Coach of athletes for approx 20 years coaching mainly sprinter and jumps. I was interested in the Bionic Runner as I had a couple of athletes with shin soreness. The Bionic Runner appears to have lessened the severity of the injury. I have also used it to rehab another athlete coming back from a hamstring injury. I like the fact that there is no continual impact and that the athlete cannot over stride.
- Wim Vaessen
Don't be sidelined and risk detraining
You neither want to be sidelined and detrain, nor do you wan to return too early and make it worse. Bikes and ellipticals don't cut it for a running specific workout. But there is another option.
Hamstring injuries are prevalent among runners, especially sprinters. The rehab protocol involves rest from running, and ultimately strengthening exercises to return the muscle to its former power. During this time it can be frustrating to be confined to a bike or elliptical trainer indoors, especially if you’re accustomed to doing long distance endurance work outdoors.
You have a limited window before you detrain!
When an injury requires that you stop training suddenly, the effects on your overall fitness and wellbeing are dramatic and rapid. After just 21 days of inactivity, VO2 max declines by 7%. After 56 days, VO2 max declines by 16% . Left ventricular hypertrophy drops by 20% in just a few short weeks . Mature athletes are already fighting an uphill battle, as we lose muscle mass with age. Maintaining strength and muscle fiber are keys to maintaining a long, active, life. By 65 years of age, we are statistically likely to be carrying up to 30% less muscle mass than we did in our twenties. Injury recovery can become not only a setback due to the injury itself, but to our overall wellness by deconditioning the whole body.
Running SPECIFIC Cross training is the answer
Regaining that lost ground while also rehabilitating an injury is an unnecessary waste of time when tools like Bionic Runner are available. By training with a running-specific movement, you don’t have to be sidelined by common injuries.
Bionic Runner specifically recruits and stresses the same muscles as running. Its unique ability to drive your heart rate into running zones, along with the Bionic Runner’s 60:40 swing vs stance phase timing causes similar physiological adaptations to improve running-specific fitness. Because it is non-impact it is gentle on injuries. Its closed kinetic chain means that you cannot overstride and cause strains. The unique pivoting pedal means that your foot, ankle, knee and hip are always at the correct angles. These features combine to give you a challenging, running specific workout for times when you cannot run.
Once injured, it may feel like your training options are limited to cycling or rowing, but don’t give up hope: with Bionic Runner, you can run impact-free in the great outdoors without aggravating an existing hamstring injury. By maintaining your cardiovascular fitness throughout injury recovery, you’ll be able to hit the ground running once you’re back to 100%.
I have been a runner for over 25 years. I purchased the Bionic Runner because I tore my hamstring and needed surgery. The Bionic Runner has proved very helpful. I love how smooth it is. I can get a good workout without any pounding to my body.
- Philip Posthuma