Elliptical trainers are multi-purpose exercise equipments as they train both the upper and lower body at the same time, and even improve your aerobic fitness. To exercise you should first keep your feet on the stand, and then hold both the handles with your hands. Afterwards you need to move the stand circularly, and the handles back and forth with your arms. The arm movement provided by the elliptical trainer will build your upper body and even toughen your legs. Since the arms as well as legs work together, this exercise machine is regarded as a good calorie burner. It helps to carry out cardio exercises, and also tone your shoulders, back, arms and legs simultaneously.
The elliptical trainer is basically a low impact machine that permits your body to imitate a running or jogging motion; without causing any injury or strain on your joints. Increasing the built in resistance mechanism is one of the best ways to gain maximum benefits with elliptical trainer workouts. Another way is to regularly performing an elliptical workout for at least 1 to 3 hours per week. Moreover each workout should last for at least 30 minutes. Some recent models of the elliptical trainer have handles in order to engage your arms during the workout. This also results in burning more calories in a session.
The elliptical trainer is also commonly known as cross trainer. Many of them also have a reverse mode that targets a different set of muscles of your body; as compared to the muscles that are targeted when you normally use the machine in the forward mode. Further, you can even set the machine resistance higher, and adjust your speed to the level that matches your current fitness level. Moreover you can later on, also enhance the speed of your workouts, as and when your fitness level improves. The modern elliptical trainers also include pre designed programs and custom built workout routines that can help users to get the most from their elliptical training workouts.
The rapidly changing technology has helped to introduce equipments that have several new and better features in order to achieve the most from the elliptical workouts. Besides it also makes your exercise program more exciting and challenging. The various inclines provided by the elliptical trainer, is another factor that enables you to obtain great benefits from the training program. The latest models offer the facility to increase or decrease the angle of incline during your elliptical workout.
Working on a wide range of inclines not only adds variety to the workout, but also prevents dullness. Adjusting the incline settings targets the different muscles groups and thus leads to a more intense workout. Moreover, the steeper inclines will provide the feeling of climbing a steep path. Although this will be relatively more difficult, it will help to burn more calories during a single workout. This is an ideal way to execute a high intensity elliptical trainer workout and thereby acquire utmost benefits from every exercise session.