ElliptiGO: How RDP Just Keeps Running

Running. The one word that subconsciously captivates our thoughts. The carefully planned task that we carve our day around. The word we sometimes dread, but the thought of not doing it supersedes any negative feelings towards it. The one thing that drives our passion. But there will always be times when we can't run, shouldn't run, or just need a mid-season reset. Luckily, that is where ElliptiGO comes in. ElliptiGO allows us to keep grinding, prevent injury, and rehab as needed. It helps us make better decisions so we can last longer through seasons. It’s our go-to and here's why:

 RDP at the Oak City Recovery Run Club 1-Year Anniversary

RDP at the Oak City Recovery Run Club 1-Year Anniversary

Riding an indoor elliptical machine is not only boring, but it also shortens the stride. This shortening makes it feel awkward and can have a negative impact on overall running form. Cycling and swimming don't quite use the same muscles as running, so while there are cardio benefits, it's not just running-specific. The ElliptiGO has a much more natural feel and we specifically use it to help us engage our glutes to mimic perfect running form.

When we feel the inkling of an injury coming on, having the option to choose the ElliptiGO is an easy decision. We would much rather be proactive to prevent injury when possible. If we can't beat it on the front side, ElliptiGO allows us to still get our heart rate up, making it a good cross training option to keep fitness while recovering from injury. When injuries accompany an increase in mileage, we supplement running with low impact ElliptiGO miles to increase fitness while saving the legs.

The other way we use ElliptiGO is to keep our legs fresh. A big morning marathon workout followed up with a 30 min ElliptiGO ride in the afternoon helps flush the legs & increase blood flow to promote quicker recovery. The low impact nature of ElliptiGO won't add unnecessary trauma to our legs like a short secondary run might. This same practice applies to coming off big weeks of hard workouts. The following week the mileage comes down, and ElliptiGO miles make up whatever we lost. Then there are also the times when we PR by 20 min in the Boston Marathon and then have to recover in 3 weeks to race a mile. ElliptiGOing in the week off = quick recovery and more goal chasing.

 Erin on the ElliptiGO Trainer Post-Boston Marathon!

Erin on the ElliptiGO Trainer Post-Boston Marathon!

We use the ElliptiGO 8C which has 8 gears, a long stride, and can be enjoyed by everyone...unless you're shorter than 4'10" or taller than 6'10". The stand up riding position reduces stress on neck and back, unlike a traditional bike. This stand up position also allows for a full-body workout by requiring you to engage your core and upper body to stabilize and your legs to power you through. Additionally, riding an ElliptiGO is considered a weight bearing exercise to help improve bone density. We have one of our bikes set up on a trainer for indoor use when needed which is always a great option. The 8C is the most popular bike and offers the most for your money!

There are options for everyone with ElliptiGO. If you are looking for a low impact cross trainer that you can enjoy in the great outdoors and is comfortable to ride with no saddle sores, hip flexor stress, back, neck, or joint pain, the new ElliptiGO SUB may be perfect. This is the most affordable option at $799. This option offers a circular stride that is more comfortable than a choppy elliptical stride. The ElliptiGO SUB is also lighter and smaller making it easy to take with you on all your travels! To see the SUB in action, check out the promo video!

If you are interested in learning more about ElliptiGO and how RDP members benefit from these products, reach out to our ElliptiGO Ambassador Andie Cozzarelli at @Run4ACozz or at raleighdistance@gmail.com!