If you’re a runner or know a runner, you may be aware that what every runner wants — more than the newest pair of racing flats or top-of-the-line heart rate monitor — is to be more efficient, run faster and longer and avoid injury. Octane Fitness has made it all possible with the new Zero Runner, a totally unique, battery-powered (it’s quiet and cordless) piece of equipment built for zero-impact running (TM).
Last week, I was invited to a special event at The Gym Source in New York City to experience the Zero Runner first-hand.
The Zero Runner replicates real running motion without impacting the joints so runners can “train more, pound less.” Runners use the same muscles they do for their outdoor runs with a full range of motion and move at their own pace.
A Zero Runner is ideal for regular exercisers, beginning runners, running enthusiasts and injured or aging runners.
A few of the benefits of using a Zero Runner, include:
- A Healthier Stride: Through an app that traces your stride and gait, you can concentrate on improving your form and efficiency keeping you as strong at mile 1 as you are at mile 5.
- Race Training: On the Zero Runner you can make long runs a combination of indoor/outdoor training which helps increase stamina and decrease repetitive stress on the joints.
- Active Recovery: Replace your junk miles with quality miles to counteract fatigue.
- Cross Training: Add strength and flexibility to your workouts to address weaknesses and muscular imbalances.
- Run Longer: Not only can you lengthen your running career, you can also make any single run faster, stronger and longer using the Zero Runner.
- All-weather Running: Regardless of the weather, you can still get a solid indoor run.
Olympian Carrie Tollefson was at last week’s event and enthusiastic about the Zero Runner as a way to stay active during the later stages of pregnancy. She said she wises she would have had something like this during her competitive days which could have helped her avoid the many injuries she sustained and lengthen her competitive career.
Before stepping on the machine to try it myself, I knew better than to think I could treat it like an elliptical. While it’s easy to slip your feet right into the foot pads, the actual movement takes some practice. It’s not like road running, but it’s just as fun. After some practice, I had the hang of it and sadly, had to dismount so the next person could try it.
I was hoping I would win a Zero Runner in the drawing at the event but no luck. At $3299, however, this is definitely an addition someone could consider making to their home gym.
This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Octane Fitness.