Ditch the treadmill and… Sproing!

November 12, 2014|Posted in: Health, Running, Workouts

Should we ditch the treadmill?

Well that depends… have you sproinged yet?  That reaction you just had?  I had it too when I first heard of this.

What is Sproing you ask?  It looks a little something like this:


At least that’s what the machine/contraption is.  I was able to try this out thanks to Sproing and another Chicago blogger, Lake Shore Runner, who set up the event (thank you – such a fun time!).  As usual when I’m trying a new fitness challenge, I had no idea what I was getting myself into but I was pumped… and a little nervous.  How exactly was I going to get a workout in on that machine?!

I was quickly at ease when I walked in because I was greeted by the people at Sproing and Sara.  Everyone was so friendly and reassured me it would be a great time.  I was set up with a heart rate monitor and given a little more detail about Sproing by the CEO himself.  I thought it was pretty cool that he takes the time to be there.  (That shows a true investment in your company after all.)

These Sproing machines were set up by runners who knew that treadmills aren’t great for your body.  You take on a lot of pounding and even more interestingly, the way you stand and run on a treadmill is not considered natural.  You stand straight up when you try to run on a treadmill.  With Sproing, the goal is to learn forward as you run so that your body is in a more natural running stance and is less impact on your joints.

I was told that the class included a 10 minute warm up and then a 30 minute workout.  I figured 30 minutes couldn’t be that hard.  As this story usually goes… I was wrong.

The class runs on intervals.  So you do 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off.  During those 20 seconds the goal is to go as HARD as you can.  Give it all you got!  The exercises ranged from sprints to squats to pushups to lunges.  Each person had weights at their machine to increase the intensity of all these exercises.  The only time I wasn’t using the weights is when I was sprinting.

Now this isn’t your normal sprinting.  You are hooked up to the machine by being strapped in.  A strap goes around your waist and is connected to a cable that is attached to the machine.  This allows you to lean forward without falling over and sprint.  You are standing in place on a somewhat soft surface and you just sprint in place as hard as you can.

It was a little awkward getting used to trusting the cable on the machine.  But after a few sprints I felt a lot more comfortable with it.

Our instructor was great and by the end I was dripping in sweat.  I really got a total body workout and could tell the difference from less of an impact when I was sprinting.

As an avid runner, nothing can beat running outdoors to me.  But maybe, when I can’t run outdoors, instead of hitting the treadmill – I will Sproing.

Thanks so much Sara and Sproing Fitness for a great workout – can’t wait to get back!

I want to encourage you to follow along in my health journey through what I learn and experience. I hope there is something you can take away from Fit Busy Female that inspires you to start taking control of your health and feeling better every day.

1 Comment

  1. Sara @ Lake Shore Runner
    November 12, 2014

    So glad you came! Great write up too. Glad you thought it was as good of a workout as I do. If you want to again let me know and we can plan a class together 🙂

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