FCT300 Curved Treadmill
How the Fittrax Curved Deck Treadmill differs from ordinary
Unique design and quality control.
What this means to you.
No motor means no running costs (power) and reduced service
The curved deck allows you do use your own running style,
technique and form rather than being controlled by the restraints of a traditional
Because you are the motor/power there is no limit to the
speeds you can achieve.
What it offers
you in training variety.
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)
Studies show that up to 35% more calories can be burnt
compared to that of a traditional style treadmill. With traditional treadmills
having a motor-powered belt the user typically lifts their feet and allows the
belt to pass under them. With a curved deck treadmill, it is up to the user to
push the deck using their power. This is achieved by actually running on the
deck in the same motion/movement you would run on the track. This allows you to
train and improve your natural running posture and technique.
A curved treadmill is a new type of running machine that
requires no electricity. The curved running surface places a greater demand on
the user compared to a traditional motorized treadmill.
The self-powered curved 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
Should You Consider Using a Curved 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 (glutes 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.
Run More Naturally and Burn More Calories
The curved 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 affect 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.
Harder Workout Guaranteed
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.
and Simple to Use
Due to the curved treadmill 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, since the
curved treadmill is self-powered there is no electricity required.
Why Should You
Consider Adding a Curved Treadmill to Your Gym?
There are a number of reasons why a gym should consider
adding a curved treadmill to their cardiovascular area.
Some of the benefits
Safer than Traditional Motorized 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 a curved 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.
No Electricity Required
A curved treadmill is friendlier to the environment due to
being completely powered by the user. This means there is a lower life-time
cost of ownership due to the curved treadmill requiring no electricity.
Long Service Life
A curved treadmill has a longer service life when compared
to a conventional treadmill because there are no motorized parts. Servicing
costs are kept to a minimum over the lifetime of machine if regular maintenance
is routinely carried out.
I Train on a Curved Treadmill?
Curved treadmills can be used just as you would use a
traditional flat-bed treadmill so anything from sprint intervals to slower
steady state running can be carried out.
However, there are three main types of training that the
curved treadmill excels at:
Sprint intervals on a curved treadmill is an ideal workout
because there is no motor in the treadmill. This means the user can start their
sprint interval very quickly without having to wait for the treadmill motor to
turn the belt to a certain rate before they can sprint.
Interval Training (HIIT)
With a curved treadmill, you have the ability to adjust your
pace to mimic road or running track intervals. Since a curved treadmill has no
speed limit, it is great choice for elite level athletes where the pace
required is faster than the top-speed of any commercial motorized treadmill.
A curved treadmill is the perfect solution for group
training because it is easy to jump on and off and the speed of the running
deck slows down immediately when the user stops running. This allows for fast
and seamless changes to take place as users move from one exercise to another.
With any new type of fitness equipment entering the market
place there can be a lot of skepticism surrounding the marketing claims.
However, it is clear to see that the curved treadmill offers many advantages to
the end user and gym owners when compared to a traditional motorized treadmill.
The curved treadmill is very versatile, offers many legitimate training uses
and is environmentally friendly due to being self-propelled.