Posted on December 16, 2021

Mom loses 115 pounds with help from Sports Performance, runs NYC Marathon

Liz Fanco wasn’t a runner for the first 38 years of her life, and she’s been considered obese or morbidly obese since high school. Inspired by her eight kids, Liz decided to try running with her family to support World Vision and raise funds to help people access clean water. For three years she tried to run, but mostly walked, with no visible progress in reaching her goals.

Todd Buckingham and Liz Fanco at start of her training program
Todd Buckingham and Liz Fanco at start of her training program

Then, Liz heard about the AlterG Anti-Gravity treadmill. It’s a high-tech treadmill that uses air pressure to allow a person to walk or run at just a fraction of their body weight. Using the treadmill, Liz was able to experience the feeling as if she were running at her ideal weight, about 100 pounds less than her weight at the time.

To actually lose the 100 pounds and to make the change last, you need more than a machine. You need dedication and commitment, which she found with her new friend, Todd Buckingham. Todd is an exercise physiologist at the Mary Free Bed Sports Performance Lab, where Liz tried out the AlterG. He’s also a world champion triathlete.

Before they started working together, Liz was unable to run a mile without stopping. But together, working on the AlterG and making other lifestyle changes, Liz lost 115 pounds in less than a year.

All this dedication and hard work led to half-marathons, triathlons and finally to running the New York City Marathon in November.

Media coverage

Liz’s story has been featured on national news outlets:

“Today” show: Mom of 8 completely transforms health, runs NYC Marathon

Daily Mail TV: Mom of 8 transforms body and loses 100 pounds in a year

WOOD TV8: Anti-gravity treadmill, committed trainer buoy hope for GR marathoner

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