Why should you use a cross trainer?
For some people, the bustle of a busy gym can be one of the most enjoyable parts of exercise. However, others prefer to exercise solo or with select company – which means a decision is necessary. If a gym isn’t a good fit for you, you may wish to consider other locations.
Exercising outdoors is one option, but it may be weather-dependent. Consider whether you will still enjoy your chosen activity come rain or shine. There are also logistics to think about – if you live in a built up city, it may prove difficult to find an outside space that works for you.
An increasingly popular choice is to exercise in the comfort of your own home, whether it’s one piece of equipment in a spare room or an entire home gym. If you value your privacy, or want to save money on memberships, it should be considered. Modern home gym equipment has been designed so you can safely work out alone, at your own pace and in your own environment.
A good starter choice for home gym equipment is a cross trainer, offering a low-impact full body workout that can be adapted to target specific areas as required.
What should you look for in a crosstrainer?
It is important to know what you are looking for when you purchase a crosstrainer. Here are a few things you may wish to consider before you decide –
How much space do you have? Crosstrainers can be bulky so it’s important to check the dimensions of both the machine and the location it will be in. Add 15cm to the width and length of it to ensure enough room for a comfortable workout.
What is the stride length? ‘Stride Length’ is the distance between your two feet as you exercise. Walking on a crosstrainer requires a short stride length, but faster or more intense workouts will extend the length. Buying a machine with the wrong stride length can cause your workout to be uncomfortable and/or ineffective.
How heavy is the flywheel weight? The flywheel weight affects the smoothness and resistance of the machine. The higher the weight, the better. Occasionally crosstrainers are advertised with false flywheel weights listed – check the total weight of the item and use common sense. If the total looks too low compared to the flywheel weight, you should reconsider.
Is it suitable for you? A lot of crosstrainers come with a maximum user weight – be sure to check this before you make your decision. If you weigh more than around 13 stone, you should look for a machine that is larger than 140x75cm to ensure a stable and comfortable workout.