About our Cross Trainers
If you cannot bear the thought of running on a treadmill, then a cross trainer is a brilliant alternative; especially if your knees are unforgiving. Exercise bikes are another fantastic option, but if you prefer standing and want to train your arms at the same time, then a cross trainer for home use is just perfect. We’re delighted to try and help you pin down your perfect training companion. (If you happen to hear the word ‘elliptical’ thrown around this is another name for them, not a specific type.)
There’s a popular misconception that you can only tone up or lose weight on cross trainers and that you can’t use them for high intensity training for example. This is simply not true. Admittedly, running is a naturally more intense form of exercise, but this intensity can be mimicked. Whether your goal is to bring the waist down a few notches, feel a little fitter and generally healthier, or want to really push the limits of your body; these are all achievable. Your goals dictate your decisions completely. A cross trainer can be super simple or as overly in-depth and complex as you choose. Brands like Sole Fitness are rammed with amazing features, and if you prefer a simpler approach, Marcy keep things stripped back and straight forward. It really is your choice.
The vast majority of cross trainers are classed as magnetic in type. It’s a genius and reliable way to adjust the resistance, after all. Another essential consideration is size, too, which can present an issue online. Never fear, though, we’ve got you covered! You need to look for the stride length here. A short stride length would be 14 inches and brilliant for smaller users. From there you’d have 16, 18 and 20 inch options and, as they increase, they become more accommodating for taller users and still smaller users too. Plan ahead.
When scouring the endless variety of cross trainers out there, you may notice two different looking types. These are classed as front and rear drive. All this relates to is where the flywheel is positioned. One isn’t necessarily better than the other, it’s more about the feeling when you work out. Rear positioned models are generally more compact, so if space is rather tight, then these will be your best bet. It can be really hard to get a feel for the quality of fitness machines online too, but we’ve got you covered again!
With a cross trainer, you want to be looking at the flywheel (measured in KG). Ignore anything that says inertia; just the flywheel weight alone is an amazing indicator of quality, ideally, it should at least be 5kg. We hope this little snippet has been helpful enough to determine whether a cross trainer is right for you and how to go out and choose the right one for you. If you feel you need more guidance we have plenty of in-depth buying guides, or we’d be thrilled to hear from you. Chat with us on-site, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0345 1666 200.