On days when you can’t ride your ElliptiGO outdoors, you can use the CycleOps Fluid2 stationary trainer to ride your ElliptiGO inside or on a covered deck or patio. We even have training programs available to help keep you motivated to workout indoors. Check out Coach Jenny Hadfield's four challenging indoor workouts for ElliptiGO: <<Download the Workouts PDF>>
What is it like to ride the ElliptiGO on a stationary trainer?
As people who love outdoor exercise, we were a bit hesitant at first to try the ElliptiGO indoors. We were pleasantly surprised by how much fun the indoor workout is on the ElliptiGO. If you use music or a heart–rate monitor to maintain a certain level of intensity during your workout, you can really get an incredible cardio workout indoors. (Imagine your own private spinning class, but you’re riding in a more comfortable upright position.) For a better sense of the indoor riding experience, check out the short overview video below.
When would I use my ElliptiGO on a stationary trainer?
There could be many different scenarios when you might use your ElliptiGO on the stationary trainer. Certainly, on days when you can’t ride outdoors because of inclement weather or it's too dark, the stationary trainer offers a great substitute. In addition, you could also mount your bike on the trainer if you wanted to focus on doing some speed or interval work indoors as a complement to your outdoor training program. Also, for any ElliptiGO rider who is undergoing serious rehabilitation or physical therapy, starting to ride the ElliptiGO on the stationary trainer first at a low-intensity level might help in building cardio-base and leg strength before graduating to riding outdoors.
Where can I use the ElliptiGO on an stationary trainer?
You can use the ElliptiGO on the trainer in any location that has a flat, stable surface and has enough room for you to mount/dismount and for the drive-arms to cycle through a full rotation. For your safety, we recommend that you set up the trainer in an area with ample space to allow you to mount and dismount comfortably on both sides and you make sure there is sufficient clearance on all sides of the drive-arms when they are in motion. Another important safety precaution is to keep children or pets away from the ElliptiGO when it is mounted on the trainer in order to avoid any accidental pinch injuries to small hands or paws from the drive-arms.
How does training at high-intensity on the stationary trainer equate with training at high speeds on the road?
The maximum cadence one can achieve on the indoor trainer is around 85-90 rpms - for one complete revolution of one drive arm. If you are counting steps: each power phase of both drive arms, then 160 rpms would be a very hard workout indeed - equivalent to 80rpm, and would be doable at a high intensity level. In our own use of the trainer, we have found that 85 rpms is close to the max, and riding at this intensity in the 8th (hardest) gear, equates to approximately 30mph on a flat road.
How do I set up my ElliptiGO on the stationary trainer?
For the step-by-step process of how to assemble your trainer out of the box and mount your ElliptiGO on the trainer, please view the video below at right.
Do you have any indoor training programs available that I can follow or use as a reference for my workouts?
Coach Jenny Hadfield has developed Four Challenging Indoor Workouts on ElliptiGO just for you. <<Download the Workouts PDF by clicking here>> If you have any specific training questions or requests for an indoor training program, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For any additional questions about the indoor riding experience, please email us at email@example.com. If you are interested in purchasing an indoor trainer for your ElliptiGO, please visit our online store.