The official title of this video is “Limitations imposed by wearing armour on Medieval soldiers’ locomotor performance,” but to tell you frankly, I don’t really care about the scientific value of this experiment. The only reason I’m posting this is because this is probably the first and last time you’ll ever see a guy wearing full plate armor running on a threadmill. Voilà.
A study published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B shows that soldiers carrying armour in Medieval times would have been using more than twice the amount of energy had they not been wearing it. This is the first clear experimental evidence of the limitations of wearing Medieval armour on a soldier’s performance.