Q & A
Orbiter Questions, Orbiter Answers
Delivers Real Low Impact Running and Walking. Protects Runners and Walkers From Overuse Syndrome, Impact Related Pain and Injury.
Q: I have a pain when I try to jog or run. Could an Orbiter low impact
treadmill really help me?
A: Orbiter has helped many people run pain free who have pain in their
legs or lower body and also back pain
Q: How is it used?
A: For weight loss, physical therapy, athletic training, aerobic – cardiovascular conditioning, orthopedic rehabilitation and a wide variety of conditions ranging from pregnancy fitness to arthritis.
Q: Aren’t all treadmills pretty much the same?
A: No! Orbiter is the only treadmill that qualifies as a “low impact treadmill”. Orbiter Treadmills are unique, and their uniqueness is protected by a number U.S. and foreign patents. There are currently additional Orbiter patents which are “Patent Pending” and more are expected to be filed in the near future. Orbiter’s proprietary technology is more expensive but it protects users from high impact shock better than any other treadmill, running track or exercise shoe can.
Q: How far down into the surface do I go? Is that OK?
A: Just far enough for perfect deceleration so your body is protected from impact shock. Orbiters have been used day in, day out by many of the worlds greatest professional athletes and sports team organizations since 1989. Some of the top rehabilitation centers in the world have been using Orbiter for nearly that long with great results.
Q: Why doesn’t my health club have Orbiter treadmills?
A: Health club managers know if they bought a couple of Orbiters that their members could soon stop using the other treadmills and want them to replace them with Orbiters. This has happened a number of times. Orbiter treadmills are a higher technology and therefore cost more to manufacture than other treadmills. Even though health clubs often are very profitable, they don’t want their profits reduced by purchasing what they view is an ‘unnecessary expense’. ‘Unnecessary’ because health clubs know that their members will use the hard surface treadmills or the elliptical – as long as their members aren’t aware
there is something better (Orbiter low impact treadmills) available. Orbiter treadmills are a quantum leap better for your body, but the price tag is sometimes prohibitive in the competitive health club industry..
Q: Why isn’t Orbiter sold in stores?
A: See above.
Q: Why is it called an ‘Orbiter’?
A: Orbiter, the word, means “something that orbits, or flies above a planet or moon, without landing on it.” Back in the 1988 we were searching for a word that best described this unique machine. When users walk or run on the Orbiter, they do not contact hard, unyielding surfaces. We hope you like ‘Orbiter’ as much as we do. This time, the name truly fits the product.
Q: Why do you you have the Moon in your logo?
A: The gravitational forces on the Moon are less than on those Earth. Impact levels on the Orbiter are so much less than other treadmills that the term ‘quantum leap’ is an appropriate description of the difference. Comparing the Moon’s G-Forces to those on Earth is roughly equivalent to comparing Impact Shock levels on the Orbiter to those on other treadmills.
Q: Is the Orbiter treadmill really better for you than other treadmills?
A: Many treadmills today claim to absorb impact. Orbiter absorbs and dissipates enough impact to make walking and running comfortable. Orbiters are so much more comfortable than other treadmills that users are stunned the first time they try one, often saying something like, “I didn’t know anything like this existed; it feels like running on a cloud. My legs have never felt this good…”
Q: Will I still be excited about my new treadmill a year from now?
A: If you buy an Orbiter you will be even more excited about it a year from now. In comparison tests performed by:
Corporate Fitness Programs
Professional Sports Teams
Orbiter Treadmills were reported consistently preferred over other treadmills, by huge margins. Ninety-five percent (95%) preferred Orbiter (over the other treadmill) in one physical therapy center, according to the center’s director. One research study in an orthopedic rehabilitation setting had to be abandoned when the patient
control group refused to use the other treadmill, after speaking with enthusiastic patients in the Orbiter patient group.
Q: I really want is to run, but if I “just walk” my problems with impact will be over. Right?
A: If you believe that switching from running to walking will eliminate your problems with impact, try these tests:
Gently press the palms of your hands over your ears, and start walking at a normal walking pace…
Hear that booming?
shock waves have traveled the length of your body. Much of the shock has been absorbed by the time it gets to your head, but you can still easily hear it pounding! Your joints, bones and soft tissues are impact’s unfortunate shock absorbers. Imagine how loud that pounding is in your feet, ankles, knees, hips and lower back!
Want to try something really scary?
Slowly increase your walking speed to a jogging, then to a running pace…
BOOM – BOOM – BOOM…!
Do those tests on treadmills other than the Orbiter and you’ll hear
pretty much the same “Boom Boom Boom” pounding. Put Orbiter to the test, and you’ll wonder…
Q: “Where did the pounding go?”
A: The pounding went into Orbiter. Not into you. Orbiter’s suspended rubber surface absorbs your body’s first moment of shock, then the after momentarily dissipates the after shock impact, before converting it into Energy Return which you experience as a gentle rear foot lift. At walking speeds, this experience is pleasant and fluid. At jogging and running speeds ordinary people can experience exhilarating airborne
propulsion usually reserved for Olympic sprinters.
Q: With the impact being so much less on an Orbiter Treadmill, do I still
receive a good workout?
A: BETTER! You process significantly more oxygen while training on an Orbiter than you do on other treadmills. Your heart works harder too. The results of an independent study were published in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation.
Q: What about other gym equipment like stationery bikes, cross country ski devices, stair climbers, ellipticals, and incline trainers? Don’t they protect me from impact too?
A: Orbiter Treadmill allows you to walk and run naturally, in your normal gait, free of any constraints or controls. Once you’ve trained on an Orbiter you’ll never want to run and walk more often, and have fun doing it.
Q: I went to a sporting goods store the other day and looked at treadmills. Almost every one of these treadmills said it had some method for absorbing shock. I even saw one somewhere that promised you could drop an egg on the surface and it wouldn’t break. What gives?
A: That clever egg demo sold a lot of treadmills. Please tell the person who wrote that ad to call or email us. We might have some work for them.
FYI, the average jumbo size chicken egg weighs in around two and one half ounces (we weighed it ourselves). Now, if you weighed 2 1/2 ounces you probably wouldn’t need a shock absorbing treadmill – at least not on Earth. As for the treadmills touting ‘shock absorbing surfaces’, ‘floating beds’, ‘impact free’, ‘low impact’, etc., you get what you pay for.
The best technology – that eliminates high impact shock while you run or walk – does not come cheap. If you still think that any of these other treadmills has any significant shock absorbing benefit, we suggest you perform your own research. Run on a treadmill for five minutes. Then run BAREFOOT on that treadmill for 5 minutes. If you feel any pain, discomfort or stiffness after this ten minutes workout, you will know an Orbiter Treadmill will be a better choice for you. There is no comparison. There is only one Orbiter Treadmill.
Q: I’m interested in losing weight. Can buying an Orbiter help me?
A: The often quoted, published and republished 1996 study performed at the University of Wisconsin found that persons using conventional treadmills burned significantly more calories than did persons using other kinds of workout equipment such as bikes, stair climbers and ski machines. Since the Orbiter’s aerobic and cardiovascular user workload
is much greater than other treadmills, your weight loss program should be accelerated.
Also, when you own an Orbiter you won’t have to take time off to nurse sore
knees and other parts of your body that are constantly pounded on by hard surface high impact shock. If you only pick up an extra two or three workouts a month (by switching to an Orbiter) you could be talking about burning thousands more calories.
Q: What do the pros say about Orbiter?
A: Professional athletes & trainers have told us they prefer working out on an Orbiter Treadmill because it:
- Saves their legs for actual competition.
- Helps reduce down time from injury.
- Helps improve balance and coordination.
- Helps optimize and extend athletic careers.