MENLO PARK, Calif., Nov. 6 Alter-G, Inc., developers ofthe G-Trainer anti-gravity treadmill, congratulate Dathan Ritzenhein, an aviduser of the G-Trainer, on his success at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Dathan Ritzenhein came in second at the U.S. Olympic Trials held in NewYork City on November 3, 2007 with a personal best time of 2:11:07. He'll bejoined in Beijing with Ryan Hall, who came in two minutes before Dathan, andBrian Sell who came in third.
"The G-Trainer has been a big part of my training and has really made adifference," said Ritzenhein. "I look forward to representing the U.S. inBeijing next year, and I'll definitely be training with the G-Trainer to helpme get ready."
The G-Trainer anti-gravity treadmill enables users to reduce theireffective body weight during exercise to build endurance, continue trainingduring injury recovery, and outdistance conditioning limitations -- a seriousadvantage to athletes whose bodies are already overtaxed by force of impactfrom training and participating in their sports.
As with many world-class runners, Dathan has experienced a significantnumber of injuries due to cumulative impact and other stress-relatedsituations that runners experience. Many of these injuries have been recurringand all of them interfere with a grueling training regimen.
In early 2007 Dathan was prompted to seek out a G-Trainer for daily useafter receiving the diagnosis that he had a stress reaction of the 3rdmetatarsal in his left foot. Dathan's G-Trainer use started at 65% of his bodyweight, twice daily for one hour sessions and workouts progressed from thereto longer sessions at more body weight. Just four weeks after his diagnosis hewas able to progressively add in full body-weight running to his dailyroutine. And all of this was pain free.
"The reduced impact load allowed me to train pain free and continuerunning with normal gait despite a stress-related injury," said Ritzenhein.
Just eight weeks after his injury diagnosis Dathan entered the HealthyKidney 10K feeling stronger than ever. He broke the 10-year standing courserecord with a time of 28.08 and beat the two-time defending champion by 17seconds.
About Alter-G, Inc.
Alter-G, Inc., a Silicon Valley company founded in 2005, is definingwhat's possible for individuals who need to continue training during injuryrecovery, outdistance conditioning limitations, and build endurance. Thecompany's patented gravity differential technology, the building block fortheir body weight support devices, was developed at NASA and prototype-testedby Nike's Oregon Project for distance runners. Professional athletes, topcollegiate programs, and training clinics across the US are experiencing theunique benefits of walking and running at a variable percentage of bodyweight. Find out more at http://www.alter-g.com.Contact: Christine Fife Alter-G, Inc. 650 289-9444, x. 210 Christine@alter-g.com
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