My “Learn to Run 10km” Experience on the Octane Zero Runner (Part 3)


Join me through my final experience tackling the “Learn to Run 10km” program using the Zero Runner

So, here we are at the final installment of my “Learn to run 10km” experience using the Zero Runner by Octane Fitness. If you haven’t been following along, here’s what you’ve been missing.

We are currently about two months after I started the program, and I’ve done 13 weeks’ worth of running in 2/3rds the time (based on the typical program timeline). I am also running 10 kilometres non-stop in just under an hour now which is exciting. Overall, the experience has been great! If you haven’t had a chance to read Part 1 or Part 2 of this series, feel free to do so at any time.

What changed during the program?

Overall, my cardio health has definitely improved, my legs feel stronger and are more toned, and I have rediscovered my love of running – even if it is indoors. I haven’t lost any more weight, but that has more to do with the strength training I was also doing alongside the program and the less-than-disciplined diet over the last three weeks or so. The most noticeable and significant improvement, in my opinion, has been in my attitude and desire to live an active lifestyle. The Zero Runner has reinvigorated my sense of commitment to health and fitness. Even if this was the only benefit I experienced from the past two months, I know it would be completely worth it.

Did the Zero Runner hold up?

The Zero Runner, which I used to do my workouts, seemed to hold up to its reliable reputation. There were a few tweaks I needed to make here and there, but considering its constant use, I was impressed! It was used more than your typical home unit would be since I used it 4-6 days a week. Additionally, many others would also use it at our Fitness Town location. For the first 2/3rds of the program, I used it on the carpet, not on the recommended mat. Due to its consistent use, we realized that it needed to be re-levelled due to the carpet flooring. Once we re-levelled it and got it onto the proper mat, it worked perfectly. Besides the re-levelling, the Zero Runner has made it through the program with flying colours.

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Using the Octane Fitness app

I mentioned in Part 2 that I would start using the Octane SmartLink app. This app allowed me to track my progress and explore the cross-training options that Octane offers in more depth. Overall, I must say I was quite impressed with the app and its capabilities. If you want to gather more data, I suggest looking into the Polar Loop. This activity tracker is compatible with a heart rate tracker, which can provide you with great insight into your workout.

I found that the Octane app was very easy to set up my profile and start going, which is important to me. No one wants to be sitting there fiddling around with a confusing app! Those sorts of things make you want to throw your phone/device across the room – no joke. The first time I paired my iPad to the Zero runner (Bluetooth, I might add), all I had to do was pick the type of machine I was going to use, and it connected almost automatically. After that, the  Zero runner would connect automatically with my iPad as soon as I started using the Zero Runner with the app open. From there, the app would track my workouts, time, calories burnt, distance ran, and all the analytic’s that a typical runner would like. The really cool feature, though, was the live stride tracker! The SmartLink works with the Zero Runner to give you a profile of each side. This allows the user to make any changes they may need in order to maximize their workout. The last feature in the app I want to discuss is for all those multi-taskers out there – you know who you are! The Octane app allows you to check your email, and social media, listen to your music, catch up on any TV shows or watch a movie all at the same time. This is a great addition for those who are always on the move or work from home.


Overall thoughts about the Zero Runner and Octane Fitness

My final and overall comments on Octane and on Zero Runner are that they are both truly innovative and constantly changing the fitness world. They are striving to come up with new, exciting and better ways to improve the lives of others and get more people into a health and fitness-minded lifestyle. With the founder’s previous experience in the industry, they have brought a culture of quality and excellence to their latest endeavour.

The Zero Runner itself truly does what it advertises it will; it’s a running machine that gives a great cardio workout, improves running techniques and helps to correct muscle imbalances. It does all of this with no impact and, as a result, no joint pain in the knee, ankle or hips. It’s a great machine made by a great company, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next. In the meantime, I’m going to keep running and…




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