Recovering from a piriformis injury and trying to not drop out of the Berlin Marathon. It’s so hard to get in to a World Marathon Major through the lottery, so when I had an injury I knew I needed some help. When I saw Lever I was so excited and it was absolutely perfect after resting my injury for a month. It helped me run pain free earlier in recovery so I could continue to train. This has been a game changer and kept me on track. So happy with my choice to give it a try. It saved my training cycle!
Purchased Lever package on rental due to an upcoming total hip replacement to use during the rehabilitation process. It did take the edge off the pain pre-operatively but required a lot of support.
Began using it after 2 weeks post-op with simple supported walking. This replaced the need for using crutches and allowed for a better arm carriage while reducing the impact forces and also maintaining a good stride length and pattern.
I put together a rehabilitation progression plan tied in with the other standard exercises.
By week 12 was up to 1.5 hours with 3x20/25 minutes of easy jogging and did the first outside run of 2k.
By week 16 went under 20 minutes for 5k outside.
I absolutely detest using a treadmill but the Lever certainly helped to maintain and build through progressions a lot quicker than I'd have been comfortable doing otherwise.
This helped get to the start line and finish a full distance Ironman (5.5 months) and two half distance ones, and I'll probably be using it over the next 2 months in preparation for the NY marathon. Surgery was 9 months ago.
I know the above isn't much by way of a review so here's some things I like.
The system is easy to set up each time you use it. Shorts are very comfy and have been robust, though the 'Lever' printing has started to peel. The velcro to tighten around the legs so far has withstood a nice bit of use.
The ability to narrow the fixation points of the pulley system mean that you can maintain whatever normal arm swing you have. This for me is a big difference to using an AltG treadmill. The AltG forces you to hold the arms much higher than normal. In the first 3 months of rehab I used the Lever approximately 50 times, yet the alternative (which I had direct access whenever I'd want) didn't use once.
The one negative I'd say is the monthly cost of postage, shipping, customs and everything wasn't as clear as I'd like so shipping to Europe has continued to cost 15 dollars each month on top of the 99$ per month.
I had surgery several months ago and have had a lot of issues trying to get back to running. The Lever Movement system, paired with my Assault AirRunner, has been the magic bullet to build my volume back up. I plan on keeping the system even after my ACL recovery as I see the benefits or taking load off every now and then.
Working great , no issues at all
Was able to train with an Achilles injury and even do speedwork. Reducing your weight with the cord system is a game changer for loading the lower body. Super easy to set up and comfortable to run on. More comfortable than an anti-gravity treadmill whose shorts give you a wedgey. No wedgey with these shorts! My plan was to rent until by race, but I've decided to buy it.