Olympians Magdalena Lewy Boulet, Michael Gostigian and Jorge Torres Join The ElliptiGO Project

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Running group grows to ten members, still focused on making runners faster through innovation

Jorge Torres trains in Arizona

Our goal is to create the least possible stress on my body that produces the maximum physiological benefits, and the ElliptiGO provides an efficient and effective means to do just that.

The ElliptiGO Project, a group of elite runners focused on using innovative training tools and techniques to improve performance, today announced that 2008 Olympic marathoner Magdalena Lewy Boulet, three-time Olympian Michael Gostigian, and 2008 Olympic 10,000-meter runner Jorge Torres have become members of the Project. Boulet, Gostigian, and Torres join an already impressive group of runners that includes 15-time All-American and two-time US National Champion Lauren Fleshman, US National Champion Julie Culley, Badwater Ultramarathon Winner Dean Karnazes, 50K US Record Holder Josh Cox, Olympic Trials Qualifier Craig Leon, USATF Runner of the Year for Men 55-59 Brian Pilcher, and three-time World Masters Mountain Running Champion Simon Gutierrez. All ten of these athletes are incorporating the ElliptiGO and other innovative techniques and tools into their training in order to get faster and achieve their goals.

For marathoner Boulet, cross-training on the ElliptiGO fit in perfectly with her training philosophy. “I follow the philosophy my coach Jack Daniels instilled in me over the past ten years of our coaching relationship,” she remarked. “Our goal is to create the least possible stress on my body that produces the maximum physiological benefits, and the ElliptiGO provides an efficient and effective means to do just that. I’m excited to be a part of this rapidly growing team where we can learn from each other’s experiences and develop the best training techniques for innovative tools like the ElliptiGO.”

To join the Project, athletes are required to have an inspiring running-related goal that they want to accomplish in the next two years and want to authentically integrate new training tools and techniques in order to help them achieve their goal. In addition, athletes must be willing to share their training and results with other members of the team. Each athlete will use tools like the ElliptiGO in a slightly different way, so a major benefit to the team members is being able to communicate with each other and learn new ways to incorporate these devices into their own workout regimens.

Some of the Project athletes, like Torres, initially discovered the ElliptiGO when they were injured and used it during their rehabilitation. “As an athlete, it’s tough on you both mentally and physically when you’re not able to train at the level you want to,” stated Torres. “The ElliptiGO gave me a way to train hard while injured, plus it was a really fun way to work out. I was able to use the ElliptiGO throughout my injury to keep up my aerobic endurance and give me the high-intensity, running-like workouts I was used to – just without the painful impact of running. Now that I’m healthy, I still use it to take the load off my joints while building endurance and cardio fitness.”

Rounding out this trio of new members is three-time Olympian Michael Gostigian, who brings a lifetime of competitive experience with him to the Project. After competing for the United States in the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games in the Modern Pentathlon, Gostigian retired from competition. Last year, at the age of 48, Gostigian decided to attempt to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games. “It’s a lofty goal, for sure, but if you train smart and treat your body well, you can perform at the highest level for a lot longer than we used to think possible,” stated Gostigian. “The ElliptiGO is one of the tools I use to keep myself in shape and help me compete against much younger athletes. I think you will see more and more athletes of all ages start to incorporate this new device as they see the results we are able to achieve.”

As a member of the Project, these athletes will have access to the expertise of Integration Advisor Bob Augello. Augello has been working with endurance athletes at all levels for more than 20 years with a particular emphasis on using innovation to improve performance. His role is to advise Project members on how they can best use all the different tools and techniques identified by the Project.

“As I see it, injuries are the single greatest enemy one faces when striving to obtain optimal performance capability, whether during a season or over the course of an entire career,” remarked Augello. “I see integration of the ElliptiGO into training as a means of evading that enemy. It’s the closest thing available to running – it generates a heart rate within 5 beats of what it would be if you were running – but it’s non-impact.”

The Project is currently recruiting elite runners with ambitious goals who are interested in exploring innovative new ways of getting faster and staying healthy. For more information about The ElliptiGO Project, visit the website at http://www.theelliptigoproject.com.

About The ElliptiGO Project
The ElliptiGO Project exists to make runners faster through innovation. It is currently growing membership, adding new innovative running tools, and affiliating with other organizations that share the same goal of improving athletes’ performance through innovation. The Project tests new training techniques through competition, both on the track and on the road, and reports its findings with candor. http://www.theelliptigoproject.com

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