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

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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

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