Using a cross-trainer whilst healing from Stress Fracture

#1
All, I've managed to give myself a stress fracture, and will be off running until Feb. Rowing bores the tears off me, and I don't want to get a road-bike at this time of year. So I've admitted to myself I will have to join the lycra-clad wrens on the cross trainers in an attempt to keep my CV up.

Has anyone used these 'properly' before? What's the equivalent (in terms of effort) of a 6 min mile, or 800m reps. All I've seen is people trying to walk backwards on them!
 
#2
Don't you think using a cross trainer will cause more injury ? What did the medics say ?
Maybe this would be a good time to take up swimming.
 
#3
Non-impact, cross trainer ok, lack of swimming pools at sea (ironically!).
 
#5
I use one (due to my buggered up knees) and an hours workout keeping the pulse at 130-140 burns off about 1000 calories, and is about 5 miles or so in distance according to the readout. Dunno if that helps you or not.
 
#6
I use one (due to my buggered up knees) and an hours workout keeping the pulse at 130-140 burns off about 1000 calories, and is about 5 miles or so in distance according to the readout. Dunno if that helps you or not.
Stuff like that is great. I suspect it's going to be based on PE/time rather than distance.
 

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#7
All, I've managed to give myself a stress fracture, and will be off running until Feb. Rowing bores the tears off me, and I don't want to get a road-bike at this time of year. So I've admitted to myself I will have to join the lycra-clad wrens on the cross trainers in an attempt to keep my CV up.

Has anyone used these 'properly' before? What's the equivalent (in terms of effort) of a 6 min mile, or 800m reps. All I've seen is people trying to walk backwards on them!
I've used one for cross country ski training for about 8 years. My gym has Lifefitness 95xi machines, which are excellent.
The program I use is normally is for 5km cross country race training: Random, level 15, 30mins/5kms. Calorie burn is around 600, pulse is 150-170 range.
I equate that to 7 min miles over hilly terrain, of course changing the program from random to something consistent would take out the "hills". I run 6 min miles on the flat.
I started using it after a back injury, the non-impact aspect is not to be underrated. Looking at the scenic lycra on the running machines in front is a bonus.....
 
#8
I found those stepper machines quite good when I was recovering from stress fractures, though they do make you look like a bit of a bellend
 
#9
All, I've managed to give myself a stress fracture, and will be off running until Feb. Rowing bores the tears off me, and I don't want to get a road-bike at this time of year. So I've admitted to myself I will have to join the lycra-clad wrens on the cross trainers in an attempt to keep my CV up.

Has anyone used these 'properly' before? What's the equivalent (in terms of effort) of a 6 min mile, or 800m reps. All I've seen is people trying to walk backwards on them!
Cross trainers are low impact. Meaning they don't put much strain on your ligaments. So it's all good.
 

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