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.
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. These machines are powered with AC electricity.
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.
Make note of the features that you have to look for before getting an elliptical cross trainer:
The most important eight features that you have to consider before getting an elliptical are:
- Lower body movement feel
- Upper body movement feel
- The braking system
- Ellipse stride length adjustment
- The maximum workload
- Console feedback and ease of use
- Power type
- Elliptical programmers
Lower body movement feel: You should obtain a good feel while performing on elliptical. It should be smooth with natural stride pattern through out the range of movement.
Upper body movement feel: The handles present in the elliptical cross trainer machine should be comfortable with good grip without changing significantly. Check for the high resistance levels as there should not be any instability 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.
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.
Elliptical programmers: You can create your own by controlling your heart rate.
Make note of the following features before buying an elliptical cross trainer.