high intensity, vibrating boutique workout classes are the brainchild of founder and trainer to the stars, Rachael Blumberg. With her love for health, wellness, and sports, Rachael has made "vibration fitness” mainstream, thanks to the Power Plate—a medical-grade device that utilizes harmonic vibrations. Her strengthening, toning, and detoxifying 27-minute classes are not only making waves in the wellness industry but have enabled her to open five studios in the cutthroat LA fitness scene.  

So how did Rachael make science trendy and super sweat-worthy? We sat down with her to find out what powers her “vibe vision” on (and off) the Power Plate.  
 


What inspired you to blend science with whole-body wellness when starting PLATEFIT? 


What inspired me to blend science with fitness was this incredible medical device, the Power Plate that changed my body and health. I was personally seeing results in as little as six sessions. By using the Power Plate, I was sleeping better and felt healthier. I knew this was something very special, and I wanted to bring it to everyone.  
 
 


Platefit jumping

The Power Plate looks like a futuristic fitness device. What exactly is vibrating plate fitness – and can it really make a difference?  


The Power Plate can totally make a difference on your body... and mind. You’ll be stronger in every element of your being. Our Signature 27-minute PLATEFIT classes heal and elongate the body, detoxify the system, and help you vibrate higher (aka good vibes). Vibration training is more than physical fitness, it’s a way to better health. We utilize the science of vibration to wake up your cells, increase circulation, drain and detoxify the lymphatic system, reduce inflammation, and accelerate recovery time. The body’s response to vibration increases serotonin and HGH and reduces cortisol—leaving you feeling high and living more vibrantly. The science behind the machine is incredible. It forces muscle contractions 30-50 times a second. That’s over 900 contractions in 30 seconds! Not only are the classes taking place in a fun and encouraging environment, but the results are real.  
 


Currently, your studios are located in the greater-Los Angeles area – and we’ve read about a few famous people who swear by your workout. Can we expect any celebrity sightings at a PLATEFIT class?  


Yes, that is a possibility. You never know who you might see sweating it out on a Power Plate next to you! Right now, we have clients like Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, who attends PLATEFIT classes frequently. 

 

Platefit med ball

 

Tell us more about PLATEFIT’s under-30-minute class model. 


It’s one word: effective. The classes are 27 minutes because the vibration accelerates muscle contractions—meaning you do more (and get more results) in a shorter period of time. Just think of it this way: a 30 second Power Plate plank is equal to a 2-minute plank on the ground. Phew!  

 

Do you have advice for a first-timer at PLATEFIT? And what’s the best class to begin with?  


Be ready for something totally different, but totally fun! A workout on a Power Plate will change the way you look (and feel) about fitness. If it’s your first time at PLATEFIT, our signature PLATEFIT – Vibration Training class is the way to start. Don’t forget your grip socks! The best advice that I can give is to expect a “weird/different” experience. Remember, you are working out on a vibrating platform. At PLATEFIT, we suggest three sessions to feel comfortable and really acclimate your body. After three sessions, people get hooked. The body’s response to vibration is addictive.   

 

How are we going to feel after class? We’re thinking sweaty and sore. Do you have any post-Power Plate recovery tips?  


You’re going to feel accomplished after class, and your muscles will be tired—but in the best way possible. Like any post-workout routine, hydration and recovery are key. Try taking a RecoveryFIT/Detox - Vibration Therapy recovery class. The therapeutic vibrations help to open your body and get you that deep stretch that you crave. You are going to feel incredible after and expect to sleep really well! 

Platefit stepping

 

What other types of exercises compliment a PLATEFTIT workout routine?  


All types! However, we recommend yoga for our clients to help with muscle recovery.

Now that we’ve officially kicked off a new year – and a new decade – do you have any words of wellness wisdom for those of us looking to begin (or stay inspired) on our wellness journey?  


My philosophy is straightforward and simple: stay consistent, be kind to yourself, and sweat! It does the body good! Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help.  

Finally, what’s your secret to success, finding balance – and keeping your well-being in check? 


My well-being stays in check through healthy eating, working out, meditation, and journaling. My mental focus is in gratitude as I believe it beats being negative, no matter where you are in your life and on your wellness journey.  
 

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
Written by
Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!