SAN FRANCISCO -- Alter-G is Silicon Valley's new anti-gravity treadmill that is completely supported by air.
anti-gravity treadmill results in a quicker recovery time for athletes
and patients by taking away the pressure and impact of a normal walk or
"We use air pressure to alter the person's perception of body weight while they're exercising," said Steve Basta, Alter-G CEO.
Olympic hopeful Michael Coe uses the treadmills to practice training.
don't have the same impact so you recover quicker and when you're
training at the level that I am, you need that quick recovery time," Coe
The treadmills can also be useful for rehabilitation patients.
can un-weight stroke patients to the point where their legs are strong
enough to walk and they can practice walking. By practicing without
weight, they get better and eventually stronger," Basta said.
The $32,000 Alter-G machines will soon begin appearing in both therapy centers and training rooms.