Cross Trainer Benefits
Exercising on a cross trainer will help you lose weight, tone up muscles all over your body and improve your health. These cross trainer benefits can be realised by training regularly for short periods of time which means it doesn’t have to take over your life. They also provide a fantastic low impact workout which means they are kinder to your joints and muscles than other gym equipment.
If you want to make sure your workout is as effective as possible or you want to try something new check out our free cross trainer exercises and workout programmes above.
If you are thinking about buying a cross trainer for your home read our buying guide to help you find the cross trainer of your dreams, within budget.
How do cross trainers help you tone up, get fit or lose weight?
Full body workouts: Take a look at the large number of muscle groups that you engage when working out on a cross trainer! This fantastic machine will tone and strengthen your quads, hamstrings and calves, your bottom and arms all at the same time! It will also flex your stomach and sides with gentle twisting movements. You can vary the resistance level to improve muscle tone or keep the resistance levels low to achieve cardio and weight loss goals.
Weight loss and calories: Cross trainers are considered by some to be a better form of exercise than a treadmill or exercise bike for burning calories. This is because they work multiple muscle groups at the same time –providing a more intense workout. However there are conflicting research studies which show the number of calories burnt are similar to running on a treadmill. The number of calories you can burn on a cross trainer will vary based on your age, gender, physical fitness and the amount of effort you exert but as a rough guide it takes and average of 30 minutes to burn off 200 calories. Find out more about the calories you can burn on a cross trainer.
Targeting problem areas and balance: You can change the emphasis of the workout based on the body part you want to focus on. If you want to work on the strength and tone of your arms you can relax your leg muscles and let them follow as your arms pump backwards and forwards. Incline cross trainers like the JTX Hill Stride also help to target the exercise on the most common problem areas; thighs, bottom and stomach. You can also work on improving your core stability and balance by taking your arms off the handles and solely using your legs to exercise.
Health benefits: Cross trainers also provide a fantastic cardio workout for the heart. A few sessions a week on a cross trainer will improve your general aerobic fitness.
Better for your joints: There is no doubt that cross trainers offer a much lower impact workout than running outside and even a treadmill which has shock absorbers. Your feet don’t leave the supports on a cross trainer so its much less impact on your knees, joints and back. The low impact design of cross trainers means they reduce the likelihood of sustaining an injury. If you suffer from hip or lower back problems we recommend you build up the length and intensity of your workouts slowly. Start with a maximum of 5 minutes and stop if you feel pain. Build up the length of the workouts by 3-5 minutes each time until you can comfortably exercise for 30 minutes at a time. We then suggest you start varying your speed and resistance levels.
Noise: Cross trainers are also extremely quiet..so if your walls are paper thin, you have a restless baby or you want to be able to watch Eastenders whilst you workout out.. these are the machines for you!
Training alternative: Cross trainers are also a fantastic supplementary training option when you are working towards a goal, like a marathon, where constantly repeating one type of exercise might lead to injury. When using a cross trainer you work very similar leg muscles as running. However because they are fixed on platforms which rotate the impact and stress on the joints in the legs is greatly reduced.
Who should use cross trainers?
These machines are fantastic for people of all ages and abilities but they seem particularly popular with:
- Runners who want a rest from the impact of pounding the pavements.
- People new to regular cardiovascular exercise.
- People who find running too uncomfortable, often because they have weak joints, are overweight or women that have a larger chest.
- Pregnant women – because it provides a low impact workout – but take it slowly!
Free Cross Trainer Exercises and Workout Programmes
We want to help our cross trainer customers to achieve their fitness goals safely and quickly. So we’ve asked our in-house personal trainer, Simon, to create these cross trainer fitness videos. They are free for everyone to use. Let us know how you get on!
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