An elliptical trainer (also called cross trainer or just elliptical) is a stationary gym apparatus which is used to pretend running or walking without causing exercise pressure to the joints, the risk of getting injured is declining due to the hence construction. Cross trainers provide light or high intensity based non-impact cardiovascular workout.
Elliptical trainer is designed to offer a cardiovascular workout rather than build muscles. Ellipticals give the example of a weight-bearing form of exercise, in contrast to the consideration that elliptical trainers provide minimal impact. They can be plugged in for adjustment of motion and for supplying their electronic consoles and resistance systems, or they can be self-powered by user-generated motion.
There are three kinds of elliptical trainers that are sorted out due to the motor or “drive” location. The first generation is the “rear drive”, it was designed by such manufacturers as Life Fitness and Precor USA. The second generation was “front-drive” and the latest one is “center-drive”.
Compulsory features for the elliptical trainers:
- Stride length. The normal length for average-sized people is about 21”. Numerous manufactures offer 14” which is mostly too short.
- Smooth motion. Before choosing the elliptical, check the pedals. They should move quietly and smoothly.
- The noise factor. You don’t want your workout to sound like a freight train.
- Adjustable resistance. Make sure you have a wide range of resistance for getting maximum benefits.
- Upper body option. There is no need in arm handles, but it is a nice option for more intensity.
Make sure your elliptical trainer provides warm-up and cool-down periods, an easy-to-read bracket and a heart rate monitor, handrails that provide balance but don’t blow a gasket. Look for a good warranty (1 year for labor and 1-3 years for parts) just in case something happens. Check either the dealer has trained staff to service your equipment.
Many manufactures offer also a number of extra features. You can choose what ever you want in accordance to the lever of interactivity you may need. For example, heart rate monitor or built-in computer. Remember, that the more features you choose the more money you’ll need to spend, but it’s worth it if it will help you to stay on track.