I am always up for checking out new fitness gear and activities and jumped on the chance to take an ElliptiGo out for a test ride earlier this week. What is it exactly?
Think of a cross between a bike and an elliptical machine. The ElliptiGo was born out of the need for an injured runner to get a workout outdoors and took off from there. It’s a 2 wheeled machine designed to mimic the movement of running without the impact.
You stand tall and straight more like an elliptical or a running stance and not like a bike. There are 8 gears on the model I tried so it is easy to change your resistance and vary your workout. I was nervous at first that I would feel unstable but was pleasantly surprised at how balanced I did feel. The wheels are much smaller than a bike so that you are much closer to the ground. The hand brakes operate similarly to a bike.
My feet easily glided back and forth as they would on an elliptical and I quickly picked up movement after a few minutes. I felt very stable and comfortable. It’s very easy to mount and dismount and I never felt like I would fall.
-Pretty much anyone can ride them
-They can provide a great full body workout
-You are engaging your core to balance
–ElliptiGo is great for an injured runner or someone who cannot run as much as they would like to
-You can be outside instead of stuck on an elliptical in the gym
-The Elliptigo is more comfortable than a bike because you are not sitting on a small seat and leaning over
-They are adjustable to fit riders from 4’10” to 6’10”
-Special shoes are not needed
-They are really fun to ride
-They weigh about 40 pounds
-Elliptigo is pricey starting at $1299 -3500 (there are 4 different models)
-The weather has to cooperate to use it outside (They are compatible with a bike trainer to ride indoors)
You can find more info here on the benefits of Elliptical cycling and how it compares to running and traditional biking.
Overall, I had a great time testing it out and it’s lots of fun to use. Anyone can pick up the movements pretty easily. If you like being outdoors and are looking for an alternative to biking or running give it a go. They do free test rides at many bike shops across the country.
Think you would like to try an ElliptiGo out?
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