Last Thursday, I attended an event hosted by Octane Fitness in NYC to learn about their newest product on the market – the Zero Runner.
I went into the event with some doubts – it was hard for me to conceptualize a piece of equipment that resembled an elliptical but that gave you the ability to stride out like you were running outside or on a treadmill. In my mind, it seemed it would be more of a cross-trainer than a replacement for running.
The Zero Runner was first conceptualized almost twenty years ago but it wasn’t until recently when those ideas fully came to fruition. The Zero Runner was created by Octane Fitness because there was a need for runners to be more efficient, run faster or longer and avoid injury.Octane Fitness set out to create a machine that would replicate real running motion with the benefits of running, but without the stress and pounding on the joints and knees on the body.
At it’s core, the Zero Runner is zero-impact running. You use the same muscles while running on the Zero Runner as you would when you run outdoors. But with zero impact there is no stress on your body.
The Zero Runner has a slew of different uses. It is suitable for regular exercisers, aspiring or beginning runners, active running enthusiasts, pregnant runners (who want an easier impact replacement), injured runners and aging runners.
– Active Recovery: Great for an active recovery workout b/c you’re still training your running muscles and building endurance.
– Race prep: The Zero Runner helps runners maximize stamina and decrease repetitive stress — so long runs now can be a combination of miles on the road and indoors.
– Smarter training: the Zero Runner has an app that traces the health of your stride throughout your run so you can concentrate on your form so you are as strong at mile five as you are at mile one.
– Safety: The Zero Runner provides realistic runs indoors during inclement weather outdoors.
We heard from three speakers who each gave some background on their relationship with the Zero Runner.
– Dennis Lee, the CEO of Octane Fitness: He gave us an overview of the Zero Runner, why it was created and the technology behind it all.
– Carrie Tollefson, Olympian and elite runner: Carrie discussed her elite career and how she felt like she was constantly dealing with injuries and forced to cross train (which she disliked). She hypothesized that if she had the Zero Runner when she was training, she could have lengthened her elite career by minimizing some of the stress on her body.
- Larry Schmidt, 80+ marathoner, Ironman triathlete, aging runner: Larry gave us the history of his running career and how the Zero Runner is allowing him to run and train again. He had a hip replacement several years ago and wasn’t able to run for more than a few minutes at a time without pain. With the Zero Runner, he is able to train for marathons and Ironman distance races, without the pain and stress that outdoor or treadmill running would put on his body.
After the presentation, we were given the opportunity to test out the Zero Runner for ourselves. Several participants took advantage and all seemed to get the hang of it within 60-90 seconds.
For the time being, the Zero Runner will be sold primarily for home-gyms (retail price – $3,299) but plans are in the works for a more commercial model that can be used in gyms and health clubs.
Would you test out and/or consider the Zero Runner for yourself? Yes – I definitely think there is some use for a piece of equipment like this. I would still continue to do my workouts outdoors (long runs, intervals, tempos) but would use this for recovery days to minimize the stress on my body and joints.
This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Octane Fitness.