Walking Backward On A Treadmill


This is another post about fitness accidents.  Only this time, it was a tv stunt gone bad.

Did you ever notice someone at the gym walking backwards on a treadmill?  Did you wonder whether they were into a new, trendy form of cardio exercise, trying to break the monotony, or maybe you thought  they were doing something risky?


This is another post about fitness accidents. Only this time, it was a tv stunt gone bad.

On January 15, the Price Is Right announcer, George Gray, fell while walking backwards on a treadmill.

He held his script in one hand, and  his microphone in the other. While reading his script, he took a quick fall landing on his back. He managed to get up, gain composure,  and continue the show.  He was lucky he didn’t suffer a head injury.


Treadmills are made for improving heart health.  If you enjoy using a treadmill, use it safely.

  • Walking backwards on a treadmill, increases your chances of falling.  
  • Walking backward as a land exercise, is used to improve balance, not heart health.

It only takes a split second to be thrown off balance, landing on your head, or your back. At the very least you can strain muscles, which, depending on the severity, can take weeks to heal.

Muscle strains can be very painful.  At worst, serious head injuries, lacerations, and broken bones. By all means, don’t use it for an entertainment stunt.

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