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They may have an unfair advantage because they have so many legs. But maybe that’s a disadvantage. How many legs does a cricket have? If they have four, would that make it four times harder for them? Or four times easier? How about the wear on the treadmill? These are questions that the researchers didn’t ask.

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Crickets on treadmills have been used in the past to study the their ability to regenerate damaged auditory neurons. However this particular photo is from the crickets used by the Office of Research Services the University of Colorado in October, 2017. The researchers measured the creatures’ dopamine and serotonin levels in a study about coping with stress, but haven’t yet reached a conclusion

But how does she keep track of her distance, heart rate, and calories burned?

Treadmill World has released its ninth annual report on the happenings in the treadmill industry. See it at State of the Treadmill Industry 2017

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a clogging of blood vessels that is common among diabetics and smokers. It makes walking difficult, but that is exactly what doctors recommend their patients do. Until now, programs that monitor patients walking on treadmills were not paid by Medicare so many patients did not get the care they needed.

About 8 million Americans suffer from PAD and Medicare has paid close to $4 billion per year for other treatments for PAD, including surgery. The move to cover treadmill walking is expected to reduce this cost substantially by reducing the number of hospitalizations. Experiments has shown that regular walking on a treadmill works just as well as stents and balloons to unblock blood vessels, but at a much lower cost. However, stopping walking results in the return of pain.

Other insurers generally adopt Medicare decisions as their own, so treadmill therapy is expected to grow substantially in popularity.

Big news was made recently when a woman sought to break the Guinness Book of World Records record for most miles run by a woman on a treadmill in one week. She seemed to break the record by running over 517 miles, but was disqualified because the witness, her boyfriend, was not considered “independent” for purposes of verification. What was left unsaid was the significance of the record. Guinness is famous for its records, so people want to get in to Book, but what is really the most significant treadmill record?

The answer is that there is no generally recognized measurement for treadmill records. Most miles by a woman in one week is just one of many. There are also records for most miles in twenty-four hours, most time with a 40-pound pack on your back, most consecutive hours on a treadmill in one month, and so on. It seems that everyone who wants to be best can just invent a category and get the record for that category. Big Deal. Wouldn’t it be better to just pursue your personal best and forget the comparison?

 

The ten minute walk took place at The San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research. The idea was to track the bear’s movements so they can get a better understanding of how its metabolism works and how much energy it requires. The larger context is that of the fate of polar bears in shrinking habitat.

See the video here

Without Falling Off!

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Which came first? The evolution of man? Or the evolution of treadmills? How could we even know such a thing? And what difference does it make anyway?

Home-Treadmill has reported on wolves, shrimp, salamanders, fish, penguins, kiwis, and other creatures on treadmills, but this one may be the best yet – ants.

It seems that scientists at the Institute of Neurology in Germany thought it would be a good idea to find out exactly how ants find their way home. So a one-direction treadmill wouldn’t do. They developed an omni-directional unit that allows the ant to move in whatever direction it wants on a ball, similar in concept to the treadmills used in virtual reality games. Sensors in the ball tracked the ants’ movements. Dental floss was attached to the ant’s back and pins held the ant in place from the top. See the photo below:

The conclusion of the study was that when ants fee lost, they slow down and then move in loops. To read the study, see the Journal of Experimental Biology.

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What is it about treadmills? According to the Washington Free Beacon, The University of California-San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography received $560,000 from the National Science Foundation for the workout regimen for mudskipper fish that were “exercised to exhaustion” while moving on a treadmill at two inches per second. This comes after the much-publicized government funding of studies of monkeys, shrimp, and wolves on treadmills. This is awesome news for treadmill lovers.

Yep, here is the video on youtube: Car Racing on a Treadmill

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It seems that for humans to study the travel habits of mating salamanders, they need to be put on a treadmill because they are too difficult to study in the wild. The conclusion was that females won’t travel as far as males to get sex, though the females will go over six miles per hour. The male will keep going for an equivalent of a many running seventy-five miles per hour. You may laugh, you may cry, but you will never forget Salamanders on a Treadmill at Ohio State University

 

It’s super-hard, but that’s what it takes to develop explosive speed.

Read the article and watch the video here.

It’s true. Something built for health is used for unhealth. Drugs smuggled inside treadmills:

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You can now find coupons for 10% off on ProForm treadmills and ellipticals at ProForm Coupons.

You’ve seen dog treadmills. You may have even seen underwater treadmills. But have you ever seen an underwater dog treadmill? Watch the video:

Underwater Dog Treadmill

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It turns out that vampire bats are able to run much better than other bats, more than four miler per hour it turns out. Researchers at University of Toronto Mississauga are studying the evolutionary adaptability of flying mammals to escape predators on the ground.

Don’t believe it? Here’s the actual video: Vampire Bats on a Treadmill

In May, venerable retailer Sports Authority announced that it will close all 463 of its U.S. stores in a bankruptcy liquidation. It seems that it lost the competition with Dick’s Sporting Goods, which had better in-store presentation and technology. Increasing competition from ecommerce in general also negatively affected its sales. Sports Authority was a major seller of ProForm and other brand treadmills.

Need another reason to buy your own equipment and workout at home? FitRated.com did a study of germs on exercise equipment at three national gym chains. If you are not concerned about contracting diseases, or are just squeamish, you may want to avoid reading the following:

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The full title is The Ultimate Treadmill Workout: Run Right, Hurt Less, and Burn More with Treadmill Interval Training. There are lots of pages for you to write in your goals and actual results, as well as explanations along the way. However, the book is more than that and more than advocacy for a particular kind of workout. It goes into great detail about running technique, inclines, cushioning, and other topics specific to treadmills, but rarely written about in book form. Here’s how to order:

Treadmill World’s seventh annual report on the latest happenings in the industry is now available free at State of the Treadmill Industry

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Yep, Penguins on a Treadmill. See it here. Dr Astrid Willener (of the Biodiversity Forum Switzerland at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Switzerland) concluded that waddling side to side helps the penguins for falling over.


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Thought you’d seen every use for a treadmill?

We’ve shown you wolves and bats on treadmills and have been searching the world for you for more treadmill action for you. Here it is folks:

 

 

Check this out. A wolf treadmill in Austria.

The Wolf Sciences Center wanted to explore cooperation and coordination between dogs and humans, as well as the differences in how dogs and wolfs can be trained. That required a very big treadmill that could fit multiple animals an humans. Wolves run in packs, so, apparently, the Center is training them to run in a pack on their treadmill.

Want to run with the wolves without getting bitten? Try the Wolf Sciences Center in Ernstbrunn, Austria. They sponsor Howl Nights too.

Here’s a short video that may convince you not to buy a treadmill:

 

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To keep your muscles healthy, especially your heart muscle:

Muscles used in a treadmill workout.

Muscles used in a treadmill workout.

 

Keep watching. It gets better as it goes along:

For those who didn’t approve of our previous post, here is our reaction:

Haters Gonna Hate

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How does this make you feel?

There was big news recently about the death of high tech CEO David Goldberg. Reports are that he was found next to his hotel treadmill with head trauma and died after loss of blood. Of course, it sounds like he fell off the treadmill and hit his head. However, readers of detective novels will consider the facts: seemingly healthy high-powered exec working out alone found dead with no witnesses.

There must be more to it. It sounds a bit like Harry Reid’s rubber band jumping out at him to break his ribs and knock out his eye. Did Goldberg have a heart attack? Was the treadmill still running when he was found? Did he use the safety key? Was he using a smartphone or other device while using the treadmill? Was the tech exec killed by tech? Who is investigating? Do you believe that the Mexican police will do a thorough investigation and report the results without being swayed by big money interests?

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Treadmill death

Ohio State University has developed a treadmill that adjusts its speed to how fast you are running, instead of you running to the speed you preset on the treadmill. It seems that sonar actually detects whether you are moving more to the front or back of the belt and adjust the belt speed accordingly. Researchers say the effect is that running on the treadmill feels a lot more like running outside. In the article published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers say that also found that tests of VO2Max, a measure of aerobic capacity, also were more accurate on this new kind of treadmill than the traditional kind. Commercial applications are still years away.

Ohio State

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Well, it’s all over for the original seller of treadmills online, Smooth Fitness.  The company has been dissolved and liquidated, so there is no one to honor the warranties on its products bought before late last year. You can still buy parts for those models from Treadmill Doctor. The Smooth website is now run by ICON Health & Fitness and sells new models labeled Smooth and made by ICON.

Just when you thought people had done everything possible with treadmills, a major art exhibit proves you wrong.

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These are eleven moving treadmills, each with its belt painted in a different style. The brands of the treadmills are unknown, as are many other things. The artist is Brent Birnbaum.

The exhibit is at Denny Gallery, a contemporary art gallery located on the Lower East Side of New York City. No word on how long the exhibit will last, so, if you want to see these colorful, moving treadmills, don’t delay!

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Treadmill Desk Ergonomics

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On November 22 and 23, 2014, Oxford Fitness will host a new kind of treadmill race in Chile. The race will feature ten runners at once on a giant treadmill. The speed will increase gradually until only one remains! Top speed is about 9 mph. It is not clear what happens if someone in front falls down and takes out everyone behind.

Crossfit

Have you seen the Crossfit Game on ESPN? Now that’s super fitness.

 

A recent Businessweek article examines the Crossfit phenomenon and the accusations that the activity is too dangerous for the casual fitness trainee. Crossfit has grown extremely fast and the reasons for its popularity are much discussed. You can read the article at http://buswk.co/1oIzOTr. But if you don’t want to look like one of the super beings in the competition, don’t want to get hurt, and don’t want to join a cult, why not just buy a treadmill?

The original Internet-only treadmill brand andsmooth-fitness company, Smooth Fitness, has shut down most of their operations pending a sale of the company. The company is no longer taking new orders and, according to customers, not providing warranty service.

The business was bought in late 2012 by the private equity firm Larsen McColl, but, according the Smooth President Rich Hebert, Larsen McColl has chosen not to invest more money in the company, despite its being profitable.  Hebert says that Smooth is not filing for bankruptcy and is entertaining offers from qualified buyers.

 

 

All the latest gossip.

Check it out here folks – 2014 Treadmill Industry Report.

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See Homer’s lates workout below. To see his original workout, scroll down on the home page.

 

Homer's Other Workout

 

 

 

 

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They seem to be all over the place. They claim to be the #1 brand of exercise equipment for the past twenty years, both in units sold and dollars. Yet many online reviews of their treadmills are negative. Their parent company, ICON Health & Fitness, has been rated an “F” by the Better Business Bureau. What gives?

ProForm is the leading brand of ICON. ICON’s predecessor company started selling exercise equipment in the 1980s, as interest in fitness boomed, and started the ProForm brand. In 1988, ProForm was sold to Joe Weider’s company, the manufacturer of sports nutrition products and publisher of fitness magazines. In 1994, when Weider was retiring and selling his publishing empire, he sold the exercise equipment business to the private equity firm of Bain Capital, run by Mitt Romney.

So there has been some big and smart money behind the ProForm brand, as well as good timing. It appears the rest of the industry in trying to catch up, taking pot shots when it can, and imitating when it can’t. It also appears that ProForm has grown to the point where the BBB is not important. In the same way that General Motors and General Electric choose not to become members of the BBB, ProForm and ICON just don’t seem to need it. One thing is certain: ProForm’s prices and quality have improved greatly over the past few years, so the older reviews may no longer be meaningful.

Treadmill Eating

And He’s Still Skinny

The Concept

If you’ve been to a commercial gym lately, you have probably noticed people rolling around on big rubber balls. Perhaps you’ve wondered exactly why they were doing this.

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What’s a girl to do?

Balance balls are also known as stability balls, fitness balls, physio balls, and several other things. Their stated advantage over using stable platforms for movement is that they improve your balance and coordination, as well improved your posture and flexibility. The muscles involved in such activity are in large part those of the abdominals and back. Thus, balls are primarily used when conditioning these “core” muscles.

The theory is that, by forcing you to balance, the unstable surface forces you to recruit more and different muscles and more muscle cells. This in turn, is said to make you less susceptible to injury by making muscles less likely to tear.

The Trainers

These claims all make sense, though their proponents offer no proof for them. What is more interesting is how and when these claims are made. How many people go to a gym with the intention of improving their balance and strengthening their core? Are people losing their balance, falling down, and getting injured when not at the gym? It seems like the vast majority go to get in shape, lose weight, or get bigger muscles. How do they end up trying to improve their balance and strengthen their core?

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Strengthen your core!

The answer, of course, is personal trainers. They need to sell their expertise. Like when the trainer is constantly touching or holding the trainee or their weights, the less the trainee can do by themselves, the more valuable the trainer’s service becomes. Use of the balls is it sold as part of a package that implies you need a personal trainer because you can’t do it yourself. But do you really want to be dependent on a big ball for your fitness?

Surprising results of academic studies compare using an elliptical machine to walking. See them at Ellipticals Compared to Walking.
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