After four years of design and development, a new product out of Solana Beach, California has people scrambling to get their pre-orders in. The ElliptiGO bike is part elliptical, part bicycle and its the first of its kind in the world. The bike is designed to mimic running outdoors while eliminating the high impact nature of the activity. The ElliptiGO 8S is great for runners who want to extend their running lives, cross-training athletes who want to get a serious weight-bearing cardiovascular workout without the associated pounding caused by running, and for fitness enthusiasts who enjoy the elliptical trainer motion but don’t want to be stuck in a gym. This bike is revolutionary in that those with bad knees and joints are no longer relegated to spending hours staring at a gym wall while they put in their time on the elliptical. The ride looks smooth and effortless, while giving the rider a thorough workout. A bit pricy, but I would expect that price to come down as more of these hit the market. Check out their website, www.elliptigo.com and take a look for yourself.
To put it bluntly, no, they don’t work. Apparently, thousands of women think they do.
From the NY Times:
“To support the claims, the shoemakers each offer company-financed exercise studies suggesting that the shoes produce a higher level of muscle engagement, at least in a controlled research setting.But the studies don’t show whether more engagement leads to meaningful changes in muscle tone or appearance over time. Nor is it clear whether the high level of engagement continues once the walker becomes accustomed to the shoe.”
Further, the claim that the shoes offer muscle toning is backed by a single, unpublished study involving just five people.
In fact, it looks like the most effective thing these shoes do is act as a placebo:
“The real effect may come from simple awareness that they are wearing a muscle-activating shoe, causing them to walk more briskly and with purpose.”
The health and fitness field is filled with products like these, making promises that they very obviously have no way of keeping. Keep your head on straight and don’t fall for the short-cut approach. You want a great butt? It’s going to take work in the gym. Great lower body routine to be posted soon…stay tuned.
“The typical human foot is an anatomical marvel of evolution with 26 bones, 33 joints, 20 muscles, and hundreds of sensory receptors, tendons and ligaments. Like the rest of the body, to keep our feet healthy, they need to be stimulated and exercised.”
These technologically advanced shoes aim to stimulate the foot and lower leg in a more natural state on a regular basis. Go out for a run in these bad boys and tell me how you’re feeling the next day. The five-finger design mimics the mechanics of bare foot running, which relies more on your calves and lower extremity tendons during exercise. The result is a better muscle burn, a stronger base, and a pair of calves that would make just about anyone jealous.
Pick up a pair of these for use during rock climbing, surfing, running, hiking, biking, at the gym, etc. The possibilities are endless. There are loads of styles out on the market today, and most can accommodate a wide array of activities. These shoes provide the protection and support of a rigid sneaker, yet allow the flexibility and movement of a bare foot. Great product for all you fitness heads.
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