Invented in the 1990s by Precor, the elliptical trainer (or cross trainer as it is also known) allows your foot to roll from heel to toe using the pedal to create a smooth, non-impact, elliptical movement. The non-impact nature of the design means very little muscle and tendon stress making this piece of gym equipment perfect for rehabilitation. Here at Gym Equipment, we have a range of cross trainers to choose from with a variety of features and designs for both home and commercial gyms.
What Does A Cross Trainer Do?
A cross-trainer provides you with a workout like no other. Not only does it target almost every major muscle in the body, but it is also a fantastic piece of cardio equipment which promotes cardiovascular health, protecting and improving the inner workings of your body.
What Muscles Does A Cross Trainer Work?
A cross trainer is driven predominantly by your legs, although you have the arm handles there, providing you with some upper body workout. A good machine should marry the leg and arm movement precisely as you would if running. This gives the user a harmonious arm and leg workout.
Are Cross Trainers Good?
Being able to burn 200 calories in 30 minutes on a relatively low intensity can rise to over 1000 calories for advanced users in the highest resistance settings. This makes this piece of equipment incredibly versatile and valuable for runners, fitness enthusiasts and those with knee or back problems where jarring can increase your pain.
The Best Cross Trainers
There are many cross trainers and elliptical machines on the market, many of which Gym Equipment stock. But what are some of the cross trainers favoured about all the rest by gym owners and goers alike?
The Technogym Cross Trainer has near-perfect ergonomics and polished steel mirror finishes. Loved for its supremely sleek design and smooth use, the Technogym Cross Personal is ideal for premium gyms, boutique studios or style-conscious homes. What's not to love about the advanced technology, personalised tracking and entertainment options and immersive experience created by this cross-trainer!
The Life Fitness E3 Cross Trainer is another solid choice for a cross trainer, suitable for both home and commercial gym use. The E3 comes with several high-end technological features to help motivate the user through their workout and coach them to achieve the best results possible.
The Life Fitness E3 Cross-Trainer had a built-in CoachZone feature, which coaches the user to train different muscle groups, ensuring they are not only using the machines to its full potential but their body as well.
Generally, the more you spend, the more features you get, and the better the build quality. The latest models give the user increasing amounts of control over the elliptical movement, the option to add some incline, and the chance to vary the length of the stride pattern. This means just about anyone can use the machine comfortably and for a range of different training options.
Contact us today for more information regarding any of our cross trainers or to seek advice on the best cross trainer for you or your gym!