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Lift the Burden

“People who are injured are fearful,” Macaulay says. They wonder, ‘Am I ever going to get back to walking, to running? Will I be able to stand up again? That’s a real physical, visceral fear. Somehow, being supported and being lifted up removes a lot of that fear.’”
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Coaches Win with LightSpeed Lift

The LightSpeed Lift allows us to keep running as part of the recovery process. When that young athlete is diagnosed by a doctor with a lower leg injury caused by overuse or simply due to growing pains depending on the severity we instruct that athlete to use our treadmill with the LightSpeed Lift. It's simple enough to use that the athlete can set things up using either the harness or shorts.
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You Can’t Unsee Something.

Malcolm Smiling Brightly
You can’t unsee something.  Once you have seen people’s motion restored and smiles on people’s faces you will never not want to see that again.  Recently I had the opportunity to set up LightSpeed Lift systems in three different locations. In all three cases, I knew the people using the system would get silly grins […]
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“Thoughts of a Woman Who Loves to Run” by Jamie Ogura

These are the thoughts of a woman who loves to run.  I have been a runner for years participating in all kinds of races including 5K’s, 10K’s, ½ and full marathons.  Before the age of 60, it was mostly fun and easy. Somewhere along the line my body slowed down and for lack of a […]
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2019 Grandma’s Marathon: Finding the Finish Line

The 2019 Grandma’s Marathon was a wonderful experience for competitors and spectators alike, showcasing one of the most unique and dramatic runs in the history of the event.  The favorite, Boniface (“Bones”) Kongin, had been nursing a sore and lumpy Achilles’ tendon since the 2019 Pittsburg Marathon. It was definitely possible that the injury could […]
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LightSpeed Lift Gait Kinetics Analysis

Saint Scholastica LightSpeed Lift
Upon the observation of 15 healthy, young adults using a LightSpeed Lift body weight support system for a minimum of 5 hours, researchers determined that the device has statistically and clinically significant unweighting effects. Further, it was determined that this body weight support system can reduce the impact force to lower extremities, and thus serve as an effective system for gait improvement, rehabilitation and injury prevention purposes.
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Jordan Hassey Partners with LightSpeed Lift

Lightspeed athlete Jordan Hassey
Years ago, our team at LightSpeed realized that running with Body Weight Support (BWS) could help both healthy and injured runners. Since then, we have been searching for the chance to work with a truly top performer. If such a top talent would try LightSpeed Lift BWS as part of their regular training routine they […]
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LightSpeed Lift Goes to India

By Bud Trnka I will never forget my first day at LightSpeed Lift; June 1st, 2018. I started a dream job and received an email from around the world that expanded the vision of LightSpeed Lift beyond the company’s dreams. The call was from Mumbai, India. A new clinic was being planned with “Movement as […]
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How I Developed the LightSpeed Lift

Throughout my 32 years as a Physical Therapist I have searched for equipment that helps my patients move! People who have been injured and are itchy to return to the road; People with balance issues who need slight assistance maintaining their balance and regain confidence while moving. People who have joint pain when walking or […]
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LightSpeed Lift to Add New Product Line

Illustration of the Lightspeed Lift Model LS300
Malcolm Macaulay, the designer, and developer of the original LightSpeed Lift, has developed two new models for distribution to Professional Trainers, Fitness Centers, and Physical Therapy Clinics for more constant use, more stable active running, and safer use by individuals with significant balance issues such as patients with Parkinson’s and Cerebral Palsy.
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Low-Tech Alternative to AlterG on Market

By Michelle Hamilton Minnesota physical therapist has invented a treadmill device that reduces a runner’s body weight by 20 to 30 pounds, decreasing the impact on the body and enabling faster workouts. Lightspeed Lift is a low-tech simulation of the AlterG treadmill, used by a wide range of athletes, from Alberto Salazar’s squad  in Oregon […]
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Duluth physical therapist develops running aid

By Kevin Pates The lighter you are the faster you can run. That’s the enticing premise for a piece of equipment developed by Duluth physical therapist Malcolm Macaulay as an aid to treadmill exercise. The Lightspeed Lift Body Weight Support System lifts approximately 15 percent of a runner’s body weight off the ground, producing a […]
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Running On Air

Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror—or worse, looked down at the scale—and thought “I’m heavier than I used to be”? I have. I’ve put on about twenty pounds since my last marathon, and I can definitely feel it in my bones when I go out for a jog. That pounding, jolting feeling when I start to run makes it hard to keep going. Malcolm Macaulay, the Duluth-based physical therapist who invented the device, says that’s a common complaint.
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