Elliptical trainers make the ideal workout machine as they are easy on the joints, low impact, and challenge both the upper and lower body for ultimate calorie burn. As your feet never leave the pedals hiring an elliptical cross trainer is a great option for people of different fitness levels as well as for recovery.
WORKOUT SPACE AND DESIGN
Depending on the brand and design, some elliptical trainers are more compact and come with wheels or a foldable design, while others have neither. This depends largely on where the drive system, or flywheel, is located: either in the front or the back. Cross trainers can be quite large so it is important to check where it will fit.
It is important to consider how the equipment is going to get to the intended workout space. Please have a look at the delivery access information.
Most elliptical cross trainers these days have special features which aren’t necessarily important to meet your goals but they can improve the exercise experience. Think about what features will help you reach your goals.
Brake resistance and Flywheel
The brake and resistance system and the weight of the flywheel are perhaps the most important factors to consider before hiring an elliptical cross trainer because these systems control the durability of the trainer, overall feel of the machine, and how loud the machine will be when in operation. Minimum flywheel you need to look for is at least 6kg (13 lbs). The heavier the flywheel, the smoother every stride will be.
The stride of an elliptical is important for comfort and ease of training. The natural stride for an adult is 16” so anything less will be uncomfortable. A higher stride will help for taller people.
User weight capacities generally range from 100 to 160kg (220 to 350lbs). We recommend choosing an elliptical cross trainer that can officially handle at least 10kg (20 lbs) more than your body weight. This will help ensure smooth operation.
Most home elliptical cross trainers today offer built-in workout programs that control their speed and some will have incline options either manual or auto in the more elite machines. Some have dozens whilst others feature the key programs. Think about how many you would actually use and does the increase justify the price?
Heart Rate Monitors
Accurate heart rate data can help you exercise more efficiently. Some elliptical cross trainers with HR monitors offer heart rate control as well; their pre-set workout programs will adjust to help you stay in your target heart rate zone.
Elliptical cross trainers come with basic features like cup holders, a reading rack/tablet holder, an accessory tray, music port and a built-in fan. These are features to consider when choosing your machine and decide what is important to your workout.