If money is no object, you can spend a lot of dough on running-related gear. Here are a few of high end items that you can buy.
Normatec MVP pressurized pants, which stimulate blood flow and accelerate recovery, have been used by top runners like Meb Keflezighi and Deena Kastor. Considering that Deena’s husband Andrew is a massage therapist, these pants must really work for her to give them a try. They cost about $5,000.
The Alter-G Anti-Gravity Treadmill has an inflatable skirt that fits around your body and lifts you gradually off the surface of the treadmill, effectively lowering your bodyweight. This allows injured runners to continue to work out, while minimizing the load on their legs. The Alter-G Treadmill costs about $75,000.
Deep Freeze Chamber
Coach Alberto Salazar and some of the Nike athletes he trains, like Dathan Ritzenhein, Kara Goucher, Alan Webb, and Galen Rupp, have been using a cyrosauna to speed their recovery from tough workouts. The cyrosauna is a six-foot tall metal cylinder that rapidly cools his runners using nitrogen vapors at -275 F.
For two-and-a-half minutes, the runners stand in the cyrosauna as their blood rushes first to their internal organs, then back to their skin after they exit the machine. The cyrosauna costs about $50,000.
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