MP goes ‘Alter G’ on centre’s new anti-gravity treadmill

MP Nick Gibb testing Anti-Gravity treadmill with Sarah Smith
MP Nick Gibb testing Anti-Gravity treadmill with Sarah Smith

An opportunity for Bognor’s MP to test an anti-gravity treadmill has arisen.

On Friday, March 9, MP Nick Gibb had the chance to try the new equipment that is currently on loan to the Laburnum Centre.

The treadmill has been developed using NASA technology and the one that is on loan to the centre is one of only 150 made in the country.

The treadmill has been designed to help those who struggle to walk to be able to exercise and be more active.

People who will particularly benefit from the treadmill will be those with new knees or hips, people who have MS, cerebral palsy or neurological problems.

The anti-gravity treadmill uses high pressure air to reduce the body weight of the user by up to 80 per cent.

Nick Gibb said: “To feel 80 per cent lighter is like walking without gravity.

“This “Alter G” anti-gravity treadmill is a real aid for people who can’t put much pressure on their joints or limbs.

“The treadmill has been on loan to the Laburnum Centre. But they are hoping to raise the £30,000 it would cost to buy a machine.”

The Laburnum Centre and Gym is a lifestyle club in Bognor for those over the age of 50, run by Age UK.

Sarah Smith, community coordinator for Age UK West Sussex, said: “We hope not to let this piece of kit go.

“This piece of kit will enable people who have cerebral palsey, M.S, lower body neurological disorders to walk confidently by reducing their body weight by up to 80 per cent.

“People with bad hips, knees or running injuries will be able to train pain free. The limits are endless.”