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Master’s Track runner, Nick Berra, shares his story in the new book, Underwater Treadmill Running by Alberto Salazar and Dr. Dennis Dolny. Nick Berra, who knows a thing or two about running, began using the HydroWorx underwater treadmill for training, as many other track and field athletes do, a few years ago. Not only have track and field runners used the HydroWorx pool in the past, but numerous athletes are currently running underwater for training, and some of them even competing on the big stage later this week!
The results and the benefits for Nick speak for themselves…
I was fortunate to have discovered the HydroWorx treadmill just as I was turning 40 and embarking on a second running career as a Masters-level athlete. After taking almost two decades off from competitive running, I began to train harder and log more miles than I had done in years. My times were dropping and I was becoming very competitive, but the pounding from the road and track work was taking its toll on my body, which wasn’t 23 years old anymore.
Once I was introduced to the underwater treadmill, I was not only able to log a bunch of my weekly miles in the pool and reduce the wear and tear on my legs, but I also began running a large percentage of my interval workouts in the pool as well. The recovery time after these workouts was almost zero (as opposed to days when running similar workouts on the track), and the resistance of the water was improving both my endurance and strength. It was like discovering the fountain of youth – I was able to do more work while actually feeling better afterwards: the best of both worlds!
Now, 3+ years later, HydroWorx plays an even larger role in my training than ever before. As I have aged, I have not backed down my training at all, just shifted larger portions of my miles and workouts to the treadmill. I still feel great, and continue to push myself to new levels. Without the pool I don’t think there is any way I would have stayed this injury-free or attained to performance levels I have been able to achieve. I’m counting on it to continue to keep me fit and at the front of the pack for years to come.
Click here to learn more about underwater running by downloading the book by Alberto Salazar and Dr. Dennis Dolny. This book explains why water works wonders, and how you can harness water’s natural properties to get in incredible shape.
Find out how other elite runners are using underwater treadmill running to train for big races at www.underwaterruntolondon.com
Page Updated on: June 16, 2020