Learn about the best new innovation in training, the Alter-G anti-gravity treadmill.
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Competitor.com Matt: Hello runners this is Matt Fitzgerald with competitor.com I’m here at the Olympic training center in Chula Vista California with Stacey Struble. She’s an athletic trainer here and she’s going to take us through a quick demonstration of the machine you see behind us which is a G Trainer by Alter G an Antigravity treadmill. Stacey what his an antigravity treadmill? Stacey: Its an amazing tool that we’ve been able to utilize here at the training center to help actually de-weight our athletes. They can run at a partial weight or even at their full weight in normal treadmill to wood weight treadmill underneath a component that basically lifts the athletes up by the shorts so that there’s nothing hanging. There’s nothing that’s impeding their normal motion but it takes up to 80% of the athletes body weight off. Matt: Now I understand that athletes in a variety of sports do make use of this type of machine we’re interested in distance runners middle distance, long distance runners in particular under what circumstances would they rely on this type of machine? Stacey: We’ve had a lot of athletes using the machine like you said from all different sports but primarily distance athletes have used it with that athletes using it for general recovery workouts as well as in their if an injury occurs we had athletes with stress fractures recovering from stress fractures or from other chronic injuries that they’ve been able to utilize the machine and it takes a lot of the impact off of their runs so that they can actually still do the distance still do the intensity but without that extreme pounding. Matt: Now traditional options for injured runners have been things like who are running and how does this compare to those other modalities. Does this really make it easier for runners to train through injuries without losing too much fitness? Stacey: Yes I think so one of the things that pool running it’s a great benefit and its great activity as an alternative but it also there’s a force. The water actually generates a force and we have to move against that force in exactly mimic your exact running mechanics but the alter G does allow that because there is no, there’s nothing to get in the way there’s nothing impeding that there’s no force being generated it is strictly something that’s elevating your feet of the ground. Matt: Now for runners out there who are not Olympic caliber athletes you might be interested in making use of a machine like this how can they access it? Stacey: Well the website alter G.com will have some information on that. There are some private practices because the therapist as well as some universities that do have this equipment available and some of those practices are willing to rent those pieces of equipment out. Matt: Alright well thank you very much for your time it has been fascinating this Matt Fitzgerald with Copetitor.com.