Last week I posted about Why You Need to Cross Train (Even if You are Not Injured), and I talked about how I have found joy in it recently, as well as the additional aerobic training I am getting from it.
Some of you may have seen on my Instagram that Steve and I made a big step a few weeks ago by purchasing something we have had our eye on for a year now.
Steve has been struggling with his own running in the last few years, he has a herniated disc in his back, which causes all kinds of problems. He does SO well being so supportive of my own running when his body will just not let him run much more than an hour.
When he tried out the Elliptigo, he found that it did not irriate his injuries, and he loved it. We both agreed that we would get one as soon as we could.
Pro 1: Does not irritate running injuries that are aggravated by the impact of running
But, EllipiGO’s are no minor purchase (starting at $1799 for the basic 3 Gear model), and we are saving for a wedding. We put it on out long term list, and tried to put it out of sight.
Con 1: Expensive
More and more, we kept seeing them everywhere…..no, not in person, can you imagine Kentucky being a hotspot for them?
Haha, not likely! I mean through social media.
About a month ago, Steve said he was going to sell his Motorcycle so we could buy one.
The next week he had a friend sell it for him (as it was back in Michigan). In this crazy small world, another friend of his, Clint (Verran) happened to be the one to buy it (without knowing it was Steves bike!) within a few days.
The day we got the check in the mail, I called Jeff Caron. Jeff was the one who introduced us to ElliptiGO, and has been a great friend to me over the years. We purchased it that day, and with the GO and rack, we had $50 of the bike money to spare (which actually went on installing the hitch on the car).
We now have our own lovely ElliptiGO 8C in Red, we named it Apollo (Creed- geddit? :P) and something tells me we will not be able to hold off too many years without getting another one.
They are such an amazing company, so supportive, and truly understand runners. Every ElliptiGO staff member I have intereacted with has been awesome, and made it a very smooth process.
Pro 2: Good company that actually carews
So, now we have another cross training tool, and one that doesn’t even feel like something that is robbing me of running. ElliptiGO‘s are SO MUCH FUN. The kind of thing you would pay to use just for leisure (seriously!!), and you can go really fast on them, which just adds to it.
Pro 3: It’s fun!
Watch this video to see me using it, or check out their website for a more professional video.
ElliptiGO’s are also one of the closest ways you can mimic running while injured, without actually doing it.
Pro 3: Mimics running very well
This is a lifesaver for those of us who have had major injuries that required hours and hours and HOURS in the pool in the past, and of course, we do not all have access to Alter-G treadmills or underwater treadmills.
Pro 4: Good for those who are not Olympians to maintain or improve fitness 😉
We are very excited to spend many hours getting to know our ElliptiGO this summer, and for those of you who are limited in the amount of running you can do, this may be the way forward. You will not regret it!
I know it may seem like a lot of money, but honestly, it really is worth it.
If you have found that you have struggled with a few injuries in a row now, this way you can get the closest thing you can to running, without the impact, and you may find that you can get yourself strong enough to where you can get back to running more. Sometimes when we have those injuries it feels like you are always behind as one thing after the next happens.
Pro 5: If you are injury prone, this is a lifesaver for your running
If you think about all the money you have spent on PT, other therapies and even just trying to cheer yourself up when things do go wrong, you will find that the ElliptiGO does not exceed that by much, and this can be a lifelong investment.
Pro 6: Saves money on expensive therapy
Oh, and I have not been paid by ElliptiGO to write this post, in fact, they have no idea I am writing it.
This is my opinion, and my recommendation to you. We thought it was a good enough tool that we would purchase one just a few months before our wedding, THAT is how cool they are 🙂
You can find out where you can take one for a test ride here, and if you are considering purchasing one, please let me know, I would love to answer any questions/doubts you have about it. Just email me 🙂
So, overall, that is 6 pros and just one con. I get that one con is raaaather a big one, but it really is worth it, especially if you are injury prone!
Oh, and one more thing….
I recorded a podcast episode for Runners Connect with Alan Webb (yes, the American record holder in the mile), Lynda Huey (the pioneer of pool running), and Darren Brown (ElliptiGO Marketing Manager and husband/coach of Sarah Brown).
I learned SO MUCH about cross training, and you will love it!This is SO cool! Now I want an @ElliptiGO after reading @tinamuir post! Click To Tweet
Thoughts? What cross training tool do you enjoy using?