How to exercise with a cross trainer
The cross trainer, or elliptical trainer, is one of the most popular machines in gyms. Working on this machine allows us to optimize the time we spend exercising as we burn a lot of calories in a short time, invigorate arms and legs and work coordination and balance in depth . In OneHowTo.com we will now explain a series of guidelines on how to exercise with a cross trainer.
When we exercise on the cross trainer, the force that we exercise must never go against the movement of the machine, which we'll instinctively try to do; we should be carried by it and exploit its thrust motions adding to it the work of our arms and legs.
Once we have become accustomed to the way of exercising on the cross trainer we can then manipulate the control that allows us to put more or less speed. We must not get carried away by our impulses and give too high a pace. If we do so we will quickly run out of steam.
The cross trainer allows us to vary the direction of motion, so that we can make the machine simulate a backwards walk. This exercise is great for strengthening the muscles of the buttocks; though you should first be accustomed to work on the cross trainer otherwise you will find it difficult to keep your balance.
As to our position whilst on the machine, this must be such that we work comfortably without straining the muscles of the back, which should be tilted slightly forward. We should always have a bottle of water handy, as we will sweat a lot and will need to replenish fluids.
Once we have fully mastered balancing on the cross trainer we will exercise by letting out hands go and placing them on our hips. By doing so we will be further working the muscles of our legs.
Regarding the duration of sessions, these should be at least 20 minutes long. An ideal workout is half an hour each day five days a week.
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