“It’s a quite genius idea. We tried to do something similar ourselves, but it never really worked that well,” said Kienle in a subsequent Slowtwitch interview
when I asked him about it. “It’s made by a small company from the US named Lever. I usually run with about 85-95% of my bodyweight. I just use a scale to adjust the system. I usually use it once or twice a week. Either to just get an extra session in without putting too much extra strain on my Achilles or to be able to run faster with a lower HR. It’s easy to travel with, so it also helps in training camps. I also found it quite helpful to run with a good technique after I restarted training because you often start to change your natural running technique, if you have pain. By reducing the impact to the amount where I don’t feel pain, I’m able to build back confidence.”
I also then noticed various other professional triathletes such as Matt Hanson, Paula Findlay and Flora Duffy on various social media channels on treadmills in action with that Lever Running device and got me interested to get one for myself. Most athletes are familiar with the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill which allows the user to reduce the body weight from 100% to 20% in 1% increments. The AlterG though is not a unit typically found in the home of an athlete, but in sports rehab facilities. Depending on the model the AlterG costs between $35,000 and $75,000 and isn’t very portable. So clearly that was not an option for me and I thus pulled the trigger on the Lever Running system. With my reasonably narrow waist it was a size M, and that is the size of the neoprene shorts. The aluminum frame is the same size for all.