Underwater Treadmill Walk & Run

Session Information

Booking: Thursday nights,17:00 - 20:00 Online Booking is mandatory with payment on the day.
*** We nearly always waitlist and rely on you cancelling by Wednesday latest if you can't make it to avoid a charge***
 
Format: 20 min sessions (suitable for new walk/runners or runners returning from injury), but consecutive sessions may be booked (suitable for 40min endurance sessions). Allow 10-15mins extra for changing & showering.
 
Important Note: Walkers considering this session to rehabilitate from acute injury or surgery that has prevented land based walking will be required to provide medical confirmation that they are fit to exercise in this way, at this temperature and for the duration planned without Physiotherapist supervision.  If in doubt, please call to ask first!
 
Cost: £8 per single 20 min session, £15 for two consecutive sessions (40mins) and £20 for three consecutive sessions (60mins)
 
Equipment: Lycra swimming trunks/costume or tri-suit anda towel. Goggles and hat are not required as water is chest height. You can walk.runin new or machine washed shoes. We have a number of pairs of water shoes that you can wear, size 3 - 8. Note: shoes are not mandatory and we may ask that you don't wear shoes for your first visit so that we can ensure your footfall is correct on the treadmill.

Location: The Pool Barn, Manton


 

 

 

After the success of underwater treadmill advocates Mo Farrah and Alastair Brownlee in London & Rio, the multiple benefits of treadmill walking and running for rehabilitation and lower impact mileage have come to the fore. You will be walk/running on a state of the art Endless Pool Aquatic Treadmill with or without the added challenge of a variable speed swim current providing extra resistance.
 
These sessions are held in 29-31C temperature water with participants controlling their own treadmill and flume speed after induction, relative to their ability and goals. Two participants can use the pool at the same time as there are two treadmill/flume combos, but each will be controlled separately. The first  session for a new participant will be treated as an induction session to ensure that you can safely control both treadmill and flume speed within your safe walk/run capability. Best practice instruction will be given.
 
Waist high water reduces your body weight by approximately 50%, increasing to 75% at chest height. The resultant natural buoyancy reduces impact and therefore stress on leg joints and lower back whilst the hydrostatic pressure helps to support the body to provide a safe but highly effective workout environment.
 
These sessions are therefore great in your "fitness mix" to:
  • Enjoy a run/walk experience that you probably couldn't do on land.
  • Enjoy a fitness experience whilst being kind to your legs.
  • Focus on walk.run technique by adjusting speed and resistance at hip height.
  • Speed recovery or reduce the risk of added injury through land based walk/running.
  • Get you started in running at a lower intensity but with good biomechanics as a fantastic way to increase fitness.