Power Fit Elite, Are They Kidding Us?

Maybe I can sell off my home gym equipment!

So many variables! Keep up that muscle confusion!

But, my workouts have been hard…

Do I need any more convincing this works?

Are they for real?

Always READ the SMALL PRINT!

Does your head hurt yet?

Do you feel as if your IQ dropped significantly after seeing this information?

I first became aware of the this dumb contraption over the weekend when I noticed there was an hour long infomercial advertising it on my television. The stupid runs strong and deep with this product on many levels! The Power Fit  Elite is a new brand of vibration plate fitness equipment which claims that people will be able to lose weight with just ten minutes of use, three times a week which is far below the American Heart Association’s recommended minimum of 150 minutes of exercise per week. The claim is the vibration technology combines “unique oscillating movements and vibrations in order to target and work hard to reach areas like your butt, thighs, and belly”.

Here is the rub:

When used in conjunction with good diet and exercise, their website promises that people will see weight loss results faster than they would with traditional exercise.

If you think this contraption will work for any physical fitness benefit or weight loss, you are seriously being mislead, and quite possibly, very gullible. This is a fad/gimmick just like the old machines with the oscillating belts that shook your entire body.  There are no shortcuts to achieving a fit and trim body. If you want to lose weight and improve fitness, you must adopt a healthy diet and include physical activity in your daily routine. It is foolish to believe you can do otherwise.  This contraption is not going to help you get a bathing suit body you can be proud of, and you need to know whole body vibration can be harmful in some situations. You had better check with your doctor before using it, especially if you’re pregnant or have any health problems.

You may see similar machines appearing in your gyms. They might tell you that by performing calisthenic exercises such as squats, crunches and pushups while sitting or standing on a vibration machine, might substantially increase the weight-loss potential of your activity. But here is what you need to know:

  • Commercial gyms are in the business of making money more than they care about getting you fit. These gyms make money by selling as many contracts as they can – each extra member is pure profit as nothing more has to be provided.
  • Vigorous exercise can be tough and it can get boring. Therefore commercial gym owners have found that it works best to bring in new fangled equipment in order to keep new members coming in. Most people who sign contracts at the beginning of the year with a gym, do not remain committed to their fitness, and the gym owners know this.

There are no shortcuts to getting fit and trim, nor are there any magic potions to get you there. It takes consistent, repeated effort, day after day, year after year. The more often you do it (eat clean and exercise), the more habitual it becomes — but always, it takes effort. If you want a fit and trim body, you have to adopt the lifestyle lived by fit and trim people! Those in the know, are not doing their exercises on a damn vibrating plate.

Those vibrations are not going to negate the sweet treats and other bad foods in your diet.

Healthy eating and an exercise routine needs to become as much a part of your daily life as work, grocery shopping, or doing laundry. You must stop coming up with excuses and accept exercise as a normal, daily part of life, whether you feel like it doing it or not.

Getting fit and trim is not just about appearances, it is about being as healthy as you can be. A vibration plate is not going to get you healthy in any way. These contraptions are marketed to people who are not committed to being healthy. They are marketed to people who will not commit. The people behind the Power Fit Elite tell you that all you have to do is use it ten minutes per day for three days a week. Is thirty minutes of your time truly a commitment?

Let’s not kid anyone, we know thirty minutes is not being committed.

The Power Fit Elite is a total waste of money.

If you have money to just throw away, you can throw some my way.

Look, if you are going to buy a worthless piece of home gym equipment that will soon only serve to collect dust. Then by all means, at least get yourself something you can hang laundry from as a constant reminder that as your clothing keeps increasing in size, there is something you can do about it.

22 thoughts on “Power Fit Elite, Are They Kidding Us?

  1. Oh my goodness David, your review of this product is spot on! It immediately reminded me of the vibrating belt contraption my sister and I played on when we were young & visited our great aunt a long, long time ago!! And I can attest to the fact, that thing did nothing for her, lol..just as this thing will do nothing for who ever believes it and buys it. Well, it will do one thing… they will happily take your money, but thats as far as it will go.
    Thank you for all the reviews you are doing!
    Pam

      1. Missing the obvious. Just like the vibrating belts of the 50s, it is known such vibration will increase strokes by releasing cholesteral buildup. It’s a death machine

      2. Hey Alan, thanks for reading and commenting. I see nothing good about any of these vibrating contraptions from the past or current.I appreciate your input my friend.

  2. It is noted that w/o proper nutrition and regular exercise the machine does not benefit that. However, are there any benefits at all with the vibration itself?

    1. Hi Gia, thanks for the comment and question. There are very few benefits that can be derived by the vibrations. It is said by some that it might help with back pain, and older adults with strength and balance. However, there are much more effective means to achieve these objectives through better exercise options including a good walk.

      You really need to be careful with these vibrating contraptions as they can cause acute and chronic injury to your musculoskeletal, circulatory and nervous systems.

  3. I went to their website for 1 reason only. 220lbs is weight limit so again, if you are over weight all you will do is crush this thing and void any warranties and have no grounds to get your money back.

    1. That is a great point Jeff. Just think of how many people have purchased this contraption who are over weight or obese who could not get their money back. Companies like this prey on those who have little to no knowledge of fitness, they do not know where to begin. Thank you for reading and commenting. I hope you enjoy more of our articles at David’s Way to Health and Fitness.

    1. Hi Donna, thank you for reading and your question. I can’t, nor will I recommend Power Fit Elite for anyone. If you are thinking of buying one I would strongly recommend you clear this with your physician first. Being 60yo and bedridden, I can not give you medical advice as to if this product will do anything beneficial for your circulation.

      David

  4. Hello David.
    I decided 2 read your information first, and I’m glad I did. I am a 77 year old guy that cannot seem to get motivated to exercise or even go for a walk. I don’t think I am that overweight at five seven, 170lb. But I would like to get back to160, and get back into my 34 pants.
    Can you give any good suggestions to help me get motivated?
    Sherwood Muehlman

    1. Hi Sherwood, thanks for reading and your question.

      At 77 years old, I would venture to say a very strong motivator would be to remain healthy and fit enough to remain self sufficient for years to come. Very often, folks wind up in nursing homes because their health has failed them and they can no longer care for themselves any longer.You can follow our plan at this link https://davidsway.blog/category/uncategorized/davids-way-plan/ and access all of my website for absolutely free. Our interest is in helping others.

  5. My husband told me to wait for something special in the mail, that he got a great exercise machine (and not to go getting anything like a stationary bike that will be too expensive and take up too much room). Here arrives this vibrating machine – that after 3 minutes – jacked up my bad ankle really bad. Currently doing 40 minute day power walks but once the rain starts, I need something indoors. Sorry honey, we’re getting that stationary bike! Wish I had that $250 back to contribute to my new bike. Love your review, hate these gimmicks!

    1. Hi Linda,

      Does your husband at least deserve an A for effort? Too bad about the $250, I hope you can still get a good stationary bike my friend
      Thank you for reading and commenting, I hope you enjoy more of my website .

  6. I have read your comments and will begin mine by saying I’m 66 years old and have been a lifelong fitness buff ever since my days as an officer in the U.S. Navy in my early 20’s. I work out 1 to 1-1/2 hrs per day including stationary bike, calisthenics, resistance and yoga. And I love it! I am as fit as most youngsters in their 20s. But I’m also always looking for better and more efficient ways.
    It is a well established fact of fitness that if you keep doing the same routine day in and day out, year in and year out, that your musculo-skeletal system adapts and stops responding. People get frustrated exercising because they do the same strenuous routine and don’t see results. I tell them they must shake it up. Every few days switch from biking to running to swimming, change up your resistance routine, and then change it back again. You have to shock your muscles, and that’s when they start responding and you see results and much faster. People think that just because it’s hard, they get the benefit. Untrue! Just as your mind gets bored if you read the same kind of books all the time, your body gets bored with the same exercise.

    The main claim that these vibration platforms put forth is that the vibrations cut through all this and provide that much needed shock to the muscles in every single workout, thereby producing better results more quickly. I don’t know if I believe 10 minutes 3 times per week is sufficient but there are many exercise systems out there that, while they don’t use vibration, they do use switching as a way of cutting workouts to 20 minutes 3 times per week and to great effect.

    So will vibration do the same thing? I don’t know since I haven’t tried it yet. I do know that I have researched this and found that professional trainers have found benefit in vibration technology and many reputable fitness magazines have given positive reviews based on their experts actually using these products for several months and interviewing and evaluating readers who have done the same. You spent your article comparing the vibration machines to the old belt machines from the 1950s but this is not a valid comparison. The old belt machines required no work so naturally they produced no results. These modern vibration machines actually do provide a rigorous exhausting workout so they are nothing like the 1950s machines.

    You focused your article on the PowerFit Elite machine and to be very fair to you, it took only 15 minutes of research to find that the PowerFit is one of the lowest rated machines out there. I just discovered the PowerFit today from, just as you did, a commercial. But based on my research, I won’t be buying one. However, there are several vibrations machines that get very high ratings so I may invest $400 and try one of them to find out for myself.

    My simple question to you is: did you base your comments on simply theorizing why vibration won’t work or did you actually use one of these machines for several months, or at the very least interviewed and evaluated others who had, before drawing your conclusions? Everyone is entitled to an opinion but yours cannot be considered a qualified opinion unless you’ve actually used it or studied others who have? So my simple question is – have you? Nowhere in your article do you actually state that you have.
    This is analogous to the Evelyn Wood speed reading course I took in college which taught a very different approach to reading than had ever been before. In fact, what Evelyn Wood does for you mentally is very much the same as what switching (or vibration?) does for you physically. I learned to read a book at 10x normal speed and with much greater comprehension and enjoyment. Yet would anyone believe me? Not a chance! Of course all the naysayers had in common the fact that they’d never tried it. But the skills I learned enabled me to complete both college and grad school in the top 10% of my class. Yet there was nothing I could say that would persuade them to even try the orientation. And there are many so-called “reading experts” who have analyzed the techniques “in theory” and concluded they are worthless. They too have in common that they’ve never tried it. Even to this day they won’t budge and yet I am certain that if they tried it they would quickly become converts.

    The same is true of the vibration exercise machines. I have no idea whether they work but the explanations I have read in the fitness magazines are quite compelling. So I am tempted to spend the rather nominal sum (which is less than almost any other machine on the market) and try it for a few months and see for myself. So I pose my question to you one last time – have you at least evaluated people who have tried these machines for a while or, better yet, tried one yourself for a while? Your opinion will mean a great deal more if you can say yes.

    1. Hi Michael,

      Wow, what a commentary over a piece of equipment, it seems you are quite angry about what I had to say about the Power Fit Elite. I’m not sure exactly what message you are trying to convey in some of this, but with the fervor it appears you wrote this with, I found it to be a bit of concern with all the craziness in the world today. I had my IT Security guy run your email and IP address and it it appears that your email name, mgrogie@aol.com is one that can be purchased. And by your IP address it appears you are in southern California so there is no way we have ever met, so I’m just not getting the tone of your comment. I will concede, I could be wrong though.

      Thank you for your service in the Navy, I was a Navy man for 16 years before switching to the Army National Guard. Being as you were an Officer, I would have expected that your comment would have been better thought out and far less rambling than it was, but of course I’m guessing you were only a junior officer and may have not developed the professionalism to be more clear and concise with your writing.

      Good on you for your commitment to physical fitness, but I’m not sure why you felt the need to try to school me when you have no idea of my training and experience in physical fitness and physiology. I assure you I might have a bit more than just basic knowledge of cardiovascular, calisthenics and strength training. I have a pretty strong background in each.

      But nevertheless, I’m trying to figure out your anger about a bad review on the Power Fit Elite. Maybe you have already bought one for yourself or someone else and they also found it useless? I can only guess, but by your own admission you do not know if the vibrating machines actually work. If you do not know if they work, I have to ask, why are you mad, and additionally, why not just move on if you did not like the review? Do you have something invested in this useless contraption? It makes me wonder as the tone of your commentary seems to be that you are much more vested in this than someone who just read an article they disagreed with.

      I’m not sure where Evelyn Wood comes in play or if you want a pat on the back regarding where you finished in college and grad school. When one has to tell others how intelligent they are, there is usually some other piece of their puzzle missing somewhere my friend. Maybe you might find it placed where you might find a bucket of bulkhead remover and 100 feet of gig line my friend.

      So, once again you stated you do not know if these things work. Well, I have not, nor do I need to buy a Power Fit Elite to know they are not worth the hard earned money to purchase one. They had one like it, but a different commercial brand for quite some time in my gym. Yes, I have tried this and found it a useless waste of my time.You tell me that my opinion cannot be qualified, yet without even knowing if these contraptions actually work, how does that make your opinion valid to anyone else? You have to have a bit of intellectual integrity here and admit your opinion is not worth a bucket of prop wash. The vibrating platforms were removed from my gym because they do not do the good they are supposed to do for people. These machines are known to actually be harmful to the spine and should not be used by people with heart issues. You can believe what you want to about the Power Fit Elite. It is irrelevant to me if you want to waste your money on one or not. My advice would be if you are going to buy something worthless, you should maybe at least get something you can hang your clean clothing from as it sits unused in the near future when you figure out that you have wasted your cash.

      Lastly, with your supposed level of education, I should think that you would be wise and intelligent enough to know that you cannot believe everything you have read in a magazine.

  7. David, I was searching for exercise equipment to use in my apartment and came up on these machines on amazon. A lot of good reviews for other less cheaper of these machines, so I got interested as I had never heard of them before. I’m not much of a fit person but trying to get there. I didn’t see the commercial for this particular one, though I was led to it when I saw that above ad with that woman (she’s rather hot!). That led me to this site, thanks for your information on these machines. I’m skeptical on the claims, so for now will try to get into that habit of working out and eating right. I always say it takes at least 2 weeks to form a habit. Anyhow, I’ll be checking out your blog for more fitness insight. Hope all is well!

    1. Hi J, thank you for reading and commenting my friend. I am glad you did not waste your money on the Power Fit Elite. It appears you have thought things through and are now moving in the right direction of actually working out and eating right. At David’s Way, we do not believe in diets, we believe in permanent lifestyle changes in order to live our healthiest. I am glad you are following along, and by subscribing you can receive every new article straight to your email. Subscriptions are always free and easy for all. Please share my website with others who may benefit. Or you and your family and friends can follow along with our Facebook Page David’s Way to Health and Fitness, Sugar Free Living.

  8. Just FYI, I am 62, broke my back, my neck and nine ribs in a car wreck… am unable to do a lot of exercise. My doctorS, yes plural, suggested I give powerfit elite a try. And its been awesome. I have lost 25 lbs. It takes time. It’s a slow process. But, it definitely works. PooPooing something for EVERYONE is as bad idea as you are saying PowerFit Elite is advertising to help people.

    1. Hi Sue, I’m sorry to hear of your injuries, they sound terrible. I myself suffered a bad spinal injury 11 years ago. You may be getting some benefit from PowerFit, but you also have extenuating circumstances that prevent you from regular exercise. I would guess that your weight loss is more due to a change of dietary habits over using the PowerFit. If it helps you, then keep on using it. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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