Underwater Treadmill Running

Session Information

Booking: Tuesday nights,16:00 - 19:00 Online Booking is mandatory with payment on the day by cash or card. 24hr cancellation policy and so please cancel by 4pm on Monday to avoid a late cancellation charge.If all spaces are taken I will normally open up more earlier/later slots, please email me.
Format: 20 min sessions (suitable for new runners or runners returning from injury), but consecutive sessions may be booked (suitable for 40 min endurance sessions). Allow 10-15mins extra for changing & showering.
Important Note: Runners considering this session to rehabilitate from acute injury or surgery that has prevented land based running 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, or to have completed a 1:2:1 Running Analysis in Studio & Pool with Mary & Clare. If in doubt, please call to ask first!
Cost: £8 per single 20 min session, £15 for two consecutive sessions and £21 for three consecutive sessions. You can also buy a 10 session card for £65.
Equipment: Lycra swimming trunks/costume or tri-suit anda towel. Goggles and hat are not required as water is chest height. You can run in 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 running for both rehabilitation and lower impact mileage have come to the fore. You will be 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. (in fact, exactly the same type of treadmill that Alaistair uses!).
These are non-coached sessions in 29-31C temperature water with runners controlling their own treadmill and flume speed relative to their goals. Two runners can use the pool at the same time as there are two treadmill/flume combos, but each will be controlled separately. The first 15min session for a new runner will be treated as an induction session to ensure that the runner can safely control both treadmill and flume speed within their safe 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 "training mix" to:
  • Get a good running session in without having to run as far or as fast as on a land based treadmill.
  • Add miles or just recover from harder land based efforts, whilst being kind to your legs.
  • Focus on technique by adjusting speed and resistance at hip height.
  • Speed recovery or reduce the risk of added injury through land based running.
  • Get you started in running at a lower intensity but with good biomechanics and as a fantastic way to increase fitness.