Gary Hawkins from Ride Fit contacted me last week about a new virtual cycling training video he had produced. Except this video doesn't feature typical cyclists - it's designed for people who train indoors on an ElliptiGO.
If you've never heard of an ElliptiGO you can join the club - it was completely news to me. But they are supposedly getting popular and they even have their own World Championships.
You can view the Ride Fit trailer below.
Now why am I asking if this could be the next big thing?
When I first watch the video I have to admit I thought they looked a little goofy to me. An elliptical for the road? Who would want that?
I called Gary and asked him; "who's buying these ElliptiGO things?"
"Mainly runners." "They really like how low impact they are to ride."
The indoor/outdoor cyclist in me started to say something snarky about people who choose to punish their bodies because they aren't smart enough to use the wheel... but I caught myself and asked Gary; do you know how many runners there are, compared with cyclists?
"Not sure, probably a lot more."
So I checked and after a quick search it looks like committed runners out number committed cyclists by something like and an order of magnitude = 10 times as many runners.
Many of us are trying to build our classes by attracting cyclists. What would happen if we offered a group class that appealed to all those runners?
Maybe Johnny G had it 1/2 right with the KrankCycle? Some people just don't want to ride a bicycle, so why not create a group cycling/training experience that appeals to runners?
Right now the indoor option is using a trainer. Could a dedicated indoor version be far behind?
Would you teach an Indoor Elliptigo class?
Originally posted 2012-11-25 13:06:39.
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