If you have been watching The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, then you are undoubtedly familiar with his love of exercise and the importance of getting in shape. So it’s no surprise that he is a huge fan of the Colbert treadmill. The company has been around for a long time and they have built a lot of trust with their consumers. Therefore, if you want to get yourself in shape without going outside, or finding a gym, this is your best option.
The idea of having a treadmill on set has always fascinated me. I can’t help but compare it to the famous TV show Star Trek. In the first series, the ship Enterprise visited numerous planets in an effort to find a suitable planet for human life. The crew even considered making their own home in a gas ring, but finally settled on using the USS Enterprise’s transporter to transport the crew and their ship into other star systems.
That said, let’s not forget that Star Trek was a favorite of the famous William Shatner as well as actor Patrick Stewart. In the episode “The Pegasus”, Shatner took the stairs instead of going to the bridge of the Enterprise. This method of transportation became popular with some of America’s most respected celebrities, but it actually saved them money by allowing them to commute to work from the studio rather than having to pay for public transportation. Thus, it makes sense that the Colbert treadmill could be the perfect gift for any “in between” living person with a big heart who wants to exercise but doesn’t have the time or money for a full on public transportation commute.
When I watched The Big Bang Theory, I had my hopes up for a good show about the universe and the laws of Newton and gravity. Instead, what we got was a comical comedy about a rich guy who’s eccentric mother had left him a treadmill to make him go to school. The character, Colbert, went to the International Space Station to deliver his last message to mankind before jumping back onto Earth. It was a touching moment, but it also provided entertainment for millions of television viewers. A treadmill is exactly the right size for someone who is seriously considering a career in space, and who wants to share this incredible adventure with as many people as possible.
The Big Bang Theory episode was funny, but probably not as funny as what could happen if President Obama had purchased a treadmill and wheeled it onto the international space station. The best part of the video is when Wiederhoeft jokes about Obama’s choice of walking to work: “And now he’s walking to the Chinese restaurant… backwaters? The Yellow River?
There are a few disadvantages to the idea of the Wheelbarrow Treadmill for use as a gift to help a wheelchair bound person to get back into shape. First, it is large and heavy. The large, heavy frame may be difficult for someone in a wheelchair to lift onto the platform and onto the treadmill. A second problem, that is often named by Colbert, is that the treadmill is only effective if you have operational load external resistance. This means that if the treadmill is unresponsive, it will not be able to give enough torque or force to move someone in a wheelchair.
The joke about the first treadmill being used by astronauts on the space station, is not a joke, and it is a popular joke among the enthusiasts of this industry. The joke is that an astronaut would need to have a very large pool to walk in, if they were going to walk to work on a treadmill. If they were moving forward on a railroad track, then they would have to use quite a bit more force to get their feet to move. A treadmill can provide some of that force, but it needs to be operating at full capacity.
This makes a lot of sense. If you are trying to move some heavy cargo in a vehicle, you don’t want to have to put a lot of force behind the wheel to do it, but you want to have a lot of force to keep from accelerating. This is the same concept with a treadmill. Treadmills are often named by Colbert, and the joke is that these are not actually the best inventions for getting around; they are just something fun to do.
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