Exercising on a cross trainer will help you lose weight, get fit, tone up your muscles and improve health. These cross trainer benefits can be realised by training regularly for short periods of time. Cross trainers also provide a fantastic low impact workout, so 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 workouts 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 fitness equipment will tone and strengthen your quads, hamstrings, calves, 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. Select a cross trainer with an incline feature if you would like to target particular areas of your body (eg stomach or thighs). See our cross trainer range here.
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. As a rough guide it takes an average of 30 minutes to burn off 200 calories. 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.
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. Your feet don’t leave the supports on a cross trainer so it creates 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. The JTX Zenith superior cross trainer has an extra long stride length and adjustable foot pedals to provide the lowest impact workout. The longer stride length provides an extremely smooth and low impact motion. The pedals reduce the amount that your heal moves from the footrest as you exercise.
Cross trainers are quiet: So cross trainers are the perfect home gym equipment if you live in a flat, you have a restless baby or you want to watch EastEnders whilst you workout out.
Training alternative: Cross trainers are also a fantastic supplementary training option when you are working towards an endurance challenge. Regularly repeating one type of exercise might lead to injury. For example you can improve your running performance by alternating between treadmills and cross trainers. When using a cross trainer you work very similar leg muscles as running but the impact and stress on the joints in the legs is greatly reduced.
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!JTX 2in1 Cross Trainer Bike to the JTX Zenith Superior cross trainer. Our personal trainer is here to help you select the right cross trainer for your goal or answer any questions that you have – contact us here. We can also provide our customers with a free personalised cross trainer workout.
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 and stop if you feel any pain.