Elliptical Workouts For Injured Runners

  • By Jeff Gaudette
  • Published Dec. 10, 2013
  • Updated Dec. 10, 2013 at 12:10 PM UTC

Can’t run? Replicate your workouts on an elliptical machine. 

Previously, I took a look at the benefits of aqua jogging for injured runners and provided some sample workouts designed to help keep you fit during time off from training. Unfortunately, not all runners are able to take advantage of aqua jogging when they are injured because it requires deep water that isn’t always readily available. So, you might be wondering, what is the next best cross-training solution for runners?

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After aqua jogging, the elliptical machine is a runner’s best choice for cross-training. The movement of the elliptical closely mimics running form, but without the impact, and you can easily monitor and change your intensity level. More importantly, elliptical machines are widely available in most gyms, making them an easy cross-training solution.

In the following pages, we’ll take a look at the research regarding the potential benefits of elliptical training for runners. I’ll also outline a few workouts to keep your heart pounding and your fitness intact.

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Jeff Gaudette

Jeff Gaudette

Jeff has been running for 13 years, at all levels of the sport. He was a two time Division-I All-American in Cross Country while at Brown University and competed professionally for 4 years after college for the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project. Jeff's writing has been featured in Running Times magazine, Endurance Magazine, as well as numerous local magazine fitness columns.

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