Treadmills Without Motors

What’s that, you say? Treadmills without motors, is that even possible? A resounding yes, yes, yes is the answer called to action by your feet.

Treadmills, the most used piece of exercise equipment in any gym is going old school. That’s right, what’s old is new again, and in this case you just need to look down below to your feet. Manual treadmills are showing up in edgy, high-end health clubs forgoing the digital, electronic connection we all rely on.

The newly resurrected, childlike conception of a treadmill looks to a hamster’s flywheel for inspiration. There is a concave surface instead of flat tread and one moves by their own power just like a hamster on a flywheel. Personal gravity becomes the accelerator and the brake as forward is go and backward is to stop or slow down. And all your personal gravity and effort adds up to burning more calories than traditional treadmills. Perfect for a diversion from the erg, short burst workouts or to rotate through the rest of your training.

According to the Wall Street Journal, up to 30% more calories can be burned on non motorized treadmills like the Woodway Curve of Waukesha, Wisconsin or the TrueForm Runner by Chapco. Star Trac plans to add a motorless treadmill with an incline to its lineup of treadmills sometime next year.

The digital displays are battery operated to keep track of progress, no need for an electric outlet with this baby. You can work out during a power outage or alone on a deserted island. And these treadmills take up less space and are quieter too. Then again, the original treadmills without borders, a.k.a. our own feet, take up no room at all.

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Martin Luther King Jr Day 2018

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr., (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968). Humanitarian, Activist, Baptist Minister, Civil Rights Leader. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1964), Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977) and the Congressional Gold Medal (2004).

Your 2017 Planner

 Bring on 2017 because you’re golden! Goodbye 2016 because 2017 promises to be another great year. Now is a great time to get your 2017 planner in gear and really cull priorities so you can hit the ground running so you can really hit the water rowing in the New Year. My plan for 2017 is to cut back on the mundane as much as possible to create more time. I’m filling my planner with all the right stuff and leaving the mediocre behind. 

Never had a planner?  Check out this post from 2014 for a blast from the past that still applies to your present and future planning. 

“Before you cross the street take my hand. Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

-John Lennon, Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) from the album Double Fantasy (1981).