Understanding the Elliptical Cross Trainer

The elliptical cross trainer is a relatively new addition to the world of fitness equipment, but has certainly been a huge worldwide sensation thanks to the enormous health benefits it can deliver. Unsurprisingly, an elliptical cross trainer follows an oval (or elliptical) movement that requires energy from the arms, legs and torso. However, unlink other forms of exercise, whilst this repetitive motion offers an intensive cardio workout it bears no negative impact on the joints or bones and so is suitable for all ages and abilities.

The elliptical motion is smooth and repetitive and does not jar the hip or knee bones like running or jogging can. The repetitive motion of the cross trainer forces forward and backward motion, causing a level of resistance to which the user must adapt to. Look for a cross trainer which allows you to reverse the motion whilst in operation as this helps to increase the variety of workouts possible.

If you are looking for an overall body workout then an elliptical cross trainer makes great sense. They effectively work out the users arms, legs and torso whilst increasing heart rate, optimising the cardiovascular benefit, in fact the cross trainer is one of the few machines on the market to provide a full weight bearing, low impact workout.

In summary, the main benefits offered by a cross trainer are:

–                     Whole body cardio workout in one simple routine

–                     Low impact workout

–                     Easy to learn the routine, even from first use

–                     Fixed motion encourages correct workout

–                     Removes the need for other pieces of home gym equipment

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