Day 33 – The Alter-G Treadmill10/11/2009
This morning I came across an amazing program called My Big Fat Body on Discovery Health. The star of the show, Frank, went through an amazing realm of tests. The most interesting was the Anti-Gravity Treadmill or Alter-G Treadmill. It’s a normal treadmill but the lower half is completely encased in plastic.
The Alter-G Treadmill reduces your weight by a certain percentage. On any given day at 363 lbs. Frank’s knees experience 720lbs of pressure. This treadmill reduces your weight by 30%, by 50% or even 99%, which is very useful if you need to take the load off your joints. I too have a knee injure that flares up from time to time so I was very interested. At first Frank was walking at his normal pace but soon the chambers air pressure was modified and pretty soon he was walking at 28% air pressure, which was 100 lbs less, then 50%. He actually had a bounce in his step. He was running like a gazelle. When his 200lbs were added back the bounce was gone and the laboring step returned. It was such a visual representation of what life will be like when my bounce returns. Call me Tigger. I’m leaving Eeore behind.