A look inside at my favorite form of cross training and how I’ve been maintaining my fitness while I have been out of running.
As most of you know, I have not been able to run since early January of this year. I’ve been dealing with chronic severe pain due to two herniated discs in my spine that went undiagnosed for months. Additionally, I had two stress fractures in my tibia that went undiagnosed for two months as well because the doctors kept x-raying the wrong area of my leg. 🤦🏻♀️
Needless to say, it’s been a year of pain, frustration, and disappointment. I’ve had to DNS two marathons and countless local races, have missed hanging out with my running friends, and have been mourning the loss of my number one stress reliever and form of self-care. BUT, if I were only to focus on the negative or the sadness I feel from not being able to run, I wouldn’t be able to keep on living and enjoying the good things in life.
So I’ve just had to try to look to the future and stay positive. One thing that’s helped a lot is embracing the type of physical activity I CAN do. Sure, I could sulk and wallow about not being able to run (which, don’t get me wrong, I did a lot of in the beginning), but that wouldn’t really help anything or improve my mood. Instead, I’ve been focusing on other forms of exercise and cross training that my body is able to do right now.
You all know I LOVE movement. There’s nothing like getting my heart rate up, working up a sweat, and feeling like you worked super hard after a good training session. However, I’ve never really found anything that compares to running in those ways for me.
That is until I was introduced to the ElliptiGO.
I discovered ElliptiGO earlier this spring and given the issues I was experiencing not being able to run, I decided it would be a great tool to incorporate into my training. The team helped me decide on one of their long stride bikes, as it would be a great alternative to running for me while I was/am struggling with injury.
About a week after doing my research, I bit the bullet and got my ElliptiGO 8C Long Stride Bike delivered to my door. have been riding it around my city almost daily ever since! Having this piece of equipment has truly change the way I train and maintain my endurance. And I know that even when I am able to run again, the ElliptiGO will remain an important tool in my training regimen.
Today I want to share 4 reasons why the ElliptiGO is my FAVORITE alternative to running and why I’ve fallen in love with this bike for staying in shape.
Low impact, FULL body workout
Unlike biking or other forms of cross training, the ElliptiGO provides a FULL body workout. Since you are supporting your whole body as opposed to sitting on a bike seat, you get a better, more intense workout that uses more muscle groups, yet is still much lower impact than running. Thus, it’s safe (and pain-free!) to use while I am injured, and allows me to get in a good workout without putting too much stress on my knees, hips, or back.
Keeps me out of the gym
I MUCH prefer being outside to workout (hence running!) than being cooped up in a gym. Especially in the summer when it’s absolutely gorgeous out! I don’t mind using a traditional elliptical at the gym for cross training when the weather is bad or I have no other options. But the ElliptiGO allows me to get outside like I LOVE and still getting a tough workout in at the same time. It is SUCH a fun way to see my city and feel like I am actually getting somewhere as opposed to mindlessly pedaling away on a piece of stationary cardio equipment in the gym.
Increases my heart rate comparably to running
As I mentioned earlier, before discovering the ElliptiGO, I never experienced any form of exercise that was comparable to running in terms of intensity and exertion. I love the feeling after a hard run. That runner’s high from pushing yourself to the max and giving your all. Biking, walking hiking, or other forms of cardio just don’t do that for me. But using the ElliptiGO has allowed me to feel that sense of accomplishment that I used to get from running! There’s nothing like finishing a long ride, dripping with sweat, and feeling your muscles burn from a hard effort.
Did I mention that riding the ElliptiGO is incredibly FUN?! So much more than traditional biking. It feels like you are on a ride or something! I love being higher up than cars, being able to see things from a different vantage point, and whipping around my city at fast speeds. The ElliptiGO turns and maneuvers just like a bike, so it’s not cumbersome to ride anywhere (though it is best to ride on flat surfaces, of course!).
Needless to say, I LOVE my ElliptiGO! It was incredibly easy to set-up, is lightweight and portable, and is an amazing price point for the technology it provides. Well worth the investment for the freedom it’s given me while I can’t run.
I highly reccomend trying out an ElliptiGO if you’re at all struggling with injury or are in search of a low-impact workout solution.
Having ridden mine for about 3 months now, I would be happy to answer any questions you have about them! Leave a comment below if you’re interested in learning more about the 8C (the bike I have) or any of the other long stride/stand up bikes that Elliptigo offers.
Have you ever ridden an Elliptigo before?
What’s your favorite form of cross training?
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