“I'm a triathlete and have completed 2 IM distance races. I have osteoarthritis in my right knee that makes training volume difficult. Anything that allows me to train without impact is good. I've had my BR for 1 1/2 years and love it.”
- Michael Emmerling
ARTHRITIS OF THE KNEE, HIP, TOES, OR ANKLES
Arthritis sucks, but there is an alternative for runners now available
Arthritis is a joint disease that results from the breakdown of joint cartilage and the underlying bone. Symptoms include stiffness, swelling, and pain, and like any chronic pain condition, arthritis can bring your running training to a grinding halt. Staying active is one of the major non-operative treatment options for preventing the progression of osteoarthritis, so finding a way to keep moving is vital to retaining your mobility and fitness.
Don't stop moving, don't 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.
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.
There is a running specific alternative!
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.
Bionic Running allows your body to mimic the movement of running without the heavy impact, and like an elliptical trainer the BR keeps your knee joint stable throughout each step.
“Bionic Running allows me to run in spite of osteoarthritis in my right knee, as it's a great non-impact exercise .”
- David Keller