• Natural motion that replicates walking, jogging or running
  • Dynamic stride length up to 58″ to fit users of all sizes
  • Patented hip and knee joint
  • Intelligence that traces your stride
  • Console displays all essential workout data
  • SmartLink compatible
  • Bluetooth® 4.0 for mobile device connectivity
  • Wireless heart rate (Polar, ANT+ and Bluetooth 4.0)
  • Digital contact heart rate
  • Cordless power operation

Smarter Training

Zero-impact running

The Zero Runner cracked the code to replicate real running motion with zero impact. Incorporating the Zero Runner into your training schedule allows you to continue to add the miles but without the impact on your joints.

The pedals are independent so you have free motion and flexibility to create a customized stride to walk, jog or run that feels best to your body. The patented hip and knee joints on the Zero Runner facilitate this custom motion and natural stride – you can replicate exactly what you do outside.
Supplemental miles

Instead of simply adding additional miles — get more out of every mile by supplementing your training with the Zero Runner so you stay strong and prevent injuries.

Whether you’re starting an exercise program, running career or an experienced marathoner, you will benefit from the zero impact on your body, ultimately resulting in superior running performance.

Build your endurance, strengthen your muscles and look forward to your next run outside by combining the best of both worlds with the Zero Runner and outdoor running.
Cross Training

One of the best ways to stay injury-free during your running or workout program is to cross train. Whether you’re a walker, exerciser, weekend warrior or ultra runner, everyone can benefit from cross training on the Zero Runner to reduce the risk of getting injured.

Cross training varies the stresses to the body so that overall conditioning improves and you strengthen your weak links.

Plus, cross training can decrease the tendency to overtrain by incorporating balance and variety, so you can stay injury free and keep working toward your goal.

Treadmill Comparison

Zero Runner vs. traditional cardio options

The video shows how the stride on the Zero Runner matches the runners stride on a treadmill.

Zero Runner also has a much larger range of motion compared to a traditional elliptical machine.
Why You Should Replace Your Treadmill with a Zero Runner

Treadmills don't eliminate joint stress, and each step results in significant pressure on the body. Plus, your form on a treadmill is different than outside because you must adjust due to the moving belt.

The Zero Runner removes the weight on your joints so you can get your walk, jog or run in but without the impact. And, on the Zero Runner, your form is truer to what you do outside.

Stay as strong throughout your workout with the Zero Runner.


SmartLink Connect IQ

The SmartLink custom app for Garmin smartwatches now enables runners to track outdoor runs as well as indoor sessions on the Zero Runner, including pace, distance, calories, and more.

Runners now can bridge the gap between outdoor and indoor workouts without losing useful data – enabling them to log miles outside and then on the Zero Runner to minimize excessive repetitive impact.

Download the SmartLink app to your Garmin device now! Download SmartLink

Smarter Workouts

SmartLink lets you pick your training goals – endurance, strength or active recovery – and develops a customized training regimen.

SmartLink was developed with input from fitness professionals, athletic coaches and physical therapists to stimulate progress and performance. SmartLink even re-calibrates mid-plan if necessary to ensure that you are on track. SmartLink helps you improve your efficiency and strength so you can perform your best!

Download SmartLink

Compatible with Bluetooth 4.0; 3rd generation iPad or later; iPhone 5 or later; iPod Touch 5th generation or later; iOS 8.0 or later.
Stride Tracing

To become a better and more efficient runner it's all about the data and now SmartLink offers the stride tracing technology.

Runners can monitor the health of their stride throughout the workout with the Stride Tracing technology in SmartLink. Monitor your stride throughout your run and you'll see right away when your stride changes as fatigue sets in.

SmartLink traces your stride length and heel kick height so you can keep a constant eye on your so you can easily adjust your form and perform stronger.

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Compatible with Bluetooth 4.0; 3rd generation iPad or later; iPhone 5 or later; iPod Touch 5th generation or later; iOS 8.0 or later.
Workout Tracking

SmartLink makes it easy to see and share your progress, as it automatically stores your workouts and preferences and tracks your sweat session details – all in one convenient app!

You can monitor distance, speed, heart rate and more for today’s workout, the past 30 days or since you began using SmartLink – for a quick, comprehensive view of your efforts.

Plus, share your success and stay on track with social media links, available directly through SmartLink.

Download SmartLink

Compatible with Bluetooth 4.0; 3rd generation iPad or later; iPhone 5 or later; iPod Touch 5th generation or later; iOS 8.0 or later.


We make it EASY

No more digging around in magazines or online trying to find articles that provide cross training exercises. With the CROSS CiRCUIT program, it’s easier than ever to perform the strength and stretching workouts that you know you should be doing.

With a click of a button in the SmartLink app, try a customized workout based on your exercise or running goal to help you accomplish more faster.

Capitalize on CROSS CiRCUIT to propel your training to new heights.
Smarter Training

Doing too much, too soon or too fast can cause an injury, sideline you and delay your training. Incorporating cross training with the Zero Runner has never been easier with the CROSS CiRCUIT program and the SmartLink app.

CROSS CiRCUIT combines cardio intervals on the Zero Runner with strength training or stretching exercises next to the machine for the ultimate in effectiveness and efficiency.
Holistic Approach to Running

Exclusively running is a thing of the past. Now, smart athletes, including professional marathoners, attest to the power of cross training to improve their race times and recovery.

With CROSS CiRCUIT on the Zero Runner, you can help minimize overuse injuries by strengthening the entire body and incorporating different exercises, such as lateral training, plyometrics, core moves, stretching and upper-body work.

Take on your weaker links and watch your performance soar.



Zero Runner CROSS CiRCUIT Kit

Take the CROSS CiRCUIT experience to the next level to combine running on the Zero Runner with strength training intervals. With PowerBlock adjustable weights, runners can focus on improving strength and core stability to boost overall performance.

CROSS CiRCUIT Pro kit includes:

  • Mounted weight stands
  • 32lb. adjustable PowerBlock weights


Note: This product is compatible with Zero Runner (ZR7 and ZR8)

Take the CROSS CiRCUIT experience to the next level to combine running on the Zero Runner with strength training intervals. With P…



Polar Chest Strap

Get more out of your workout when you use a Polar non-coded chest strap for wireless heart rate monitoring. Polar chest strap gives real-time readout of heart rate and allows for more accurate calorie burn tracking. Must use Polar non-coded chest strap with Octane Fitness ellipticals.

Adjustable chest strap sizes:

  • Small – 23 to 47 inches
  • Medium – 25 to 54 inches
  • Large – 33 to 63 inches


Note: Wireless heart rate monitoring is only available on xi, ci, ce, and e model consumer consoles, ZR8 and ZR7 Zero Runners and all commercial grade products.

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CROSS CiRCUIT Powerband Kit

With the CROSS CiRCUIT+ Powerband Kit, you can add even more variety and intensify your CROSS CiRCUIT+ workouts.

CROSS CiRCUIT band kit includes:

  • Extra set of adjustable handles
  • 3 additional sets of Powerbands
    • Yellow – very light resistance
    • Red – medium resistance
    • Blue – heavy resistance


Note: Set of Green Powerbands (light resistance) are included with purchase of Zero Runner and Q Series models with xi consoles

With the CROSS CiRCUIT+ Powerband Kit, you can add even more variety and intensify your CROSS CiRCUIT+ workouts. CROSS CiRCUIT …



Compare Models

Download a PDF version of the Zero Runner comparison table.

Key Mechanical Features
User defined running motion
Dynamic stride length 58″ (147cm) 58″ (147cm)
Aluminum Legs
Lightweight pedals
Tablet/reading rack placement option 2 2
Performance resistance range
CROSS CiRCUIT attachment points 7 7
Set of CROSS CiRCUIT resistance bands
Pedal spacing 1.4″ (3.5cm) 2.0″ (5.1cm)
Low step-up height 5.2″ (13.2cm) 5.2″ (13.2cm)
Rubber non-slip pedals
Rubber non-slip step
Contoured moving handlebars
Performance grips
Water bottle holder
Whisper quiet operation
Transport wheels
Heavy-duty frame
Electronic Features
SmartLink Compatible
Bluetooth® 4.0 for mobile device connectivity
Head up LCD display
Self powered*
Quick Start (Run)
Cool down
Wireless heart rate (Polar®, ANT+, and Bluetooth 4.0**)
Digital contact heart rate sensors
Polar heart rate chest strap
Bluetooth 4.0 / ANT+ heart rate chest strap
Number of Workouts with SmartLink
Endurance programs
Race training, pace intervals
13 13
Tone up programs
Strength training, targeted muscle groups
12 12
Active recovery programs
Flexbility, Run+, balance
10 10
Product Specifications
Max user weight 300lbs
Footprint – live area 38″ W x 63″ L
(97 x 160cm)
38″ W x 63″ L
(97 x 160cm)
Product weight 191lbs
Frame Lifetime Lifetime
Parts 5 Years 5 Years
Labor 1 year 1 year

* Includes 4 AA batteries for console operation
** Requires iPad running SmartLink app



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“I’m not an athlete by any means nor do I like to exercise, much less run. That all changed when I purchased the Zero Runner! Running, walking or skiing on the Zero Runner feels like I’m floating in the air and the bonus: I’m saving my joints while getting an excellent cardio workout!
The flexibility offered by the amazing engineering in this equipment will allow me to enjoy my fitness regimen for many years to come…priceless. Thank you for sharing your engineering brilliance!
Signed, grateful non-athlete (Betsy)”

Crossfit and ZR

I’ve been using the Zero Runner now for approximately two weeks and wanted to give my perspective on the progress. However, I want to give a little background as to how I’m incorporating it into my training. I’ve been doing Crossfit now for about two years in addition to running on a regular basis. One of the main things I’ve been looking to improve is my endurance/conditioning to improve in the Metcon workouts and I’ve been using HIIT training to help with that. I’ve been doing sprints outdoors regularly, however, with age comes the expected aches and pains in particularly in my knees as I have arthritis to deal with. Doing sprints on pavement doesn’t help with this matter.

As I mentioned, I started using the Zero Runner for the last two weeks. I’ve been able to do HITT training on it by alternating sprints with steady pace running. One of the first things I’ve noticed is how easy it’s been on my knees. I can go at a sprint pace without having to worry about the pain I usually have with my knees while on pavement. I get the same workout, if not more intense, that I did while running off the ZR. In addition, I also noticed that my running form, which admittedly in the past was horrible, significantly improved. Instead of dragging my feet while running I’ve been picking them up with using right form.

I particularly noticed it while doing “Nancy” this week, 5 rounds of running 400M and 15 OH Squats. First my running in each round significantly improved with proper form which the ZR has helped with and secondly my conditioning has improved dramatically. Normally I’d be huffing and puffing by the 3rd round splitting up my OH Squats, but in this case I went through all 5 rounds unbroken, a first for me. As a bonus, squatting without knee sleeves for the first time and I didn’t have any concerns or issues with my knees.

The next two tests came yesterday and today as I did a workout involving rowing and handstand pushups and another benchmark Wod --- “Cindy”. Rowing has always left me gassed to say the least, once again, I didn’t struggle with either the rowing nor the HSPUs doing sets of 10UB which is a first for me in two years. Today I set a new PR for Cindy hitting 21 full rounds improving by 2 rounds from previous all the while going UB on all 3 movements.

My Metcon conditioning has improved significantly in just the two weeks and my next test is Sunday as I’ll do my first long outdoor run in a while as I’m planning to do the Rochester MVP Half Marathon next month and using the ZR as my primary training.

Thank you - Gus

by Hayley Heim on Octane Fitness | Home
Love This Machine!

I am a 36-years-old female and have arthritis. It affects my hips and knees the most. That said, I've continued to run the last several years just taking it easy when I needed to. However, a couple years ago I started having problems with my foot. I trained for and ran a full marathon without much trouble but it was my next half that gave me the problems. Afterwards, I had to back off the running for a while. Several weeks went by and I had to get back outside and run. The pain was immediately back. I had been looking online for something that I could do which would allow me to run without the impact. I hated treadmills, which left me more sore than ever, and the bicycle just didn't leave me feeling satisfied that I'd gotten a good workout. I found the information about the Zero Runner and I kept reading it over and over. I located the nearest dealer and went to their store so that I could see it in person and try it out. First off, the owner, Mike, was awesome. He answered every single question my husband and I had and he showed me absolutely everything there was to see on the machine. The cost was a little bit concerning as I've never spent that much on a machine before. I took the info and went home. Two days later, I called Mike up and made my purchase. Now, almost three months later, I can say this was hands down the best purchase I have ever made. When I was trying to only run outside through the foot pain, I was lucky if I was getting 5-8 miles in through the whole week. Now, I'm running over 30 again. No pain anywhere. Not in my feet, my hips, my knees, not anywhere. I knew that when I was first starting, I worried about whether I could transition easily from running on the Zero Runner to running outside. I'm not a fast runner at all. Never have been. The first couple months on the ZR7, I was consistently doing between an 11 and 12 minute mile. Just two months after working out on the machine, I did a 5K. I ran a PR of 28 minutes and was not struggling at all. That to me was when I knew that the transitioning was not going to be a problem at all. This machine has been nothing short of a miracle for me. Now on the days I run outside, I don't have the pain either. I would highly recommend it for anyone who is injury prone or just wants a way to add in more miles without the pounding. Thank you, Octane Fitness, for creating this amazing piece of fitness equipment.

by Mike Bosch on Octane Fitness | Home
I am Fueled

I may not be your typical "gym rat" (I use that term in the most lovingly, playful way) but this product has given me a new lease on resuming my competitive masters racing. I have accomplished a 2:48:30 marathon at 42, a 1:55 (twice, at 42 & 44) 30km at Around the Bay (oldest race in North America), a 1:18:44 half marathon at 44, a 34:54 10km at 42, a 17:04 5k (first 5k of that 10k race), and a 2:52:39 marathon victory and course record (for 2 yrs) at the WIN marathon at 44 yrs.
This all came to a halt in the 2nd half of 2012 when I starting getting weird hip, back injuries (pelvic stress fracture, multiple sciatic flare ups, etc) that saw a halt to any serious running. Finally, after various tests including pelvic and lumbar MRI's, it was determined that I had three issues contributing to this: a congenital fusion of left L5 transverse process to my sacrum, a left-sided Pars Defect and Stenosis (narrowing of the joint gap) of my L5-S1 joint. The first two likely happened when I was very young and the Pars Defect likely contributory to my stenosis but the main contributor was likely my massive weight gains post-college as my weight eventually ballooned to about 240lbs. It was running and properly eating that allowed me to lose most of it between 2004 and early 2005, only to relapse due to high work stress over a 4 month period. So in early 2006 I dusted myself off and started over again.
By this point I had already created a lot of the damage but just didn't realize it yet. Add to it the repeated impact that running takes, both on a heavier carcass as well as that sustained as a light, competitive, "older" runner putting in grueling training sessions to continue to improve.
The Zero Runner has given me a new lease on my competitive running. I honestly believe that if this product were around when I first got back into shape I wouldn't have missed the past couple seasons and would have continued to drop my times. I will be pacing a friend to a 3:02 Boston Qualifier at the Ottawa Marathon this May.
At least now, with the Zero Runner, that WILL happen!

My Zero Runner Story

I got my Zero Runner about 6 months ago after hearing about it at the Boston Expo. I have been for the last 2 years having recurring issues in my left hip and upper IT band, which would get worse every time I tried to run more mileage, especially when I'd run on cambered roads or more hilly trails. It wasn't enough to lay me off completely but it significantly affected my ability to run the workouts and mileage I wanted to run to help reach my goals. It felt tight and painful and would affect my stride, causing knee pain as well as hip pain. I would have to stop and stretch frequently during runs. I undertook a strengthening and weights plan as well as foam rolling, which did help, but never got rid of it completely, and if I slipped on doing those activities for even a couple weeks it came right back. I knew I had strength imbalance issues in my core, hips, and hamstrings, but it didn't seem like anything I did fully addressed the issue.

The first time I tried the Zero Runner, I could really feel it in my hamstrings and hip flexors. Larry told me it is engineered to use the running muscles in the proper balance between quads and hamstrings, so this made sense to me based on my imbalance and muscle weakness issues. I was sold on it right then. After getting my Zero, I started using it 3-4 times a week, on my easy and recovery days most often, and sometimes after a run. 6 months later, I still do my hip and core strengthening routine, but I have only been doing it once a week versus the 2-3 times I did before. However, I now have no pain or over-tightness in my hamstrings or IT band any longer, and the resulting stride and knee issues are now gone! I find I need the foam roller much less. It was an issue I'd been dealing with for over two years that I had basically resigned myself to that I thought would be affecting my training long term as nothing I had tried had been able to rid me of it. I think the longer periods of time (30 minutes or so) spent on the Zero much better addresses these issues with the mind of endurance than the short sets of strengthening exercises ever could. It also feels like running in the stride and cardiovascular challenge of it which is great. The hilly trails and cambered roads don't bother me anymore! My husband has been using it also, and though he has recurring shin splints and patella tendonitis that almost always bother him when road running, he has no pain when using the Zero and I think he uses it more than I do! I love it, and it was definitely worth the investment.

I can't say enough

It allows me to train daily and with longer duration. It forces me to use my glutes. It keeps me in proper form. It helps me recover from long runs faster. It protects my hips and knees. It helped me taper for Buffalo without giving up intensity. I've never felt that good starting a race in my life. I still have to experiment with intervals on it as well as strength work in the cross training options. I think what I like the most is that there's little or no adjusting when I get back on the road, unlike elliptical or pool running which is slightly different in form and weight bearing. And I still feel like a runner on it. The ability to run....truly run...without pain is a gift only we injured runners can appreciate. I am so curious to see how my next marathon goes with the zero fully incorporated into my training. I can use it to build a base, intervals, and long runs. Marathon pacing sessions probably will still be outside to get it ingrained for marathon day. But that's not an absolute either.

by DJ Mark on Octane Fitness | Home
My Zerorunner

Purchased by Zerorunner in October 2014. It took me a while to get use to it. In the last 2 months, I've lowered by 10K on the Zerorunner from 54 minutes to 48 minutes. I also cross train with my Octane Q47ce and treadmill. I was diagnosed with jumper's knee. The Zerorunner has allowed me to run pain free. Thank you Octane Fitness for producing the Zerorunner. You can catch my Zerorunner tweets @cylondj

Buy a second one

Happy to report I love my Zero – so much that I am going to buy a second one for our other home in Florida, later this year. I have been able to get up to 6 miles on it – so I am thrilled to have the ability to enjoy an aerobic workout of this caliber once again.

by Steve C. on Octane Fitness | Home
PR in a 5K

"In the evening I do 20 minutes on the Zero Runner for about 2 miles. It's been great running on the Zero Runner while treating my plantar fasciities. I feel absolutely no pain while running on the ZR. I'm looking forward to running on it more tomorrow. Great investment!" -Steve Chilton

Hit the road running

I sprained my ankle and was able to run on the Octane Zero Runner. When my ankle felt better I was able to go to the trail as if nothing happened - picked up my trail mileage right where I left off!!

by Laura Schmidt on Octane Fitness | Home
An amazing machine

Octane's Zero Runner is an amazing machine. If you are a runner, would like to be a runner or looking to get back into running you really need to check out Octane's Zero Runner. The no impact is incredible as well as the workout you are able to get from using the Zero Runner.
The difference the Zero Runner has made for me is hard to put into words. You would need to have a brief background of my physical challenges I face as a runner. First of all let me say that i love running even though I have never run in a race or competed against anyone but myself. At the age of 12 I was in a farming accident that almost completely severed my right foot and ankle from my leg. The result is an ankle with very little movement, atrophy of all my lower leg muscles as well as basically a club foot. Add to that two joint surgeries. Knee surgery in 2012 for torn cartilage due to a horseback riding injury years earlier and in 2013 surgery for impingement syndrome in my hip. I have run on nothing but treadmills for the past 17 years in hopes that it would somehow protect my joints from further damage.
The Octane Zero Runner is a God send and an answer to my prayers. For the first time in many, many years I am able to run virtually pain free due to the fact that it is "no impact"! Also for the first time in 17 years I feel like I am finally using all my leg muscles as if I were running outdoors, again, with no impact. I get a much better overall workout than I ever did on a treadmill. The differences I can physically see and feel is amazing. I can't stress enough how everyone needs to give the Zero Runner a try! It just may be your answer!

by Jon Kohlmann on Octane Fitness | Home
Zero Runner Miracle Machine

I have had 2 hip resurfacing surgeries and 2 total replacements in 5 years. I have struggled with pain on every machine and land causing pain in latest surgery hip. I tried the ZR7 yesterday and actually felt no pain for the first time in a year. I actually felt better post jog than before. I want one today! Thank you Octane Fitness for this. I now believe I will be able to run again.

by Larry Schmidt on Octane Fitness | Home
Miracle Machine

The Zero Runner is fantastic. I had hip re-surfacing surgery 6 years ago. Any running for more than 15 min causes intense hip pain. Yesterday did a
3 hr 53 min marathon on the Zero. NO HIP PAIN!! Never thought I'd run that fast again since surgery and without pain. Boston marathon qualifying time for my age (60) is 3:55. This is a miracle machine!!

by Martha R. on Octane Fitness | Home
Running again

I have a bad knee that has kept me from running for years. Doctors said I'd need a knee replacement if I wanted to run again but then I tried the Zero Runner. Thanks to Zero Runner I don't need a new knee and can run again without pain.

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