What is a Cross Trainer?

Elliptical cross trainer is also known as elliptical trainer or elliptical. This is stationary exercise equipment which is used to perform walking or running on it.

The elliptical engineers wanted to ensure that any movement required minimal co-ordination, and involved a maximum proportion of the lower body large muscle groups in order to help promote aerobic fitness gains and efficient fat burning. What they came up with was an elliptical or elliptic type movement, where the feet perform an ellipse, whose long axis is aligned roughly parallel to the ground. The cross trainer was born, and with the addition of upper body handles to work the chest back and arms, it quickly evolved.

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What is a Cross Trainer?

Elliptical cross trainer is also known as elliptical trainer or elliptical. This is stationary exercise equipment which is used to perform walking or running on it.

The elliptical engineers wanted to ensure that any movement required minimal co-ordination, and involved a maximum proportion of the lower body large muscle groups in order to help promote aerobic fitness gains and efficient fat burning. What they came up with was an elliptical or elliptic type movement, where the feet perform an ellipse, whose long axis is aligned roughly parallel to the ground. The cross trainer was born, and with the addition of upper body handles to work the chest back and arms, it quickly evolved Today, home-use cross trainer are almost as popular as

Why Purchase a Cross Trainer

Usage of this exercise machine will not cause much pressure to the joints and it also decrease the risk of impact injuries.

These cross trainers will offer a non impact cardiovascular workouts which varies from light to high intensity based on the preference of resistance.

These elliptical machine work on your upper and lower body (some machines does not contain moving upper body components, so select the machine which works on your upper as well as your lower body).

Basically this elliptical cross trainer is designed to elevate or to raise your heart rate more than building muscles. This will give a total body workout (legs [Leg exercises], hips, buttocks [Exercises for beautiful butt] , arms and shoulders) within short period of time. It can be used by people of all ages and the speed and intensity of workout should be programmed by you according to your interest and capacity.

This elliptical cross trainer is an excellent option for the seniors who are aged above 45 or for the people who wants to perform a good exercise without stressing their joints.

If you are a senior then follow your physician recommendations regarding the performance of the exercise and incorporate your exercise with heart-rate control training. Stop if you feel tired, faint or dizzy. Don’t overexert yourself.

Why Purchase a Cross Trainer

Sometimes purchasing a cheap clearance cross trainer can prove to be a risky investment. The elliptical cross trainer is a complex piece of fitness equipment that provides a variety of fitness levels to offer a low impact work out. For this reason, the elliptical trainer must be durable and well built. The elliptical trainer mirrors running and walking somewhat like a treadmill, however the difference is that instead of the foot coming down on a hard surface, the feet move in a smooth, seamless ellipse fashion like using an exercise bike. This eliminates a vast amount of damage to the knees, ankles and joints that a treadmill imposes.

However not all elliptical crosstrainers are equal. If you have used one at a health club, which of course is professional gym equipment, then hope to simulate the same movement on a cheap cross trainer designed for the home, then you will be very disappointed. Thats not to say that all cheap crosstrainers are poorly made but a INR 20000 elliptical cross trainer will not have the feel of a INR350000 commercial elliptical cross trainer.

So if your budget will not stretch to the price of a small car you may have to compromise.

There are many websites that offer cheap clearance ellipticals on sale. A person just needs to be aware of the website and make sure it is a reputable website like us that specialises in Fitness Equipment. There are some good legitimate sales on cheap clearance cross trainers but make sure the company is bricks and mortar

The most important ten features that you have to consider before getting an elliptical are :

Natural Elliptical Motion

The crosstrainer elliptical motion should provide the closest simulation to walking and running available without the impact. An important factor to look for here is the feel of the motion. Some elliptical crosstrainers have a ‘kick’ in the motion where the foot comes off the platform. You don’t want any kick, bounce or strain on the knees and back when you use these fitness machines. Try and find a machine that provides as true an elliptical movement pattern both forward and reverse direction as possible. Many movement patterns have been patented and a variety of ingenious mechanical methods have been employed to try to achieve the perfect ellipse. Some have been more successful than others.

Smoothness

How does the movement feel? This is a critical question to ask. It must feel smooth at all times, no matter what speed or resistance you using or the level of incline or the length of stride. Spend some time on the elliptical cross trainer if you can. After you should not feel any discomfort on your knees, back or hips. Also the best elliptical crosstrainers will hold your body in a neutral position. You should not be stretching for the handrails or bending over in any way.

Lower Body Movement Feel

You should obtain a good feel while performing on elliptical. It should be smooth with natural stride pattern throughout the range of movement and not jerky or snatch or with a footplate that changes direction very suddenly as it reaches the end of the ellipse.

Upper Body Movement Feel

The handles present in the elliptical cross trainer machine should be comfortable with good grip without significant play as the handles change direction. Check for the high resistance levels as there should not be any instability or rocking while performing exercise.

The Braking System

Almost all elliptical machines will have magnetic breaking.

Ellipse Stride Length Adjustment

Some machines allow you to adjust the length. You can adjust to shorten or lengthen the stride. You can adjust the length of the step according to your convenience, but not much longer. It needs to be minimum of 20 inches for best effectiveness

The Maximum Workload

Know how much workload the elliptical cross trainer machine can provide when used flat out. Look for at least 250 watts.

Console Feedback and Ease of Use

Learn how easy it is to access programs if there are any such things. Check whether the buttons are easy to use and clearly visible to you.

Power Type

There are two types of elliptical machines, one is self powered and the other requires a mains connection.

Quiet Operation

Look and listen to the fitness machine. A truly well designed piece of workout equipment should be relatively silent at all intensity levels.

Adjustable Resistance

All elliptical crosstrainers should provide a broad range of resistance. Resistance can be in the form of a mechanical adjustment that is applied by the turn of a dial, electronically by the push of a button or automatically when using a programme. Resistance changes should be simple to apply and change quickly.

Safety & Maintenance

Safety Features

Look for electronic safety features like warm-up and cool-down periods, adjustable resistance and heart rate feedback and interactivity. Make sure the elliptical cross trainer has handrails or console grips that are comfortable without being obtrusive. Can you grip the centre console handrails when not using the upper body arms without these arms hitting you during the exercise? Are the arms ergonomically shaped and positioned so that when you grip them your wrists are not put in an uncomfortable position. Testing the elliptical cross trainer in store for several minutes will help you choose wisely. If this is not possible then talk to one of Powermax Fitness consultants, who have tried almost every elliptical machine on the market. When buying fitness equipment, gym equipment or any type of workout equipment safety must always be a priority.

Maintenance

A good elliptical cross trainer should be almost maintenance free. A well designed elliptical machine takes normal wear and tear into account so that you dont have to.

Warranty

Warranties vary from manufacturer. Please ask a Powermax Fitness consultant for details.

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