“GoStride is a NEW group fitness CONCEPT that effectively combines hiking, running, rowing and riding into ONE full body cardio workout on a STRIDER.” – gostride.com
And they’re not kidding.
My first GoStride class was just under a week ago and it was such a sneaky, fantastic workout. I worked up a sweat, I woke up sore the next day and it was a wonderful new option to my tried and true routines. The key is to hold your core and keep good posture while doing the workout. Like Soul Cycle, the instructor does want you to try and keep the beat with the music while on the ‘strider’ but at the end you do free weights off the machine.
My instructor, and friend Tahlia Bliss was nice enough to give me all the insider details post-workout:
Kelli Chronicles: Can you tell me about how Go Stride started?
Go Stride: “The founders are Jill Weiss, Jeannie Klein and Janet DeFrino. Jill and Janet went to Penn and were college roommates. They wanted to bring something different to the fitness world and did hours and hours of research taking fitness classes all over the country. They discovered the M5 Strider [which is] popular in Europe. They came up with the routines/moves by trying different things on the machine.” (more information on the M5 Strider below)
Kelli Chronicles: Why is this the most effective workout in your opinion?
Go Stride: “It is a full body workout. The M5 Strider gives a fantastic full body workout. Not only will it work your legs and arms but it will also help improve blood circulation, heart health and will lengthen the amount of time it takes you to get out of breath.”
Kelli Chronicles: Do they have GoStride Gear?
Go Stride: “They do offer their own private Go Stride workout wear but they also have a small in house store by JujaActive…Juja changes the inventory every few weeks so there are always new things www.jujaactive.com They have a store in the Hamptons as well.”
More about the “Keiser M5 Strider”
“The Keiser M5 Strider is an elliptical trainer that gives users a platform in which to replicate running or walking through using various stridespeeds. It is a great way to achieve natural and realistic exercise in the comfort of your own home. Not only that but the amount of money that could be saved instead of going to a commercial gym can be pretty substantial.Needless to say, if weight loss and toning up is your goal, the Keiser M5 Strider is going to be a great match for your fitness requirements. And with great feedback from users you can be sure that when used effectively and consistently, you will get the results you are looking for.
Keiser M5 Strider Benefits:
Increase Your Group Training Options: The Keiser M5 Strider is designed to help you step up your existing fitness class options. Group elliptical classes are already becoming increasingly popular in Europe and the new M5 Strider brings this fitness movement stateside. The M5 Strider is portable, compact while still offering the quality you’ve come to expect from Keiser.
Improved Caloric Output: Designed to utilize both the upper and lower body, the dual action exercise provided by the M5 Strider burns calories efficiently while offering a variety of training options. Its stride length (342 MM) is designed to activate a wide range of muscle groups, to provide users with an intense workout in less time and with lower perceived exertion.
Magnetic Resistance System: The Keiser M5 Strider features the same unique innovative resistance of our M3 Indoor Cycle but translated to the group elliptical atmosphere with its modern design and small footprint. The M5 simulates walking, running or any pace in between without shock to joints or connective tissues, thus decreasing risk of injury. The Strider offers a complete cardiovascular workout that can vary from light to high intensity depending on the resistance and pace.
Designed to Meet Your Needs: The Keiser M5 Strider is designed to be durable and withstand the more frequent use of a busy club environment. The user is in control to adjust both pace and resistance based on their workout needs and skill. Stable enough to support heavier and/or more powerful users, the Keiser M5 Strider offers multiple adjustments, comfortable positioning and oversized foot pads for overall versatility.
Ride Computer: Like the M3, the M5 features a full function no push computer to consistently provide users with accurate workout information. The computer is a powerful tool which provides immediate feedback and also tracks the users ongoing improvement. The computer is a positive, motivating tool, which engages and encourages the user to work more effectively and efficiently; ultimately improving their overall fitness level. ”