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Edited by Jon Bush | email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Athletes and patients in rehab are thanking NASA for a workout that defies gravity. It's called "the Alter G," or anti-gravity treadmill, designed by NASA for astronauts to be able to workout in space. Now it is FDA approved for the public, because researchers discovered it allows patients recovering from a hip, knee or foot injury to regain their strength with no pain since the workout is only partially weight-bearing.
"When you get on, you can set your body weight so you can start out at 100% of your body weight or reduce all the way down to 20% of your body weight," said Lezlie Maloy, a chiropractor. "At 20% of your body weight, it's the closest you're going to get to completely anti-gravity and just as close as you can get to walking on the moon."
You wear a spandex suit that zips into the machine so it can read your weight. Then you choose how weightless you want to be during your run or walk. It's not available many places yet, but the Dallas Cowboys are already using this to rehab their injured players.
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