Join HealthStyles for Zero Runner Training at the Bolder Boulder

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Octane Fitness ZR7 Zero RunnerThis year’s Bolder Boulder Finish Line Expo Monday on May 25th will feature the opportunity to try out Octane Fitness’ new Zero Runner courtesy of HeatlthStyles Exercise Equipment. The Zero Runner is a revolutionary machine now used by professional athletes like Olympic distance runner Kara Goucher.

Brief ongoing clinics at HealthStyles’ booth will cover Zero Runner basics as well as novel training techniques to help improve running performance like better mechanics, turnover speed, and proper muscle recruitment, all without impact! All visitors will have a chance to try the machine.

More information and registration for the Bolder Boulder is online here.

Click here for more information on Zero Runner.

Coach Randy Hauer Trains Elite Runners with the Zero Runner

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Coach Randy Hauer on the Octane Zero RunnerRandy Hauer is a certified USA Weightlifting National Coach, USAW Level One Coach Course Instructor, and is currently the head of the Flatirons Weightlifting Club.

Recently, Coach Hauer teamed up with HealthStyles Exercise Equipment to try the revolutionary Zero Runner from Octane, the first running machine to completely eliminate the stress and strain runners feel from their feet impacting on the floor. Coach Hauer, who in the past has been unable to run much due to issues with his hip, has now been logging more miles on the Zero Runner than was ever possible with running on the road, trail, or treadmill.

Impressed with how the Zero Runner has helped him improve his performance, Coach Hauer has been using the innovative running machine to train his elite running athletes and cross-fitters looking to advance their running game.

Check out this video of Ned Jon McMahon using the Zero Runner for the first time as he rehabs his lower back injury. Thanks in part to the training he’s been able to accomplish with the Zero Runner, McMahon will be doing his first marathon, the Big D in Dallas, this weekend.

Olympic distance runner Kara Goucher loves the Zero Runner – Join HealthStyles for Zero Runner training at Columbine Classic May 3rd

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Columbine ClassicThis year’s Columbine Classic will feature the opportunity to try out Octane Fitness’ new Zero Runner courtesy of HeatlthStyles Exercise Equipment, the revolutionary machine now used by professional athletes like Olympic distance runner Kara Goucher.
 
Brief ongoing clinics at HealthStyles’ booth will cover Zero Runner basics as well as novel training techniques to help improve running performance like better mechanics, turnover speed, and proper muscle recruitment, all without impact! All visitors will have a chance to try the machine.
 
Featured in the Wall Street Journal, Runner’s World, Shape, Fitness, and countless other media, the Octane Fitness Zero Runner is the first zero-impact running machine allowing runners to add strength and conditioning without impact and accompanying injury.
 
Goucher – a Boulder resident and a mom – was quick to add the Zero Runner to her training program. Octane launched the product, which is sold through HealthStyles Exercise Equipment in Colorado, in summer 2014.

Olympic distance runner, Kara Goucher.

Olympic distance runner, Kara Goucher.

“The Zero Runner is an amazing tool for runners,” Goucher said.
 
“Whether you are coming back from an injury, or wanting to add cardiovascular fitness without pounding your legs, it is the perfect workout to compliment running.
 
“I have tried endless different types of exercise equipment over the years, but the Zero Runner is the closest to actual running that I have ever experienced.
 
“It is now a part of my routine and it is helping me get stronger and faster without adding unnecessary stress to my legs.”
 
Goucher was the 10,000 meters bronze medalist at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics. She represented the United States at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics. She made her marathon debut in 2008 and finished third at the Boston Marathon. Collegiately, Goucher competed for the University of Colorado and was a three-time NCAA (twice in track and once in cross country) champion.
 
For more information on Zero Runner, please visit http://www.healthstylesexercise.com/Octane-Fitness-ZR7-Zero-Runner.html.

About the Columbine Classic:
On May 3, you have the opportunity to help a wonderful nonprofit organization and have fun at the same time. The Colorado Columbines Women’s Running Club will be hosting the Columbine Classic, a 4 and 8 mile run/walk at the Aurora Reservoir. The family-friendly Classic is a 4 and 8 mile race that benefits the Women’s Bean Project, which is an organization in Denver that empowers women to become self-sufficient.  Whether this is your first race or your 100th, whether you plan to run or walk the 4 or 8 mile course on May 3, you will have a great experience! Bring a friend or a family member and come to Aurora Reservoir for a fun morning! Please visit http://www.columbineclassic.org/ for more information.

For more information on Colorado Columbines sponsor HealthStyles Exercise Equipment, visit the HealthStyles website at http://www.healthstylesexercise.com.

Artificial Knees, Hips Not a Problem with Zero Runner

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Dave Sheriff, the former owner of HealthStyles, has been nicknamed the “bionic man” and for good reason. With replaced hips, replaced knees, and a few more spare parts, Dave has unfortunately been unable to run like he used to.

Until now!

Zero Runner Quarter Mile Challenge

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And the Winner Is…

Ross Sakaguchi from Broomfield Colorado came by Sunday and threw down an impressive 1 minute 47 seconds (That’s a 7 Minute Mile!) Ross was so impressed at his ability to get his pace up without feeling pain in his foot, which is the reason he always has to pull up with his speed to keep from hurting too much when running on a treadmill or outside.

At 60+ in age and a former top competitor in the Bolder Boulder, the Zero Runner helped realize the potential of not having to throw the towel in on the enjoyment of running and kicking it into gear when needed. We are honored that he and his wife chose to purchase a Zero Runner for themselves and will take delivery of it during the next couple of weeks, just in time for them both to get ready for a good run at the Bolder Boulder!


HealthStyles is so excited to be attending the 56th annual Garden & Home Show that, along with the unbeatable deals and discounts we are offering to attendees, HealthStyles will be hosting the Zero Runner Quarter Mile Challenge:

During both weekends of the Show (February 7-8 and February 13-15) HealthStyles is inviting show attendees to run a quarter mile on the innovative impact-free Zero Runner from Octane. The runner who clocks in the fastest time during each weekend will receive a $50 gift card redeemable at any HealthStyles Exercise Equipment location!

So make sure you visit us at Booth 1217 (show map) for your chance to try out the revolutionary Zero Runner and win a $50 gift card! Plus, purchase a Zero Runner at the Show to take advantage of our incredible discounts available only to attendees!

Octane Zero Runner Challenge-top

How to Play:

1) Visit the HealthStyles booth 1217 (show map) at the Garden & Home Show.

2) During both weekends (Feb 7-8 & Feb 13-15), run your fastest 1/4 mile on the Zero Runner.

3) If you have the fastest time during one of the weekends, you’ll win a $50 Gift Card!

Octane Zero Runner Challenge

Octane Fitness’ SmartLink™ App Expands to Smartwatches to Merge Outdoor and Indoor Runs

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Zero Runner SmartLink AppShowcased this week at the 2015 International CES Expo in Las Vegas, the new SmartLink app from Octane Fitness, LLC, now gives runners advanced training options and more sophisticated workout tracking when used in conjunction with Octane’s new Zero Runner® and select smartwatches.

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Showcased this week at the 2015 International CES Expo in Las Vegas, the new SmartLink app from Octane Fitness, LLC, now gives runners advanced training options and more sophisticated workout tracking when used in conjunction with Octane’s new Zero Runner® and select smartwatches.

“Our goal is to continually expand workout options to help runners and athletes get results,” said Tim Porth, executive vice president of product development and marketing at Octane Fitness. “By partnering with the best company in wireless devices for active people, we have added new capabilities to SmartLink that deliver convenient and valuable workout tracking to drive performance.”

SmartLink for Smartwatches and the Zero Runner

The SmartLink custom app for smartwatches now enables runners with a premium smartwatch to track outdoor runs as well as indoor sessions on the Zero Runner, including pace, distance, calories, and more. Runners now can bridge the gap between outdoor and indoor workouts without losing useful data – enabling them to log miles outside and then on the Zero Runner to minimize excessive repetitive impact. With this technology, runners benefit from specificity of cardiovascular endurance and muscular training while protecting the joints and the body from potential overuse and injuries.

Available in March, the new tracking capabilities with SmartLink are connected through ANT+ technology from the Zero Runner to the smartwatch. For more details, go to http://www.zerorunner.com.

Training with SmartLink on Tablets and Mobile Phones

Originally launched in 2014 for use with an iPad®, the SmartLink app delivers customized workouts, exercise tracking and multiple features that enhance fitness regimens and stimulate results. It connects to Octane’s standing and recumbent home ellipticals, and the Zero Runner, from the iPad®, and will be compatible with Android tablets and iPhones® in March.

Exercisers simply identify their goal and can specify a period of 30, 60 or 90 days, and SmartLink creates a customized plan designed to achieve it. Programs begin with easier workouts, and add challenge as fitness improves; the app also recalibrates mid-plan if necessary to ensure progress. If exercisers miss a workout or want to add a session, adjustments are simple.

On the Zero Runner, SmartLink also incorporates innovative stride tracing that enables runners to monitor the health of their stride to ensure consistency and good form throughout workouts.

On select Octane machines, SmartLink enhances the exclusive CROSS CiRCUIT program with a comprehensive library of hundreds of strength training and flexibility exercises, along with multiple workout routines. Workout Boosters on select Octane models are illustrated via video with coaching tips.

Workout history is tracked and results are recorded in the cloud so that individuals can easily monitor progress, set new goals and share successes on social networks.

For convenience, SmartLink can run in the background, so exercisers can watch a movie, surf the Internet or send email during workouts. Bluetooth® 4.0 connects SmartLink to the Octane machine, as well as to other devices, such as heart rate monitors. Users also can customize preferences in the app, such as their favorite workouts and feedback display, and benefit from Be Fit tips and instructional videos.

With free app updates, exercisers stay motivated with greater workout variety over time, and their Octane Fitness machine is transformed into an interactive fitness partner.

Octane Fitness Background

Relentlessly fueled to reinvent zero-impact cardiovascular exercise, Octane Fitness has perfected the elliptical machine, introduced a new category with the xRide® recumbent elliptical, designed strength-infused cardio with the unique CROSS CiRCUIT®, created exercise in a new direction with the LateralX®, reinvented running with the Zero Runner® and is leading smarter training with SmartLink™. Defined by standout innovations, and driven to deliver more effective, efficient and rewarding workouts, Octane is engineering elliptical domination.

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Find Octane at http://www.Facebook.com/OctaneFitness. Images are available; contact Julie King at 847.638.1582 or jking(at)octanefitness(dot)com. For more information, contact the company at 888-OCTANE4 (888-628-2634) or http://www.octanefitness.com. Octane Fitness, CROSS CiRCUIT, LateralX, xRide and Zero Runner are registered trademarks of Octane Fitness. All other trademarks are protected by their respective owners.

HealthStyles at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon

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HealthStyles had a fantastic time at the Oct. 19 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon cheering the runners, signing up people for our Zero Runner Giveaway, and showcasing one of our newest products, the Octane Zero Runner. We’re so grateful to everyone who showed up and participated, and we can’t wait for next year!

Enjoy some of the photos we took!

HealthStyles and Zero Runner at the Denver Marathon

Runners demo the new Octane Zero Runner.

HealthStyles at the Denver Marathon

White Paper: The Deleterious Effects of Chronic Impact from Running

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Octane Fitness and the University of Minnesota recently published a pair of white papers regarding the Zero Runner, a new piece of exercise equipment from Octane Fitness. The Zero Runner is the first running machine of its kind, as it completely eliminates the stress and strain runners feel from their feet impacting on the ground.

Here’s a snippet from the first white paper, The Deleterious Effects of Chronic Impact from Running. Click here to download the full white paper.

With recreational running at an all-time high in the United States, more people are regularly exercising and improving their fitness levels. The number of U.S. race finishers has increased nearly 600 percent since 1990, and the total number of annual U.S. running events has reached a record 28,200. A corresponding increase in injuries has accompanied this significant jump in running participation.

In fact, research estimates that approximately 74% of runners suffer a moderate or severe injury each year. Some estimates are as high as 82% of runners will get injured at some point in their running career. And dedicated distance runners can attest to a myriad of acute and chronic injuries over time.

While running confers a host of physiological and psychological benefits, the repetitive stress it inflicts on the body over time can lead to injuries.

An independent study by the University of Minnesota found that the Zero Runner had minimal force impact when compared to outside and treadmill running.

Want to read more? Click here to download the rest of this brief yet informational white paper for yourself!

What’s Inside:

  • Impact Force and the Human Body
  • Common Overuse Injuries in Runners
  • Zero-Impact Running
  • And More!

White Paper: Improving Running Performance with Cross Training

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The all new Zero Runner from Octane Fitness represents a revolutionary new way to run: all of the benefits and flexibility of running outdoors but without the strain caused by your feet impacting with the ground. Already, the Zero Runner has changed the lives of runners who had been told by their doctors that running just wasn’t an option for them anymore (see our guest blog from Tom Riggs, here).

But the Zero Runner is not simply for injured or recovering athletes. This running machine’s innovative design makes it ideal for serious runners looking to get an edge on their competition through cross training.

Here’s a preview of the second white paper published by Octane Fitness and the University of Minnesota that highlights some of the ways the Zero Runner can help runners enhance their running game and enrich their overall workout: Improving Running Performance with Cross Training.

Running participation in the United States continues to climb, with more than 70% growth in the past decade, according to Running USA’s 2014 State of the Sport – Part II: Running Industry Report. Correspondingly, increasing interest exists surrounding training, injury prevention, nutrition and optimizing performance.

Regarding training, the exercise physiology principle of Specific Adaptations to Imposed Demand (S.A.I.D) indicates that the body adapts to the specific stresses imposed on it; so to become a better runner, one must train by running. But some runners may take this to an extreme – along with a “more is better” mindset, making logging miles paramount, often to the exclusion of any other type of exercise.

Cross training is a comprehensive approach to physiological conditioning and adds valuable variety that helps reduce susceptibility to overuse injuries.

With the Zero Runner, CROSS CiRCUIT and SmartLink, excelling in running by adding cross training is now convenient, efficient, and effective.

Want to read more? Click here to download the rest of this brief yet informational white paper for yourself!

What’s Inside:

  • Strength Training for Runners
  • The Role of Flexibility
  • A Simple Solution
  • Fueling an Addiction
  • And More!