Is pain keeping you from running or walking? Does riding a bicycle hurt your back or give you ‘saddle sore’? Are you bored on the cardio machines at the gym or at home? Are you looking to improve your time in your next race?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, the ElliptiGO may be the tool for you.
What is it: Think bicycle plus elliptical machine. The ElliptiGO was invented in Southern California and came to the market around 2010. It has the familiar bicycle components (handlebars for steering, hand brakes, gears, two wheels) with a stride similar to the elliptical machine. The stride is very comfortable and smooth. It is slightly longer and narrower than the average indoor machine to match your running stride better. The handle bars and stride length can be adjusted to accommodate heights of 5’ 0” to 6'8".
What the research says:
A recent research study by Rendler and colleagues found that workouts on ElliptiGO improve cardiorespiratory fitness and body composition in line with fitness industry standards and American College of Sports Medicine guidelines. (You can read the full article here)
ElliptiGO riding expends 33% more energy compared to cycling at the same speed.
ElliptiGO also conducted many case studies with their elite athletes that you can check out.
Who uses it?
The ElliptiGO is a useful tool for all runners and fitness enthusiasts. Elite runners are using it to supplement their training and achieve their goals. Former runners who are unable to run due to pain use it to get the ‘runner’s high’ and build fitness without pain. Injured runners use it in their rehabilitation to keep fit while allowing their injuries to heal.
If you do not have pain, the ElliptiGO can supplement your training to improve your cardiovascular fitness without the impact that running puts on your body. Recovery is an important part of training. You can add additional training time without putting excessive stress on your body. My friend Tina Muir, an elite marathon runner, posted a blog about the benefits of cross training for runners. You can check it out here.