TrueForm vs. Treadmill

Over 100 years ago the first treadmill was invented and since then, it’s taken on various different forms; and the most recent - the TrueForm. 


If you are new to X⁴ or thinking about giving it a shot, you might be new to using a TrueForm. That can seem intimidating, but we’re here to walk you through all the ins and outs, so when you show up for your first class you are feeling confident and ready to try a new machine. 


Let’s start with the basics - what is a TrueForm? 

A TrueForm is a type of curved treadmill. It’s a non-motorized, concave device that allows users to walk and run on it with each foot strike propelling the belt behind them.


But… How does it work?

The TrueForms work through a mixture of gravity, friction and the forces of running. With each step you take, the foot and weight of the body pull the tread back to propel itself. Due to the curvature of the TrueForm, the center of mass is ahead of a normal treadmill and therefore gives a greater experience of on-ground running. 



So why a TrueForm over a Treadmill? 

There are multiple benefits that come with the use of a TrueForm over a treadmill. The first of those is the fact that it is self-propelled and self-paced. A normal treadmill requires you to set a speed for yourself. That is no longer the case here. Whether you want to run, jog or walk all can be done within a second on the TrueForm. This gives you a more natural pace where you can speed up or slow down as your body needs to when your body needs to. 


Another benefit of a TrueForm is the fact that it’s not about speed. Unlike treadmills, TrueForms are made for those who are looking for less of a training exercise and more of a calorie-burning exercise. A TrueForm will give you the same benefits whether you’re walking or running. This also provides a sense of comfort for our users as it lessens any ‘gymidation’ knowing you can and should go at your own speed.  


The best benefit of the TrueForm is that it statistically provides a better workout than a treadmill will. It’s been reported that runners work about 30 percent harder on the curved, non-motorized treadmills and that runners on a curved treadmill, like a TrueForm, increased their oxygen consumption by 32% and increased their heart rate by 16%. These statistics alone show that you’re getting a better workout. The higher your heart rate is, the more calories you’re burning. Plus, you get to do it at your own pace. 


If you’re interested in seeing what the hype is about and trying out a TrueForm for yourself be sure to come see us at X⁴ Mountain Brook today.