Cross Trainer Buying Guide

This cross trainer buying guide will help you make the right choice for your exercise ambitions without breaking the bank.

If you are considering buying a cross trainer for your home you have come to the right place. There is a huge range with a baffling array of gadgets and gizmos, so choosing the best cross trainer can be difficult. We have provided lots of great information below but if you’d rather speak to a personal trainer please feel free to contact JTX Fitness here.

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Home Cross Trainers are smaller and less expensive than gym or commercial cross trainers. The compromise is that the build quality and stride length is often reduced. They will also come with home use only warranties, rather than expensive warranties to cover constant use and neglect in a gym environment.

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 Under £300 Under £500 Under £1000 £1000-£5000 £5000 +

Home Cross Trainers Under £300

A 2 in 1 Cross Trainer Bike or entry level cross trainer is a great option if you are new to fitness. They offer a low impact workout, they are cheap and compact.

  • Ideal for thirty minutes use for three times per week.
  • 10-13 inch stride length- if no stride length is listed assume its within this range. Limiting the stride length will restrict your workout to a brisk walk rather than an intensive running action. See our stride length guide here.
  • Cross trainer bikes allow you to either sit or stand which is great if you are new to regular exercise. The  handles provide an upper body workout and stability.
  • Most cross trainers at the lower end of this price range will offer manual resistance.

Home Cross Trainers Under £500

For this budget, you can get a great piece of low impact fitness equipment for regular home use. They will not give you the same workout that you can achieve in a gym but for £500, you should expect the following specification:

  • 40-55 kg machine weight
  • A 16 inch stride length which will allow an intensive workout- a shorter stride will restrict your movement. See our stride length guide here.
  • Total machine length 130 cm (this increases with the size of the stride length).
  • Home use only warranty

An example of a great home use cross trainer with a 16 inch stride length is the JTX Fitness Strider X7 Magnetic Cross Trainer:

Home Cross Trainers Under £1000

There are a few key features that could make a big difference to your home cross trainer workout. We believe a long stride length, incline features and the build quality are worth paying a little extra for.

Cross Trainer Stride Length

Long Stride Length: A longer stride length provides the following benefits: (See our cross trainer stride length guide here).

  • Lower Impact: A smoother more elliptical stride path (rather than circular movement). This reduces the impact of the workout and makes your movement much more natural.
  • Quicker Fitness Results: A short stride length will restrict your workout to a walking movement. You can only increase the intensity by adding extra resistance or ‘walking faster’. A longer stride length will allow your stride to lengthen and adapt a running motion which will help you to get fitter, faster.

Taller users also have a naturally longer stride length. If you are over 6ft we recommend a cross trainer with a longer stride (min. 18inches).

Variable Stride Length Cross Trainers: ‘Variable’ or ‘adjustable’ stride cross trainers bridge the gap between the smaller home use cross trainer and the superior workout on a gym cross trainers. There are a variety of names for this type of machine including adjustable / extendible stride length or ‘extended motion technology’. Through clever, patented designs, they combine a longer stride length with a compact cross trainer. They allow a machine which is a suitable size for the home to accommodate a longer stride length.

Cross Trainer Incline

You can use an incline feature to target a particular muscle group (such as stomach, thighs or lower legs) or to increase the intensity of your workout.

There are two different types of incline: Power Assisted or manual. The power assisted incline is adjustable from the console during your workout. A manual incline achieves the same benefits but must be adjusted before you start to exercise.

Its important to understand the relationship between the stride length and the incline. Most UK cross trainers with a variable stride length and an incline feature must reduce the stride length to increase the incline. The patented design on the JTX Tri-Fit allows you to use the full range of incline and stride length independently.

Cross Trainer Build Quality

This is a difficult feature to identify but will make a big difference to the quality of your workout. A few indicators of a cross trainer with a good build quality are Total Machine Weight, Fly Wheel Size, Warranty terms and conditions and Maximum user weight. JTX offer a great range of cross trainers between the £500 – £100 price range. Each offer fantastic value for money alongside great build quality & features to enhance your workout.

Commercial or Gym Cross Trainers (£5000+)

If you have several thousand pounds to spare you will be able to get a cross trainer just like the one in your local gym. These cross trainers have been designed to withstand constant use and a fair amount of neglect. You should expect to pay in the region of £5,000 for a true commercial cross trainer. These machines should have the following specification:

  • Over 200 kg machine weight.
  • 20 inch stride length. See our stride length guide here.
  • 2.2m total machine length- you will need lots of room!
  • Installation service and warranties that cover constant use in a gym environment.
  • Cardio heart rate features and great programmes.

You can see an example of a commercial specification cross trainer from Life Fitness here.  N.B. not all Life Fitness cross trainers are commercial specification.

Make your budget go further: If you are looking for a gym style cross trainer for your home The JTX Zenith Superior Cross Trainer could be a great option. It has a semi commercial build quality and all the features you enjoy using in a gym environment –without the £6000 price tag!

JTX Zenith: Superior Cross Trainer

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