Cross Trainers

Cross Trainer Buyer’s Guide

Cross trainers are just the thing for people who want to exercise and get a total body workout without any high impact problems. With a cross trainer, you can build up your suppleness and flexibility and all you need are a few hours every week. This is really much more than just exercising one part of your body like your tummy or your legs or arms. The cross trainer is an all-over workout machine. The one thing you need to take care of is your shoes – you need a pair that helps your ankles move well but is not too light. Before you spend that money on a cross trainer, pause a few minutes and think about what you really want – or rather, what you really need. The decision has to be a combination of your needs, your requirements and how much you can afford to spend. The great thing about a cross trainer is that it unlike the gym, you can access it and use it any time you want and for as long as you want.

Do you have the Space for a Cross Trainer?

You will need to decide just where your cross trainer will go. Though cross trainers are quite compact, you will need to leave a bit of space all around in order to move, maybe half a metre on all sides. Just be careful that the cross trainer is placed on a surface that is non-slip.

Types of Cross Trainers

There are two types of cross trainers – the ones with a belt and the ones that are magnetic. The cross trainer with a belt is affordable, basic and gives you a great workout. The cross trainer that is magnetic has more programmes and levels of resistance. So you need to decide which of the two cross trainers your kind of exercising schedule would need.

Elliptical Trainers

Elliptical trainers are just another form of cross trainer. The elliptical trainers first made its appearance in the early 90s and since then it has taken the world by storm because you can stand on a stationery piece of equipment and exercise as much as you want. There are three types – the rear drive elliptical trainer, the front drive elliptical trainer and the latest and most advanced one – the centre drive elliptical trainer. Elliptical trainers fall between cross trainers and treadmills as far as exercise potential goes.

Choosing a Good Brand

You need to choose a good brand of cross trainer so that you can depend on its quality and durability. Some of the brands you could look at are NordicTrack – E7 ZL Elliptical Cross Trainer, Vision Fitness, Kettler, DKN, Marcy, York and Reebok. Don’t just buy a brand you like – take the time to look at the specifications and make your decision depending on your requirements and your budget. Take a look at the warranty that these brands give you and decide which one works for you. Ask a few people about their brands and what they recommend. Finally, you need to get the best cross trainer for you with the money that you put down.