Date:17 June 2012
Are you a super-fit weekend warrior recovering from surgery, or perhaps a hardcore athlete who’s determined to train through an injury? Then you have to meet the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill, an amazing device that enables you to rehabilitate faster, train like a pro or even accelerate weight loss.
OKAY, WE KNOW you can’t simply turn a dial to get rid of gravity, the all-pervasive force that has shaped our Universe (and occasionally brings us down to Earth with a nasty bump). But if there were a way to use clever technology to counteract it and effectively reduce our weight while we fight our way back to fitness, wouldn’t that be cool?
The folk at AlterG certainly think so, which is why they’ve developed a range of machines using so-called Differential Air Pressure technology to apply a precise and comfortable lifting force to the body, allowing you to run and walk at a fraction of your body weight (that is, you temporarily “lose” up to 80 per cent of your weight). This, they say, reduces the impact on joints and muscles to provide a smooth recovery from injury or surgery while training.
Using the AlterG is easy. You step aboard the treadmill, raise the enclosure to your waist and zip into the air chamber that surrounds your lower body. The machine measures your weight and allows you to adjust it simply by pressing an
arrow on the control panel. An air chamber in inflates around your lower body, the pressure effectively “floating” you off the treadmill to the desired weight setting. As with conventional treadmills, the speed and incline are adjustable, allowing you to exercise at your desired intensity.
Says Bryan Nadeau of Muir Orthopedic Specialists: “Whether recovering from injury or surgery, pushing the limits to improve race times, or simply trying to get back into shape, removing the physical burden of weight bearing has (produced) remarkable results.”
‘Everybody has to be able to participate in a future that they want to live for. That’s what technology can do.’ – Dean Kamen