LightSpeed Body Weight Support System For Treadmills

Published Date: July 25th, 2012

25 July 2012

The lighter you are the faster you can run that's what equipment developed by Duluth physical therapist Malcolm Macaulay as an aid to treadmill exercise do.The Light Speed Body Weight Support System lifts approximately 15 percent of a runner’s body weight off the ground, producing a less-impaction and speedier workout.
Nine pieces weighing a total of 75 pounds bolt together and fit around a treadmill. Two 30-inch bungee cords are attached by Velcro to compression shorts and clip to uprights as the suspension system elevates from mid-hip. Cost for this support system is $1,800.

Macaulay, 60, an avid runner, started researching the subject in 1993 while working at Duluth’s Isernhagen Clinic, using a version of the Pneu-Weight Unweighting System from Quinton Fitness Equipment in Bothell, Wash. There were 18 runners from the area in a study (including this News Tribune writer), which was directed by Macaulay and running coach Vern Johnsen of Carlton.The LightSpeed suspends the runner, is not restrictive and allows for free movement. There’s no learning curve, other than first-time instructions on how to connect the bungee cords to the specially designed shorts and clipping the cord at both ends. The runner can conduct a workout without assistance.
The LightSpeed frame was developed with the help of Dinehery Fence and Ironworks in Duluth, Riverside Metal of Moose Lake and Mike Koppy, a machining instructor at Lake Superior College. The neoprene shorts were the idea of Sew It Seems in Duluth and the bungee cord connections are from Aerostitch of Duluth.


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