Things You Should Know About the ElliptiGO
In the last year, I have probably cross-trained more than I have run. To an avid runner, this can be a death sentence. Don’t get me wrong, there have definitely been days of doom and gloom, but I have also had a chance to explore other forms of activity. From spin biking to joining a masters swimming team, I have tried it all.
My latest venture has been the ElliptiGO. Don’t know what that is? Let me explain.
What is ElliptiGO?
The ElliptiGO is basically an elliptical on wheels. It reminds me of a bike, with a larger frame and smaller wheels. The motion is similar to an elliptical machine without the arm movements.
I have found it to be quite a fast machine. I reach speeds that I can’t reach on y old 1985 Schwinn Worldsport. I recommend wearing a helmet though. Safety first!
Breath Of Fresh Air
My favorite thing about the ElliptiGO, the ability to be outside! This winter was certainly one for the record books, but with spring temperatures and sunshine, I look for any excuse to exercise outside. This machine, although larger than a bike, is fairly lightweight and can be broken down in order to take it places.
The trails in Minneapolis are great for this futuristic bike. I am able to log lots of miles on smooth, paved trails, while soaking up all the vitamin D one could ask for. It feels so refreshing to have the wind in my hair and the sun on my skin.
If the weather is dreary, you can place it on a roller and use it in doors. There are eight gears for varying resistance. Looking for a challenge, try the ElliptiGO out on some hills. It is sure to get your heart rate up and your body sweating!
All The Elites Are Doing It
If you still aren’t convinced, ask the Men’s Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi what he thinks about it. He says he uses it as a supplement to his training. The company is even guaranteeing one to run a PR, or your money back!
Along with Meb, Adam Goucher, Lauren Fleshman, and Neely Spence all have advocated for ElliptiGO. It’s a great alternative to running because of the low impact. Running is extremely hard on your body. With the ElliptiGO you can get outside, get a workout, and stay injury free.
Then concept of the ElliptiGO is great, unfortunately, they still aren’t very common, and run a little pricey ($1,800 – $3,500). I have been fortunate enough to have access to an ElliptiGO without having to shell out the money for my own.
If you ever get a chance to test ride one of them, I would highly recommend it. It’s sure to provide you with a fun and refreshing form of cross training. As thankful as I am for gyms during time of injury, there is nothing better than fresh air and fitness.
What have you found helpful to keep your training going while injured?