Cross Trainer Stride Length Guide

Getting a cross trainer with the right stride length will make a big difference to the effectiveness of your workout. If the stride length isn’t long enough you may find that the fluid, low impact, movement that cross trainers are known for is badly affected. Stride lengths that are too short can create an unnatural, jarring, stance and prevent you from working out at your maximum intensity.

We have put together this handy cross trainer stride length selector to help you find the perfect cross trainer for you:

Cross Trainer Stride Length

In general cheap cross trainers have a shorter stride length (up to 16 inches). Gym quality cross trainers generally have a stride length over 20 inches. Machines with larger stride lengths, provide a better workout for a broader range of people.

If more than one person will be using the cross trainer or you would like to vary the intensity of your workout we recommend a cross trainer with an adjustable stride length. Try the JTX Tri-Fit for size! If you go for a cross trainer with a larger stride length than recommended your cross trainer will keep up with your improving fitness levels. So if your budget allows try to buy a larger cross trainer stride length than you actually need.

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Cross Trainer Stride Length Frequently Asked Questions

At 6 ft tall you are slightly above the national average. We would recommend going for a cross trainer stride length over 18 inches depending on the level of fitness you want to achieve.
The only reason to buy a cross trainer with a shorter stride length is budget or overall size of the machine. You have more cross trainer options than a taller user. We recommend a stride length of 16 inches or longer. A long cross trainer stride length will not be too long for you and will feel more natural than a short stride length.
For multiple users it’s best to have a cross trainer with an adjustable stride length. This means each user can change the stride length for their personal preference. Check out our ‘Which Cross Trainer Guide‘ to compare prices and stride lengths.  
In general a long stride length is best. But it can have an impact on the size of the machine and the cost. If you want to buy a cross trainer with a long stride length but you are worried about space take a look at the unique JTX Tri-Fit cross trainer. It has a patented design that keeps the size of the machine small but offers the stride length of a cross trainer found in commercial gyms.
If the stride length is too short for your height you may not be able to do a ‘sprint’ on the machine. Just like running, as you work harder your stride will automatically become longer. If the cross trainer restricts your stride it will reduce the low impact nature of your workout and reduce the intensity of your workout. You may also experience squeaks and creaks coming from the joints of the machine as they are constantly being overworked. Machines with shorter stride lengths usually have smaller flywheels which also lowers the durability.