October 25, 2013

Weightless Running on an Anti-Gravity Treadmill

We are finally back!!! Dana is at about 75% and myself at about 95%. I'm feeling GOOD and ready to hit this city for some fitness fun. While in the recovery phase I got a change to use the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill. This gravity defying machine was the perfect tool to ease back into running after my badly (self-inflicted) sprained ankle. 

The AlterG is a treadmill with an air pressure chamber that surrounds your legs. Once pumped with air the chamber causes you to become almost weightless. The perk of this is you can run at only a portion of your body's weight.  I ran anywhere from 70-95% of my body weight. It's certainly a strange feeling at first but much easier on the joints. Less weight on your joints means less pain and fatigue. This is a wonderful tool that can be found in physical therapy clinics, professional sports team facilities, and hospitals. 

I am a firm believer that some basic gyms should carry these. Imagine that you’re training for a marathon and you begin to get a minor injury. You could continue your training but lighten up your weight to limit the damage overtime. OR this could be used for someone who is majorly out of shape and can barely run a half mile, lighten them up and watch them go. Seriously, why aren't these at the local Equinox? 

I really found this machine useful. It certainly helped me speed my transition back into running. Not only that, but I was able to work on my form. It’s like being on the Jack Rabbit treadmill with even more cameras. You can watch your foot landing and heel kicks all in real time and adjust accordingly. I've  already learned so much more about my running form and where my body tends to over compensate. 

I've only just begun to run at my full body weight, so it will be quite a bit of time before I can train for another distance run. Thanks to the AlterG, I’m one step closer to full recovery. Until then I’ll just find new workouts to blog about :) 

The Sweaty Girls are BACK!!!! #sntc


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