The Curve: Just Spinning your Wheels?
Just when you thought the treadmill would never change, a non-motorized version has come along, aptly named The Curve. Way back when, the first iterations of the treadmill did not use electricity, but most were inconvenient because of the need to strap in and hold on tight. It seems The Curve has remedied these problems and adds an additional benefit of increased exercise efficiency.
Vive la Différence
Woodway, the largest specialized treadmill manufacturer in the world, is behind The Curve. Known for their treadmills for medical rehabilitation,and high performance athletic training, Woodway is a trusted producer of treadmills. (Their Desk-Mill Desk Treadmill is the solution to the problem of a sit down job.)
Unlike non-motorized treadmills of old, its construction is sturdy and boasts a near-frictionless drive system which inhibits noise and promotes proper walking form. The curved belt design prevents the need for the treadmill to be on an incline, creating less strain on the knees and hips. The Curve allows serious athletes and rehabilitating individuals alike to work more muscles with less restriction.
Eric Weber, Director of Sales and Marketing for WOODWAY explains, “As a completely non-motorized treadmill, the unique curved shape allows the user to accelerate and decelerate at his own desired pace.” For less mobile folks, the fact that The Curve does not require a constant pace allows for personalized improvement. Conversely, serious athletes can reach ultimate exertion because The Curve does not have a maximum speed. The Curve has also been proven to burn 30% more calories than a traditional treadmill because the user is doing to work of powering the machine.
First, realize that The Curve is not only easy on the environment but, compared to traditional treadmills, it requires less maintenance because it avoids common electrical problems. The Curve will last up to 4 times longer than a regular treadmills. But the initial cost of The Curve is a big hurdle for most to make the switch. With a published introductory price around $5500, you may have to find a gym or rehab center that has recently purchased The Curve to see if it is worth its financial weight. But even if you are ready to buy, you cannot buy The Curve online; instead, you have to find a retailer or sales representative to buy The Curve in a bricks-and-mortar store. See The Curve in action and, for more information, visit Woodway’s website to learn about The Curve.
- For a recent review of treadmills using info from users and experts, see ConsumerSearch Treadmills: Reviews
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