What is the AlterG?
- The AlterG or ‘anti-gravity treadmill’ was originally invented by Robert Whalen, a biomechanics researcher at NASA to help combat the loss of bone mass and muscle in micro-gravity.
- In 2005, the technology was licensed to a company called AlterG. Instead of adding weight to astronauts in space, AlterG uses the technology to take the weight off of rehab patients recovering from a variety of ailments.
- To use it, you put on a pair of tight neoprene shorts, step onto the treadmill inside a hole in its plastic casing, and zipper yourself in so that from the waist down, you’re encased in an airtight plastic bag.
- The the machine uses un-weighting technology to make you feel up to 80 percent lighter!
How does the AlterG help?
- Reduces gravity’s impact by selecting any weight between 20% and 100% of your body weight
- Rehabilitates lower extremity injuries with less pain and less impact
- Improves mobility, strength and safety for those with neurological conditions
- Provides a safe way to lose weight and exercise more intensively
- Trains without pain and reduces the stress to joints and muscles
- Recovers effectively and with less pain after training or competition