Ever ridden an ElliptiGO? Seen one? Then it’s an experience you won’t soon forget. I had an opportunity to try one out recently, courtesy of a friendly local dealer, Fitness Experts Chicago (forthcoming post on them soon).
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In 2005, Bryan, one of the owners, lost the ability to run for fitness because of hip and knee injuries. As a result, he started using the indoor elliptical trainer, but he hated being locked in a gym. To solve this problem, he decided to buy a low-impact running device he could ride on the street, but no such device existed. Several prototypes later, with one hiccup in that Larry Miller, the inventor of the elliptical trainer, had actually thought of it several years earlier and obtained a patent on the invention. A licensing agreement later, the ElliptiGO was good to go. In late February of 2010, they delivered their first product to the first customer in San Diego. They now deliver ElliptiGOs through retailers across the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and throughout Europe.
You might remember the post I shared on Julie Culley, Olympic Athlete, who used the ElliptiGO to continue training through injury. The great advantage of the ElliptiGO is that it isn’t reserved for outstanding athletes and Olympians – it accommodates the general consumer as well. The ElliptiGO offers 3, 8, or 11 speeds depending on model, so that the rider can adjust the resistance of the workout. As the owners discovered, it works especially well for those recovering from injury. Those who suffer from back or knee injuries, for example, can find relief exercising on an ElliptiGO, as it dissolves the pain incurred while running or biking.
Aside from the physical benefits, the ElliptiGO provides an aesthetically pleasing workout. The freedom to escape the barriers of the gym and ride out onto an open trail make the workout a recreation rather than a burden. Also, using an ElliptiGO burns 33 percent more calories than riding a bicycle, so the user can get a great workout in just 30 minutes. Whether you’re looking to reinvent your workout, recover from an injury while remaining active or aspiring to be an Olympian, the ElliptiGO is the tool to take your performance to the next level.
We had a blast with our ElliptiGO, riding it around our neighborhood and through a forest preserve. Laima, Tazer, and I all got up and went, while Gaigai could not overcome her initial hesitation and never rode without my steadying hand. Munchkin got on, but was simply too small. We had the 8 speed model to demo and, for the most part, the lower gears were unnecessary, even to start. However, on a hillier course, I'm sure we would have been happy to have them! This was a lot of fun and a weekend just felt too short.
Even though I never got over the initial discomfort of feeling like I looked like a total dork (EVERYONE you pass stares!), the ride itself is quite a blast. Within 3 trips up and down the driveway, I was turning 180 degrees without having to get off the EliiptiGO. Tazer got on and rode away—we’re lucky he came back, he was having such a great time!
If you can run and ride a bike, you can ride the ElliptiGO, as long as you trust yourself and take the time necessary to get accustomed to it. I can see incorporating this into any sort of training schedule, injured or not—this is seriously perfect as a noncontact crosstrainer or for use as active recovery.
(Disclaimer: I was sent this item for free to review on my blog, courtesy of ElliptiGO, through the good graces of the Fitness Experts Chicago. I did not pay for the item, receive payment for this review, or agree to give a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)
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