Anti-Gravity Treadmill Makes Exercise Easier on the Body
Who hasn't wanted to experience the free-floating feeling of life without gravity? The Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill delivers that dream, albeit rolled up in the unfortunate package of mundane morning exercise.
While using such a device might make you look a bit like a partially enclosed balloon boy, you'll be able to enjoy exercise while limiting the stress on your joints.
How the hell does it work? According to Alter G, the NASA-developed treadmill creates Advanced Differential Air Pressure Technology (ADAPT), a strong lifting force that limits your effective body weight. Wearing a pair of special shorts, the runner zips into the pressurized enclosure and can control the pressure to eliminate as much as 80% of their weight. The weight can be incrementally increased to help in training and recovery.
The treadmill is designed for training and rehab applications where you need to exercise but have to be careful of straining yourself. The body condom that wraps around your torso helps keep you from slipping or falling--great for you, not so great for the world of painful treadmill slip-and-slide videos.
Perhaps they could come up with devices like this for all forms of exercise. Weight lifting would certainly be a lot easier and more motivating if you didn't have to actually feel the weight being lifted. Pull ups would also be smoother if you weighed 80% less. Heck, if they made a mobile, fully enclosed version, you wouldn't even need to exercise. Just cut your weight down to the desired number and enjoy immediate results.
The Anti-Gravity Treadmill lugs a price tag of over $24,000, so it might be a bit more buck than bang. You can also pay for it in monthly installments of just $499--more than many car payments.