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December 15, 2009 Treadmill Workstations Get Radiologists Moving


Radiologists can add simultaneous physical exercise on a treadmill to their daily image reading routines without compromising diagnostic accuracy, according to an exhibit presented at RSNA 2008. “Radiologists have a relatively sedentary workday in comparison to other health care workers and especially in comparison to other workers in general,” said Amee Patel, M.D., a resident at the University of Maryland Hospital and Baltimore VA Medical Center, who presented “Walking While Working: A Demonstration of a Treadmill-based Radiologist Workstation.”

“Radiologists can increase their energy expenditure by a factor of more than 2.5 by walking on a treadmill for a portion of their day, even at only 1 mile per hour,” said Dr. Patel.


Read entire article from RSNA News March 2009

October 9, 2009

Astronauts try out Colbert’s space treadmill


Exercise machine will help spaceflyers fight bone loss and muscle decay

Staying fit in space is about to get easier now that astronauts on the International Space Station have finished building a new zero-gravity treadmill named after TV comedian Stephen Colbert.


Dubbed COLBERT after the host of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," the new exercise treadmill is now awaiting a series of tests to make sure it's working correctly before astronauts can begin running on it.

"It's done, and we're looking at it right now," space station flight engineer Nicole Stott said Monday via a video link.

Read Entire Article on MSNBC

October 7, 2009

Greener, Too, On the Other Side


Case study 3: Woodway USA
Last March, during IHRSA’s 28th Annual International Convention and Trade Show, Woodway USA unveiled one of its latest innovations, the Eco-Mill, a manually powered treadmill that requires no outside electricity to operate. The user actually generates power while exercising, which recharges the machine’s battery. And, since then, the company has followed up with another environmentally friendly model, the Curve. Read Entire Article

October 6, 2009

Eco-Friendly Treadmill Uses Zero Electricity


Tune Burning excess calories while generating electricity sounds too good to be true, but that's what Woodway's latest fitness machine is all about. The Eco-Mill is a manually-powered treadmill that uses zero electricity. The self-sustained machine works by converting your own energy into precious watts, thereby saving a few watts from the grid. The Eco-Mill drive system allows you to stay fit without increasing your carbon footprint. I tried it at a recent fitness trade show and found myself powering a generator, which converted the energy into electricity to power the display and the elevation system. Extra energy is stored in the treadmill's battery when it isn't in use.

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September 11th, 2009 WOODWAY Force Treadmills on Season 9 of The Biggest Loser

Tune in to see how the Force treadmills are used

Biggest Loser Woodway Force Treadmill

September 8th, 2009 WOODWAY News Story on Milwaukee ABC Station

WISN 12 Coverage of the COLBERT Treadmill and WOODWAY

September 3rd, 2009

COLBERT Treadmill Transferred and Installed on Space Station

Watch the video of Expedition 20 flight engineers Michael Barratt and Frank De Winne transfer and install the C.O.L.B.E.R.T. treadmill that was built and designed by WOODWAY. Moving the treadmill looks like a breeze in zero gravity!

Click here to go to to watch the video, select the picture with the green treadmill to view

Colber Patch

August 24th, 2009

Giant Leap For A Treadmill


Off-the-shelf equipment

COLBERT's roots go back to Wisconsin-based Woodway USA, which provided six of its treadmills under the terms of Wyle Laboratories' contract with NASA for biomedical services. "Our treadmill is as close to off-the-shelf as you can get," Eric Weber, Woodway's director of sales and marketing, told me today.


The devices were modified to have a metal rather than a rubber running surface. The controls were moved off to the side, and a spring tensioner was added so that the treadmill's belt worked properly in zero-G. The treadmill itself was housed in a spring-equipped base to cut down on vibration, gussied up with bungee cords to push the weightless runner down onto the belt, and instrumented with sensors to record the biomedical effects produced by different types of exercise.


The final model is heavier and wider than NASA's TVIS treadmill, and the space agency expects it to be simpler, more reliable and easier to maintain. (Space station astronauts had to give the TVIS treadmill a complete overhaul a couple of months ago.)

Only one of the six Woodway treadmills is actually heading up to the station. The other five are being used for research, development and testing.


August 20, 2009

Colbert Treadmill Built By WOODWAY Prepares For August Launch


View official NASA press kit for launch with specific mention of Colbert treadmill built by WOODWAY for use on the International Space Station.

Colbert Treadmill

Click here to read the NASA Press Kit

August 3, 2009

The Running Shoe Debate: How Barefoot Runners are Shaping the Shoe Industry

A group of running rebels are shedding their shoes and reporting years of injury-free miles. Some ultramarathoners, biomechanics experts and doctors think that's probably a good thing. Others go so far as to say running shoes are in fact causing injuries. Meanwhile, running shoe companies continue to precisely measure runners, and pound and flex shoes in their high-tech labs. Could shoes—and shoe companies—be covering hundreds of thousands of perfectly able bare feet? If shoes are doing damage, just what are the companies measuring? read entire article in Popular Mechanics

July 1st, 2009

WOODWAY Featured in Government Recreation and Fitness Magazine

Military Fitness/Special Ops - Fort Bragg Human Enhancement Center read article

June 8, 2009

WOODWAY Eco-Mill & Curve Featured in Wall Street Journal - Front & Forward Fitness Equipment

GREEN MACHINES: Fitness-equipment manufacturers are making their products more energy efficient. This summer, treadmill maker Woodway USA, of Waukesha, Wis., plans to begin shipping an $8,500 treadmill, the Eco-Mill, that has no motor and requires no power; the exerciser generates electricity by walking or running, recharging a battery that powers the treadmill and its displays. A $5,500 model, the Curve, has a smaller display with less information. read entire article

June 8, 2009

SwimEx and WOODWAY Join Forces

The ultimate aquatic therapy experience will debut this fall with the release of SwimEx therapy pools with an integrated WOODWAY treadmill. The two leaders in their fields are combining technologies to unite the smoothest water flow with the smoothest running environment to create the most beneficial workout possible. The quality, history and engineering behind the two leaders in their fields combine to make one great product.

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May 12, 2009

Getting Fit For Space

Woodway USA has shipped its treadmills to sports stars and athletic equipment companies around the world. This summer, the company will ship to a location that is a bit farther out there: the international space station. The treadmill is part of NASA's astronaut health program and will be housed in an addition being built onto the station. read more

April 17, 2009

WOODWAY Builds Treadmill For Space Station

At the heart of the space station’s now famously named COLBERT (Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill) is a WOODWAY Treadmill that was designed and manufactured at WOODWAY’s world headquarters in Waukesha, WI. read more

April 14, 2009

WOODWAY Featured in Shape Magazine - Get Fit With Gabby

Gabby Reece names WOODWAY Desmo - "My favorite workout machine" read more

March 25, 2009

WOODWAY Debuts Eco-Friendly Treadmill at IHRSA Show – Requires Zero Electricity

WOODWAY has been the world leader in energy efficient treadmill technology for over 35 years and continues to raise the bar when it comes to new ideas and designs. The 2009 International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) was the launching pad for the company’s latest innovation, the Eco-Mill read more

March 17, 2009

Garmin® Links with Top Fitness Technology Brands to Maximize Wireless Workouts Through ANT+ Connection

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced key alliances in the fitness industry that will revolutionize the way users work out. The rapid expansion of industry leaders and innovative products able to link with certain Garmin devices through ANT+™ wireless technology was announced in conjunction with the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) international convention and trade show in San Francisco (Booth 227). read more

March 13, 2009

Orthometrix and WOODWAY Team Up to Distribute The Vibraflex® Line To Sports and Fitness Markets

All VibraFlex models for Sports, Fitness and Wellness are now available for purchase through WOODWAY representatives and dealers, either directly or at major trade shows where WOODWAY exhibits its equipment. read more

February 20, 2009

WOODWAY Launches Touch Screen Cardio Entertainment and Non-Motorized Eco-Mill at IHRSA

IHRSA Provides First Glimpse of Advanced Cardio Entertainment Technology and Totally Green Treadmill

WOODWAY, the world’s largest specialized treadmill manufacturer, combines the industry’s finest running surface with innovative interactive entertainment options to form their latest product - the Desmo Elite. read more

February 6, 2009

WOODWAY Takes Part in RACC Great Lakes Multisport Expo

WOODWAY Offers iMETT Testing for Show Attendees - Proceeds Go To Racers Against Childhood Cancer

WOODWAY was a proud participant in the Racers Against Childhood Cancer (RACC) Multisport Expo at the Wisconsin State Fair Park January 31st – February 1st. read more

December 12, 2008

WOODWAY Invites Athletic Business Attendees to Be Green. Run Clean.

WOODWAY’s Be Green. Run Clean. campaign invited Athletic Business attendees to view first-hand what makes a WOODWAY the world's most efficient and environmentally-friendly treadmill. read more

July 20, 2008

The Making of an Olympian

An unorthodox, highly scientific training regimen made Andy Potts the top triathlete in the country

Only by constantly monitoring an athlete and endlessly tweaking his workouts can a coach design a training plan that scientifically reflects the body’s response to stress. And that’s exactly what Doane does for Potts. Every day, Potts’s Suunto T6 body-monitoring system feeds Doane a minimum of 4,320 data points—his heart rate measured every five seconds for six hours—which Doane can either graph into a condensed chart or expand over 10 pages. Some days, Doane uses figures from Potts’s CompuTrainer Plus microcomputer as well, and that adds data points for wattage and cadence to the mix. “In terms of training, there’s nothing unique in the world—it’s just different combinations of how to put it together,” says Joe Friel, a triathlon coach and the author of The Triathlete’s Training Bible. “But Andy’s coach is monitoring him and making decisions on a daily basis, and that’s very difficult to do.” read entire article