Thursday 14 November 2019

The future of exercise lands in Dublin - introducing the Anti-Gravity treadmill

Freya Drohan

Whether you want to improve your personal best, aid recovery from an injury or feel what it would be like to run if you weighed less, a treadmill engineered by NASA looks set to revolutionise fitness.

AlterG have manufactured an innovative anti-gravity treadmill, which has already benefited thousands of Irish athletes, as well as those left encumbered after injury, illness or accidents.

The cutting-edge treadmill is already used by elite and professional athletes, such as Leinster rugby players and competitive runners. Not only does the technologically advanced machinery help to boost performance, it is also integral in the speedy rehabilitation of sports stars.

For those who have been the victim of serious injuries or have been rendered immobile after an illness, the AlterG is truly life changing. While in the past, physiotherapists may have used zimmer frames or metal bars to teach people how to walk again, this treadmill offers an insight into the future of physical therapy.

To use the treadmill, you place yourself into a pair of knee length shorts and step inside the treadmill’s chamber. You are then zipped into the sealed chamber, which is inflated with air that is relevant to you and your body weight.

The clinician will select how much percentage of body weight to take off, which effectively allows you to feel weightless from the waist down, allowing you to use your limbs in a pain free manner.

The ability to exercise without the burden of gravity on lower limbs allows you to move with no pain and with a significantly reduced force and impact on ankles, knees and lower back. This allows you to get moving a lot quicker than would’ve otherwise been possible and speeding up recovery. Some of the world’s top athletes, such as Paula Radcliffe, actually have anti gravity treadmills in their own homes.

For those who are obese or overweight and want to regain control of their lifestyle, the AlterG allows them experience what it would feel like to run or walk as if they had lost a percentage of their body weight.

If you would like to try the AlterG, the treadmill is touring Dublin for the next few days to allow people feel what it would be like to run on the moon.

The schedule for the AlterG Mobile Showroom is as follows:

Wednesday 4th – ALSAA Sports Club old airport road 9am – 7.30pm

Thursday 5th – Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital Finglas West– 9am – 5pm

Friday 6th – National Rehabilitation Hospital Dún Laoghaire 9am – 12:30pm

For more information, see www.alterg.com

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