The secondary purpose of my session with Nathan was to give his AlterG treadmill a test drive, er run. I can vividly remember the first time I ever laid eyes on an AlterG. It was in an issue of Runner's World which I used to have time to read cover to cover before I started blogging. Now I mainly skim through it. Anyhow, I thought it was a bad-ass piece of machinery that only Olympians had access to. They are still pretty rare.
Somebody reading this may have never heard of, or know what an AlterG treadmill is. Well, you're about to. AlterG is short for Anti Gravity. They are made in California with a price tag of $75,000. They can be used for rehabilitation or performance training. In some cases, they can just be used for a fun and unique experience. The purpose of it is to allow you go on a crash diet and become up to 80% lighter than your current body weight while you otherwise use it like a regular treadmill. It works by pressurizing an almost airtight tent that envelopes the lower part of the mill including you. The resulting air pressure tries to push you out of the hole in the top thereby making you lighter. Using the touch screen, it goes up to 18mph with a 0-15% incline. It will even go 10 mph in reverse. Other than that, a picture says 1000 words.
|My maiden AlterG experience. I'm actually running a near effortless 10 mph (6 minute mile)|
in this photo while at 50% of my body weight.
|The AlterG is controlled by a touch screen. Like an iPod app on steroids. I think those beverage|
holders could easily hold a couple 40 ouncers.
I had it up to 12mph (5:00 pace) while at 40% of my body weight. I'm sure I could have gone faster, but I wasn't used to the sensation and I felt a little off balance, so I played it safe. The lighter I got, the more it felt like I was running on my tiptoes. I wish I was wearing a HR monitor. I've never tried that pace on a regular treadmill, and not sure I want to. My PR in the mile is roughly 5:52, and I remember that being a lot more painful.
|Aren't you glad you don't have to look at another picture of me. Here's|
a picture of my coach holding the special AlterG shorts I had to squeeze into.
Notice the industrial white zipper that runs around the waist.
Even though my first run on the AlterG was more for fun and to get a feel for it (and to brag about it on my blog), someday I will probably try to work it into my routine. Now that I got this experience off my bucket list, it's back to training. In my next post, I'll go over the custom 10k training plan Coach Wadsworth created just for little old me.
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