It may not look as appealing as the high-tech treadmill in your local gym but the cross trainer is a piece of kit that should not be overlooked. Whether you want to tone up or trim down, regular sessions with this equipment could be the difference you need to reach your desired physique.
Not convinced? We’ve got 5 reasons why the cross trainer should be crowned the ultimate workout buddy:
- It’s awesome because you can work hard without worrying about the strain on joints. Unlike going for jog or a high-power sprint – which can be difficult for those with pre-existing injuries or conditions – the cross trainer is low impact compared to our friend, the treadmill. Perfect if you’re an avid runner or just starting to get the gym bug.
- On average cross trainers can help you burn between 8-12 calories per minute – which is a pretty fast rate compared to the effort levels needed.
- The cross trainer works out every muscle in the lower leg, so it’s perfect for building strength there and toning.
- The pace is set by you, not the machine. So you can take it as easy or as hard as your workout requires without any pre-set speed programmes.
- If you choose to incorporate the dual action handlebars to your cross trainer workout you’ll also be training your upper body too. Beat that, treadmill.
What Is a Cross Trainer?
No worries if you’re new to the fitness game, we’re here to help you every step of the way.
A cross trainer can be identified by its two long handles and two pedals, often spotted in the cardio section of the gym. It can also be referred to as an Elliptical Exercise Machine or Elliptical Bike.
It’s a machine that forces feet to move in elongated oval movement and is said to combine the movements of the stair climber, treadmill and classic exercise bike in one.
If you are prone to injuries, suffer from a physical condition or joint pain, always consult your doctor before engaging in physical activity.