Anti-Gravity treadmill game changer for athletes and patients

Anti-Gravity treadmill game changer for athletes and patients

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte

WCNC.com

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 7:08 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 30 at 11:31 AM

FORT MILL, S.C. -- A groundbreaking new treadmill is changing the way athletes and patients exercise.

The AlterG Anti-Gravity treadmill is now available at several facilities in our area, including Focus Physical Therapy and Fitness in Fort Mill. 

That treadmill reduces the users body weight anywhere from 1% to 80%, allowing them to run at less than normal gravity. 

It was originally developed to help prolonged athletes who are on space flight get used to training and dealing with anti-gravity situations," according to physical therapist Richard Biggers. 

Biggers owns Focus Physical Therapy and Fitness and says the anti-gravity treadmill is a game changer.

"We use it for the athlete who wants to run fast and compete better lowering their body weight and improving their cadence to someone who might be battling a osteoarthritic knee."

Patient Nicole Garriga credits the equipment with getting her up and running again after a broken foot. 

According to Garriga, an orthopedist told her she would have to quit running for 12 weeks and undergo possible surgery.  That's when Biggers introduced her to the anti-gravity treadmill. 

"Running on a cloud. That's the best way to describe it; hat you're in a moon bounce, kind of thing," she said. 

Garriga is now training for a half-marathon and running a full six weeks before she thought possible. "I'd signed up for a race in about 10 weeks and now i feel confident that i'd be ready for it."


There are a couple of other facilities that have the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill including Parker Physical Therapy in Charlotte and Advanced Athletic Training Solutions in Mooresville.

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