Running into the record books thanks to the Bionic Runner
Since its release in 2015, the Bionic Runner has inspired a global community of passionate, world record-breaking runners.
Brisbane, July 2016 – Launched via a successful crowd funding campaign just one year ago, the Australian-born Bionic Runner has already taken the global running community by storm, changing the way in which athletes both train and view injury prevention. But whilst the majority of seasoned runners have sought out the Bionic Runner to help them run through injuries – and prevent their recurrence – for others, the decision to train on a Bionic Runner has been all about pushing harder – and faster – than ever before. For some, to go on to set and break records.
Thirty-one back-to-back marathons
“About a year ago I decided I wanted to go for a really long run,” says UK-based Brandon Lee-Hall. “One thing led to another and, before you know it, I’d completed an application to Guinness World Records to try and beat the fastest journey from John O’Groats to Lands End – or the entire length of Britain.”
To cover the 813 miles (or 31 back-to-back marathons), Brandon will need to complete the journey in under nine days, two hours and 26 minutes, covering more than 90 miles every day. Yet before he even gets to race day, he faces the very real prospect of running into injury.
“It’s reported that as many as 70% of all runners will experience running-related injury,” says Steve Cranitch, founder of Run4, the company behind the Bionic Runner. “Training for such an extreme event would increase the chances of injury, simply due to the number of miles needed to put in during training.”
Four years ago, Steve had a vision of an injury-free running community. “This led us to design and develop the Bionic Runner – the world’s only high intensity, non-impact, running-specific trainer.”
A game-changer for running training
For runners like Brandon, who have extreme running ambitions, the Bionic Runner represents a game changer when it comes to training – allowing them to pro-actively prevent injury, or continue training through injury, should it occur.
The Bionic Runner is the only non-impact fitness trainer to mimic the natural gait and timing of running. “Unlike an elliptical trainer, the Bionic Runner has a unique patent-pending 60% swing and 40% stance phase timing, which guides the foot along the path of a mid-foot running gait,” explains Steve. “Basically, you not only look and feel as if you’re running, you engage the same muscles as you would pounding the pavement, too, which sets the Bionic Runner apart from any other cross trainer in the market”
Thanks to its non-impact closed kinetic chain, with the Bionic Runner, training with it also eliminates the risk of injury from impact fatigue and joint over extension – the two most common causes of joint, tendon and muscle-related strain injuries.
As training for his record-breaking attempt ramps up, Brandon is already putting in up to 100 miles every weekend on the Bionic Runner. “As a running aid, I couldn’t live without it,” he says. “It is making the impossible possible.”
Whilst Brandon is looking ahead to his run, closer to home, Queenslander John Shaw has already secured not one, but two world records, with a little help from the Bionic Runner.
With a recurring calf injury, 63-year-old John had taken up the very difficult challenge of running a half marathon with just five week’s training. “The Bionic Runner was my saviour during this dark period,” he recalls. “I put in 1.5-2.5 hour runs on the Bionic Runner every other day to maintain my aerobic fitness, but when race day came, I didn’t set a goal time, I just decided to try my best.”
Unbelievably, John ran 1.21.16 on an undulating course, with a 70 second PB. Fast forward just two weeks, and John joined three fellow runners on the tarmac to attempt to beat a four-by-1500m relay record that had stood for 20 years. “On a hot summer’s morning we broke not one, but three records: the world record by 27 seconds; the Australian by 1:07 and the state by 3:01,” John recalls.
“The regular hard workouts during my injury downtime made me a strong runner,” he adds. “With a stronger core, hips, glutes, quads and hamstrings I could push myself harder than I had ever done before.” And John hasn’t stopped there, going on to set a single-age world record for his time in the recent Gold Coast Marathon in July 2016.
Backed by Research, Proven by Runners
The claims made by the team behind the Bionic Runner are also backed by research published in peer-reviewed journals. Collected over the last year, data published in the Australian Journal of Strength and Conditioning shows that, whether using the Bionic Runner for interval, Fartlek, tempo or hill sessions, the runner offers the same intensity as conventional running – without the risk of injury from over extension or impact fatigue.
But it’s thanks to passionate, competitive runners like John and Brandon – and their real-life results - that the true potential of the Bionic Runner is beginning to be realized. ENDS
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