The future is here! That might be a slight exaggeration, but Alter G’s anti-gravity treadmill provides a way to mimic the reduction of gravity and its effects on the body without requiring a lunar landing.
The approach is proving incredibly impactful in a variety of use cases, ranging from competitive distance runners with intricate training plans, to those recovering from an injury or surgery. No one exercise or rehabilitation approach is one size fits all, so first things first…
Everyone knows the fundamentals of a treadmill, but the Alter G is unlike any of the run of the mill equipment you’ll find in a regular fitness center. Utilizing technology patented by NASA, the device allows patients and athletes alike to take part in running or walking workouts by reducing their apparent bodyweight. Originally developed for astronauts seeking to stay fit while aloft, the technology was first intended to increase their apparent weight, which is essential for astronauts’ bones and muscles.
In a role reversal, the same approach can now be used to lessen the impact of exercise on the joints. When stepping into the device, the user’s lower body is encapsulated in an airtight chamber, with a skirt around the waist. One can then select the intensity of the faux gravitational resistance, altering how strenuous the workout will be, and the equipment will change the air pressure in the chamber to produce the desired environment.
Weight, and therefore gravity, is public enemy number one for many joint conditions. The resulting discomfort is not only painful, but can create a pathway to additional problems from over-use or adopting a sedentary lifestyle to avoid those activities altogether. By exercising with the Alter G’s Anti-Gravity Treadmill, users can still enjoy a rigorous cardiovascular workout and strengthen the muscles in the lower body without inflicting the damage on joints that would be incurred with “full gravity.”
Joint pain and wear affects different people in different ways, but as its a universal risk, virtually anyone stands to benefit from the technology by tailoring a specialized plan for their needs.
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