Regardless of whether it's called a Cross-Trainer or Elliptical this popular workout machine has many health and fitness benefits. It offers a full-body workout and often the choice for the competitive athlete or one who demands high levels of fitness.
The Cross Trainer works several areas of the body: hamstrings, quadriceps, gluteus maximus, triceps, chest, biceps & back, deep core muscles, and of course the heart. Cross Training is a great toning exercise that requires aerobic activity. As you get used to each program you can increase the levels just as you can with a traditional treadmill.
A Cross-Training Treadmill is a form of Treadmill with a difference and here are the advantages of the Elliptical Cross Trainer?
Benefits of Having a Cross Trainer
or Elliptical Machine
1. Cross Trainers have helped millions of people achieve their fitness goals and weight loss. It can help you burn lots of excess calories and so improve the health of your heart and lungs.
2. A Cross-trainer is a form of treadmill ideal for runners or walkers who also want to change things up and get the multiple benefits of working a variety of muscle groups.
3. A common mistake with many people is 'overtraining' when first start a fitness program. Training too hard when starting off can lead to injuries and may cause you to quit and lose heart. Fortunately, most cross trainers have monitors to set varying levels of difficulty, and as your fitness improves you can adjust the levels accordingly.
4. A cross-trainer works 80% of your body’s muscles, including thighs, calf muscles, buttocks, back, chest, biceps, and triceps
5. In terms of burn calories, when used vigorously using the arm poles as well as the foot pedals, the cross-trainer can almost be on a par with the treadmill. It is also an ideal machine for building endurance, developing resistance, as well as for recovery. By adjusting the resistance to meet your needs, you are able to work at a high level without putting unnecessary pressure on your joints.
6. Cross-trainers offer a smooth, fluid motion. The upright position and holding on to the arm poles also help to strengthen your back and avoids the strain that you may feel when running.
7. If you haven’t used this machine as part of your fitness routine, take another look because there are few better all-round exercise devices. You can get an entire body workout because it’s designed to tone various body parts with a low impact motion.
8. Health benefits include heart-healthy, cardiovascular conditioning, bone strengthening, and increased lung capacity.
9. Often people believe mistakenly that the elliptical is an easy exercise that's inferior to running or rowing, but that’s not the case. The elliptical isolates certain muscles, so that they get a more focused workout. Running can impact on your joints, and in many cases, an unsatisfactory technique with rowing machines can lead to back strains. With the cross trainer, you get a less stressful workout session.
10. One of the greatest benefits of a cross trainer, like the treadmill, is that you can exercise when you want, day and night, rain, hail or snow!! Perfect for the busy life when it's hard to fit exercise into our hectic daily schedules.
11. Having a cross-trainer at home is also great for those who are self-conscious about working out at the gym. You can exercise in the privacy of your own home and therefore have no cause for embarrassment! You can also watch TV, listen to your favorite music which will make your workout seem easier and more enjoyable!
Here is a guide that is designed to help you to understand the various components that make up an elliptical cross trainer and how to compare the quality and varying types of machines.
This entry-level model by LifeSpan Fitness is brand new to the brand, part of their new line of elliptical cross-trainers. Retailing for $1,299, the E2i is equipped with a 25-pound flywheel and 350-pound weight capacity. This model is not too compact with dimensions of 80″ long, 24″ wide and 69″ high, but it does have a fairly low step-on height of 13 inches.
This model provides users with 20 grades of intensity and 20 distinct ramp levels, and the stride is fixed at 20 inches. Designed with CoreBalance Technology, a feature exclusive to LifeSpan Fitness, the pedals will actually provide support where it’s needed most by identifying where effort imbalances exist based on your personal stride. This feature is possible with the integrated pedal sensors that can detect the amount of force from each leg and display that individualized data directly to the console. This model also provides an optional Bluetooth receiver that works with the ActiveTrac(TM) app that will wirelessly connect the elliptical to any Android/Apple device to automatically sync your personal workout results with your LifeSpan Club account that comes with this model.
The console area comes with a 6″ blue backlit display and over 20 workout programs that include customizable and heart rate programs in addition to preset programs. To monitor heart rate, there are built-in contact heart rate sensors, and if you want to use a wireless chest strap receiver, this model is equipped but the actual receiver is not included. When it comes to audio options, this model provides a media holder, speakers, and an audio jack. There’s also a dual-purpose USB port that charges your favorite device and can save your workout results to the USB drive to be uploaded to your free Club account.
The E2i comes with a residential warranty that covers 1 year on labor, 3 years on parts, and lifetime coverage on the frame.
Our Favorite Features
- Price is under $1,500, fairly affordable
- Great program variety, with multiple customizable user profiles
- Moving and stationary handlebars to easily work the upper body or for added stability and safety
- Lifetime warranty on the frame
- Heavy flywheel at over 20 pounds