My Doctors Told Me To Never Run Again. Then I Found The Zero Runner.

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I really miss running, so when I heard about the Zero Runner I HAD to see what it was all about. I’ll tell you right up front that this thing delivers on every promise you’ve heard about it, and it delivers big!

Tom Riggs on the Octane Zero Runner ZR7

Tom Riggs runs again on the new Octane Zero Runner.

The new Zero Runner from Octane Fitness has enabled me to return to running after more than a year off, even though I’ve had two doctors tell me I had to give up the sport I’ve loved for over 30 years!

Back in the mid seventies as a high school gymnast, I made a horrible miscalculation on my dismount from the high bar. As I was swinging reverse giants (that’s when the gymnast swings completely around the bar) I was supposed to let go at just the right point, do a front flip, and land on the mats below. I’d done the trick just fine in practice and in competition. This time, though, something went horribly wrong. I’ll never know exactly what I did wrong, but the result was painful and, eventually, life-changing. Instead of landing on my feet as planned, I hit the bar with the backs of my legs and landed on the back of my head with my full body weight coming straight down.

I was extremely sore for several days, and my neck was stiff for weeks! I didn’t know it at the time, but that stiff neck was because I had ruptured the disk at C5-6. It took a while, but several years later that disk collapsed completely and I had to have a spinal fusion. I was fine for many years and even ran 30 marathons, winning my age group or the master’s division a few times in smaller local races, and once even managed to place fourth overall! I planned to run marathons into my eighties and pile up age-group awards until I either didn’t enjoy running anymore, or I was physically unable to do so.

The “physically unable” part came much sooner than I’d anticipated. Because of that original injury, some bad luck and some bad genes, I’ve now had three fusion procedures on my neck and one on my lower spine. I’ve also got titanium joints and screws in both feet, but I was still trying to run as much as possible. Finally, two doctors told me just weeks apart that, not only was running a bad idea, but I should stop altogether before I put myself in horrible pain for the rest of my life!

I really miss running, so when I heard about the Zero Runner I HAD to see what it was all about. I’ll tell you right up front that this thing delivers on every promise you’ve heard about it, and it delivers big!

My wife and I both took to it immediately with no real clumsiness …and my wife has never been a runner! Our sales person had warned us that there would be a learning curve and some initial awkward feelings, and that proved to be the case with the group of people who tried the Zero Runner after us. We stood and watched as they tried, one after the other, to get the hang of running on this new contraption. They felt silly, and truthfully looked silly as well, but they were clearly enjoying themselves and got the hang of it in very little time.

Octane Zero Runner ZR7 Console

The Octane Zero Runner console is simple and elegant.

We took delivery of our Zero Runner about two weeks after that initial visit to HealthStyles Exercise Equipment and both of us absolutely love it! Besides looking very cool, this machine is smooth, quiet, and provides an awesome workout. My wife loves the fact that she can vary her pace and stride without having to push buttons to tell a treadmill to slow down or speed up. The Zero Runner is motivated by you, so you get to set the pace instead of reacting to a mindless motor.

Stepping onto the Zero Runner, one of the first things you notice is the nifty piece of clear glass directly in front of you. Then you wonder, “Where’s the display? Where are the numbers and timers and stuff?” Not until you touch the “power” button do you realize the clear piece of glass is more than just a decoration or a book holder; it’s actually the display! Simple and elegant, it’s a pleasant departure from the usual gaudy, overindulgent displays of today’s fitness equipment. Stationary handles contain heart rate sensors, or you can wear a wireless chest strap to keep tabs on your effort. I like to run with only one hand holding on to either the stationary handle or the handle that moves with your stride, so having that chest strap is a nice touch.

There are a few different strides you can do on the Zero Runner, including lunges and stairs, so even though the strength of this machine is its dead-on imitation of running, you can vary your workout if boredom sets in. There’s also the usual timer that counts up or down. And the build quality is exceptional. I highly recommend the Zero Runner!

Tom RiggsTom Riggs is a runner, artist, and writer living in Fort Collins.

Contact him at tomtherunner@hotmail.com.

62-Year-Old with Five Artificial Joints and Spinal Fusion Runs Again on Zero Runner

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Dave Sheriff runs again on the Octane Zero Runner.

Dave Sheriff runs again on the Octane Zero Runner.

Sixty-two-year-old former avid runner Dave Sheriff recently re-found his love of running in a new piece of cardio equipment that allows him painless, impact-free running, the Zero Runner.

“I missed being able to stride out and run,” Sheriff said.

“On the Zero Runner, I look the same as anyone else. And I get the endorphins, the runner’s high.”

Sheriff sorely missed running.

As a former athlete – he wrestled and played football at St. Cloud State in Minnesota – who suffered injuries – his right knee in college and his shoulder more recently, in a bike crash – Sheriff had good cause to stop running.

“I had both hips replaced 16 years ago; both knees replaced, around four years ago; and a spinal fusion – with cadaver disc and titanium plate – and shoulder reconstruction three years ago.

“They shoulda just put me down.”

Despite his near-bionic status, and like many passionately athletic Coloradoans, Sheriff continued in fitness, mostly by means other than running.

“I cycled. Rode a stationary bike. Power-walked, with poles to let my upper body do a bit more of the work. I elliptical-ed.

“But these other things aren’t quite the same,” resigned Sheriff.

And he did try a little running.

On a standard treadmill, Sheriff can do a slow jog: four miles per hour. But only for a few minutes.

“It’s not comfortable.”

Pavement is even worse.

“I can run for 30 seconds.

However, with the Zero Runner, which looks a bit like a mechanical exoskeleton for the legs, Sheriff said there’s no discomfort.

“And there’s the freedom of a full range of motion. I really get a sweat up,” Sheriff said. “It’s phenomenal.”

Octane Zero Runner Stride PhasesThe Los Angeles Times recently reviewed a handful of running machines that claim to take the stress and impact out of running. The new product category – the soft running machine – is needed, the review said, because every year, half of all runners get hurt enough that they must stop running – sometimes for a few days, sometimes forever.

Injury reduction was likewise the impetus for the explosion of “soft” running methods in the last decade, such as barefoot running.

In the review, the Zero Runner was by far the simplest. No motor, just foot cups and hip and knee joints that allow the cups (and feet) to follow a normal running stride, including following the runner’s feet upward as they kick up behind. And handles that follow the runner’s arm movement. As well, it features a striking clear-screen display and electronics that integrate with iPads and iPhones.

It was also one of the least expensive, at $3,299.

The Zero Runner can be found at HealthStyles Exercise Equipment stores in Denver, Boulder, Ft. Collins, and Glenwood Springs. It was designed, and is manufactured, by Octane Fitness of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

 

Free iPad Mini When You Buy the New Octane Zero Runner!

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In an earlier post we highlighted one of the standout features of all Octane fitness equipment: iPad integration. Rather than forcing you to learn how to use a new, clunky display, Octane links your exercise machine to your iPad through their SmartLink app, available on the App store.

Octane ZR7 Zero Impact RunningTo help you take advantage of this amazing feature, we’re proud to announce a new promotion:

Now through September 30th, when you buy the all-new Octane Zero Runner from your local HealthStyles store, you can choose to receive either a FREE iPad Mini or additional savings on our already low sale prices!

The Zero Runner is ideal for:

  • Competitive runners who want to extend their running careers and improve performance.
  • Runners with past or chronic injuries who want to avoid additional injury.
  • Homeowners adding one piece of cardio equipment and wanting low-impact and quiet, but the high intensity of a running workout.

When you visit one of our locations, be sure to try the Zero Runner. For the first time you can experience the pleasure of running with absolutely no impact. Ideal for athletes who have a hard time taking days off, the no-impact Zero Runner allows you to extend your training time without causing undue stress and strain on your joints. And if an injury has been keeping you from running, the Zero Runner is just what you’ve been waiting for! The Zero Runner’s innovative hip and knee joints allow you to replicate your natural running form, while the independent pedals follow your feet throughout the running motion so you never feel discomfort from impacting on the ground.

The Zero Runner, making its Colorado debut in HealthStyles Exercise Equipment stores, is the latest addition to Octane’s long line of top-quality exercise machines. Check out some of our earlier blog posts to learn more about the amazing benefits of Zero Runner!
 
iPad MiniWith your free iPad Mini, you can wirelessly connect to your new Octane Zero Runner and access tons of useful information, customizable exercise programs, and advanced training routines. You can even link with your social media profiles so you can share your performance and progress with your friends and family!

This incredible offer is only available through September 30th 2014 in stores only. So visit one of our six Colorado locations and take advantage of this exclusive promotion!

Zero Runner: Benefits for Injured or Recovering Athletes

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Octane ZR7 Zero Runner Cross TrainingBeing forced to train less or even forgo intensive training altogether due to an injury is easily the most frustrating moment for an athlete. Although there are options available that allow injured athletes to continue working out to some degree, all of them lack the quality and intensity athletes demand from their training.

Until now.

The all-new Zero Runner from Octane, available at your nearest HealthStyles Exercise Equipment location, is the first running machine that allows you to run with your natural form while eliminating the impact of your feet hitting the ground. The Zero Runner’s unique design, the ability to add more miles to your run without adding strain to your joints, and its easy incorporation into cross training exercises make it an ideal fitness machine for injured and recovering athletes.

Unique Design

The engineers at Octane set out to design a way for athletes to enjoy all the benefits of running naturally but without the pounding and stress on the body that generally accompanies it. In the Zero Runner’s innovative design, they have accomplished just that!

The Zero Runner features ingenious hip and knee joints intended to act almost like a bionic leg – facilitating each athlete’s unique running motion and natural stride. The independent pedals follow your feet throughout the running motion, allowing you to run just as naturally as if you were outdoors. Both of these aspects serve to suspend the body, frame your physique, and protect your joints so you can reap the benefits of running while avoiding the pain from impacting with the ground.

Octane Zero Runner ZR7 vs Treadmills

Unlike ellipticals or treadmills, the Zero Runner places no limitations on your movement. There’s no moving belt and no fixed path. Instead, you create the movement and pace that is uniquely yours. By eliminating impact, the Zero Runner allows injured and recovering athletes the freedom to run as they would normally and at a pace that fits their training needs.

Add More Miles

Even otherwise healthy athletes inevitably reach a point in their run after which the benefits of further running are outweighed by the stress and strain that comes with each footfall on pavement. Indeed, runners who try to push themselves past these limits can threaten their bodies with serious damage.

With the Zero Runner, you can delay that breaking point and continue running with the same intensity without fear of pain or injury. The pounding your joints take when running outside or even on treadmills steadily wears down your body and stresses your joints. Running on the Zero Runner, however, completely eliminates the impact your body would otherwise feel while engaging the same muscles you use when running naturally.

While the Zero Runner is an ideal machine for injured athletes, all variety of runners can benefit from the additional miles the Zero Runner makes possible for you to achieve. Try using the Zero Runner as a supplement to your normal running routine: run 6 miles outside and 4 miles inside on the Zero Runner. You’ll immediately notice how the lack of impact on the Zero Runner allows you to stay as strong at mile 10 as you were at mile 1.

Cross Training Integration

Octane Zero Runner ZR7 CROSS CiRCUITLike all of Octane’s products, the Zero Runner can connect wirelessly to your iPad using the SmartLink app available on the app store. With the SmartLink app, you have access to dozens of customizable training programs, tools, and resources to help you improve your performance and track your progress (for more info on the Zero Runner’s iPad and SmartLink integration, please see our previous blog post).

One of the best features of the SmartLink app, though, is the unique CROSS CiRCUIT program filled with tons of beneficial cross training exercises. Athletes today know how important it is to vary the exercises you do while training in order to get the most well-rounded exercise possible. Cross training involves strength, flexibility, and stretching with different exercises like plyometrics and core moves to help you take on your weaker links and dramatically improve your performance.

By incorporating the Zero Runner into your cross training program, you will improve the efficiency of your workouts, increase your strength, and develop lasting athletic power. Combine running intervals on the Zero Runner with strength training and stretching exercises to optimize your workout while minimizing the chance of injury.

To all the injured and recovering athletes out there: don’t settle for less in your training and exercise. Your injury does not have to prevent you from continuing to work out. Visit your nearest Healthstyles Exercise Equipment location and try the ZR7 Zero Runner for yourself, today!  

Zero Runner: Benefits for Competitive Runners

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runnersWhen it comes to running, most athletes have their own ideas about how to get the most out of every training mile. Well, we’ve got one too: try running without impact.

You can do this with the new no-impact Zero Runner from Octane. Available at your nearest HealthStyles location, the Zero Runner is a unique running machine that can help runners meet and exceed their fitness goals by allowing them to increase their training volume, monitor their stride consistency, and engage in active warm ups and recovery.

Find out for yourself just how beneficial the Zero Runner can be for your training regimen by visiting one of your local HealthStyles Exercise Equipment stores and going for a run on the Zero Runner.

Increase Training Volume

If you want to seriously improve your running performance over the long term, exactly how much and how often should you run? According to the 2013 National Runner Survey distributed by Running USA, the average competitive runner runs 35.5 miles a week. But is that enough?

Frankly, there is no hard and fast answer to this question. However, most experts would agree that running more is the surest way to improve as a runner. After all, practice makes perfect. Research, too, suggests, this is the case. For example, Dr. Jason Karp, in his study of male and female qualifiers for the US Olympic Team Trials marathons, found a strong correlation between training volume and performance.

However, one of the problems inherent in running more to improve performance is that, at some point, running more will lead to a breaking point. After that point, more running can cause pain, discomfort, and even injury.

Enter the Zero Runner, the first no-impact running machine ever. With the Zero Runner, you can increase your weekly running frequency and daily running duration without increasing the risk of injury. That’s because the Zero Runner’s innovative hip and knee joints allow you to run with your natural form while the independent pedals eliminate the impact of your feet hitting the ground. No impact means no pain and discomfort on your joints, and that means you can improve your running performance by running farther and more often.

Monitor Stride Consistency

As with all Octane exercise machines, the Zero Runner can wirelessly connect to your iPad through Octane’s SmartLink app (see this blog post for more). With this app, athletes can choose training programs specific to their fitness goals, track their workouts and progress, and even work with a virtual trainer.

Octane Zero Runner Stride PhasesAnother feature available with this app, and with the Zero Runner, that is sure to get serious runners excited is the ability to monitor your running form. As it stands, most running technology can only track things like steps, distance, and calories burned. Although this information is certainly helpful, it only scratches the surface when it comes to evaluating your running performance.

The Zero Runner’s innovative design allows you to track your gait while you run. Monitor your stride length and height for consistency throughout your workout. Don’t let you running form slip or get lazy towards the end of your run! Get more out of every mile by tracking the health of your gait and ensure that you’re performing just as strong at mile 10 as you did at mile 1.

Active Warm Up & Recovery

Everyone knows how important it is to warm up before working out, both to minimize the risk of injury and to improve performance. However, simply stretching out on the ground won’t cut it. Most experts recommend athletes engage in “active” warm-ups, which increase your heart rate, open up your joints, and actively stretch your muscles.

Similarly, conventional wisdom increasingly favors “active recovery” during the cool-down phase after you’ve completed a hard competition or workout, as well as in the days following. One study published in Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise found that active recovery immediately after the event encourages recovery and reduces muscle lactate levels faster than complete rest.

The Zero Runner from Octane is a great tool to help you undertake both active warm ups and active recovery. After some initial stretching, hop on the Zero Runner and swing your legs back and forth through the full range of motion to more fully open up your hips and joints. Continue by moving through to a more casual jog in order to get your heart rate up and more actively stretch out. Follow the same procedure immediately after a hard workout in order to ease your body through the transition from high intensity to rest. For those serious athletes who struggle to take any days off, the Zero Runner is the ideal machine to use, as you can keep working out without threatening injury from over extension.

High Tech Capabilities for a High Performance Workout

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Ever since Apple first came out with the iPhone, it seems companies of all sorts have rushed to adapt their products to fit our newfound taste for flashy, high-tech, touch screen displays. Nowhere is this rush more noticeable than in the world of fitness equipment, where manufacturers have produced countless proprietary displays for their fitness machines. Although some companies have certainly made well-needed improvements to their old consoles, one company decided to take the opposite approach. Rather than making its own feature-filled sweat-proof displays, Octane Fitness designed all of its machines to link up with the touch-screen consoles their customers already use: their iPads.

The Octane Fitness SmartLink app is available for free on the App Store and, once downloaded onto your iPad, can wirelessly connect to your Octane Fitness exercise machine. There’s no need to learn the ins and outs of some new display console. Instead, simply use your iPad to program, monitor, and review your workouts.

Octane SmartLink for the iPad

So what can you do with the SmartLink app?

The better question is, what can’t you do? Let’s start with SmartLink’s Goal-based programs. Are you working out in order to lose weight? Feel healthier? Get stronger? Improve your athletic performance? Choose from several different exercise goals and the SmartLink app will design a 30-, 60-, or 90-day program customized exactly to your preferences. It’s like having your own personal trainer and motivating coach right there with you! Each time you log in, the app will provide you with your workout regimen, duration, and intensity level, all of which have been designed with input from fitness professionals, athletic coaches, and physical trainers to ensure maximum progress and performance. Even if you miss a few days, the SmartLink app will automatically recalibrate your plan so that you can stay on track and hit your goal.

Octane SmartLink for the iPad

What if you want to review your progress between workouts? The SmartLink app can display your total time, distance, and calories burned since you started your personalized workout routine. Seeing your progress is a truly powerful way to stay motivated and committed to meeting your fitness goals. And, since the SmartLink app works with all of Octane’s machines, the app will incorporate your exercise from all your other workouts and present a complete picture for you all in one place.

Cross Training? Absolutely! Apply Octane’s CROSS CiRCUIT workouts on your SmartLink app to ensure that no two exercise sessions are ever the same. With more than 225 exercises and 35 individual workout programs, mixing up your routine each day is a snap. Keep your muscles guessing to improve performance and conditioning.

Octane SmartLink for the iPad

The SmartLink app also contains tons of extra features and helpful resources. Everything from machine FAQ’s and stretching tips to advanced programs like MMA and heart rate training is available at the tap of a finger. You can even connect the app to your social media profiles so you can spread the word about your successes to your workout buddies and gloat about your improvements!

Octane SmartLink for the iPad

Want to try the SmartLink app for yourself? Come visit your nearest HealthStyles Exercise Equipment location and see how exercises with your iPad, and the SmartLink app from Octane Fitness, can revolutionize your workouts. We recommend trying it with the all new Zero Runner, the first and only running machine to completely eliminate impact when you run.

21st Century Running Machines: No Pain, All Gain

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Despite running being among the simplest and most straightforward of exercises, stress and discomfort sustained while running are unfortunately common. While there are no precise statistics, it’s estimated that every year more than half of all runners injure themselves to the point where they decide that they must stop running. For some, a few days of rest is all that is needed. But for others, their injuries force them to hang up their running shoes for good.

Running is a fantastic exercise, but why do so many runners hurt themselves when running? Numerous theories abound, from running too vigorously during training sessions to the type of shoes runners wear. Despite differences among runners, there is one aspect of running that all share: the impact of foot hitting pavement. This impact is responsible for the majority of ankle, knee, and hip injuries, and it’s this problem that a whole new category of running machines aim to eliminate. Even for uninjured runners, removing the impact confers significant benefits by allowing for longer training sessions and active warmup and recovery. Forget running in the pool, here’s one example of a 21st Century Running Machine that seeks to remove impact so you can enjoy your running once again:

Less Impact, More Performance

Octane Fitness ZR7 Zero RunnerDo you wonder what it would feel like to run on air? The motorless and trackless Zero Runner from Octane Fitness allows you to do just that. This 21st Century Running Machine has two independent footpads with innovative hip and knee joints that replicate a genuine running motion with absolutely zero impact. Providing a more natural running stride than an elliptical and without the noise and impact of a treadmill, the Zero Runner combines the best of both worlds to give you a powerful workout without the strain and stress that normally accompanies running.

Other companies have taken different approaches to removing the impact on joints. The Sproing Trainer from Sproing Fitness, for example, does away with the moving track like the Zero Runner. In its place, the Sproing Trainer features a 6-inch adjustable cushion of high-density foam and air which, when paired with a solid rear post that holds your waist in place with a high-anchored harness, lessens the impact on your joints as you lean forward and run in place. The resulting exercise doesn’t feel quite as natural as the Zero Runner, but the Sproing Trainer helps improve form by compelling you to land on the balls of your feet, as opposed to the typical bad form of heels-first.

Woodway’s EcoMill, on the other hand, keeps the traditional treadmill track, albeit with significant differences. The EcoMill’s innovative rubber-coated aluminum slats transmit much less shock and strain to your joints than normal running outside or on a treadmill. With no motor, speed is determined by where you run on the EcoMill’s sloped track: higher up to run faster, in the middle to run slower. The EcoMill’s uniquely sloped track definitely sets it apart from other running machines.

EcoMillSproing

The Zero Runner’s out-of-the-box design is not only ideal for competitive runners who struggle to take days off, but also for those runners who have had to cut back their running due to major or minor injury. With a greater stride length and range of motion than what is normally available with ellipticals, the Zero Runner’s innovative design mimics natural leg movement and allows you to create a customized running stride that suits your body. In fact, the Zero Runner provides constant feedback about your running form, informing you about your stride so that you can maintain consistency over the course of your run and maximize productivity. And with attachments for Octane’s CROSS CiRCUIT program built-in to the machine, you can maximize your workout by adding cross training to your cardio. Use the Zero Runner to supplement your normal running routine and save on the normal wear and tear while still maintaining a solid workout.

Plus, as with all of Octane’s products, the Zero Runner wirelessly connects to your iPad and transmits data to the SmartLink app (available on the App Store) so you can monitor your progress as you complete one of the dozens of customizable programs. This is definitely a machine made for 21st Century gadget-savvy athletes!

Try the Zero Runner for yourself when you visit your nearest HealthStyles Exercise Equipment location.

Improve Your Running Form with Zero Runner

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Do you know how to run properly?

Most people would find this question strange, since popular opinion is that runners naturally find their best form and stride on their own, and once found it shouldn’t be changed. Indeed, even people who find themselves in some pain and discomfort after running find it hard to believe that their running form could possibly be the culprit.

Nevertheless, the benefits of running with proper form consistently throughout your run are enormous:  running correctly can reduce the risk of injury, increase basic speed, and improve endurance.

So how can you learn to improve your form and increase the productivity of your workout?

Try the Zero Runner from Octane.

It’s not only a fantastic running machine, but it can also help you improve your running form so that you get more miles out of your run. Its innovative no-impact design guides your movement yet contains no moving belt or fixed track. The Zero Runner also features technology that displays your gait so you can monitor your stride length and height for consistency throughout your run.

Octane Zero Runner Runners Gait

As the diagram demonstrates, there are 4 basic steps in the running cycle: Initiate, Pull Through, Lift, and Extension.

  1. Initiate: As you begin the running stride, you must first transfer weight to the lead foot
  2. Pull Through: Start accelerating into your stride with a strong hamstring contraction
  3. Lift: Flex your knee while curling your hamstring, bringing the heel of your foot to your glute
  4. Extension: Flex the hips, then extend the knee forward as you transfer weight to your other foot to begin the next stride

Octane Zero Runner Stride PhasesAlthough focusing on each of these four steps as you run could become tiresome, the Zero Runner’s unique design compels you to concentrate on your running form, at least for the first few strides. With the Zero Runner you can start your workout and find a comfortable pace and stride. The machine will continuously provide exact feedback on how consistently you can maintain that stride over the course of your run.

Once you are comfortable maintaining a uniform stride, you can focus on holding your form for longer durations to gradually build up endurance. Or you can use this as a guide to know when you have met your limit for hard interval or tempo workouts. Once your body becomes accustomed to the movement, you’ll find that maintaining the proper running form soon becomes second nature, and the benefits of doing so quickly materialize.

Still not convinced? Stop by your nearest HealthStyles Exercise Equipment location and try the Zero Runner out for yourself. We guarantee it’s unlike any running machine you’ve ever tried.

Master your running form and reap the benefits of zero impact running with the Zero Runner from Octane.

A Personal Trainer’s Notes on Lateral X

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I just wanted to share with you this blog I found on the Lateral X:

By Julie King, June 4, 2013 |

Loving the LateralX – Most of us are creatures of habit, but when it comes to exercise, it is helpful to change our routines and try different workouts. Not only can this spike excitement in our minds, but our bodies definitely benefit from a variety of exercises. When we’re doing something new, our bodies have to continually adapt to different challenges, and we tend to be more focused versus simply going through the motions.

 So I just tried Octane’s new LateralX. I run, spin, lift weights and teach a whole bunch of different group ex classes each week. I have a traditional elliptical at home that I use when I can’t get to the gym or outside.

 But I must say that there is nothing like the LateralX. It’s smooth, adjustable side-to-side movement – with zero learning curve (bonus!) – was addictive and an effective workout. It didn’t take long before my thighs and hips were talking to me.

 Throw in the upper-body motion and every muscle was firing big-time, which definitely made this workout hard, but in a good, ultra-efficient way. In fact, since it was so rhythmic and fun, I didn’t watch the clock at all and actually wasn’t really ready to hop off when my time was up.

 Having worked in the fitness industry for more than 22 years, I’ve tried a lot of different equipment. This LateralX is an entirely new way to workout – and it’s here to stay. Go find one!