Elliptical / Cross trainers
Elliptical / Cross trainers
Okay, so it’s cardio day, and you’re either relishing the prospect, or loathing it, depending on your outlook on cardio. No matter how you feel about cardio however, it’s important to remember that cardio is extremely important for a whole number of reasons. Not only does cardio help us to fight the flab, it also helps to improve our health in general and can potentially add years to our lives. When you think of cardio at the gym however, there’s one machine that gets all of the attention and that’s the treadmill. As great as treadmills are, there’s another piece of kit that people often overlook when doing cardio, and that has to change. The equipment in question is the cross trainer/elliptical machine, and here’s a look at 4 reasons why it’s great.
It’s great for cardio
First and foremost, when you walk into any commercial gym and make your way over to the cardio section, 99% of the time you’ll see that elliptical machines, aka cross trainers make up the bulk of the equipment there. The reason for this is simply due to the fact that cross trainers are indeed fantastic pieces of equipment for people looking to perform cardiovascular exercise. Cardio is great for the heart, in fact, the name is derived from the word ‘Kardia’ which literally means ‘heart’ in Ancient Greek. If you want to burn calories, lose weight, and get fit in the process, cross trainers are ideal.
Low impact exercise
As great as treadmills are, they aren’t much help for people dealing with lower body pain or joint issues. Cardio on a treadmill is considered a high-impact form of exercise because of the impact in which your foot slams down onto the machine with each step that you make. This impact can put a lot of strain and pressure onto your feet, knees, ankles, and joints, and it can cause a lot of pain. Because of the way that you perform the exercise on a crosstrainer however, there is virtually no impact placed upon your joints at all because your feet remain firmly planted onto the pedals. Basically, it’s as if you are gliding in mid-air, as opposed to running on a hard surface.
Upper and lower-body workout
When you use the cross trainer, one thing you’ll notice is how you can feel the exercise working on both your upper, and your lower-body. You are simultaneously working your legs, as well as muscles in your upper body, including those in your back and arms. There is no other machine designed specifically for cardio, that will work your muscles in that way, which is yet another reason why these machines are now commonplace in commercial gyms across the globe.
Easier to maintain
If you’re a gym-owner, either at home or on a commercial scale, this next benefit is for you. You see, compared with treadmills, cross trainers are far more basic in design, and subsequently they are much easier, and cheaper, to maintain.