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