JTX are a leading UK based home fitness equipment manufacturer and they just so happen to be one of our top rated UK suppliers. They have a focus on creating high quality but affordable fitness equipment that is ideal for home use but robust enough to have a commercial quality to it. JTX have two products in their vibration plate range and the JTX Pro 10 is the cheaper of the two – although cheap is not a word you would use to describe it.
The benefits of vibration plates (or power plates as they are commonly known) are wide ranging and these benefits means they are one of the most versatile and beneficial pieces of home equipment you can buy. From improved circulation to fat loss and from improving bone density to improved core strength – there are too many benefits to list.
The question isn’t really whether vibration plates are any good, it is whether the JTX Pro 10 is up the task – so we managed to get hold of one for a couple of weeks to give it a full testing. Find out what we thought right here in our full JTX Pro 10 review.
JTX Pro-10 First Impressions
The Pro-10 is impressive upon first glance. It is of a similar size to most power plates you would find in a commercial gym and it has the look and feel of a high quality unit. Indeed, the specs on the Pro-10 are impressive and we will cover those in the next section, but in terms of sheer wow-factor, this power plate has the lot.
Installation and setup is relatively easy and doesn’t take more than 30 minutes and once setup you will notice how sturdy and secure feeling this power plate is. Having a stable frame is absolutely key for a good quality vibration plate and JTX have nailed it in this regard. The touch points such as the handles and the included power straps are all well made and feel comfortable to the touch.
The base of the JTX Pro 10 features a textured rubber finish which provides excellent grip when standing but is also comfortable and non-slip when performing floor based exercises. The glossy black finish to the machine looks great and there are two consoles for controlling the Pro-10 – one of which is ideal for standing exercises and the other is ideal for floor based exercises.
JTX Pro 10 Specifications
We have already established that the Pro-10 is a great looking piece of equipment, but does it stack up in terms of its tech under the hood?
Well… on the face of it, the answer is a resounding yes!
Although the Pro-10 is the lower priced of their two power plate offerings, it would be an injustice to describe it as their entry level model – because it is much more than that. In fact, the Pro-10 would give many commercial power plates a run for their money.
The Pro-10 is the smaller of the two JTX options, but it still provides an impressive workout area of 70cm x 78cm with the overall unit measuring up at 157cm (h) x 78cm (w) x 106cm (d). This makes it pretty compact when compared to other types of exercise equipment such as treadmills or multi-gyms, but for its small size it can still provide you with full body workouts.
It is pretty heavy, weighing in at 119kg, so once it is in place it is probably best to keep it there – however, it is worth pointing out that there are handy transport wheels to the rear to help with moving it around a room. It does have a really impressive maximum user weight of 160kg which again points to an excellent build quality.
The JTX Pro 10 works on three planes of vibration and as such is described as tri-plane vibration plate. This three-directional vibration operates in the 50-70Hz range which is in line with commercial grade equipment. The three planes of vibration mean you will get an optimal workout whilst still enjoying the benefits of a low impact on your joints.
The motor that powers the Pro-10 is a 150 watt commercial grade motor and during our testing we found that the vibrations it created were really effective for our workouts. The 50-70Hz frequency range refers to how many vibrations per second it produces and this range is ideal for intermediate and advanced users. It is fine for beginners too but they will likely need shorter sessions to begin with than the recommended 15 minutes that JTX suggest. There are 7 different built in programmes to choose from and these all have a slightly different focus.
There is a 2 year at home warranty included with the JTX Pro 10 and you also get a range of free accessories included such as a workout DVD, the power straps, a floor mat and an exercise mat.
Using The JTX Pro 10
The JTX Pro 10 is a real joy to use thanks to its simplicity and high performing motor. The tri-plane vibrations move in the horizontal and vertical planes as well as moving from top to bottom and this provides a great deal of stimulation to the muscles that are being used when exercising on the Pro 10.
Switching between settings is quick and easy thanks to quick select keys on the main console. Once you have selected your desired setting the Pro-10 saves this as a default setting so it can be selected even quicker for your next set of exercises. The lower console is a great addition and this design feature means you don’t have to get up from the floor when performing floor based exercises and the lower console is within easy reach.
There are 7 built in programmes to choose from and you can also select your power settings manually. JTX have provided a floor mat that is cut to the shape of base that makes performing floor based exercises more comfortable for your hands. You can simply lay this over the based for a more cushioned support and this is an excellent addition to the main unit. This floor mat can also be used for standing exercises should you wish to reduce the impact of the vibrations further which is ideal for beginner users.
The addition of the power straps means you can perform an even greater range of exercises than you might ordinarily perform with a vibration plate and this is great for targeting other muscles such as biceps, triceps, front and rear deltoids and traps. You can perform a range of exercises using this power plate and it is one of the sturdiest we have tested, meaning exercises that rely on hanging with your weight pushing away from the base unit are fine to perform so long as you weigh under 160kg. Our tester was 81kg and found no issues with the unit moving or feeling insecure at any point.
We found that a 15 minute daily session on the JTX Pro-10 was sufficient for intermediate users and whether you are looking to build your core strength, target specific muscle groups or lose fat – this is a great stress free way to do it. You can’t rely on the vibrations to do the hard work for you however, so let’s dispel that myth right now.
The JTX Pro 10 is an excellent vibration plate that is incredibly robust with a powerful motor that will provide a challenging workout. At its current price it is a bargain and the 2 year warranty gives added peace of mind. The added accessories are not just a gimmick but truly add to the overall value of the product and give it added functionality that you wouldn’t usually get with a power plate.
So long as the workout space is sufficient for you (which it will be for most) then this is a top buy.