In the past decade, one of the most popular ways to achieve a good cardiovascular workout has been through the use of the elliptical cross-trainer. Here are just some of the ways to optimize your workout time.
A two-for-one workout
You can achieve a full-body workout by moving the handlebars and legs simultaneously. Pushing and pulling the arms and moving the pedals in a forward or reverse motion will tone your legs and arms while training your heart. You increase the intensity and calorie burn by using your whole body. On a Life Fitness elliptical cross-trainer try the Cross-Trainer Aerobics workout, which emphasizes pushing, pulling, total body, lower body, speed changes and forward / reverse motion. This versatile workout promotes maximum cross-training benefits and variety.
A low impact workout
Your feet never leave the surface of the foot pads so there is less impact on your knees, hips, ankles and back than if you were to go for a run.Try the Hill workout for a good mix of lower intensity exercise with bursts of intensity for a low impact routine with impressive results. Many first time users are surprised at their elevated heart rate and calorie burn compared to their perceived effort – the way you feel when you are working out.
Let the console pick your workout
Move beyond manual controls and explore the interactive console to vary your workouts day to day. The Random workout gives you constantly changing intervals that provide challenge and keep you engaged because there is no regular pattern.
The next time you step onto an elliptical cross trainer try something new and experience the benefits of a high intensity, low impact workout
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