Cross Trainer FAQ
- Q: What are the benefits of cross training?
- Q: What are the main things to consider when buying a cross trainer?
- Q: how do I know which particular cross trainer is right for me?
- Q: I don’t have much space in my home, are your cross trainers moveable?
- Q: I have a personal training studio/gym and am after a semi-commercial or full commercial grade cross trainer?
- Q: What kind of maintenance do cross trainers require?
- Q: What’s the difference between manual and motorized resistance?
The specific advantages and benefits of working out on an elliptical trainer are that It provides a weight bearing form of exercise while still being low impact for the joints. The motion of cross training is similar to walking and is thus easy to learn and sustain even if you are a beginner to exercise. The handles encourage users to work upper body muscles as well, providing a total body workout. Therefore offering a fantastic form of cardiovascular training due to making use of so many muscles simultaneously! This increased muscle activation can be very powerful for fat loss as it can really amp up your metabolism!
Numerous health and fitness benefits can be obtained from using a cross trainer regularly such as:
- Increased cardiovascular fitness
- Increased muscle strength and flexibility
- Improved joint mobility and health
- Decreased stress levels
- Improved posture
- Increased bone mineral density
- Decreased body fat levels.
When looking at purchasing a cross trainer, there are three main factors that will impact how comfortable and effective it is to use. These factors are the stride length, the weight and size of the flywheel, and the quality and sturdiness of the supporting framework.
Stride length can have a significant impact on how comfortable the motion is. A longer stride length can turn a stepping-like motion into a smooth back and forth gliding motion. Each individual will have their own needs with regard to stride length depending on individual preferences and their height as well as the length of their limbs.
The weight and size of the flywheel alters how much resistance can be potentially applied as you workout, therefore providing you with a more effective workout! Also a heavier flywheel creates a smoother cross training sensation.
Other specifications to consider are how many resistance levels are available, as well as does the cross trainer has pre-loaded exercise programs to guide you through a great workout.
Please note: the specifications for each cross trainer are located at the bottom of their respective pages.
Your choice in cross trainer will be influenced by several factors such as your current fitness level, height, weight and whether or not your cross trainer is for domestic, semi-commercial or commercial purpose. The specifications for each cross trainer located at the bottom of their pages will help guide you in your decision making process. Taller individuals are better with a longer stride length, and also those with a higher current fitness level should ensure that their choice has plenty of options in terms of resistance settings and workout programs to ensure their cross trainer can provide them with an efficient workout.
All of our cross trainers that are designed specifically for domestic use have wheels on the front to make them moveable. This means that you don’t need to have them in the same place all the time – if you have company coming over and need the lounge back just wheel them away!
We offer a fantastic range of cross trainers; ranging from domestic to semi-commercial and full commercial options to meet your specific needs. Please refer to the product descriptions and specifications listed for each particular model to help guide your decision.
Cross trainers require little maintenance. The main things to regularly ensure are that any bolts and screws are nice and secure; and (depending on the model) that the guide rails are kept nice and clean to prevent build up which can affect the smoothness of the movement. Both of which are quick and easy things to do!
Both manual and motorized resistance work via resistance being applied to the Cross Trainer flywheel with magnets. Manual resistance requires you to adjust this tension yourself with a dial located on the mast of the cross trainer (similar to manually adjusting gears on a bike.) Motorized resistance will apply this automatically with a simple push of a button on the cross trainers console. Motorized resistance only runs when the resistance is changed/selected by the user and tends to be smoother, and capable of greater resistance options. Automatic programs only work with motorized resistance models.