If you’ve ever been a runner or experienced the “runner’s high” then you know that it can’t be matched. However, years of running can take it’s tole on your joints. Although you can still get the “high” from other exercises; running offers something that machines don’t… balance. The balance aspect of running works the stabilizing muscles that surround your joints and help you to burn more calories. Instead of giving up your healthy habit, inventors have come to the rescue with this innovative trampoline treadmill.
The trampoline-like belt, revolving like a tank tread on two tracks and 44 rollers (similar in design to a Woodway), dips at the point where your foot lands, eliminating more than half of the trauma to your joints, says the company, a claim that seems credible. Maximum speed of 8 mph and elevation of 15% is extremely difficult given the extra effort required; your heart rate jumps at lower speeds. According to University of Virginia team doctor Scott Wagner, who owns two, repeated use will increase land speed, correct imbalances and cut injuries. “It engages the hip flexors more and retrains people to use their normal biomechanics,” he says. The belt can be adjusted to be firmer or softer. Small 1-horsepower motor uses one-fourth the electricity of a normal treadmill. Elevation and speed buttons are on the handles. Ten custom programs (source).
If you aren’t in love with running but your joints can’t handle the strain then you always have options. The bike and the elliptical can offer you a great workout with great results. This treadmill might take the pain out of your joints but it will transcend it to your bank account. This awesome equipment runs for $9,950. There are always new ways to exercise, this just happens to be one of the more expensive solutions.