17 Aug '12, 4pm

A physical therapist says his treadmill invention will speed your recovery – and make you faster.

A physical therapist says his treadmill invention will speed your recovery – and make you faster.

By Michelle Hamilton LightSpeed creator Malcolm Macaulay runs at reduced weight using his invention. Photo by Amanda Hansameyer A Minnesota physical therapist has invented a treadmill device that reduces a runner’s body weight by 20 to 30 pounds, decreasing the impact on the body and enabling faster workouts. LightSpeed is a low-tech simulation of the AlterG treadmill, used by a wide range of athletes, from Alberto Salazar’s squad in Oregon to NFL players . The purported benefits of these reduced-body-weight systems include less injury risk (because of a lower amount of repetitive stress), speedier recovery from injury, and faster times. LightSpeed’s price—$1,800 to the AlterG’s minimum of $25,000—should make it available to a wider audience than that of the AlterG. Unlike the AlterG, which uses a high-tech air pressure-controlled chamber to lift runners, LightSpeed looks ...

Full article: http://news.runnersworld.com/2012/08/16/low-tech-alternat...

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