Welcome To Fetcheveryone

Our awesome training log doesn't hide its best features behind a paywall. Search thousands of events, get advice, play games, measure routes, and more! Join our friendly community of runners, cyclists, and swimmers.
Click here to get started
Already a Fetchie? Sign in here

The Curve Running Machine / Treadmill

1 watcher
May 2014
7:01pm, 26 May 2014
3733 posts
  • 0

So my gym has got 4 of these and I gave it a go today. It's basically a slopped treadmill that you power yourself.

I'd be interested to know what others think, especially those with an eye for from as I don't believe the claims in the video.

Overall, I liked it and prefer it over the standard treadmill. I liked that it promoted knee lift and you can go as fast as your legs can take you.

I didn't like that it seems to make you over-stride and if you try and lean forward, it's easy to end up constantly accelerating.
May 2014
8:09pm, 26 May 2014
17673 posts
  • 0
I believe what he says, but I don't believe that it is any good for you.
'Get your knee up'' put your foot down further in front of you''hit the ground aggressively doesn't sound like the kind of thing I have been advised to do.

He does say that this is essentially a neuro-muscular technique training thing, and that its for sprinting, rather than endurance running, but even so, it doesn't look quite right to me.
May 2014
8:27pm, 26 May 2014
3736 posts
  • 0
Yeah, that's what I thought.

I've been sprinting on them after squatting. I've only been on once but it feels like I'm forced to land infront of my center of gravity.

My form is not great but I try to be mindful of it and this does feel a bit wrong. However, to me it'd preferable over the leg pulling motion of an electric treadmill. The jury is out for me at the moment but I will continue using it until I feel I'm fit enough to do these at the track.
May 2014
12:29am, 28 May 2014
988 posts
  • 0
This looks very interesting. I am not yet sure what to make of it but my first impression is that it is worth a second look.

It emphasizes features such as getting the knee up and forwards during the swing, which I think is good.

Landing in front of the COG is normal. The mantra β€˜land under the cog’ is a popular myth among some style gurus, but it is actually impossible when running at constant speed.

I think it is unlikely that this treadmill will encourage over striding – in fact if you reach too far forward you would probably arrest the motion of the belt.

I suspect that it will encourage a powerful push down and back. This is potentially good if you want to run efficiently and fast.

However because of the emphasis on strong push it is might prove a bit risky for recreational runners lacking strength in the quads and posterior chain, or with poor balance, so I think one should start cautiously, doing only short periods until the required strength and balance are established.

But this is only a first impression - I would like to see videos of other runners - or even better, try one myself, before making a more confident judgement

Got something to say?

To contribute to the discussion, you need to either sign in or register as a user.

About This Thread

Maintained by Kieren

So my gym has got 4 of these and I gave it a go today...

Related Threads

  • treadmill

Back To Top