I’ve just realised I totally forgot to tell you about this! Remember the other day I went off to Equinox and played on the anti-gravity treadmill, well, I also tested The Woodway Curve when I was in there.
Now, The Curve is made by a company called Woodway, and it’s erm, curved. Basically the idea is that it’s a treadmill you power yourself. That’s right, no setting the speed and just following what the machine tells you. With this, the faster you run, the faster it goes (and vice versa) this, they claim, means it gives a harder workout than the motorised treadmills normally found in the average gym – in fact, they say you’ll burn 30 percent more calories than normal and recruit more muscles on the back of your legs (excellent). Plus, because it’s not motorised it can also have a softer tread than the normal treadmills making it particularly good for long distance running as the impact on your joints is lessened.
I was very keen to have a play and hopped on happily. In theory it’s simple, the closer to the middle you stand the slower it goes, the nearer the top you stand the faster it goes. Simples….unless you’re like me, who normally runs right at the top of the treadmill near the control panel. Then you spend your time on the Woodway Curve alternating between a state of slow speed but high anxiety as you’re not close enough to grab the front if you fall off and a state of high speed and absolute terror as you forget and head back to your happy place close to the front only to find the thing speeding up to 13+kph.
Seriously, I think I burned more calories via anxiety than through leg movement. I’m not sure it’s for me, not least as when I do run on the treadmill I tend to go into zone out mode – and on this I can see high potential for that ending in humiliation and nose bleeding. It’s a workout that needs concentration. But, if there’s one in a gym near you do give it a try. It’s definitely intriguing – and as the comments below show, a lot of people REALLY love it!