Me On The AlterG

Since becoming a part of Spring Valley Chiropractic in February, I have had the privilege of the AlterG antigravity treadmill at my disposal.  Between then and now I had been training for a half marathon that I completed in April.  My time for the Big D Half Marathon was 2:42:08 averaging about 12:30/mile.  Not bad for my first endurance event.  Lately I have been doing my entire running on the AlterG playing around with factors such as body percentage, speed, and inline.  Here are two examples of workouts that I have done:

  1. With no incline, 1 mile at 7.5 mph and 70% body weight, 1 mile at 8.0 mph and 70% body weight, and 1 mile at 8.5 mph and 75% body weight.
  2. With an incline level of 2, 3 miles at 7.5 mph and 90 % body weight

Workout 1 was what I call a negative split workout, where each mile is faster than the one that preceded it, with the last mile at the highest body weight percentage making it the most challenging.

Workout 2 was at a goal pace of 7.5 mph or an 8-minute mile and it was at 90% body weight.

With this in mind, I participated in a 5 mile race on Saturday, May 1st and my official time was 53:31 with a pace of 10:40/mile.  Even though the mileage was significantly less, my pace was almost a full 2 minutes quicker, and I owe that increase in speed to the AlterG.

If you have any tips on how the AlterG has helped with your training, please feel free to post them below.

-Andrew Goodman, D.C.

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