It all started when I did too many “wings” in tap class (ya, don’t laugh, I take tap lessons…the oldest in my class). I pulled a groin muscle making all my regular workouts extremely painful – including running, bike riding, yoga, and even brisk walking. So, I went looking for another option…and fell in love with the Zike Z600.
For a bit over $300, I bought the stepper scooter from www.zike.net. Like the simple stepper found in most gyms, the motion is up and down – it’s NOT an elliptical motion so it works a different part of my body than my other routine workouts.
According to their website, this model is recommended for ages 11 and up and has a weight capacity of 180 pounds so it’s not for everyone. The six speed SHIMANO derailleur helps me get up the “hills” in central Florida (technically those hills are overpasses). And, there are two hand brakes. While the specifications mention that the handbars are adjustable with two height options, it wasn’t tall enough for the six footers in my family. At 5’6″, I felt like I was hunched over and wished the handlebars were taller, too. But, I took care of it, by reversing the direction of the handlebars. BTW, the Zike Saber ($549) has a 200 pound capacity and has seven gears – the website doesn’t mention the handlebar height.
While I wish there were more gears so I could go even faster, right now I’m able to maintain my heart rate in the 80-90% of my heart rate range going around 11mph. I’m having so much fun with my new toy, that even when I recover from my injury, the zike will definitely be part of the new mix.
Dr. Jo speaks to professionals who have achieved great success in their career at the expense of their health and personal life. In her keynotes and workshops she provides motivation and strategies to help them stay healthy, sane, and productive. Jo is the author of five books including REBOOT – how to power up your energy, focus, and productivity. She also consults with Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute. You can reach Jo at www.DrJo.com.