Looking for a Full Body Workout in One Shot? Try an Elliptical
As we talk about the various cardio workout machines available
today, the most common ones (treadmill, fitness bike) focus on
a cardio workout by using the lower body. However, if you want
to get an upper body workout at the same time consider the
advantages of the elliptical trainers also known as a cross
You may have seen these machines at the gym, or on television.
You may wonder what kind of funky piece of fitness equipment
these are. (I know I did when they first appeared on the
fitness scene.) An elliptical trainer is sort of a cross breed
of a few types of machines. This cross trainer appears to
combine the treadmill, the stair stepper, a ski machine, and a
fitness cycle into one product known as the elliptical
This type of cardio fitness equipment uses the legs and has
moving handles that allow the arms and shoulders a great
workout too. These machines usually also have stationary
handles if you want to eliminate the arms or simply take a
The unique motion of these machines promotes low impact
activity. There is less stress on the joints of the body. You
get a great workout without feeling a lot of impact on the
If you think elliptical trainers may be right for you shop
around and keep in mind the following points.
3 Points to Consider about Elliptical
Does your home (or wherever you plan to use the cross trainer)
have high enough ceilings to accommodate even the tallest user
in your home without bumping their heads.
Wide pedals, safety rims.
Be sure the pedals are wide enough for movement of your feet.
Look for safety rims that would stop your foot from
accidentally sliding off and you getting hurt.
Depending on where you plan to use this moving the machine may
or may not be an issue. Some are quiet large and difficult to
store out of the way easily. Consider the weight and how easily
it can be moved before you make a purchase.
With these points in mind let’s take a look at a few of the
most popular elliptical trainers available
3 Popular Elliptical
This folding elliptical trainer retails for around $100. It can
handle up to a 250lb user, is equipped with extra wide, non
skid foot platforms, weighs 42lbs, and measures 43 x 28 x 53.8
Schwinn 430 Elliptical Trainer
This cross trainer retails for close to $600. It accommodates a
user up to 275lbs, has BioFit foot pads for safety and comfort,
weighs 152lbs, has wheels for easy moving, and measures 59 x 26
x 58 inches.
It has a monitor showing you how many calories
you have burned and what rate your heart is
going at and other values.
Horizon Fitness EX-57 Elliptical
This elliptical trainer retails for $500. Holds users up to
275lbs, weighs 163lbs, and measures 29 x 67 x 55 (w h
It's monitor displays similar information as the
As you can see there’s a lot of variety in elliptical trainers.
Finding a model that fits your budget and meets your individual
needs is essential to staying on a fitness program that
Do some online research and then try out your favorite ones.
You don’t have to buy one in the store if the price you find
online is better. Just be sure to go in person and try them out
first. This is the best way to know if you like it or
If you know someone who belongs to a gym you may want to ask if
you can go as their guest. This will give the opportunity to
try out the elliptical there as well as the other popular types
of cardiovascular equipment and see what you like