Artificial Knees, Hips Not a Problem with Zero Runner


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


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


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

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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HealthStyles at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon


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


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


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!


Ideal Cross-Trainer For The Injured Runner: The Zero Runner

Ric Rojas Coaching on the Octane Zero Runner

Ric Rojas coaching National USATF Youth Bronze Medalist, Calvin Munson, on the Octane Zero Runner ZR7.

As a running coach, I advise runners on optimum training, peak performance, and injury management. And under each of these topics there are volumes of information, products, and services available to facilitate successful training and racing.

Healthy and successful runners are any coach’s dream and, of course, I hope that each of my runners is always able to train and race at their highest level. I try to design their programs to minimize the chance of injury by incorporating stretching, non-impact cross-training, and strength training, but even with the best injury-prevention methodologies, many runners  experience “over-use” or occasionally traumatic injuries.

In order to continue training, these injured athletes will eventually need some combination of physical therapy, “non-impact” aerobic training, or occasionally more invasive medical intervention such as surgery.

In extreme cases, runners may be injured so severely that they are unable to run, but in most cases, injured runners are able to cross-train using non-running/non-impact alternatives.

This is where stationary aerobic training machines, bikes, and water-based training have traditionally come to the rescue.

The main consideration in recommending a cross-training apparatus for an injured runner is how closely it allows the runner to simulate a running workout while eliminating potentially harmful foot-strike impact. Historically, I have recommended elliptical trainers because they allow runners to reach high aerobic exertion levels with no impact. I have also recommended “deep water running” for the same reason.  Although cycling is a great aerobic training alternative, the upper-body is not engaged and body weight is supported by the bike, so target aerobic thresholds are more difficult to achieve. The other considerations in selecting a cross-training alternative are availability/convenience, price, and size.

So, in the spectrum of possibilities, each machine has pluses and minuses depending on its capacity to facilitate true running activity and other considerations. The ideal machine would simulate the physical motion of running and allow high aerobic exertion levels with no foot-strike related impact.

Recently, Octane introduced the new “Zero Runner” running trainer. This machine allows the runner to “run” with no related foot-strike impact while achieving target aerobic training levels. So far, I have been able to successfully replicate training runs, intervals, and high-intensity speed workouts on the Zero Runner. This winter, I plan to integrate the Zero Runner into my running, circuit training, and rehab programs.

The Zero Runner also meets the required practical considerations: reasonable price, a small footprint, and has three additional bonuses – a lower price than comparable ellipticals or treadmills, it requires no electrical power, and it makes almost no noise.

For those injured runners looking to get back to the joys of running without aggravating the injury which forced them away from the sport they love, the Zero Runner is a terrific option. Either as a stand-alone workout or in conjunction with a cross-training regimen, the Zero Runner delivers on its promises of providing a no-impact workout while replicating the natural running motion that other low- or no-impact options simply cannot.

Ric Rojas 1981 15K World RecordRic Rojas is the owner founder of Ric Rojas Running, which offers comprehensive training programs for both junior and adult endurance runners and sprinters of all abilities.

Rojas received his BA from Harvard University in 1974 and an MBA from the University of Denver in 1983. While at Harvard, he set the three-mile record and qualified for “All-Ivy” honors in track and cross country. From 1977 to 1981, Rojas was ranked in the top 10 US Road Racers by Track and Field News. As a high-school prep, Rojas won four New Mexico state high-school championships in cross country and track and was ranked in the top 10 US High School Milers. He still holds the New Mexico state mile record of 4:12.6.

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


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.

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

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!


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!