For anyone searching for a cardio workout that doesn’t put a strain on your joints, elliptical machines are the perfect type of fitness equipment for you. Because elliptical machines use an elliptical running movement that is parallel to the ground, your joints experience less impact than they would with other common cardio machines such as treadmills. Try out one of our elliptical trainers today and get the fat-burning cardio exercise you crave without added joint pain.
Although widely recognised as an excellent all-in-one machine for gyms and home gyms internationally, we know the functionality of a Cross Trainer can still be a bit of a mystery. So, we’ve tried to answer some of the more common questions received from our customers to help you peek behind the veil before purchasing.
A Cross Trainer (sometimes known as an X Trainer Machine or Elliptical Trainer) is a form of elliptical exercise equipment that works out both your arms and legs simultaneously, assisted by an internal motor. Cross Trainers have handles and foot pedals which are pulled and pushed respectively and, when combined with their internal incline and resistance settings, can become a vessel for a rather vigorous workout. These elliptical machines are considered low impact because your feet never need to lift off of the pedals, keeping strain and stress off your knees. Your feet and arms move in a fluid, circular motion which allows for an “easy” full-body exercise. Exercise with an Elliptical Cross Trainer feels a bit different than running on a treadmill, and even though you are working out quite heavily, it doesn’t quite take the same toll on your body. Most Cross Trainers available are static, standalone machines, but there are some folding Cross Trainers on the market which are easier to store in case of limited space.
Cross Trainer Benefits Include:
Depending on how you use it, a Cross Trainer can allow you to work out your whole body-- or just part of it. In contrast to the traditional bike or treadmill, an Elliptical Cross Trainer’s setup allows you to work both your upper and lower body at the same time. You can also elect to only work part of your body by having half remain stationary (arms to your side, working your lower body) or standing off the trainer (moving only your arms on the machine, feet on the ground). When your arms are being used, the resistance on the machine can help you target your triceps, biceps, chest, back and core muscles. You can also target different leg muscles like your quads, glutes, and hamstrings based on the incline, position of the pedals, or the direction you move.
Interval training is one of the best ways to burn calories and fat and a CrossTrainer can help you regulate and perform regular HIIT exercise. The activity from HITT stimulates HGH (Human Growth Hormone) and increased caloric burn for 24 hours post workout, but still preserves muscle. A Cross Trainer’s digital heart monitor display helps you to regulate which zone you’re in to get that ideal level of burn and includes programs that can help you design the ideal interval program for your age/weight/etc.
Cardio and muscular endurance are both extremely important for those involved in Combat Sports or Martial Arts, so having a Cross Training Machine that you can regularly use to improve these when you may not have time for a regular gym session is invaluable. A HIIT workout can be short. If you’re in a time crunch, even a 15 minute session can be enough to achieve some cardiovascular or conditioning benefits. Also, it’s no secret that Martial Arts can put a lot of strain on your joints. Finding alternative ways of working out that are low impact can mean a lot in the long run, particularly for people already experiencing knee issues.
We always encourage educated shopping. One of the best ways to ensure you’re making a good purchasing decision is by reading authentic reviews left by other customers. Be sure to check out the bottom of each Cross Trainer’s product page to see exactly what your fellow customers have said and find the best Cross Trainer for you.