Crosstrainer as an alternative to cycling during injury

by Magnus
(Bergen, Norway)

Crosstrainer as an alternative to the bike for training :

"Hi Marius!

I have a slight injury in my right knee, which means that I need to train alternatively for a while.

Since I do not currently own a bike, the alternative to running is to go to a training studio. However, cycling inside is not my favourite activity. I am, however, considering the crosstraining machines ("ellipsemaskin") which are increasingly popular. What are your thoughts on this activity as opposed to cycling when training alternatively? Would you recommend it or advise against it? Or is it basically similar?

If you do not advice against the crosstraining machines: Any advice on how to train on these with respect to frequency/resistance/use of arms etc.?

Thank you in advance for your answer!

Best regards,

Answer: Hi Magnus and thanks for your question.

I would definately do the crosstrainer if you are comfortable with it BUT in addition to this you want to WALK to keep your running specifics going. This is a tip I give to many - if you are too injured to run but can walk, do walks for 20-40 minutes and you'll have a whole lot shorter way back again to normal running. 2-3 times a week is enough, in addition to the endurance specific work as the crosstrainer.

Crosstrainer vs. the bike is about equal but I've tested it myself and in many cases I tend to lean towards the crosstrainer if you can handle it, in terms of doing it as close as possible as running.

I wish you all the best,

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