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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.
Workout Equipment
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Published Friday Apr 03, 2020 by Brittany Raine

Why You Still Need to Clean Your Workout Equipment, Even at Home

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Yoga
Fitness

Have you ever watched that oh-so-sweaty person leave their workout machine without wiping it down? Yuck. The Clorox wipes, paper towels, bottles of sanitizing spray are at your gym (and studio) for a reason— because no one wants to share bacteria. But now that our living quarters, even that tiny Upper Westside studio, have become our own personal fitness paradise, we’ve got one question: Is your at-home workout equipment *really* clean?  

Research has found that bacteria can live on some gym equipment (weights, mats, you name it) for three days. That’s right, 72 full hours. And your yoga mat or those dumbbells you just got delivered from Amazon so you can slay that new virtual class you just booked on Mindbody are susceptible to the same stat. While it may seem silly to clean your own “stuff” because you’re the only one using it, think about where your hands have been before you pick up those weights. Perhaps your apartment complex’s keypad? Bacteria knows no boundaries.  

From your resistance bands to your brand spanking new (and yes, most likely backordered) kettlebell, the gear you’re using at home could use a good wash, rinse, repeat—especially if you’re sharing it with someone you’re stuck at home with (like your S/O or stir-crazy housemate). Even if you’re the queen of clean (like me... just ask my co-worker, Natalie), here are six tips on how to keep your gear germ-free and looking good. Because we know all those classes you’ve been streaming are making you a fitness guru.  
 

Workout Bands and Mat


Know your surfaces  

You not only want to clean the dirt off your workout equipment, you want to sanitize it. Clean gets the dirt, sanitizing takes care of the bad stuff (aka bacteria). Before you start getting crazy with the bleach or a DIY deodorizer, you’ll want to take into account the surface you are about to wipe down. Something like your treadmill, Peleton bike, resistance bands or bench press bench can be damaged by certain chemicals and at-home cleaners. If you’re worried about your equipment, opt for disinfectant wipes especially made for gym equipment, like all-natural Wipex. Plus, it’s never a bad idea to keep some hand sanitizer next to your workout station. 
 

lemons and spray bottle

Consider more natural, earth-friendly solutions.  

Clorox wipes have become the hottest household item of 2020—and we are guessing so has virtual yoga. If you’re not a huge fan of using chemicals you can’t pronounce and throw-away wipes on equipment like your Manduka mat, there are all-natural antibacterial cleaning options that will make Mother Earth proud. Who doesn’t want to make their cleaning routine a little more green? Companies like cleancult (we called them out in our 20/20 trends), offer effective, all-natural products delivered right to your door in recycled milk cartons —and they pair perfectly with your go-to disinfectants. Cleancult’s versatile All-Purpose Cleaner is my fave for wiping down workout gear, especially yoga mats (and almost everything in my home). The Saponified Coconut Oil acts as the “heavy lifter” without harsh chemicals. After working out, spray your surface(s), wait for a couple of seconds and wipe away with a reusable towel (or an old gym t-shirt you use as a rag).  
 

diffuser and cup of tea
 

If you want to DIY... 

While knowing what surface you’re cleaning is key, some of your equipment might benefit from DIY solutions. Before you roll up your sleeves and become the Harry Potter of cleaning solutions, invest in a glass spray bottle (or reuse an old plastic one). Oh, and break out the essential oils because they are about to boost your at-home fitness (and cleaning) routine. Most of the DIY cleaning “recipes” you find on Pinterest include ingredients you have at home—like vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. My must-use DIY cleaner is vinegar-based (with 10-12 drops of essential oils). It’s powerful yet natural enough that I feel more confident laying facedown in Savasana with my oh-so-sensitive skin after that yoga class in NYC I just streamed from San Diego.  

 
Clothes pins on line

Let it air dry (minus the sun). 

Now that cleaning your at-home workout gear is part of your routine (hint, hint), letting your equipment dry is key. If you’re cleaning your more expensive exercise machine with some cleaning solutions that have a “smell” or you want it to dry faster, trying turning on a fan or crack open the window to keep the air circulating. If you’re just cleaned a more porous surface (like your yoga mat) hang it outside to dry—over a railing, a chair, bike rack... you get the gist. While fresh air is good, UV rays are not. Certain materials that make workout gear can breakdown in the sun, and you don’t want to get burned before your next workout sesh. 

 
Hardwood Floor and Exercise Ball

Don’t forget about the floor.  

While cleaning your equipment might seem like a no-brainer, it can be easy to ignore the surrounding area where you work out. The title of this section tells you what you need to know—don’t forget to clean and sanitize the floor where you exercise. Just think of it this way, while you’re killing it in your virtual fitness class, your hard work is being noticed, by the floor that is, as your sweat beads go flying. And last time I checked; vacuuming doesn’t do the trick for dried sweat. After class, wipe down the area around your workout space with cleaning products that are conducive to the floor. Working out on carpet?  Consider switching areas or look into sanitizing and deodorizing spray for material surfaces. 

 
Blank Calendar and Coffee
 

Squeaky clean schedule.  

The most important part of cleaning and sanitizing your workout equipment is sticking to a schedule. If you’re forgetful (like me), keep your supplies adjacent to the area where you enjoy working out. And do it on the daily. Seeing the supplies will be a reminder to clean and sanitize before (and after) you get your sweat on—because who doesn’t love starting out their class on a cleanly note? Mother would be proud! PS: don’t forget to wash your hands!  

Do you have any at-home cleaning and sanitizing tips you swear by when it comes to your workout routine? From DIY to cult-favorite products, we want to know! Tag @mindbody on Instagram to let us know! Stay clean, safe and sanitized our friends!  

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.