PRODUCT REVIEW: AthleteFIT Review of Woodway Curve Treadmill

The Woodway Curve is really turning heads in our facility! Every time someone starts warming up on the Curve there seems to be a crowd of 2 or 3 athletes watching and eagerly waiting to take a turn. Especially when we run our partner #4mileInterval challenge (pictured below)!


After a few years of feedback, and dozens of studies on manually driven running devices, we finally found what we were looking for…Woodway has nailed it! The Curve’s unique design, easy access and ability to go from a walk pace, to a jog pace, to an all out sprint without ever touching a button, has taken indoor speed and fitness training to a whole new level. Over the past 5 years, we have been able to integrate the Curve into almost every speed and conditioning program we have. The quick learning curve, and ability to adjust your pace mimics our on-field training intervals… while perceived exertion and heart rate monitoring studies, have shown that athletes are able to push themselves in ways identical to our ground based activities.

Here is a heart rate view of a 90 second interval (a program Untitled1that highlights the unique ability of the Curve to mimic the specific fitness demands of soccer). This interval is too complex to be integrated on the ground, and changes pace too frequently to be done on a motorized device. This is one of many examples of fitness intervals and testing protocols that we have developed for the Curve. The freedom to change pace on command without the delay normally associated with a motorized treadmill, has taken our speed and conditioning intervals to the next level!

Curve.Tay.Chr90 second Interval Protocol:

  • Walk 15 seconds
  • Jog 15 seconds
  • Run 10 seconds
  • Strong Run 5 seconds
  • Walk 15 seconds
  • Jog 10 seconds
  • Run 10 seconds
  • Sprint 5 seconds
  • Decelerate and Rest for 30 seconds
    • Repeat 10 x

Product Applications:

  • Aerobic Fitness (covering the entire spectrum – Aerobic High, Medium and Low)
  • Anaerobic Power (Speed Training)
  • Anaerobic Capacity (Interval Training, Fartlek  Training, Timed Intervals, etc)
  • Technical Speed Training (Sprint Drills – Form Accelerations, Bounding, Leg Cycle Work)
  • Youth and/or Rehabilitative Locomotor Patterning (Shuffling, Walking, Form Runs, etc)
  • Max Speed (Overspeed) Training
  • Decreased Ground Reaction Force Training (Quick Leg Cycle, Powerful Strides)

NOTE: Individuals with knee, ankle and back issues may enjoy training on the Curve as the slightly elevated surface seems (initially) to keep the athlete in a state of dorsiflexsion at the ankle, while seeming to decrease the impact forces as the foot hits the ground. This needs to be studied in more depth, but athletes seem to feel better the following day after longer runs on the Curve as compared to ground based training.

Suggested Users:

  • Athletes (Team Sport, Speed or Endurance)
  • Runners (Recreational Athletes)
  • Fitness Enthusiast (CrossFit, Bootcamp, Small Group

Supervision is Recommended for:

  • Unsupervised Novice Fitness Clientele (it gets up to speed so fast that client may not be able to cycle the leg fast enough to keep up with the belt, forward torso lean – looking down at feet – may cause client to have a exaggerated posterior leg cycle – not picking knees up – which will cause them to struggle with rhythm and confidence in the early stages.
  • Heavy Athletes not used to Speed (because of the quick increases in speed that the user can create, risk of hamstring or hip flexor/groin injury is increased)

If you are interested in learning more about our program progression for this unique product, CLICK HERE to download our speed and conditioning manual for the Curve.



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