I had many questions concerning the AltG, so here are some details about my new pal:
- What’s it feel like? Well, pretty much like running. You slide some neoprene shorts on that have a “halo” around them with a zipper on it. You zip into the unit and then you (or your PT if you are new to it like me) sets it for a certain percentage of your body weight. I’ve been running on it at about 85 percent of my body weight. It kind of lifts you up, but your feet are still hitting the treadmill. Then you just run like normal. It is HOT, I will tell you, a combination I think of the neoprene shorts, which go down to about your knees, and the curtain that surrounds you. No air flow going on.
- Pace? Because you are not running at full weight, they have you run about 1 mile per hour faster than you normally would.
- How often am I using it? Right now, just twice a week when I go in for PT, and even then, I’ve only run a mile and 1/2.
- Who can use it? At this facility, the AltG is quite new, so it’s only patients for whom it is applicable. Eventually this facility will allow injured athletes to come in and pay a price to use it–I’m sure with some guidance.
- A few even asked how something like this could benefit them. Well, unless you’re injured, I don’t think there is any reason to use an AltG. That is, unless you are an elite. My PT told me that some elites who might break down at 125 miles/week, for instance, use it to add extra mileage. So they might run 115 miles/week on the road, and then another 20 per week on the AltG. Jealous? I am!
- Finally, a few of you asked about cost. I am fortunate that I have great insurance and my time on the unit is included in my rehab.
- Feel free to email me if you have any other questions. I know I am very fortunate to have this at my disposal. Now if only I could get some miles in on the road. My PT wanted me to attempt one mile on Friday and then another today on the road. Tried it, still had pain. So? Not sure, but will be going in tomorrow to figure out the game plan. I hate my ITB.