By Brent Wesolek, MS, CSCS, USA Triathlon level 1 Coach
Menomonie HS grad
Masters - UW-La Crosse Human Performance 1996
12 years operating Acceleration programs
Compete in Nordic skiing, triathlon, cycling, and running.
Developed by John Frappier in 1986
Training technology adopted from former Soviet Union
Over 180 facilities world wide
2007 - Athletic Republic
Plyometrics (jump training)
Sport specific training and cord technology
Assessment of single/double leg strength
Develops agility and coordination
Develops and teaches how to use the stretch reflex mechanism.
Addresses proper jump mechanics that can minimize injury.
Functional stride length x stride frequency = Speed
Sports Motion Software
Nigg, and colleagues (1995) investigated studies that involved TM running vs. over-ground running
Conclusion: If the TM is large, rigid, and has a powerful motor (>2hp), there is no difference between TM and over-ground running.
Kram et al. (1998) investigated vertical and horizontal forces between TM running and over-ground running.
Conclusion: The force patterns from the TM and over-ground running overlay each other or are similar. Therefore, the only difference is lack of air resistance and visual stimulus.
Swanson et al. (2003) showed that running on the super treadmill at 30% grade at 10mph elicited 2 to 3 times the more muscle activity of the quads, glutes, and calves than running at the same SF at a level elevation.