New treadmills at Community Hospital Fitness Pointe help cushion the jog, easier on joints

New treadmills at Community Hospital Fitness Pointe help cushion the jog, easier on joints
By: Community Healthcare System Last Updated: February 12, 2020

Munster, Ind. - If treadmill equipment used to be your workout tool of choice, but you stopped using it because of the high impact to your joints; you may need to rethink your run. Community Hospital Fitness Pointe® is the first facility in the state of Indiana this past January to premiere five Star Trac®10TRx FreeRunner™ treadmills. The unique design features a hexagonal suspension system that is gentle on joints and shins to provide a more cushioned walk or run.

“You definitely notice that the deck has much more cushion than other treadmills; it’s not a hard surface,” said Nikki Sarkisian, Fitness Pointe exercise program manager. “Members who use the equipment describe it as being very similar to running on an indoor track.”

The FreeRunner treadmill is a different kind of indoor running experience. The treadmill deck is aluminum and it is supported by a honeycomb shaped polymer suspension system that acts much like shock absorbers. Impact to the joints is reduced by up to 26 percent in a study conducted by California State University-Fullerton that measured and compared running absorption.

“One member, who had stopped running because of shin splints, told me they are now able to run again on the FreeRunner treadmill without further occurrence,” Sarkisian said.  

Community Hospital Fitness Pointe, 9950 Calumet Avenue in Munster, helps individuals achieve life-long health and fitness through innovative, quality programs, state-of-the-art equipment and highly credentialed staff.

Fitness Pointe offers a variety of memberships to meet individual needs. A one-time enrollment fee is paid upon joining. There are no long-term binding contracts. Membership is offered monthly. All memberships include a FREE individual orientation session that consists of a fitness assessment and an introduction to Fitness Pointe with a degreed fitness professional.

For more information on membership options, Fitness Pointe membership relations specialist are available 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays or 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturdays at 219-924-5348.