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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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
All types! However, we recommend yoga for our clients to help with muscle recovery.
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.
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.
Summer is officially here, and with that, there are so many fun activities that will motivate you to get outside to stay in shape and strive for those post-quarantine fitness goals. But before you decide to get outside to enjoy some walking, yoga, swimming, or hiking, remember these best practice skincare habits to protect your skin from common skin concerns, such as, sunburns, chafing, and excessive dryness.
Here, board-certified Dermatologist, Dr. Bottiglione, shares some advice to help your skin stay healthy as you embark into the great outdoors.
When going outside, the sun is going to be your biggest culprit for damaging your skin. While the sun boosts benefits like vitamin D production, take notice when your skin is overexposed to the sun’s harmful rays as it becomes dangerous. When overexposed to direct sunlight, the skin is irritated, causing sunburns, dryness, and sensitivity that can increase the chances for wrinkles and skin cancer as we age.
Luckily, staying inside when it’s so pleasant outside is not the only skincare alternative to avoid the sun’s damaging rays. Here are a few simple tips to prep your skin before stepping outside.
Opt to protect your skin with a clinical-grade sunblocking lotion of 15 SPF or higher.
“Anytime you go outside, you need to apply sunscreen to your skin,” advises Dr. B. “Ensure you apply sunscreen to the full body and reapply often. In the morning, after cleansing your face, is the best time to apply.” He recommends a spray for oily skin, or the Dermatologist’s Choice Sunscreen Enhanced Moisturizer for dry to combination skin types that needs a little extra hydration.
The key is the more intentional you are about proactively protecting your summer skin, the healthier it will be. It may sound simple, but your skin will be happier when you take a preventive approach rather than a reactive approach—for example, applying the sunscreen moisturizer before a walk to help to avoid the treatment of a sunburn after. When prepping your bag for the fun day ahead, make sure to add sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.
Now the real excitement begins! However you decide to get your fitness outdoors, we have the skincare routine you need or a carefree and healthy day.
Deep breath. Like our favorite flow, these skincare tips will keep our mind—and our skin—at ease. If you take your yoga practice outdoors, wear an SPF shirt, and lay your mat under a nicely shaded tree to help shield you from excessive sun exposure.
“Avoiding direct sunlight and wearing protective clothing is smart to protect your skin from sun damage. Even if you are going for a relaxing walk or doing just a few sun salutations. Staying out of the direct sunlight will reduce your risk of sun damage and wrinkles.” - Dr. B
Swimming is one of the best cardio and strength training workouts, while also an enjoyable activity during the summer. Whether you are swimming in open water or laps in the pool, the excess amount of water with exposure to pool chemicals and environmental pollutants can cause skin irritation and dryness. To keep your skin hydrated and protected, Dr. B. recommends applying the Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil to your skin before entering the water. This will seal your skin’s protective barrier to avoid skin irritation from chemicals and debris. He adds, “The Pre-Bath Oil is what I give to all my patients with eczema or dry skin. It is the only thing that will protect and also deeply hydrate the skin.” Just apply this serum before you put on your sunscreen, and you're good to go!
With warm temperatures during the summer months, it’s the perfect time for hiking and exploring the mountainous outdoors. It is essential to take the necessary steps to avoid your skin becoming sunburnt, irritated, or breaking out. “Wearing a hat with a large brim that will shade your face and neck is key. A baseball cap is just not enough for the sun protection you need. After your hike, it is important to clean your face and pores of sweat, dirt, and toxins with Dermatologist’s Choice Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads to avoid breakouts from occurring,” Dr. B. warns. Keep them in your bag for easy cleansing after a hike.
One of the biggest skin concerns cyclists or runners usually bring to dermatologists is chafing. Even if you’re just cruising along the seaside or taking a cycling class, those tight clothes and friction can cause some intense irritation and redness. “When you have an issue with chafing, you need to protect your skin. You need armor over the skin. Beeswax, for example, is thick to coat the skin and protect it. Another effective option is the hydrating Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil. For best results, moisturize your skin, and then add a piece of clothing to cover it (that is actually like armor),” Dr. B. shares. Are you a runner? Feel free to use this tip too before your next mile or 30.
At the end of your activity, the real results of that skin preparation set in. But sometimes, you need a little extra support afterwards. After any good workout, cleansing off the sweat, dirt, toxins, and irritant is paramount. Dermatologist Choice pH Balanced Cleanser helps to gently but effectively remove sweat, oil, and restore the skin’s natural pH levels.
Did you end up getting a sunburn, or is your skin dry from the elements? Soothe with the Pre-Bath Oil with natural oils like sunflower and jojoba oil for deep hydration and healing.
“Sun damage can manifest in multiple ways. Most often, you will notice a sunburn first, which can then lead to irritated skin—and over time, sun damage increases the appearance of wrinkles.” For safe measure, at night regenerate sun-damaged skin with Dermatologist's Choice Ultra Anti-Aging Cream with 15% non-neutralized glycolic acid to your skin. This powerful dermatology treatment rebuilds the collagen and exfoliates fine lines, sunspots, and acne on the skin. “Do not apply the Ultra Anti-Aging Cream on a sunburn or irritated skin,” Dr. B. shares. These are long-term habits to aid in maintaining your best skin health.
Capture your best skin with everything you need this summer with the Dermatologist’s Choice Skin Kit, and get 20% off your order with code MB20 at www.dermchoice.com.