The G-Trainer is the latest piece of kit to be delivered to Paula Radcliffe's pad, and plenty of snowboarders, cyclists and athletes are also getting in on the game.
The G-Trainer Anti-Gravity Treadmill is designed to enable people to improve mobility and health, recover from injury and surgery more effectively, overcome medical challenges that limit movement, and enhance physical performance. Whether you're an elite athlete who can't afford bench time or an individual whose daily life doesn't have time for sitting still, G-Trainers are designed for everyone.
The anti-gravity technology behind the G-Trainer was originally developed at NASA. Air pressure is used to accomplish 'unweighting', allowing individuals to set body weight as low as 20% in 1% increments. As such, in addition to having the usual speed and incline buttons to vary your performance, you also have a gravity button, whereby you can carry as little as 20% of your body weight while running to reduce impact on your joints and enable you to boost your cardio fitness by running faster than you've ever run before!
In order for the treadmill to work, you simply pop on a pair of cycling shorts with a 'skirt' attached. This skirt then zips on to the chamber so that your lower half is encapsulated in the treadmill. You can then vary the pressure, speed and incline to suit your needs and abilities. It feels pretty strange at first, but soon you'll be running for faster and longer than you've ever managed on your Saturday morning trudges round the park.
Balance Performance Physiotherapy in London have now brought the G-Trainer treadmill to their London sports injury and performance facility to give the public the opportunity to have a go on the machine. The first G-Trainer available to the public in Europe, the machine had been installed to help out in the treatment, recovery, rehabilitation and performance training of elite and everyday athletes.
Indeed, BMX Olympic bronze medalist Jill Kintner was back on her bike within six weeks after reconstructive ACL surgery thanks to the G-trainer. Now Kintner plans to recover fully in time for a couple early season BMX races in February/March and the start of mountain bike season in April.
Check out the video footage of the guys from Urban Freeflow having a bash... http://mpora.com/videos/cj037W9jq Urban Freeflow G-Trainer Test >>
Book your appointment at Balance Performance Physiotherapy: 020 7627 2308; balancephysio.com.