I found the bionic runner while surfing the net looking for a cross training activity to improve my running times. I started bionic running to help reduce the pain in my right knee. Recently, I tore or strained the distal insertion of my Achilles tendon on the same leg. It developed into a severe plantar fasciitis and walking, let alone running on it was very painful. I used the Bionic Runner to stay in shape aerobically while my tendon and ligaments healed.Mark Bianchi
It sucks, and if you totally rest you will detrain, but if you run you make it worse. But read on, there is an answer.
What's the options?
Plantar Fasciitis can be excruciating, and we can all agree that having extreme heel pain is going to impact your capacity to run any kind of distance. The repeated ground impact that goes along with running can re-traumatise already-inflamed plantar fascia, causing further heel pain (and requiring longer recovery time). There’s no reason to limit your activity… go Bionic. With Bionic Runner you can benefit from zero-impact running-like movement in the great outdoors. It works for Plantar Fasciitis because it uses a oversize pivoting pedal. This pedal supports your full foot, so as to significantly decrease stress, while pivoting to ensure you ankle, knee and hip are at the correct angles. The unique ability of the Bionic Runner to exercise the same muslces and tendons as running and get your heart rate into running zones, means you truly get a running specific cross training session.
If you don't cross train you will de-train.
When an injury requires that you stop training suddenly, the effects on your overall fitness and wellbeing are dramatic and rapid. After just 21 days of inactivity, VO2 max declines by 7%. After 56 days, VO2 max declines by 16%. Left ventricular hypertrophy drops by 20% in just a few short weeks. Mature athletes are already fighting an uphill battle, as we lose muscle mass with age. Maintaining strength and muscle fiber are keys to maintaining a long, active, life. By 65 years of age, we are statistically likely to be carrying up to 30% less muscle mass than we did in our twenties. Injury recovery can become not only a setback due to the injury itself, but to our overall wellness by deconditioning the whole body.
Regaining that lost ground while also rehabilitating an injury is an unnecessary waste of time when tools like Bionic Runner are available. By training with a running-specific movement, you don’t have to be sidelined by common injuries.
There is a running Specific Alternative
Bionic Runner specifically recruits and stresses the same muscles as running. Its unique ability to drive your heart rate into running zones, along with the Bionic Runner’s 60:40 swing vs stance phase timing causes similar physiological adaptations to improve running-specific fitness. Because it is non-impact it is gentle on injuries. Its closed kinetic chain means that you cannot overstride and cause strains. The unique pivoting pedal means that your foot, ankle, knee and hip are always at the correct angles. These features combine to give you a challenging, running specific workout for times when you cannot run.
It’s hard for athletes to take time off, and now with BR you won’t have to. A sudden decrease in physical activity can lead to weight gain and depression, neither of which are conducive to effective recovery. Continuing to exercise, within reason, after any injury increases circulating growth hormone, which speeds healing and maintains a positive mental outlook. It’s a win-win-win.
I am 53 years old and have been a runner since I was a young teen. I have run ten marathons and numerous half marathons and 10k races over the years. For the past year and a half i have had plantar fasciitis and unable to run without it flaring back up but i can BRun and yes it is helping very much so.
- Patrick Dumais