Elliptical Workouts for Injured Runners

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It’s official. I am starting the new year with an injury. It can only go up from here, right? Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely hate being injured and not being able to run. Yet I also love how being injured forces me to hit a reset button and focus on cross-training. When it comes to cross-training, I usually choose to swim or cycle. I have never enjoyed exercising on the elliptical but it is time for a change.

Let’s get straight to it. These are my favorite hard effort elliptical workouts to keep us runners in shape.

Speed & Resistance

  • 10:00 warmup
  • 10:00 medium effort (4-5 resistance)
  • 2:00 active recovery (1-2 resistance)
  • 10:00 hard effort (6-8 resistance)
  • 2:00 active recovery (1-2 resistance)
  • 2×5:00 hard effort with 1:00 active recovery
  • 10:00 cooldown.

Progression

  • 10:00 warmup
  • 5:00 resistance level 1
  • 5:00 resistance level 2
  • 5:00 resistance level 3
  • 5:00 resistance level 4
  • 5:00 resistance level 5
  • 5:00 resistance level 6
  • 2:00 resistance level 7
  • 10:00 cooldown
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