We are not sure if the waterbed comparison is helpful or not, but the UK-based firm HydroPhysio designed this aqua-based treadmill to deliver, what it believes, better outcomes for training and rehabilitation. The device was recently at the Medica 2007 in Düsseldorf.
Hydro training has advantages for people across all levels of fitness; it has been shown that water based exercise increases muscular strength with little concussive forces to the joints.
Water works because of its unique physical properties. When exercising on land gravity is the primary resistant force whilst the natural buoyancy of water reduces weight bearing stress, allowing greater range of movement with less strain on muscles, joints and bones whilst improving cardio vascular fitness.
The effects of hydro static pressure can help improve circulation and provide effective treatment for swollen muscles or joints.
Athletes of all levels often experience lower body injuries during land based training, however when training in water these injuries are rare.
The density of water provides an even and fluid resistance, comfortably toning and strengthening muscles more efficiently. Athlete’s core stability can be improved by lower body training in water. This core stability workout can be beneficial to athletes across many sporting disciplines. Resistance jets can be used to increase exercise intensity and improve balance.
Studies show that training time can be reduced by as much as two thirds while still achieving the same results as conventional training. This is a remarkable advantage for those who wish to maximise their training time.
Check out this video of the HydroPhysio™:
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