- Octane machines replicate natural, simple movements like walking, jogging and running, which minimizes room for body mechanics errors and potential injury. This contrasts with Technogym’s Wave and Cybex’s ARCTrainer.
- Octane machines—unlike most other ellipticals—place exercisers in a natural, upright stance. Most others require a forward lean, which can be unsafe for bones and joints and causes exercisers to displace force through their toes, rather than in a natural stance in which the weight is in the heels.
- A forward lean posture also enables exercisers to use gravity and momentum to propel movement,
rather than their own muscular power, which results in a less effective workout.
Relationship to Gravity
- Because Octane ellipticals require an upright posture, exercisers have to work against gravity and thereby overload their muscles, leading to greater cardiovascular conditioning and calorie burn – a more effective workout overall.
Use of Momentum
- Momentum is when the energy of the movement itself does the work, rather than the muscles, and is facilitated by a forward leaning posture common on most other elliptical models. On ellipticals, it is seen in the upstroke or the “back kick.”
- Heavier people can use their weight to increase momentum, which then reduces their own exertion to propel the elliptical motion.
- Because Octane uses an upright posture, exercisers cannot “cheat” by employing momentum. Again, this results in a safer and more demanding workout for better results.
- Of all ellipticals analyzed, only Octane was found to significantly engage the glutes, quads and hamstrings, unlike competitors, which only recruited the quads, hamstrings and tibialis anterior (in shin). Because competing brands use a forward leaning posture that employs momentum and does not work against gravity, use of the glutes is not evident.
- This is very important, since many users want to target their glutes, which are the largest muscle group in the body and contribute to significant calorie burn.
Safety for Joints, Muscles and Nerves
- A forward lean posture puts pressure on the knees, shins and lower back, which over time can lead to chronic pain.
- A wide pedal stance causes lateral hip shifting, which can cause lower back pain if performed repetitively.
- Ramps or excessive vertical rise on the ellipse, such as those used in Precor, Star Trac, Matrix and True units, cause repeated, excessive hip flexion, which can tighten hip flexors (which causes low back pain) and pinch the femoral nerve.
- Octane uses an upright stance that displaces force away from the knees, shins and back; and employs the glutes rather than the typically tight hip flexors. Further, Octane virtually eliminates back stress with the closest pedal spacing in the industry at 1.8″.