The Diplomat. Madrid
Last autumn, tennis player Rafa Nadal recommended the King, after his double hip operation at the hands of doctor Miguel Cabanela, to get an anti gravity treadmill like the one he or top athletes such as football player Cristiano Ronaldo have, according to information provided to The Diplomat by reliable sources. However, Zarzuela refused the purchase of this machine for its elevated cost (more than 35,000 euros) and because of the refusal of the head of medical service of the Royal Household, doctor Miguel Tapia, to use it.
This anti gravity machine is a treadmill trying to simulate the exercise of running outdoors. The most famous one is called “Alter-G” and it is specially designed for people suffering from injuries. According to the website Runfitners, its technology allows the user to configure it so that runners can only feel 20% of their weight, which provides the feeling of being in space.
The King Juan Carlos has followed a physical therapy based on physiotherapeutic massages and physical exercises in a pool, with doctor Fernando Serrano, which has been giving good results. For the exercises in the water, some works were carried out in the indoor swimming pool of the Zarzuela: first of all the ground was levelled out so that the water was always by the chest. Then, a series of roughness were placed on the floor so that the head of the State could walk more securely.