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A New Way to Workout: The Anti-Gravity Treadmill

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SALISBURY, Md.- The MAC Senior Center's "Anti-Gravity Treadmill" is revolutionizing the way we work out.

The Anti-Gravity Treadmill is said to be one of the closest sensations you can get compared to walking on the moon.

The machine is better known as the Alter-G and it gives people a weightless feeling. The treadmill works for people of all shapes, sizes, ages and conditions.

"The application for who can use it, what we use it for and how we use it, is limitless," said MAC Center Personal Trainer Robby Chin.

Some conditions that are said to benefit from the Alter-G include but are not limited to:

  • Stress fractures/ sprains
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson's
  • Stroke

Peninsula Regional Medical Center spokesman Roger Follebout said he was unable to truly run before he got on the Alter-G.

On the Alter-G I've been going now for 13 minutes, I'm running at eight miles an hour and I am absolutely pain free," he said. 

The MAC Center said this treadmill allows its users to reach an "unprecedented new level."

Chin said he has seen the Alter-G change lives and pick up people's speed to a pace many thought they couldn't reach.

"I've worked with folks that couldn't walk without an assisted walking device or someone with them, and through a protocol and a individualized and customized exercise program we're able to get them back up to speed and just get them walking again," Chin said.

Something many don't know about the Alter-G is that it was intended for astronauts. When they would come back from space, Chin said the astronauts would use the Alter-G to recondition their bodies.

This is a machine you can't find in your everyday gym. Use of the Anti-Gravity Treadmill is included in the Wellness Center membership at the MAC Senior Center. The Alter-G is also available at the FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Center in Ocean Pines.

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