Last week, four AlterG employees competed at and won the 2015 Penn Relays Corporate Distance Medley Relay. We wanted to hear from them about their training and how they use the Anti-Gravity Treadmill.
Jesus Romo is an elite runner who competed in the 2014 USA Track and Field Championships in the 3000m Steeplechase, where he placed 14th.
Leading up to the Penn Relays, I primarily used the Anti-Gravity Treadmill for base building and recovery. That means that I would often add more miles on the AlterG at the end of my recovery runs to increase my volume. I would also run on the AlterG after my hard workouts to reduce adding damage to my tired and sore legs. It’s nice to get the legs moving at a faster rate and feel lighter than usual, especially when I’m sore.”
Bea Tran is one of the first employees at AlterG. Over the past year, she’s been training hard to make the team for the Penn Relays, and her training really paid off!
“I am lucky to have so many different avenues to train for the Penn Relays. When I am not on the track running sprints or at Coyote Park running hill intervals, I jump on the AlterG! Even though I like being outside, it’s a huge relief to be able to train without all of my weight on my knees and joints. The AlterG made a real difference in my speed while training for the 400m leg!”
Barry Heyden loves the AlterG so much that he actually got one for his home in New York. A former trainer for the Mets, Barry now inspires AlterG employees and users to stay fit with innovative training techniques (like pulling trucks).
“In preparation from the 800 meter leg of the DMR, I used the AlterG to work on over-speed training and single leg over-speed drills. Because of the AlterG, I was able to cruise around that track at 47-years-young and feel great! On recovery days I would do an over-speed walk, which reduces ground reaction force while I walk into the bag for increased resistance. This workout would elevate my heart rate up to the upper limits without adding stress to my joints. The AlterG allowed me to work on my running mechanics with a lot of good repetition and it also helped me focus on low triple flexion, which helps to reduce ground reaction force stress. While useful for training, it also kept me healthy when I was doing 2-a-day work out runs. I also combined the use of high-altitude with the AlterG.”
Michael Coe is a 5-time All-American runner at the University of California, Berkeley and has run a mile in under 4 minutes. As he “gets older,” he likes to train on the AlterG to take the strain off of his legs during speed sessions.
“I use the AlterG on a weekly basis to recover the day after hard workouts, and also to get extra speed work in for leg turnover. Most of my AlterG runs are between 80-85% body weight, which takes the load off allowing me to focus on my running form and recover faster. I rely on it to stay healthy and strong as I get older and work full time.”
These four runners aren’t the only AlterG employees that can be found regularly using the Anti-Gravity Treadmill to run or walk. Because we value exercise, wellness, and mobility, everyone is encouraged to find time during the day to stay active.
Remember, if you ever have questions about how to use the AlterG with a particular patient type or athlete, you can always contact the team here at firstname.lastname@example.org.