Step 0: Dress Right - Like most runners, I had a vague idea of what an Alter G was, but not how it worked. Technically the Alter G: “Uses NASA Differential Air Pressure technology and comfortably supports the user and “unweights” them by as much as 80% (adjustable in 1% increments).”
So what does that mean for a run? You need an air pressure seal. You need to put on a pair of wetsuit-like shorts over your regular shorts that zip into the machine, so the best bet is to wear tighter-fitting shorts to reduce uncomfortable bunching.
Also, expect to be a bit warmer than normal. The extra fabric of the shorts, and the lack of wind created by being in the “air pressure box” makes for a warmer run than a regular treadmill or outdoor run.
Tie your shoes well, empty your bladder, and adjust your socks. You don’t want to have to stop, or change anything from the waist down once you get going.
Step 2: Learn all about it
Since it was my first time signing up for the Alter G, a Physical Therapist from Franciscan Health was there to help me every step of the way. Lindsey demonstrated how to adjust the gravity, speed, and incline. She also gave me ideas on how other runners use this versatile tool to not only return from injury, but also to supplement their training:
Step 3: Get Comfortable and Try it Out!
Steps to a GREAT Alter G Run:
The Alter G can be a valuable tool in any runner’s training, whether it’s aiding you in a return from injury or valuable time spent running without impact. Franciscan CityWay offers one-hour private sessions at $25/hour or 5 x 1 hours sessions for $100.
For more information you can call (317) 528-6804.