According to Octane Fitness, 80% of runners have been injured in the last year. Fortunately, my first year of running has been a healthy one, but I’m not surprised by this statistic. A runner’s body takes a lot of pounding. To help runners train smarter, run longer, and avoid injury, Octane recently developed the Zero Runner. Unlike a treadmill or an elliptical, the Zero Runner is a unique alternative to road workouts that still allows a runner to feel like a runner. Preview it here:
The Zero Runner uses bionic legs with innovative hip and knee joints to replicate a real running motion and reduce the impact that causes overuse injuries. This is especially helpful for those training for half marathons and full marathons, as less pounding leads to decreased fatigue. The Zero Runner is best used in combination with outdoor workouts. I’m sure it would be very useful during a cold and icy winter!
The equipment also includes an app that traces your stride throughout your run, so your form can remain consistent. Its motion encourages the correct muscle usage through the four phases of a runner’s gait–initiate, pull-through, lift, extension. Over time, this will improve your stride on the road and increase your speed. This same app includes cross training exercises that can be done alongside the Zero Runner. Strong runners don’t ignore strength training.
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Last week, I attended an Octane event at Gym Source to test out the Zero Runner and hear from its Ambassadors–Olympian Carrie Tollefson and Runner Addict Larry Schmidt. Carrie talked about how she wished the Zero Runner had existed when she was at the height of her training, so she could have avoided so many injuries. Larry now uses the Zero Runner after undergoing a hip operation to continue training for marathons. He experiences pain when running on the road but is able to run for hours on the Zero Runner without pain.
So, what’s it like to run on the equipment? It takes a few tries to get used to the wide stride. Rather than sweeping your legs back and forth, you have to concentrate on using your hamstring to kick your heel toward your glute. This creates the running motion. Running on the equipment elongates your stride and makes you feel graceful. The Zero Runner, which is smaller than a treadmill, would be a great option for an apartment. With no motor, it doesn’t need to be plugged in and is very quiet. I’d love to incorporate a Zero Runner into my training!
This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Octane Fitness.