Treadmills, stair climbers, elliptical machines, weights, and resistance equipment, and all sorts of other accessories fill most health clubs. Now, Gravity machines are starting to inch their way into the inventory, as noted at one YMCA that added a few machines to their cardio room. Exercisers push with their legs and pull with their arms -up and down diagonally- on the machines- glideboards.
Roughly 160 health clubs in the United States to date have purchased Gravity machines this year. The new device can offer a range of cardio and strength-training exercises, including Pilates moves, which can be done in a short period of time. The track is adjustable; the steeper the incline, the harder the workout.
The machines were introduced in 2003 by San Diego-based efi Sports Medicine, creator of the Total Gym, a popular item on TV infomercials. Jon D'Alessio, group fitness director at The Jungle Club in Vero Beach, Fla., said in an article for AP that the Gravity machine is a fast, efficient way to provide both personal training or group sessions. To keep the interest of men, he developed exercises that simulate golf swings and kayak paddling. Thank goodness for a machine that uses the law of gravity produce positive results! The Gravity machine is gradually infiltrating the Bay Area: check it out at the East Valley Branch YMCA in San Jose, Bladium Sports Clubs in Alameda, Fit Personal Training Studio in Danville, The Brick Oasis in Hayward, and Walnut Creek Sports & Fitness.