• Smarter than a treadmill
  • Aircraft-grade, light aluminum legs
  • Higher resistance variance
  • Performance grips and contoured moving handles
  • Console displays all your favorite running stats
  • Stride tracing
  • SmartLink™ compatible
  • Bluetooth® 4.0 for mobile device connectivity
  • BLE and ANT+ compatible; heart rate chest strap included
  • Wireless heart rate (Polar, ANT+ and Bluetooth 4.0)
  • Digital contact heart rate
  • Quiet, cordless power operation

Performance Training

Benefits of Zero-Impact Running

The Zero Runner is a hybrid of a treadmill and an elliptical so you get the best of both – a true running motion without the impact. It is a powerful tool that enables runners to better manage repetitive impact forces that over time that can damage the body.

Replicate real running motion by fully extending your lower leg and kicking up your heel – just like you do outside. Whether running outside or inside, one thing you get is jarring impact. Run smarter on the Zero Runner by supplementing high impact outside runs with lower impact.

By eliminating stress on the joints and muscles, the Zero Runner helps runners manage recurring issues, avoid future injuries and extend their running career.

Learn more: Zero Runner Resource Center
Smarter than a Treadmill

Treadmills subject the entire body to significant repetitive stress. And the moving belt throws the foot off the belt so runners do not activate the hamstring muscles like they do outside, which can impact performance.

To perfect form and speed, the Zero Runner is equipped with foot sensors in the pedals that enable you to monitor your gait. When connected to the SmartLink™ app, follow the gait tracing technology to ensure that you are as efficient at mile seven as you were at mile one. With the Zero Runner, you are freed from the high-impact forces of running, yet still can enjoy the natural, free feeling of true running.

The Zero Runner is also quiet and is self powered.

Learn more: Zero Runner Resource Center
Run Stronger, Improve Form

The ZR8 model is the fast, versatile choice for the elite runner, marathon racer or anyone who wants to run more efficiently, longer and faster. It helps runners build endurance and speed while managing any recurring issues and avoiding overuse injuries.

Plus, with the gait tracing technology on the Zero Runner, you can keep an eye on your form to ensure that it remains consistent and strong, even as fatigue sets in. Maintain proper form to reduce impact whether on the Zero or on the road.

Learn more: Zero Runner Resource Center
Cross Training

Years ago, all runners did was run, eventually breaking down their bodies and having to end their running career early. Today, it’s still all about running – but smarter running. It’s incorporating cross training into running regimens to overcome weak links and build stronger muscles that get you to the finish line healthy.

For runners who struggle to incorporate cross training, the Zero Runner makes it simple. With the CROSS CiRCUIT® routine, runners can alternate intervals of running on the machine with strength training and flexibility exercises on the floor. This delivers running-specific – but impact-free – training, combined with valuable strength and stretching moves that maximize stamina, help preserve form and create more balanced strength.

Learn more: Zero Runner Resource Center
How to Get Started on the Zero Runner

Olympian Carrie Tollefson demonstrates how to get started on the Zero Runner.

Learn more: Zero Runner Resource Center

Treadmill Comparison

Zero Runner v. Treadmill

Watch this video to see how the Zero Runner stride is the same as that used on a treadmill – only without the repetitive pounding and ground forces on the body.

That's why the Zero Runner is better than a treadmill. It provides you all the same benefits of a treadmill workout but the Zero Runner also provides protection for your joints. Incorporate the Zero Runner into your routine for greater efficiency, more strength and avoid injury.

Learn more: Zero Runner Resource Center
Smarter than a Treadmill

With the Zero Runner, you are freed from the high-impact forces of running, yet still can enjoy the natural, free feeling of true running. Treadmills do not offer a zero-impact running experience or the ability to help you learn more about your running.

The Zero Runner equips you with gait tracing information so you can make sure you are consistent with your form throughout your run. Plus, it’s self-powered so it’s much quieter than the loud moving belt on a treadmill.

Learn more: Zero Runner Resource Center

Key Features

Aluminum Legs

Made of aircraft-grade aluminum and redesigned lightweight pedals, the ZR8 boasts light legs and a fast cadence. With the smooth, natural motion, the Zero Runner is running…only better…so you can focus on greater efficiency and enhanced performance.

And with the reinforced frame, the rock-solid ZR8 is built for maximum stability and to take a beating, over and over, to the finish line.

Learn more: Zero Runner Resource Center
Greater Resistance

Equipped with a higher workload, the ZR8 lets you vary the resistance level throughout runs. Turn it down and sprint or increase the resistance to work on your heel kick and activate more hamstrings, quads and glutes.

Change the resistance to incorporate different paced intervals and tempo runs to become an overall stronger runner.

Learn more: Zero Runner Resource Center
Performance Grips

As training progresses, step up to the free-moving performance handles that allow you to replicate the natural arm motion you use outside. With the performance handles, you also benefit from greater core and balance work.

Learn more: Zero Runner Resource Center
Contoured Grip

When it comes to upper-body ergonomics, the contoured handles place you in an ideal upright position, ready to run. Multiple hand placement options fit users of all sizes and preferences.

For maximum efficiency and comfort, place the hands at the top of the handles and run with your thumbs up.

Learn more: Zero Runner Resource Center


CROSS CiRCUIT with SmartLink

Learn how you can quickly add strength, stretching or yoga into your training plan with the CROSS CiRCUIT program on the SmartLink app.

Download now from the Apple Store

Compatible with Bluetooth 4.0; 3rd generation iPad or later (including all iPad minis); iPhone 5 or later; iPod Touch 5th generation or later

Stride Tracing

Equipped with more information and knowledge about personal performance, runners have the data they need to address potential weaknesses and optimize performance. Unique gait tracing technology allows you to monitor your stride length and heel kick height.

Typically, stride shortens and your heel kick height decreases with the onset of fatigue, which can compromise overall form and ultimate results. Now with stride tracing, runners can make adjustments as necessary to remain equally as strong throughout long runs.

Download now from the Apple Store

Compatible with Bluetooth 4.0; 3rd generation iPad or later (including all iPad minis); iPhone 5 or later; iPod Touch 5th generation or later

Smarter Workouts

Take advantage of additional expertise in creating customized training regimens and goal-based plans with SmartLink. Focus on endurance, strength or active recovery by following routines developed using input from fitness professionals, athletic coaches and physical therapists to stimulate progress and performance.

Plans such as 5K, 10K, ½ marathon, marathon and “just run” include outdoor runs and indoors sessions on the Zero Runner and help runners train specifically to conquer their goals. Now expertise and custom guidance are literally at your fingertips so that every run is a productive one!

Download now from the Apple Store

Compatible with Bluetooth 4.0; 3rd generation iPad or later (including all iPad minis); iPhone 5 or later; iPod Touch 5th generation or later

SmartLink Connect IQ

With the free SmartLink custom app exclusively for Garmin smartwatches, it’s simple to keep track of all your data in one place – including pace, distance, calories, and more – for both outdoor runs and indoor sessions on the Zero Runner.

This flexibility empowers runners to train smarter by starting or finishing longer runs outside with sessions on the Zero Runner to better manage impact and fatigue. Put in more miles – and record full credit for them – without the additional stress.

Visit the Garmin IQ Store to download SmartLink to your Garmin device now!

Compatible with ForeAthlete 920XTJ; Forerunner 920XT; vívoactive


Be a Healthy Runner

Runners like to run. A lot. And sometimes that’s all they want to do, which can cause an injury and sideline them – resulting in bad news for race preparation. But cross training helps strengthen the entire body for greater fitness and better overall balance.

CROSS CiRCUIT makes cross training simple. It combines cardio intervals on the Zero Runner with strength training or stretching exercises next to the machine for exceptional effectiveness and efficiency. Runners still get to enjoy their runs – but now complement them with valuable strength and stretching work to address weak links, build the core and attend to the upper body. Not only is cross training good for you now, but can ultimately extend your running career.

Learn more: Zero Runner Resource Center
Holistic Approach

Exclusively running excessively is no longer recommended. Professional runners, including 2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi, now consistently engage in cross training to increase strength and stamina, boost their race times and enhance recovery.

CROSS CiRCUIT on the Zero Runner delivers multiple options to challenge and strengthen runners, including lateral training, plyometrics, core moves and upper-body work. Cross training helps correct muscular imbalances in runners, like quad dominance, to reduce the chance of injury. And greater overall strength means better running economy and form.

Learn more: Zero Runner Resource Center

With CROSS CiRCUIT, the work is already done for you, so there’s no need to research different exercises and slog through developing a new routine every few weeks. Now, you simply pick a customized routine based on your individual goal, and get going. Video demos of exercises make it easy to follow along.

While working on your running muscles is definitely beneficial, one advantage of CROSS CiRCUIT is that it requires you to hit other muscles as well, such as the core and upper body, that can help you power through tough races. And the flexibility exercises, which some runners may tend to skip, help reduce stiffness, increase range of motion and expedite recovery.

Learn more: Zero Runner Resource Center



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 …



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:

  • 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.

Get more out of your workout when you use a Polar non-coded chest strap for wireless heart rate monitoring. Polar chest strap give…



Compare Models

Download a PDF version of the Zero Runner comparison table.

ZR8 ZR7 ZR8000
Key Mechanical Features
User defined running motion
Dynamic stride length 58″ (147cm) 58″ (147cm) 58″ (147cm)
Aluminum Legs
Lightweight pedals
Tablet/reading rack placement option 2 2 1
Performance resistance range
CROSS CiRCUIT attachment points 7 7
Set of CROSS CiRCUIT resistance bands
CROSS CiRCUIT Pro compatible
Pedal spacing 1.4″ (3.5cm) 2.0″ (5.1cm) 1.4″ (3.5cm)
Low step-up height 5.2″ (13.2cm) 5.2″ (13.2cm) 5.2″ (13.2cm)
Rubber non-slip pedals
Rubber non-slip step
Contoured grip moving handlebars
Moving handlebars
Performance grips
Water bottle holder 1 1 2
Whisper quiet operation
Transport wheels
Heavy-duty frame
Electronic Features
SmartLink Compatible
Bluetooth® 4.0 for mobile device connectivity
Head up display
Self powered*
Quick Start (Run)
Cool down
Wireless heart rate compatible Polar®, ANT+, and Bluetooth 4.0** Polar®, ANT+, and Bluetooth 4.0** Polar® and ANT+
Digital contact heart rate sensors
Polar heart rate chest strap
Bluetooth 4.0 / ANT+ heart rate chest strap
Number of programs on console 4 4 8
Number of Workouts with SmartLink
Endurance programs
Race training, pace intervals
14 14 8††
Tone up programs
Strength training, targeted muscle groups
12 12 6††
Active recovery programs
Flexbility, Run+, balance
10 10 6††
Product Specifications
Max user weight 300lbs
Footprint – live area (W x L) 38″ x 63″
(97 x 160cm)
38″ x 63″
(97 x 160cm)
43.2” x 69.6″ L
(110 x 176cm)
Product weight 191lbs
Frame Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime
Parts 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years
Labor 1 year 1 year 1 year

* ZR8 and ZR7 include 4 AA batteries for console operation / ZR8000 Standard console only
** Requires iPad running SmartLink app
Programs available on ZR8000 Standard console
†† Programs available on ZR8000 Smart console – not compatible with tablet version of SmartLink app



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by Juli P. on Blank Business Name
New Favorite Cardio

We needed a new cardio machine, and I had read beforehand about the Zero Runner. I have always enjoyed ellipticals and thought that was what we would decide on. After trying the ZR8 and several different elliptical machines at the store, I found I really loved the versatility of the ZR8! The corresponding app makes it even better to help you be the most effective in your workout, such as an interactive graph showing the shape of your stride. You do have to work a bit harder than on other cardio machines to keep the motion going, but to me, that equals a better workout in less time. I find it helpful to be able to move my legs in different motions in order to kept myself going when I'm starting to feel fatigue. I also like being able to switch from handlebars to performance handles to work my core.I also enjoy using the resistance powerbands and like that there are multiple places to clip them.Lastly, in addition to all the features this machine offers, the small footprint and no cord were 2 other main factors that helped us decide to buy the ZR8.

by Jack Boehnlein on Blank Business Name
A Piece of Equipment Worth Sharing

My wife and I have both found the ZR8 to be our most used piece of exercise equipment. We are both senior citizens but have found that using the Zero Runner enables us to continue a very active lifestyle. I enjoy triathlons and my wife is training for her first marathon. Besides the obvious benefits of running without impact to our joints, we have had the opportunity to allow a friend who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's to use our ZR8 whenever he can. (He actually has a key to our house.) This past couple of months he used the Zero Runner to prepare for a 5K race. It was amazing to see him run the entire race and then be able to go back and accompany others who were running and walking the race as part of his support team. Thank you for a piece of equipment that works for people regardless of their level of fitness.

by Rhonda on Blank Business Name

I got the zero runner because I had shinsplints so bad I could hardly run at all anymore and because I'm getting older and running was just creating a lot of different injuries. I do love running inside in the nice air-conditioned basement where we have it. My only issue with the zero runner is that my hamstrings get such a work out they are sore for days often times. I am able to keep up my fitness level and burn calories which is what I really want. I have been able to continue running outside once or twice a week at the most. It is great to be able to keep up with my fitness indoors!

by Ray Rama on Blank Business Name
Perfect Fit

After purchasing the ZR8 I was skeptical if it was a machine that I could use daily with my bad right knee. But after I got used to the running motion and got my rhythm it was easy like going outside for a run without the impact on my knees. The ZR8 was the perfect fit for me. After running on a treadmill for years and replacing the belt and repairs to the motorized parts, not to mention the stress on my knees. The ZR8 with its non-motorized mechanics powered by my own momentum puts my mind at ease that there is less maintenance than my treadmill.

by Jason Miyagishima on Blank Business Name
No more pain!!!!!!

With several knee surgeries and currently having no ACL or PCL in my left knee along with rods in my right SI joint, I have never really been able to gain the benefits of running without a lot of pain and discomfort from the impact on my joints.On the ZR8, I could finally run again without the pain of impact. It was like I was running on a cloud! I was finally getting some real running in pain free and was able to adjust my stride and improve my form with the gait tracing that is integrated into the system. Fell in love with the ZR8!!!!

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