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Cross Trainers can help prevent you from training too hard.

One of the most common mistakes people make when they first start exercising is to train too hard.

Training too hard in the beginning of your exercise program can lead to injuries and may encourage you to quit because you feel it’s too hard and not worth all the effort.

By giving you the ability to regulate the speed at which you exercise, cross trainers can help you avoid this common exercise mistake.

Some cross trainers are even sophisticated enough to monitor your heart rate while you are exercising.

What a great way to make sure you’re always training in the right heart rate zone!

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Orbus XT4000 Elliptical Cross Trainer

The Orbus XT4000 Elliptical Cross Trainer enjoys a lofty position in the home fitness category.

Cost effective enough to be considered affordable, while large and sturdy enough to be classed as a higher end unit. Comparable units will often fall short on specification, design or build quality, which is why the XT4000 is considered one of the Best Buy Elliptical in the market today.

Like other models in the Orbus range, it incorporates an impressive back lit touch screen computer which displays clear, easy to read data and allows the user to enjoy a range or automatic programs or select a bespoke workout via a manual program mode.

It has a smooth 10kg flywheel, 16 levels of resistance and a capable 15 inch stride. It comes with the usual comprehensive 12 month warranty and has received rave reviews from novice users and more experience gym users. This product is more than cable of sitting in pride of place in your home gym, or is effective enough to be your dedicated piece of fitness equipment. A well rounded, high quality unit by any measure.

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Orbus XT520 Elliptical Cross Trainer

If you are looking for a low cost cross trainer to boost your fitness regime at home, then the Orbus XT520 Elliptical Cross Trainer is one that can offer great stability and quality, yet remains within the “cheap cross trainer” bracket.

In fact, over the last two years the XT520 has become one the bests selling pieces of fitness equipment on the internet, with sales out stripping some of the more established brands.

Why is this? Well, it has a bigger than average 10.5Khg flywheel and great frame. It’s comfortable and simple to use and quiet and smooth in motion. Also, it allows for a healthy 120kg maximum user weight, which will cover most requirements.

All in all it offers great value and has become the trainer of choice for so many happy customers.

It is a manual machine, so unlike its sister machine, the Orbus XT501 Elliptical, it does not have the same programmability functions, but if you are simply looking to get on with some worthwhile basic elliptical training, to improve stamina, fitness and assist with weight loss, then this is the ideal model for most occasions. It also doesn’t need to be positioned near a power point, so can be used anywhere in the house, and with its integrated transport wheels can be moved with little fuss.

Overall a great buy, with great levels of customer satisfaction wrapped in a budget price level package.

Buy now with confidence at Elliptical Cross Trainers.

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Today’s Top 3 Interest Free Offers

Following the announcement of the Interest Free offers launch on the web site, here are our top three 0% APR offers;

Orbus XT4000 Elliptical Cross Trainer.

Retailing at £599, discounted to £349, and now available from under £30 per month, over 12 months, this is one of the best value Cross Trainers on the web. With rave reviews and outstanding specification, this heavy duty, superior home use trainer is the must have pieces of equipment in any home gym.

Orbus Pro X9000 Treadmill

Retailing at £999, discounted to £549, and now available from under £42 per month, over 12 months this must be the ‘best buy’ running machine option available online today. It has such a gigantic spec and unrivalled build quality; why would you buy anything else? 

Horizon Oxford 4 Air Rowing Machine

At only £599 the Oxford 4 is one of the best recognised and best equipped rowers available anywhere in the world. Now available at under £45 per month, over 12 months we guarantee this is the best offer you will see anywhere on this iconic machine.

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Orbus XT501 Elliptical Cross Trainer – One of the UK’s best sellers

Buying the right elliptical cross trainer is always a very difficult decision. The variations and costs available are when you look at the cross trainers for sale these days is just staggering, so how do you know where to start?

Well, if you are searching for a good home use piece of cardio fitness equipment, you could start by looking at what sells well; and considering exactly why this is the case. The Orbus XT501 is in fact one of the UK’s best-selling ellipticals, and has been so for the last few years at least.

It has developed over time with the introduction of an update touch screen computer, and increased programmability, but the overall build quality has always remained constant.

Its sales levels are testament to a comparison between this quality level, its functionality and of course the competitive nature of its pricing.  

If you are still unsure which way to go, then maybe it’s worth asking yourself if so many people can be wrong?

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Cross Trainer vs Treadmill

Running machines and cross trainers are the two most popular pieces of fitness equipment. And when people are looking for a superb aerobic workout, they will more often than not choose one or the other to complement their exercise equipment collection!

Elliptical Cross Trainers are relatively new to market, compared to Treadmills. Consequently, the treadmill is better known and has long been the number one choice. But which machine should you chose to give best performance and hence best value for money?

Quite simply, personal choice will outweigh most other aspects of the decision. Some people just love to run, whereas some prefer the lower impact cardio exercise a cross trainer can bring. In effect, this signifies the main difference. Treadmills, although nowadays commonly well cushioned, do affect higher impact on the body. Also, they are more limited ion respect of giving a whole body workout. Having said that, for the dedicated runner, they offer a true training experience, which will undoubtedly be worthwhile.

Elliptical Cross Trainers are impact free, and the dual handlebar and leg motion, which can be reversed, offers a broader whole body workout, whereas running machines focus on the lower body as they simulate outdoor jogging.

Interestingly, although both types of machine are excellent at burning calories and improving cardio respiratory health, because of the lower impact, cross trainers may burn more calories with effectively a reduced felling of ‘effort’.

Again, personal choice will lead most buyers, but if you are unsure, then the thoughts above provide a few aspects that may weight your judgement and are well worth considering.

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Mains Powered v Manual Cross Trainer

When choosing a new piece of exercise equipment for your home, you may have been looking at both Electrical, or Mains Powered Cross Trainers and Manual alternatives.

To explain, there really are only two simple differences. The ability to program the machine and use automatic programs, and how smooth the resistance change will be.

Mains driven machines are their powered from a standard mains socket, which means the computer can be much more flexible and dynamic. There will be a motor inside the flywheel cover which takes instruction from the computer, and automatically changes the resistance level. So, you will usually be able to choose an automatic program that will replicate undulating terrain, and increase and reduce the resistance as if you were going up and down hills and alike.

As the resistance change is electrical, the change is smoother than a manual machine. A simple analogy would be to compare an automatic car to a manual gearbox alternative.

The manual elliptical require usually a dial turn to alter resistance, so automatic computer programs are not possible.

So, which type of elliptical cross trainer is best? Well, of course you need to compare build specification, size, quality etc. Generally mains powered machines are of higher build spec, but not always. But in respect of the manual v electronic versions, then if you are experience and looking for some more dynamic training you may want the option of the extra programmability. If you are more of a novice, and wish to set a resistance levels then simply work away, then there is no reason why a manual machine, which is usually cheaper, would not suite your needs sufficiently.

So, the choice is yours!

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Best Value Self Generating Front Drive Elliptical Cross Trainer

This week Orbus Leisure has launched a fantastic limited time offer on their i2 Endurance Elliptical Cross Trainer. We believe this makes the Orbus Leisure i2 the Best Value Self generating Front Drive elliptical Cross Trainer on the web!

If you are looking for a high end unit, which will give the real feel of a gym Elliptical, then it’s an offer worth considering.

Let’s take a look at the key features…

18” Stride & Superior Commercial Designed Technology

Latest GSG Self Generating technology to guarantee a smooth, quite, reliable workout.

Smooth, Whisper Quiet Motion.

Heavy Duty Bearings – Provide Smooth Movement, even for intensive training sessions.

Flywheel Rotating Mass of 32KG.

16 Programs & 16 Resistance Levels.

It really is a unit for the hardened enthusiast, but is easy to use and would also be a dream for the novice user. It compliments a great range of Elliptical Cross Trainers and is looking like it will be a real star of the future!

 

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What does the average Olympian think about health, wellbeing and nutrition?

With an amazing 65 medals in total, including 29 Gold’s, out team GB really did perform fantastically at the London 2012 Olympics. To only be beaten by China and the USA on the medal table is a real feat for such a relatively small country!

With the games still in our mind, have you ever wondered what an Olympian thinks about health, Nutrition and lifestyle that gives them the edge?

Well, we can all learn from these guys, so whether you exercise ‘punishment’ is to pound on your treadmill or sweat on your cross trainer or exercise bike, this same thought process and help improve your performance and wellbeing. Even if you know you will never be stood on the podium blasting out the National Anthem, or crying with joy as would more likely be the case!

Recently NBC published a great video where they asked top US athletes what their thoughts were. Its definately food for thought!

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Sweating to Improve your Mind?

It’s easy just to concentrate on the visual results of training and exercise.

Next time you are sweating on your Elliptical Cross Trainer, or pounding ‘the streets’ on your Treadmill, just take a moment to consider that all this work can make you smarter and happier as well!

Smarter and Happier? – If you think your exercise regime will only give you an advantage in respect of weight loss, stamina or cardio efficiency, then you might be missing the full picture.

It’s true that your efforts will help reduce the risk of heart problems, diabetes and cancer, but it’s true that your mind and wellbeing may benefit just as much from your effort and commitment.

Harvard Medical School psychiatrist John Ratey, the author of the book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, explains that “Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning.”

He adds that “Even 10 minutes of activity changes your brain.” So, surely, if you ever need any added incentive to don your trainers and climb onto your fitness equipment, then this positive message should be it.

If you want to explore these ideas in greater detail, then you can check out the book on Amazon. We recommend it as a great read for those looking to gain, or even re-build, inspiration for your fitness workouts.

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Age Is Nothing But A Number!

 

If you could imagine the perfect advert to motivate you to your fitness goals, then Ernestine Shepherd would be it.

Ms Shepherd, or ‘Miss Ernie’as she is known, is a 75 year old Body builder who runs 10 miles every day, will tell you that exercise if the secret to everlasting youth. Well, it’s difficult to argue with that.

‘Miss Ernie’, has become the world’s oldest female bodybuilder, and insists that age is ‘nothing but a number’. It’s clear that this is not just talk, as she religiously gets up at 2:30am every morning for her training run and her enthusiastic gym workouts. She regularly works the Treadmills and Cross Trainers as part of her punishing routine.

The super fit pensioner from Maryland, USA, set the record in 2010 to 2012, while competing in bodybuilding championships, despite the fact that she didn’t come from a family of fitness enthusiasts, and even more remarkably, she didn’t start training herself until she reached her mid-50s.

“When I was younger, I was never, ever considered athletic. I was too prissy,” Miss Ernie told the BBC.

“But at age 56, my sister and I were invited to a picnic and we had to wear bathing suits and we didn’t like the way we looked, so we decided to exercise.

“My sister died of a brain aneurysm in 1992, I was so sad. She came to me in a dream and she said I wasn’t doing what I said we would do. So I did it.”

Now teaching a fitness class at her local church, Ernestine Shepherd is able to help women decades her junior, reach their own fitness goals and live a healthier, happier life.

Her belief and passion shines through, and to all that meet her it is clear.

“I always practice what I preach. I don’t teach bodybuilding. I teach health, happiness and prosperity – that’s the formula!”

It’s difficult not to agree with that!

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Compact Elliptical Trainers

If you’ve been considering buying an elliptical cross trainer for your home or any other fitness machine for that matter, then you may have realised that they are not the smallest piece of equipment. For the majority of us are homes don’t have limitless space, so finding room for a bulky piece of machinery normally meant sacrificing permanent floor space or even giving up on owning fitness equipment in the first place.

In realization of the growing trend of people wanting to work out in the comfort, convenience and privacy of their own homes, Orbus Leisure have decided to provide some home friendly exercise equipment in the form of compact and folding exercisers, with foldable treadmills becoming more and more popular with home users. More recently, fold away elliptical cross trainers have started to become more and more in demand as elliptical machines themselves are ahead of treadmills in terms of popularity amongst home users.  A foldable elliptical Cross Trainer has all the benefits of a fixed frame machine but for the home user working with limited space, it can be a godsend.

Whilst other types of fold up exercise machines are quite easy to find, folding elliptical machines are still few and far between and can be almost impossible to locate in main street sports and fitness retailer stores. This is where Orbus Leisure can really cater to your needs; we supply a varied range of compact home gym equipment ranging from budget prices to more of a high end model for the serious home fitness enthusiast.

 

Click here to see our range of home gym equipment or visit Orbus Leisure

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Paralysed – Claire Lomas Completes Marathon

Completing a marathon is a remarkable challenge for anyone! But to do it paralysed from the waist down – like Claire Lomas is truly remarkable.

Claire became paralysed after a horse riding accident, but she wouldn’t let this stand in her way. The 32-year-old, who has a spinal injury, crossed the finish line at 12.50 on Tuesday after 16 days. Thanks t a pair or robotic legs which have allowed her to walk again.

“It’s a moment I am going to treasure for the rest of my life” She told the BBC.

Claire’s efforts have raised over 83,000 for spinal research, a charity which funds medical research to develop treatments for paralysis.

While the majority of people that participate in the marathon finish within a few hours. Claire knew that it would take her weeks, as she could only complete a mile a day. Although her speed increased as the days passed, she stayed in a hotel at night and travels by car to the point she left off the evening before. Before the final leg of her 26 mile route, friends and family supporters gathered outside St Stephens Tavern in Westminster to cheer her on. Claire assumed that this was just a busy day in London, but in fact people were there just to support Claire. Because the amazing level of support Claire said that the last half mile was pretty easy to walk.

Claire said that the marathon had been very difficult, both physically and mentally, but the support of the people kept her going. Unfortunately because of the rule changes this year Claire was unable to qualify for a medal. However, Olympic rowing champion Sir Matthew Pinset launched a Twitter campaign to get her one, 15 participants donated their medals in recognition of her achievements. Claire has raised enough money to fund a three year research project into the treatment for paralysis.

The riding accident left her paralysed from the chest down, but her sporting background gave her determination she needed to get back on her feet again. For the past 3 months Claire has trained intensively for the marathon using a robotic walking suit with a system of motion sensors which allow her to detect and control movement. When she shifts balance, the suit triggers her joints to move forward enabling her to take a step.

This story is so remarkable, and I hope it motivates others to get out there and get walking and running to keep active, once they have seen what a paralysed woman can achieve. It’s important to make the most of life and to keep as healthy and fit as possible, because no one knows what is around the corner.

Orbus leisure has a range of cross trainers, vibration plates, treadmills, and exercise bikes suitable for beginner’s right through to experts. Check out the range of home gym equipment on offer and change your life for the better!

 

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Elliptical Cross Trainer Facts

Elliptical trainers are a form of aerobic fitness machines that require you to use you whole body, the point is to push your feet in an elliptical pattern in order to complete the exercise. While you’re moving you the point is to hold onto the attached ski poles and to pump your arms back and forth for a complete upper body workout. Here at Orbus Leisure we have a wide range of carefully handpicked elliptical cross trainers, whatever your needs are (from beginner to advanced) there is a machine to suit everyone!

Popularity

The number of elliptical trainer’s users increased from 65 percent from 2002 to 2003, according to Consumer reports. In 2003, an estimated 3.3 million people in the United States worked out regularly on an elliptical cross trainer.

Calories Burned

You can burn a large number of calories using an elliptical cross  trainer. You could potentially burn an average of 8 to 9 calories per minute when using a cross trainer. This level of calorie expenditure is similar to what you would lose on high-intensity exercise machines such as treadmills, exercise bikes and doing aerobics. During a 30-minute session on an elliptical machine you can burn upto 270 calories, the calorie burn levels vary depending on your speed and intensity level.

Features

Features of elliptical trainers include electronic programming, safety features and heart rate monitoring. The electronic programming tracks distance, calories burned, speed, time, and resistance level during workouts.

Considerations

The types of poles used on the machine have a major effect on the effectiveness of the elliptical trainer. The poles should be easy to reach without requiring you to reach that far forward; leaning forward can put unwanted stress on your back. When you’re riding the cross trainer, your shoulders should be back and your chin should be up, with your abs contracted. Your stride should be controlled and steady with a normal range of motion.

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Resistance Training For Beginners

The point behind resistance training increases muscle strength by pitting muscles against a weight, such as a dumbbell, or other types of resistance for example, a cross trainer, resistance training can increase muscle strength and bone density and reduce body fat. A well rounded programme of physical activity includes strength training a, to improve bone and joint function, bone density, muscle, tendon and ligament strength, as well mass aerobic exercise, to improve your heart and lung fitness.

It’s advised that you do things to strengthen your muscles at least 2 days a week. These activities should work all the major muscle groups in your body (legs, hips, back, chest, abdomen, shoulders and arms.

It always important to talk to your doctor before you begin any new exercise programmes, especially if your over weight, over the age of 40, or if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, or if you haven’t exercised in a long time.

Benefits of resistance training

Regular resistance training offer many benefits. You can:

  • Develop string bones-strength training increases bone density and reduces the risk of osteoporosis
  • Starting resistance training
  • Build muscle – to protect your joints from injury. It also helps you to maintain flexibility and balance and helps you remain independent as you age.
  • Control your weight- as you gain muscle, your body burns calories more efficiently.
  • Boost your stamina – as you grow stronger, you won’t tire as easily.
  • Get a better night’s sleep- people who take part in strength training programmes are less likely to have insomnia.
  • Improve you sense of well being- strength training can boost your self confidence, improve your body image and reduce the risk of depression.
  • Manage chronic conditions- Using fitness equipment can reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic conditions including arthritis, depression, back pain, diabetes, and obesity.

It’s important to pay attention to safety and good form to reduce the risk of injury. A registered fitness professional can help you to develop a safe effective program.

To start, a typical beginner’s strength training programme involves:

  • Performing eight to ten exercises that work major muscle groups of the body and are performed upto to three times every week.
  • Starting with one set or each exercise, comprising as few as five repetitions (reps) no more than twice a week.

Your aim is to gradually increase to one set for each exercise – comprising eight to twelve reps, every second or third day. Once you comfortably do 12 reps of an exercise you could look at progressing further.

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Cross Trainer Benefits

Cross trainers, along with treadmills and exercise bikes are one of the most popular pieces of fitness equipment that people purchase for weight loss and improved fitness. Here are a few reasons why so many people buy cross trainers for their home, so you can assess whether a cross trainers is the right piece of fitness equipment for you and your family.

To do that, it will help if you consider the benefits of a cross trainer;

Weight loss and improved fitness

Cross trainers have helped many people to achieve their weight loss goal, and a cross trainer may be able to help you too! Using a cross trainer might can help you to burn those excess calories and can help to improve your strength, the overall health of your heart and your lungs. Exercising on a cross trainer helps raise your heart rate and focuses on certain zones that are most appropriate for weight loss and fitness.

A Cross Trainer can be used at any time

One of the greatest benefits of owning a cross trainer is that you can exercise whenever you want, night or day, hot or cold, or in rain or sun! In these modern times many of us lead hectic lifestyles and find it hard to fit in a regular exercise routine. So the ability to exercise whenever we want for as long as we want is ideal! Having a cross trainer at home can be cheaper than joining a gym and you don’t have to worry about opening or closing times, and you don’t have to worry about sharing the machines with other people.

Cross trainers can help prevent us from training too hard

One of the most common mistakes that people make when they first start to exercise is that they train too hard. Training too hard at the beginning of your exercise program can lead to injuries, this may contribute to you quitting exercise because you may feel like it’s too hard and not worth all of the effort you’re putting in.

Cross trainers can help you to avoid this common mistake by giving you the ability to regulate the speed at which you exercise at. Some cross trainers are sophisticated enough to monitor your heart rate whilst you’re exercising, and the best way to work out is to ensure you’re always training in the right heart rate zone.

Cross Trainers exercise the lower and upper body

Cross trainers exercise both the lower and upper body by providing resistance to the muscles of the legs, chest, arms and shoulders. Becuase our legs and arms are moving in a criss-cross fashion, cross trainers can also work our midsection as well.

Cross trainers provide an overall toning workout, as well as providing us with an aerobic exercise many of us need to burn maximum calories and body fat.

These are just a few reasons why people invest in cross trainers, there are so many more advantages!! Visit www.orbus-leisure.com for more information and good luck with your weight loss!

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Unstoppable Energy

Winter is over AT LAST! so put a spring in your step with these energy boosting tips!

1. Never skip breakfast. Break the word itself down “to break a fast” and your body can’t drive in full gear if it hasn’t had the fuel.

2. Move daily. If you move more you’ll find that you have more energy. You can go to the walking while the weather is nice! Invest in a Treadmill or a Cross Trainer for when you’re at home. Just keep those legs moving!

3. Eat smaller, more frequent meals. Snack throughout the day, and eat smaller more frequent meals, this way you will experience a steady dose of energy instead of experiencing energy drops. But try not to snack on fatty/sugary junk food.

4. Try a new tact. Spring is the best time to get rid of those bad exercise habits and start new ones. Put the scales away for a while, and focus on how your clothes fit and how you feel in them.

5. Drink lots of water. Dehydration can be the cause of fatigue because it slowly creeps up on you. You should aim to drink around 8 cups a day, if you drink any less you could become sluggish all the time.

6. Exercise in the AM. Sure you’d have to get up slightly earlier, but doing your workout in the morning instead of after work can give you an energy boost that can last all day, so waking up an hour or two earlier doesn’t matter, because you can get that time back at night.

7. Invest in some home fitness equipment. For example you can do a vibration plate workout whilst you watch TV, and may encourage all of the family to get active.

8. Eat lots of berries. Berries that are blue, red or purple are great for you, the colour comes from Anthocyanin which is a powerful antioxidant that boosts energy and all berries contain tons of this!

9. Talk a walk outdoors. Get some fresh air in your lungs with a change of scenery, and a brisk walk can really get your blood going and can work wonders for your moods and motivation. The sun is a signal to your body that it’s not bedtime yet, so you’ll instantly feel more alert and energetic.

10. Get plenty of sleep. Energy starts with a good night’s sleep, adults need an average of 8 to 9 hours to restore and regenerate their minds and bodies.

 

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March Madness Sale: Best Buy Guarantee on All Fitness Equipment!

At Orbus Leisure we thought we’d treat our customers with major discounts this month, and as we continually aim to provide the best offers and promotions on the internet, we maintain our price promise and will not be beaten on price for any equivalent product in any of our categories.

Elliptical Cross Trainers: We have carefully selected a range of elliptical’s to ensure that there’s a machine for every user for every occasion. This is our best ever cross trainer sale with 60% off of our fantastic range of ellipticals but hurry! This is only for a limited period of time only!

Treadmills: Again we have some great deals on our treadmills, and we supply some for the best units on the internet, with a range to incorporate any requirement from simple home use, to fully commercial treadmills. Our offers often change because here at Orbus Leisure we will not be beaten on price.

Vibration Plates: We supply some of the best home use and commercial models available on the market. Our BH Fitness Pro Vibe Plate is the leading oscillating unit in the UK. Our prices are almost 70% lower than the nearest high quality competitor, and our CF1250 Oscillating Plate is the fastest selling unit on the web.

Exercise Bikes: For regular gym goers who love their spin classes, the casual home user, we have a grade of bike that will suit your needs, with some offers that simply won’t be beaten.

 

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Vary Your Workout on an Elliptical Cross Trainer

Elliptical cross trainers are a type of machine that combines the mechanics of running with the body motions off cross country skiing. The result is a long, smooth stride that is measured in flywheel rotations that determine the speed and distance of your workout.

Cross trainers are a great way to condition different muscle groups, level a new set of skills and reduce boredom that sets in after months of doing the same exercises. Cross training also allows you to vary the stress that is placed on particular muscles and even your cardio vascular system. After months of performing the same movements your body becomes efficient at performing the same exercises, although that great for competition, it limits your overall fitness and reduces the conditioning you get whilst training, you tend to then maintain a certain level of fitness rather than progress and improve.

Benefits of cross training

  • Strengthens cardio vascular system, bones, muscles, joints
  • Reduces body fat
  • Reduces exercise boredom
  • Produces a higher level of all around conditioning
  • Reduces the risk of Injury
  • You can work some muscles giving other time to rest and recover.
  • Improves skill, agility and balance.

What exercises could make up a good cross training routine?

  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Rowing
  • Stair Climbing
  • Basketball (and other court sports)
  • Swimming
  • Skating

Strength training

  • Push ups, crunches and pull ups
  • Machines
  • Free weights

Flexibility exercises

Speed, agility, and balance exercises

Circuit training

With cross training you can do one form of exercise each day, or more than one in a day if you feel like it. If you decide to do both in one day then you can change the order in which you do them. You can tailor cross-training to suit your personal needs and interests. Mix and match sports and change your routine on a regular basis.

 

Orbus Atlantic Pro Elliptical with Wireless Chest Strap

 

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Voucher Code Crazy!

This February Orbus Leisure has gone Voucher Crazy! Check out the site to see a range of fantastic ‘Extra’ discount voucher codes and saving up to an amazing £200 OFF Sale Prices!

All the ‘Extra Saving’ voucher codes can be used exclusively on the Orbus Leisure Web site during February.

They include up to and EXTRA 25% off all Vibration Plate Sale Prices, and an EXTRA 5% off Sale prices on all Orbus Elliptical Cross Trainers and again, and EXTRA 5% off all Sale Prices on Orbus Branded Treadmills.

There has never been a better time to get fit for less!

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Cross Trainers and Measuring Your Heart Rate

Using your cross trainer and measuring your heart rate could sounds like a daunting and off putting process, but it really isn’t. Here are a few tips on how to measure your heart rate correctly for the best outcome from using your cross trainer.

Anyone who has ever gone through the cycle of starting and stopping an exercise routine several times will tell you that one key to sticking with your routine is to find something that gives you maximum results in the shortest amount of time. Elliptical cross training fits the bill perfectly. Most people live busy lives and do not have several hours per day to devote to total body exercise, so an elliptical machine lets them get in a good workout in a minimal amount of time. You can vary your workout tremendously, depending on the amount of intensity you want, and also do other things like read or watch TV while on your elliptical machine.

  • The cross trainersimulates non-impact walking or running, while flexing your stomach and sides with gentle twisting movements.
  • The all-over workout burns calories more effectively than exercising arms and legs only, making cross trainers an ideal way to lose weight.
  • The range of movement builds flexibility and a few sessions a week on a cross trainer will also improve your general aerobic fitness.

Not only can you use a cross trainer to lose weight but you can also use for interval training which focuses on increasing your personal fitness. Exercising on this piece of equipment with a heart rate monitor, allows you to exercise to a specific heart rate level. The normal range for fat burning is between 50% to 60% of your maximum heart rate.

A simple way to calculate your maximum heart rate would be to subtract your age from 220. For example, if you were 20 years of age your maximum heart rate would be 200. So if you were exercising at 60 % of your maximum heart rate you would be maintaining a heart rate of 120 beats per minute or another way to measure your heart rate quickly would be to hold your index and middle finger over your pulse for six seconds and multiply the number of beats by ten.

An elliptical machine or cross trainer provides an excellent cardiovascular workout, a key part of overall fitness.  Cardiovascular fitness is important so that you can live a long and healthy life. Exercising in this way exercises your heart, lungs and cardiovascular system. Aerobic exercise can significantly extend your life expectancy and make certain that your risk of cardiovascular diseases is decreased.

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The Benefits of Adding a Cross Trainer to Your Home Gym

A home gym is a great way to ensure that you have the advantages of working out at home at your fingertips every single day.  A home gym can serve to keep you motivated in losing weight and staying in shape, and also make getting fit a reality for those who have little or no time to devote to a gym.  What type of equipment do you have in your home gym?  The following are the benefits of including a cross trainer for daily use in your home. Perhaps you should add a cross trainer to your gym in the near future.

Exceptional calorie burn

One of the greatest advantages of having a cross trainer in your home gym is the calorie burn achieved from using the machine.  Spending an hour on this machine daily can help you burn as much as 900 calories.  It is a great tool for losing weight and will without a doubt help you meet your weight loss goals.

Low impact

If you suffered from an injury in the past that limits the exercise you can do, a cross trainer will be the machine of choice for you.  Its circular motion provides low impact exercise that is great for those who can’t handle running or high impact exercises.  This benefit is what draws many people to use the cross trainer.  This machine helps losing weight become an achievable goal for those who thought they would never be able to use exercise equipment again.

It’s fun! 

While machines such as treadmills and stationary bikes can get boring after the first few minutes, those who use a cross trainer report that the machine is a pleasure to use.  Many cross trainer machines come with MP3 sound capabilities which makes using the machine a more enjoyable experience.

It provides heart healthy exercise

Not only do cross trainer benefit in losing weight and getting in shape, it also gives your heart a good healthy workout.  Working out with a cross trainer a couple of times a week will help you fight heart disease in the future.

If you are looking for the perfect piece of equipment to add to your home gym, look no further than the cross trainer.  The benefits listed above are just a few of the many benefits you will find when you invest in one for your personal use.  How will you allow a cross trainer to benefit you?

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Losing Weight with Cross Trainers

 

Losing weight will without a doubt involve diet and exercise.  While diet pills and other “miracle” solutions may work for a day or two, real weight loss results come from getting healthy and fit.  If you are looking for a way to lose weight, consider investing in a cross trainer for your home gym.  This low impact machine can aid you in reaching your weight loss goal.  The following are a few tips on how to lose weight with a cross trainer.

 

Invest in a machine that has weight loss workouts already programmed into the machine.  It can be tricky trying to figure out how long or how difficult your workout needs to be to effectively lose weight on a cross trainer.  Choose a machine that has the “guess” work figured out for you.  Many cross trainers come with built in workouts to help you meet your weight loss goals.

 

Watch your diet.  While you can certainly lose weight on a cross trainer, what you eat on a daily basis will also have an effect on whether or not you lose weight.  You can’t eat what you want and expect to lose weight quickly. For the best results on a cross trainer, eat a healthy diet.

 

Use your cross trainer at least 4 to 5 times a week.  To lose weight with your cross trainer, you will have to use it! Don’t let it just sit in your home gym or bedroom waiting to be used.  For the best weight loss results, use the cross trainer 4 to 5 times a week for a period of 30 minutes or longer. The higher your intensity of workouts, the better results your will get from the machine.

Make your workout as comfortable as possible. Be sure to invest in workout gear that will give you the added comfort you need to get your daily workout in on your cross trainer. From the right shoes to the right workout clothes, be sure that you are completely comfortable when you step on the machine. Uncomfortable shoes and clothes will serve only to give you a reason to quit.

 

Cross trainers are great for losing weight.  Use the tips above to get the most benefits from a cross trainer in meeting your weight loss goals.  Weight loss success awaits you! Will you allow a cross trainer to help you meet your goal?

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Lovely Legs – Get the Legs of your Dreams!

The majority of us crave sleek, slim and well toned legs but are all too aware that leg exercises are hard.  Think about the typical leg exercises; squats, lunges and dead-lifts are hard, FACT. They demand a great deal of energy and are as demanding on your heart and lungs as they are on your muscles but if you want great legs then you have to face up to some hard work.

Lower body training significantly increases the amount of calories you burn, plus it helps to give your metabolism a boost.

There are some great pieces of fitness equipment on the market that can help you shape up your legs whilst also boosting your overall level of fitness with a cross trainer perhaps being the most obvious. A cross trainer delivers a great leg workout and is low impact, so unlike running where you feet pound on a hard floor your joints have no negative impact forced upon them.

The motion is a forward stride and is similar to skiing and stair climbing, in fact it could be described as a combination of the two. As you stride forwards your entire leg, hip and buttock area is stretched, with each muscle benefiting from a thorough workout. As your ability increases you can add extra resistance to your routine by either manually adjusting the resistance or using the machine’s built in computer. By varying your routine during your workout you will really get the most benefit from your cross trainer workout.

A cross trainer is a fantastic piece of home gym equipment for anyone wanting to improve the look and strength of their legs. As an added bonus, the very nature of the exercise routine means you will also become much fitter as a whole because you will endure a cardio workout with every single training session. Why not consider a cross trainer today?

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Buying the Right Elliptical Cross Trainer

Want to get in shape? Want a piece of fitness equipment that can deliver a great cardio workout effectively and safely? If you have answered “Yes” to either of these questions then you should consider buying an Elliptical Cross Trainer.

The elliptical cross trainer is one of the most sought after pieces of home gym equipment right now and its popularity looks set to eclipse that of the treadmill, which for years has been the “King” of the fitness world.  The advantages of the elliptical cross trainer are there for all to see; not only does the machine workout your whole body, but unlike running or lifting weights the action is low impact, meaning far less chance of injury or strain. Plus, the routine is so simple that even the first time user will have no problems getting a challenging yet really effective workout.

When buying an elliptical cross trainer there are a number of things that you ought to consider in order to get the most for your money.

Budget should be your first consideration. Set yourself a budget and try to stick to it. However, pay close attention to the specification of the machines which fall into your budget and consider upgrading if your pocket will allow. For a little extra cash you may get a whole host of added features that will give your workout that added oomph!

Specification is important and as mentioned above, try and stretch your budget so you get the highest spec possible. Little extras such as an onboard computer to monitor distance, calories, heart rate and time can really help to keep you motivated and to push yourself harder during your workout. Look out for things such as a large fly-wheel and a high weight capacity. The sturdier the cross trainer the better!

Make some room for it! A good quality elliptical cross trainer will be fixed in position, meaning it cannot be folded away. Make sure you have the room for it and if possible dedicate one room in your home to exercise. Add a stereo or TV and before you know it you will have your very own personalised home gym to rival your local health club.

With regular use an elliptical cross trainer will help to boost your overall level of health and fitness and will shape up your body, adding tone and definition to your muscles whilst also aiding weight loss (provided you are eating right). This is an item of fitness equipment that no home gym should ever be without.

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