Kyle Merber is a professional middle distance runner whose primary goal for the 2016 season was to qualify for the Rio Olympics in the 1500m. But when he suffered a sacral stress reaction that took him away from running for a full five weeks, he began cross-training on an ElliptiGO elliptical bike. The fitness he built up allowed him to salvage the season and still qualify for and compete in the Olympic Trials final.
In the 40th running of the TCS New York City Marathon, three ElliptiGO athletes finished in the top 10 and six placed in the top 20, cheered on by Rio Olympians and fellow ElliptiGO athletes Meb Keflezighi and Jared Ward, who were co-Grand Marshalls of the race.
For a handful of ElliptiGO athletes, the conclusion of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials was just one more step leading to their ultimate goal – participating in the Rio 2016 Olympics. Emily Infeld, Colleen Quiqley, Kate Grace and Shannon Rowbury all qualified to participate in the Games, joining Meb Keflezighi, who had previously qualified in the US Olympic Marathon Trials, as well as several ElliptiGO athletes from other countries.
With the opening ceremonies of the Rio 2016 Olympics now less than 45 days away, excitement is rapidly rising in the track and field world. For USA Olympic hopefuls, their biggest opportunity to date begins with the Olympic Team Trials, July 1-10, in Eugene, Oregon. ElliptiGO will be in “Tracktown, USA” supporting scores of athletes who train on ElliptiGO bikes and providing opportunities for the community to experience elliptical cycling.
Rose Monday is recognized as one of the top women’s coaches in the United States for middle and long distance running. This summer, she will direct the USA women’s distance runners for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. We talked with Coach Monday about the importance of cross-training for injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Say “stress fracture” to an elite runner and chances are you’ll elicit a wince. The rigorous demands of training and competing at a world-class level can bring a finely tuned body to its knees. Amanda Eccleston knows that all too well. Fortunately, she discovered how an ElliptiGO bike can keep her in top condition while reducing the pounding and chance of injury.
ElliptiGO athlete Meb Keflezighi secured a spot on his fourth Olympic team Saturday by finishing second at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. At 40 years old, Keflezighi is the oldest American distance runner ever to qualify for the Olympics. One key to his success is ElliptiGO training, which helps him optimize recovery, increase his volume and keep up with the high mileage he needs for marathon distance success.
ElliptiGO elliptical bicycles are the cross-training tool of choice for scores of elite runners participating in the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials held in Los Angeles on Feb. 13. This year, nearly 80 runners – 56 women and 22 men – racing in the trials use ElliptiGO bikes to build strength and aerobic capacity, and to reduce or recovery from injuries.
Steph Dinius, Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier and ElliptiGO athlete, kicked off her Olympic year by taking the women’s title at the Jacksonville (Fla.) Bank Half Marathon on January 3. Dinius covered the 13.1-mile course in 1:13:41, just 13 seconds off her personal best.