Anti-gravity treadmills: tested
fancied being an astronaut before we discovered football, and we got the chance to fulfill our childhood dream (well, nearly) by testing out this little beauty
What is it?
A rehab machine developed using NASA technology to help athletes recover from lower body injuries, train at a lower intensity, and reduce the risk of recurring stress-related knocks.
How does it work?
The user dons some rubber shorts that zip into an airtight enclosure on the treadmill. Pushing a button changes the air pressure so you can either walk or run using between 20 and 100 per cent of your bodyweight.
Who uses it?
Who doesn’t use it, more like. The England team, most Premier League clubs, half of the Championship, every AFL side and most NRL clubs all own this very hi-tech machine.
Why are they using it?
It allows injured footballers to begin their recoveries sooner, slowly increase the training intensity to reduce the chances of any setbacks, and recover from their problems much faster.
How much does it cost?
At $50 for a single session – which normally lasts for up to 45 minutes – it is affordable even for non-athletes. There are AlterG anti-gravity treadmills across Australia; find your nearest one at www.alterg.com.au