A few decades ago, running a treadmill underwater was almost the only option in supporting body weight for athletes to recover from injuries. To be able to experience it, the athletes must “line up” to the Recovery Centers or hospitals.
Everything changed only when AlterG zero gravity treadmill appeared in 2005 with a lot of modern features. However, the price from 25,000 USD to 59,900 USD is really a “super huge” challenge for fitness centers, not to mention the runner.
Recently, Runner’s World researchers have introduced two devices with extremely affordable prices and features that are not inferior to AlterG.
The body weight support system LiftSpeed Lift uses technology “Lift from the Hip” to provide the necessary support for runner at the axis of motion.
Lightspeed Lift has a chassis similar to the power rack that is placed around the treadmill treadmill. Besides, the ropes connect the frame to the hip of the user via the belt or the waistband of tight pants.
How to use LightSpeed Lift
Users only adjust the 2 metal horizontal bars according to the steps are predetermined on the frame until the body weight reduction to reach the desired level. This will help users to reduce the impact load from 20 pounds to 40 pounds (from 9kg to 18kg) when running without causing discomfort when transporting their arms and extending stride.
LightSpeed Lift was launched in 2011 when physical therapist Malcolm Macaulay wanted to help patients with serious neck injuries to relive the passion for running. Since then, Lightspeed Lift has become a “valuable remedy” for many athletes in the process of recovering from injuries.
LiftSpeed Lift uses “Lift from the Hip” technology to provide the runner with the support they need at the moving axis.