PRODUCT REVIEW – Ercolina Upper Body Trainer For the last five years New Moon has stocked the Ercolina Upper Body Power out of Italy. This double poling resistance trainer has the highest range of modulation of resistance, quickest recoil, and smallest footprint of any machine available for Nordic skiers. It is portable and can be hung from a wall, door or tree—many world cup athletes bring it outside to alternate with running during a workout. All machines have height and width adjustments to make exercises more comfortable for different shaped athletes. Ercolinas are also very durable. The Ercolina is a true, full body workout engaging your core as well as providing what Joel calls “triple extension”—the use of the upper body, midsection, and lower body. “Easier than a treadmill,” Chris says, “the Ercolina can be an outstanding workout for any athlete and an aerobic, yet gentle, workout for anyone.” Of course, we wouldn’t stock a product that we don’t believe in, but Joel is a wholehearted proponent of this particular machine. “One of the biggest enemies of training is muscle atrophy, and the Ercolica ameliorates this by-product of not training on snow. The Ercolina also makes it convenient to get a great workout even the weather is bad or if you only have 5 minutes.” The Russian Biathlon team using Ercolina Trainers during their workout sessions. Photo: Ercolina For cross country skiers, the Ercolina is even more important. “Although you can duplicate single-sticking with pole hiking, the motion of double poling is somewhat absent in our daily routine. Using the Ercolina can refine your double pole technique and revive and awaken those particular muscles,” says Chris. Nordic skiers, to refine your balance, try the Ercolina with your roller skis on. This can really kick your training up a notch. —Chris Joel adds, “The specificity of power development for the upper body is excellent—precisely targeting power development for Nordic skiing. For cross country skiers who mostly cycle and run during the summer lack of upper body training can limit power and speed on snow.” The Ercolina Moto “smart” trainer. The Moto features programmable training resistance. For 2018, New Moon is stocking the Ercolina Moto. Much like today’s smart bike trainer, the Ercolina Moto allows you to program your workouts. Using an electric motor, the power meter can change the resistance of the machine according to the users preferences. “This modification can really dial in the type of workout your body needs—power, endurance, or a mix of both. You can use wattage, kilometers, or time as benchmarks for progress and increases in fitness,” says Joel. If you’d like to try out the Ercolina, head on over to the shop—we’ve got one right at the top of the stairs. Or, give Joel a call to talk specifics.