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SpeedFit: Exercise on the Go

America is the land of ingenuity. You are free to invent anything you like, and if enough people are as intrigued by the idea as you, you can be an overnight success. For every inventor of the “Electric Knife,” or “Sliced Bread,” there is this: The Traveling Treadmill. Well, that’s not the official name. It is, in essence, what the creators of SpeedFit have wrought.

I present to you, SpeedFit:

If plans for SpeedFit are successfully mass marketed, you will have the ability to have something move you while you move. That’s right. Wrap your head around this idea. It’s like an escalator on wheels. Instead of walking somewhere, you can walk somewhere, while something moves you there while you are walking.

I know this is sort of mind-blowingly stupid. But hey, this is America. Anyone can have the opportunity to sell you their idea. It’s up to you to decide whether or not to spend your hard earned money on it.

The inventor of SpeedFit is Alex Astilean, a Romanian-born Olympic athlete. The treadmill is actually not even motorized. It’s “powered” by the exerciser. The promotional video doesn’t give you a good sense of how easy or difficult it is to steer, and maybe even more importantly, to stop!

November 17th, 2008