Cross trainers are the ultimate in cardio vascular exercise when it comes to physical fitness.
Unlike running, cross trainers give you a full body workout with high intensity and low impact.
This high intensity is key with respect to getting an effective fat burning workout. The other important factor mentioned here is the low impact.
If you currently or have ever suffered from joint problems, whether they are knee, ankle or back; you will know that running further aggravates this pain. Even if you haven’t suffered from these problems, running with poor form or with improper footwear can certainly contribute to this.
This is where working out on the cross trainer takes the high impact part away from the exercise.
The other word often used to describe this equipment is an elliptical machine. Elliptical meaning round or a circular. The very essence of the cross trainer is that your legs move in a circular (or elliptical) motion, thus eliminating impact to your joints.
The other reason I opt for a cross trainer over a running machine is the fact that you can get a full body workout in the same amount of time as you would only get a lower body workout on the treadmill.
You can push and build your arms, shoulders, chest and back using the elliptical machine. By using pushing and pulling motions on the hand bars, you are effectively toning your upper body while you workout your lower body which is just an efficient way of working out. Two for the price of one!
Also with many of the best cross trainers which you will find at crosstrainerhome.co.uk on the market, you also get hand pulse sensors. These are ideal if you are looking to workout in a specific heart rate, beats per minute range. Particularly if you are doing LISS (low intensity steady state) or HIIT (high intensity interval training) type of cardio workout.