The self-powered treadmill allows you to run with a natural style on the balls of your feet. This pushes your body forward creating the momentum to turn the treadmill belt. This style of running uses more muscle groups in the body at the same time when compared to the traditional heel strike used by many runners.
This is a versatile piece of cardiovascular equipment that has many applications:
- Aerobic Fitness
- Anaerobic Power (Speed Training)
- Anaerobic Capacity (Including: Interval Training, Fartlek Training, Timed Intervals, etc.)
- Max speed/Speed Training (Overspeed training, Technical work, Sprint Drills (Acceleration technique, Bounding))
- Youth and/or Rehabilitative Locomotor Patterning
- Decreased Ground Reaction Force Training (including Quick Leg Cycle, and Powerful Strides)
Why Should You Consider Using a Curved Fitness Treadmill?
As well as having many types of applications, a curved treadmill has many health and performance benefits.
Use More Muscle Groups and Expend More Energy
Due to the propelling technique required to drive the running belt forward (similar to running outside), the curved treadmill recruits more muscles (gluts and hamstrings) throughout your run. By minimizing the vertical displacement of the body’s center of mass (COM) on the curved treadmill there is a coinciding increase in energy expenditure.
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Increased Rate of Perceived Exertion (Borg Scale 6-20) has been demonstrated to be around 1.44 units higher on a curved treadmill compared to the conventional flat treadmill. That’s the difference between very light and light exercise. An increased heart rate by 22% and relative VO2 was 41% greater at the same speed on a curved treadmill.
Due to the curved treadmill is being completely powered by the user, it is simple and quick to get started. Simply jump on and shift your body weight forward to walk, jog or run, no buttons involved. Best of all, there is no electricity required.
Safer than Traditional Motorised Treadmills
There is less friction and no heat generation due to the interaction between the belt system and the transport system.
The running deck of the treadmill has much more grip because the running surface differs fundamentally from the running belts on conventional treadmills, where cotton-nylon belts are normally used.
Long Service Life
A curved treadmill has a longer service life when compared to a conventional treadmill because there are no motorised parts. Servicing costs are kept to a minimum over the lifetime of machine if regular maintenance is routinely carried out.
Run More Naturally and Burn More Calories
The design encourages you to run on the balls of your feet, which in turn reduced the impact on joints and improved running performance. There is more core and trunk engagement due to the need to run at an ergonomically correct angle. This forces you to maintain proper posture otherwise you will feel off balance and will effect your running gate.
Mean average calorie expenditure has been shown to be 30-40% higher on a curved treadmill compared to a flat treadmill whilst only walking at 3 miles per hour for 10 minutes.