Published March 21, 2012
Want to run faster? Super-high-speed treadmills can get you going at speeds up to 28 mph on a 40 degree incline -- ramping up your performance to a whole new level.
The ultrafast treadmill by Athletic Republic are seemingly built for Speedy Gonzalez. But the company says they'll help human athletes looking to increase explosiveness, endurance and perfect running mechanics, what professionals call over-speed training. But don't count on somehow being able to outrace a car, said John Feugill, a former NFL player and now trainer at Chelsea Piers Sports Center in New York City.
“Obviously no one can run as fast as the machine goes," Feugill told FoxNews.com. "But when we get athletes on the treadmill we get a feel for what their top speed is and see how they improve.”
Feugill stressed that short, intense workouts must always be monitored by a trainer. The treadmills -- Chelsea Piers calls them Super Treadmills -- expose the body to different speeds and forced movements that one may not be accustomed to from ordinary training on solid ground.
“The muscles get to feel what it’s like to move that fast,” Feugill told FoxNews.com. Such training is meant to build muscle memory, which will self-correct running mechanics like stride length and flat feet, he said.
“Even if you're a flat-footed athlete and you're running up a hill, you are going to force yourself to be up on your toes,” Feugill said.
While training for a half-marathon, Katie Cooper says she turned to the interval training to improve her speed.
“It was more about intensity training, when I was on these treadmills, it was definitely a shorter workout but a lot more energy, a lot more effort basically. Then I’d go out for long runs and feel it almost immediately, the stride change, and my speed picked up definitely every time.”
A mirror in front of the treadmill and a video screen give instant feedback to the runner.
“I can analyze and will talk about arm drive, elbow drive, knee drive and so forth with the trainee,” Feugill said -- all information that .will make one a more efficient athlete.
But there won't be a gradual increase in speed; you simply hop on the treadmill and it’s go time. Therefore you'll want to make sure you warm up before the fast-paced workout.
Feugill said that no matter what sport you choose, this training can set you apart from the rest.
“Athletes will come in and say they want that burst, that’s what separates someone in any sport, when you see someone who can get off their mark really fast.”
As soon as you transition back to a flat plain, your stride will automatically feel longer, he explained.
“After you get off one of these treadmills everything seems a little bit easier, you are springing forward a little -- but more, and the run becomes easier,” Cooper added.