RENO, NV - If you or someone you know suffers from osteoporosis, there is a new business in Reno that claims their approach can help prevent the disease before it even starts. Bio Power 10 is changing the game for people looking to increase muscle strength and bone density, and its accomplished through two pieces of equipment that are very easy to use. One involves doing basic movements while standing on a vibrating plate. The "power plate" is supposed to improve circulation and balance, and is used by pro athletes and celebrities.
The other machine, bioDensity, has you pushing or pulling against your own body weight multiplied several times over. By compressing the bones, Antrim says you're actually gaining density and reversing the effects of osteoporosis. Younger users, like Morgan Martinez, they use the machine to be preventative.
"I know that my mom and her siblings and her mother have suffered from osteoporosis, and I don't want to get to that point. So I'm trying to prevent it now," says Martinez.
The machines allow you to track your progress, showing the results each time and comparing them to your previous workouts, and the numbers can be pretty overwhelming.
"We're having people gain muscle strength of 190% in 5 weeks," says Antrim.
"You definitely do feel stronger, so I just think each time I come it's going to get better and better," says bioDensity user Dale Vollmer.
What some people may not realize is how detrimental osteoporosis can be to your health. Antrim says osteoporosis related fractures now lead to more deaths among women than breast cancer.
"They could get pneumonia or some other bacterial infection and then they're in an extremely compromised state," says Antrim.
So if you're looking to improve your health with little effort, all it takes is 10 minutes, one day a week. Right now, it costs $50 a session and the first one is free. If you'd like to check out Bio Power 10, they are located at 4796 Caughlin Parkway and will be having an open house on Saturday July 26th from 10am-12pm. If you mention KOLO 8 they will give you 20% off a session.