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An elliptical cross trainer (often referred to as an elliptical or elliptical trainer) is a piece of fitness equipment that provides an elliptical movement, designed to simulate walking or running whilst reducing the stresses and impacts associated with regular walking or running. They are a complex piece of fitness equipment however they are tremendously easy to use and coordinate. If you've been to the gym you will have probably noticed that the cross trainers are always in high demand and for good reason. They have numerous benefits and are one of our most demanded pieces of fitness equipment.

How the Cross Trainer Works

The cross trainer works by the user placing their feet on the foot plates and their hands on the handlebars. Both the pedals and handlebars move to provide a gliding motion where feet perform an ellipse. The use of handlebars is optional which means workouts can be easily varied with handlebar use and without. Using the handlebars will help work more of your upper body so will help burn calories faster. Varying your workouts to keep your body guessing will help you break through plateaus and give you the best results possible.

Benefits of Using a Cross Trainer

The elliptical cross trainer offers many health benefits. Whether your goal is weight loss, muscle tone, calorie burn or just to get in great shape, an elliptical is the perfect piece of fitness equipment to help you reach it. They can also be used for rehabilitation purposes.

An intense elliptical trainer workout can burn more calories compared a to a similar treadmill, exercise bike or rowing machine fitness workout. Cross trainers provide a full body workout as they hit your upper and lower body simultaneously. The twisting motion tones your abs and glutes. Meanwhile you are also working your hamstrings, quadriceps, biceps, triceps, chest, back, core and of course your heart.

Elliptical cross trainers offer a low impact workout that reduces stress on the joints. When you use an elliptical, your feet remain on the foot plates unlike on a treadmill. This means that stress is greatly reduced on the joints and muscles. A common misconception is that because the cross trainer provides little or no stress on the joints, it feels like it doesn't give an intense workout. The opposite is in fact true. Cross trainers protect your body whilst still providing a highly effective cardiovascular workout that hits your upper and lower body.

Types of Cross Trainer

There are three different types of cross trainer - front drive, rear drive and commercial cross trainers. Front drive and rear drive cross trainers are very similar with only a few differences. One key difference is that front drive ellipticals have a flatter oval motion, compared to a taller path of a rear drive elliptical caused by a greater height difference between the pedals.

Commercial cross trainers are designed for heavy use in commercial environments such as gyms and health clubs. However, commercial cross trainers can be used in the home and are preferred by many home users as they generally represent the highest quality cross trainers with the most advanced features on the market. For this reason they also generally come with the best warranties.

Cross Trainer Features

Most elliptical cross trainers have a built in control panel which enables the user to change a variety of options including resistance and programmes. The greater the resistance, the harder the stride movement and vice versa. The resistance can be adjusted either manually or electronically and will vary between models and brands. Additional features may include feedback on data including heart rate, calories burned, distance travelled, speed and time. You can find out what computer features a particular model offers from the specification on the listing.

Some cross trainers have the ability to fold with transportation wheel to save space at home. Some even covert into an exercise bike, so you effectively get two pieces of exercise equipment in one machine.

Our top range ellipticals such as the Reebok C5.7e IWM offer a host of additional features including the unique wireless intelligent weight management program to enhance and improve your workout experience.

Why Should I Buy From Workout For Less?

Cross trainers provide a fun way to workout, get fit, stay in shape and help you reach your ultimate fitness goals. They have quickly become one of the most popular pieces of fitness equipment on the UK market today. They are fashionable, compact and offer an enjoyable workout for anyone of any fitness level, from complete novices to professional athletes. At Workout For Less we offer free delivery on all ellipticals to mainland UK addresses (see terms and conditions for full details). Many of our items are available for next day delivery, Saturday delivery and even timed services. We pride ourselves on our customer service and are here to help and offer any advice you need.