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Jun 20, 2014

Fox32 News “Sproing easier on joints, unlike treadmill”

Is it just the latest workout fad or could it be the answer to your back aches and knee pain? The ‘Sproing’ is the latest running machine, but it’s nothing like a treadmill.

It’s a running machine that adds a spring to your step.

“You can go as intensely as you want as fast as you want and it gives you a speed reading,” said Paul Toback, CEO of Sproing Sport.

The Sproing was invented here in Chicago and is one of the latest machines that is said to help you to get beach body ready without the aches and pains.

“So, the surface of these is an inflated air cushion. It’s way better for your body half the impact on your knees 41 percent less on your back and 1/3 less on your ankles. It’s the softest treadmill in the industry,” Toback said.

David Valentine is a Sproing user that’s greatly benefited from the machine.

“While I used to run, now I’m at the age and condition where it hurts my knees and hurts my back, so when I read about this I said this sounds great because its low impact but high intensity,” said Valentine.

Instead of your typical treadmill that has a moving belt, the Sproing doesn’t. Instead, gym goers at Sproing Sport in Old Town run, jump and squat on an air filled pad.

Dr. Michael Terry, an orthopedic surgeon at Northwestern Medicine, said this new workout craze could be easier on your joints.

“Running on padding will decrease some of the impact. Running on different surfaces makes a difference. Just like running on turf or track is different than running on concrete,” said Dr. Terry.

And although working out on an air filled pad while you’re strapped onto a machine may take some getting used to, people who use the Sproing said it’s their results that count.

“I’ve lost about 2 inches on my waist and 10 lbs, and probably put on more in muscle mass in that time,” Valentine added.

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Jun 11, 2014

Sproing featured on Fox Business


After stepping down as CEO of Bally Total Fitness, Paul Toback hit the ground running with a new fitness-related idea.

In a Conference Room interview with FBN’s Jeff Flock, Toback says he perceived a big gap in the fitness industry.

“I think it’s what they really try to teach you in school, which is look for the open white space. We knew that the treadmill burned a lot of calories but hurt you, and that the elliptical was soft but didn’t burn a lot of calories,” says Toback.

The end result? The “Sproing,” which Toback describes as an air surface designed to help runners maintain natural running form – without the impact of running on pavement or on a treadmill.

“It’s basically an inflated flat air bladder. It’s 50% less impact than the softest treadmill in the industry and two-thirds less impact than walking outside,” says Toback. He says the name Sproing is intended to provide a sense of fun; it can also be used as a verb, as in “sproinging.”

“We basically tried to invent a better mousetrap,” says Toback.

Now, Toback is getting back to his Bally Total Fitness roots, opening fitness centers centered around Sproing machines.

“[F]rom a business standpoint, we looked at it and said we’re really fitness operators. And so we figured, why just sell them to other operators when we could run our own clubs,” says Toback. The first Sproing Sport club is located in Chicago, Illinois.

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