Author: Eric Waklee, Store Manager, Chanhassen, MN


I’ll give a little history on myself. I don’t workout to train for anything specific. The main reason I workout is because I enjoy the way it makes me feel and I enjoy the benefits of being healthy. I don’t try to be an athlete. I don’t train for half marathons. I simply workout to stay in shape. If I were to choose an exercise it would not be running. Due to knee and back issues it is painful for me to run. However, if I were to choose only one machine to workout on, it would be the ZERO RUNNER.

The machine was designed for the elite runner. It was designed to help runners get faster times, correct their form, and train without injury. Through my experience selling the machine, and using it, I have seen that it is much more than that.

It holds a huge benefit over a treadmill as it recruits more muscle within the movement. A treadmill will propel your body and your legs simply try to keep up. However, when you walk outside, your muscles have to contract and propel you forward.

Customers have come in my store with no desire to run, but ultimately have decided to purchase a machine designed just for that purpose. Why is this? One word - versatility!

What I love about the zero runner is its multiple uses. YOU control the movement. So if you are someone that is just starting out, you don’t have to do the running movement. Anytime you start a workout routine you don’t want to overdo it. So if you wouldn’t go outside and run why would you start right away on this?

Start at your own pace. Start out by just swinging your legs to get the blood flowing. This will still elevate your heart rate, but will not over exert you.


In fact I had a customer fresh out of hip rehab that did just that. He started out swinging his legs and would eventually work on bending his knee more. By doing this it would recruit more muscle and elevate his heart rate even more. Eventually he could move into a "stairstepper" motion. Then he moved in a walking or jogging motion. Then he moved into a full run.

This same type of routine can be completed for someone just starting to workout. When people haven’t exercised in years, it can be difficult to start. One thing to remember is the weight didn’t come on overnight, so it’s not going to come off overnight. Be patient. But the key to losing weight is simple: MOVE. Move your body and elevate your heart rate. And the more of your body you move…...the more you will burn.

Another great feature of the Zero Runner is that it will incorporate resistance training into your workout with the Cross Circuit programs. There are resistance bands that come with the machine and will connect to hooks that are built on it. The only thing that burns fat is muscle? the more lean muscle you have the more you burn. However, a lot of people will skip using weights or resistance bands in their workouts. If you ask any trainer they will recommend their clients do resistance training. I feel a large reason why people don’t is because they don’t know what to do. They don’t want to injure themselves by doing the wrong motion. The great thing about the Cross Circuit programs is that it will guide you through the workout. It connects to an app on your phone or tablet and will show you video on correct form and what exercise to do. It’s a trainer built into the machine!

The bottom line when choosing a piece of exercise equipment is that you have to like it (or at least tolerate it if you don’t enjoy exercise). If you don’t like it, the machine will turn into an expensive coat rack. You also don’t want to surpass the machine. If you are just starting a workout routine you will progress over time. You will plateau and will need more of a challenge to continue seeing results. So when picking out an exercise machine make sure it will have enough versatility to challenge you later on. These machines are an investment. You don’t want to have to go buy something different in a year or two because you surpass the machine.

If you are someone just starting to workout, or if you have been working out for years, I would recommend giving the Zero Runner a try. And don’t be surprised if you don’t get the motion right away. It’s different from any other machine you have tried so it will have a learning curve. With feedback I have had from customers, the more they use it, the more they enjoy it. Plus they change they way they use it over time!

Thank you for reading my blog and good luck on the next steps to leading a healthier lifestyle!

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