Thursday, February 14, 2013

Anti-Gravity Treadmill

If you are a serious runner, you have probably had at least one leg injury. Miles and miles of pounding on hard surfaces can cause unwanted stress fractures. These stress fractures may keep runners off the trails and roads, and inhibit future performances due to deconditioning. Fortunately, a top-of-the-line anti-gravity treadmill is available for maintaining fitness while recovering from injury. There have been many models of anti-gravity running devices, but none as practical as AlterG Treadmills. By reducing body weight up to 80% with their Differential Air Pressure (DAP) technology, this low-impact running alternative can help athletes recovering from stress injuries. Many professional athletes use the AlterG treadmill for preventing or rehabilitating stress- related injuries. Former Washington Husky track star, Katie Follet, is shown on the AlterG in the video below.

AlterG provides three different types of treadmills including models designed specifically for therapy, performance, and even the elderly. These anti-gravity treadmills can be found in various athletic facilities, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers. Although these anti-gravity treadmills are available for personal use, they come with a steep price tag. AlterG offers various models equipped with the same anti-gravity technology with a cost of $24,500 - $75,000. Training on the AlterG while recovering from injury is one of the most innovative and effective methods athletes are using for optimized return-to-play.



  1. Wow did not know there was such thing available!

  2. This is something I wish I could have used when I injured my knee. I tore my ACL, MCL, and Lateral Meniscus, had mini micro bone fractures, and dislocated knee cap. All my rehabilitation was sitting down for at least the first three months. Afterwards I was able to ride the bike ninety degrees one way, then ninety degrees the other way for 15 minutes. I slowly began to progress and by the sixth month I was finally able to put pressure on my leg. It wasn’t until almost nine months to a year I was able to walk/jog on the treadmill but it was adapted to fit my injury. I had to put on bungee cords coming from above the treadmill that released the pressure of the pounding as I ran. I believe if I was able to rehab with the Anti Gravity Treadmill from the very beginning I would have better results and probably would have returned to my sport a lot sooner than I did. If it were up to me, I would put an anti gravity machine in every rehabilitation facility. Although the prices range from 25,000 to 75,000 which is very expensive, I believe that cut backs anywhere in the budget would be well worth it.

  3. Technology & Ingenuity...gotta love it! I had never heard of the AlterG prior to this blog; the video allowed me to have a better understanding of the treadmill and its potential use in rehab as well as training. Thanks for sharing!

  4. This is the first time I have ever heard about this machine, and I wish I had the opportunity to test it out. Personally, when I run on a treadmill daily, my knees begin to ache, and my hip seams to give me issues. My Dr. told me that it is from the impact on my joints when I run. He recommended that I try activities that have less impact, such as water aerobic, or cycling. I feel that I get more out of running, so knowing that there is such technology out there to try out, I feel that I may be able to get back to running regularly in the future! I am curious to see how long it will talk for such machines to make their ways into common, everyday fitness centers