Last week, we showed you a unique machine that works the legs for the ski slopes, tonight, we're going to feature another interesting machine, that some are using to train for triathlons, or to help recover from an injury.
It's called the alter g, or anti-gravity machine. This is how it works. You put on special shorts that have a tutu like attachment. Then you're zipped into the machine. Your weight is recorded and then you and the physical therapist decide how much weight, in essence, to take off. Air is pumped in and you feel like you're being lifted off your feet, but your body is not taking the kind of pounding it would at full gravity.
It's good for runners who want to add miles without the pounding, and it's good for people who are overweight, to help them get started in an exercise program.
Right now, the FDA has only approved this equipment for professional use, so it's not something you can purchase for your home. But there are 2 of them available at UMC, if you'd like to try it out.
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