THE HIS & HERS TEAM HAS BEEN COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS UNTIL WE CAN PUT THE ALTERG ANTI-GRAVITY TREADMILL THROUGH ITS, AHEM, PACES. THIS STATE-OF-THE-ART PIECE OF EQUIPMENT USES NASA TECHNOLOGY TO REDUCE THE EFFECTS OF GRAVITY ON THE BODY, LIGHTENING THE LOAD ON YOUR JOINTS AS YOU EXERCISE.
It looks like we’ll have to join the queue, as The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Tony Concepcion, Hollyoaks actress, Nicole Barber-Lane, and current English Bantamweight Champion, Ryan Farrag, have already paid a visit to Spire to check out the health benefits of this clever piece of kit.
The Anti-Gravity Treadmill enables people to exercise safely and in little or no pain, even if mobility is impaired as a result of injury or illness. It has revolutionised exercise programmes for a wide range of people, from those undergoing rehabilitation post-surgery, to those looking to reach personal fitness and weight loss goals; and indeed professional sports people looking to maintain peak performance.
The treadmill uses Differential Air Pressure Technology to reduce a person’s bodyweight by up to 80%, effectively ‘lifting’ and supporting them whilst they walk, run or exercise.
Nicole Barber-Lane was the first to try out the technology. Nicole is currently training to cycle in the TriLiverpool event. She said: “It was an unusual but really enjoyable experience. I’m keen to get back into running, but since training for the London Marathon in 2008, I have experienced periods of pain in my knees and feet. The feeling of weightlessness really did help reduce the pressure, though, and I’m sure the treadmill could help me retrain to run regularly again.”
The Lord Mayor was next to don the AlterG trousers. He said he was keen to see how the treadmill could help him to improve and maintain his physical fitness, which he feels is important in his role.
“Being Lord Mayor can, of course, be physically demanding. There’s barely a moment to stand still – I’m on my feet all day, often from very early in the morning to late into the evening.
“I try to train every morning with some stretches and a short walk, but was very interested when I heard about the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill. I have to say it was a great experience. I’d urge everybody to come and have a go, even if you’re not a professional athlete or training for anything in particular, it’s important to maintain your physical health. It is something I make sure I promote, as part of Healthy Liverpool.
“It has been a pleasure to meet the team at Spire Liverpool Hospital this morning, they have been very helpful in passing on some hints and tips into how I can stay on my feet for longer.”
Boxer Ryan Farrag is about to begin a rigorous training regime to compete for the European Bantamweight title in winter. He said: “Of course, I train hard anyway to make sure I maintain optimum weight. But having a chat to the team here, the anti-gravity treadmill is a means to train harder for longer, and safely. It means I can run and train for longer hours without worrying about the impact on my body, which is a great thing as I need to be in tip top condition.
“The next few months will be an important phase in my career as I prepare to fight for the European title and I’m to stay in touch with the team at Spire to see if we can build the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill into my schedule.”
Ian Rodger, head of physio at Spire Liverpool Hospital said: “In very simple terms, the AlterG treadmill reduces a person’s bodyweight to alleviate the impact on the lower body when training, meaning you can increase your cardiovascular fitness and develop your running technique without overloading your tendons, ligaments or bones. By using air in a pressure controlled chamber to gently lift the user, any pain experienced through weight bearing is alleviated, so you can see why it is of particular benefit to those in recovery.
“In more general terms though, the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill really does make for a unique training experience. The feeling of weightlessness and the reduced impact on joints means that professional athletes can indeed train harder, for longer.”
Spire Liverpool Hospital have a static AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill in their private gym, and are currently the only hospital in the Liverpool City Region to offer public access to this equipment.
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