Now it would be super presumptuous to say the time to run for me is now. The 6 extra stones is not going to help my failing joints. However, I have recently heard about a super new bit of kit that actually got this hopeful runner excited.
I am by no means any kind of professional runner but what I would like to do is run. I play hockey but this season haven’t played as I have really struggled with being able to run again. My damaged pelvis needs TLC which is why I have struggled to fulfil my ambition of being able to run properly!
Recently, it was brought to my attention that there is something out there that might be able to help called The Zero Runner. This machine is not a treadmill; not by far! It’s not even an elliptical, which does some of the work for you. What makes the Zero Runner exciting is that it replicates real running motion without the impact on the joints that you inevitably get from the pounding pressure that running on the road or treadmill causes.
So how does it work?
“The independent pedals provide support to the runner and replicate their natural running gait, just like outside. The runner completely control their motion throughout their run, and the Zero Runner follows the runner’s movement through the initiate, pull-through, lift and extension phases.”
So what does that mean exactly? Basically, the Zero Runner features bionic legs. These have hip and knee joints and independent pedals which let you run without putting any weight on your knees. So although the Zero Runner looks a bit like an elliptical, the difference is that it lets you run exactly as you would on the open road and using the same muscles. For me, this is a revolution as the lack of impact is just what I need to avoid further injury! And it means I can still get all the benefits of running.
The Zero also tracks your individual running gait and replicates your individual form, so you can learn about your form and improve your performance over time. It also has warm-ups and cool downs, with upper-body handles which offer natural arm movement that help maintain proper posture. Adding to that, it also incorporates pace, stride length, distance, heart rate, calories burned, workout time and its compatible with a large range of activity trackers and monitors.
What are the benefits?
OK, so I’ve already mentioned that it allows you to run without impact, but here’s my summary of the top benefits that have helped put the Zero Runner on my wish list:
- Running without impact– using the same stride and muscles as running outside, you can add mileage without risking overuse damaging joints and muscles. You’ll feel better and stronger as a result!
- Race preparation– I’m not ready for a marathon yet, but if you’re training for a race, it’s a fantastic tool as you can mix up running outside with the Zero to maximise your stamina and cut down the stress on your body. It will mean your body won’t be as tired so you won’t have poor form.
- Active recovery– the Zero Runner enhances conditioning and is so useful as an active recovery tool as your recovery runs won’t cause further damage to tired and recovering muscles.
- Cross training– I love that this machine combines strength training with cardio, which is crucial for improving performance for runners. The Zero comes with a set of resistance bands and also has 7 connection points for additional CROSS CiRCUIT® training. You can focus on correcting muscular imbalances and improving weak spots.
- Longer career– for those who love to run, the Zero Runner can keep you running longer by removing the harmful pounding that can cut short a runner’s longevity.
Tom Riggs is testament to what can be achieved for retired runners using the Zero Runner. This retired runner had an extensive career running but after doctors told him he physically couldn’t run any longer, he thought his running days were behind him. Until he discovered the Zero Runner! Now he can run again! You can find his full story, I was hooked by the Zero Runner straightaway – over on the Fitness Superstore blog.
For me, my priority is to get another 2 stones lost before I attempt to run again, but I am OK with that, this year will be my year!
What do you do to keep fit and healthy?
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.