Doctor Lezlie Maloy at Spring Valley Chiropractic in Dallas is using a new type of treadmill designed by NASA which manufacturers promise will lead to faster recovery from injury and drastic improvements in training outcomes for athletes. It is called the Alter-G Anti Gravity Treadmill.
“I have basically focused my practice on athletes,” said chiropractor Lezlie Maloy. “I see predominately tri-athletes and runners but really athletes of any kind.”
One of the athletes Maloy works with is Jack Weiss.
“I will be 65 in June,” said athlete Jack Weiss. “I have won six Ironman. My best time is eleven hours and five minutes.”
Since using the Alter-G Anti Gravity Treadmill Weiss says he has seen significant improvements in his training.
“I have done one race since I’ve been on it and actually I am running two minutes a mile faster than I have in the last four years using this machine,” said Weiss.
So how does the Alter-G Anti Gravity Treadmill work?
“Once you get inside and you’re sealed from the waist down it uses differential air pressure,” said Maloy. “Basically it pumps air into the bag or into that bubble and lifts you off the treadmill very gently.”
The Alter-G Anti Gravity Treadmill allows users to run at a lower body weight by controlling the pressure in the enclosure. This allows the user to change their weight reducing it by as much as eighty percent.
“It’s like a regular treadmill but you feel lighter,” said Weiss.
Unlike regular treadmills just finding an Alter-G Anti Gravity Treadmill at your local gym to run on will be a challenge.
“There’s only a handful of the machines in Dallas and one of them is at the Dallas Cowboys training facility,” said Maloy.
Among professional and endurance athletes the treadmill has reportedly shown great promise so far but the jury is still out on this new technology.
“I think it’s a good concept but I think you can get the same benefits from being a little smarter about how you rehab but then again I think if you don’t have someone there to with you that it could be a really good tool,” said Wellness Coach Daniel Crouch.
Maloy says that along with training and rehabilitation benefits it can assist users with their weight loss goals.
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