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?
- Stair Climbing
- Basketball (and other court sports)
- Push ups, crunches and pull ups
- Free weights
Speed, agility, and balance exercises
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.