What Are The Other Benefits?
This essential piece of cardiovascular gym equipment provides an all over body workout while burning fat. The machine allows you to walk, run, climb and step in an effective workout that is kind to your joints. We have listed the top 7 reasons why a cross trainer should be your workout equipment of choice:
- Weight loss results, fast! Many people report a cross trainer accelerating their overall weight loss journey.
- Joints are protected. When looking for cardio exercise as part of your gym routine, a cross trainer is less severe for your body than other equipment such as a treadmill.
- Entire body workout. Cross trainers also workout your upper body allowing you to burn more calories.
- Workout intensity is tailored to you. To create an effective workout on a cross trainer you can vary intensity and duration.
- Safety of your exercise. Each large piece of equipment in the gym can be overwhelming. That’s why we recommend a cross-trainer as a good place to start due to its simplicity.
- Increase strength. This workout provides an additional avenue to explore in achieving all round strength.
- Full body workout at home! If going to the gym everyday isn’t at the top of your priority list you could also buy a cross-trainer for home.
Having a Cross Trainer at Home or at the Gym
Having a cross-trainer at home can be a worthwhile investment. No trips to the gym when you don’t feel like it and no embarrassing moments or feeling like you’re not as fit as the next guy. Exercise from the comfort of your own home. Each one is tailored to the needs of the individual, here we have summed up all the information you need to make an informed purchase!
Buying a Cross Trainer
Firstly when thinking about making this purchase it’s important to understand the different types of cross trainer:
- Incline – targets alternative muscle groups by mimicking hill walking and flat training.
- Variable stride length – allows you to choose between walking (strides being shorter) and running (strides being longer)
- Electro-magnetic resistance – uses magnets to vary level of resistance (a common feature of a decent piece of equipment)
- Ergometer – typically more expensive and allows high accuracy of resistance level.
- Belt resistance – typically cheaper and allows you to adjust resistance levels through a belt and flywheel.
- Rear driven – the machine’s flywheel is placed at the back rather than the front (more rounded motion)
- Front driven – flywheel is at the front of the machine given a flatter movement.
- Fan elliptical – this only offers a restricted range of movement but is more affordable.
After understanding what each machine is tailored to, it is worth considering the following factors before you buy.
Where your cross-trainer will go: it is better to keep your fitness equipment inside and not in a cold room such as a garage as it is electric.
Having enough space for your equipment: when measuring the area for your cross trainer, be sure to: add 15cm to each side for access.
Ensuring the machine is for you: Each machine often provides different size options tailored to your weight and height.
Understanding stride length: typically the higher quality the machine, the longer stride length it will have as it affects the overall movement.
Understanding resistance levels: The larger the amount of resistance levels on the equipment the greater range it will provide you with.
Other customer’s opinions: online reviews will provide you with any more information you may need and will ensure the brand is authentic and reliable.
Is there a money-back guarantee: most company’s offer this to ensure the product is right for you, this is a beneficial addition to your purchase, just in case!
Thirdly in your journey to purchasing a cross trainer you should consider the budget you have to spend. Here is a breakdown of what your budget should get you.
- Up to £300 – An entry level piece of fitness equipment for home use with manual resistance. Not ideal for intense workouts or interval training.
- Between £300-£500 – regular and intense workout would be do-able on this machine. They are much more reliable than a cheaper model and feel smoother.
- Between £500-£1000 – For professional and high-quality training we recommend this bracket. Longer stride length, resistance range and incline feature are all included.
- Over £1,000 – A commercial level machine which could withstand constant use, similar to what you would find at a gym.