3 top tips for getting the most out of cross trainer workouts
Cross trainers are fantastic for an intense cardio session that is also low impact too, with little pressure caused on the joints. This makes the cross trainer excellent for a variety of uses: weight less, training for running and overall muscle engagement.
Whatever your individual preferences or particular goals, it's always important that you know how to get the most out of the gym or fitness equipment you are using in your training sessions. Here are three simple tips for getting the most out of your cross trainer workouts.
1. Maintain the correct posture
Maintaining an upright position and keeping the correct posture when elliptical training is really important. To keep working the core, you should stay upright with your chest open and shoulders straight. By keeping hold of the machine's handles, it will stimulate the core muscles and enable to work your hips more too.
2. Use Reverse Setting
Using the reverse setting on the cross trainer is a clear, but often underused, benefit of elliptical work. The reverse motion serves to counteract slipping into poor posture, which often occurs doing forward movement. Utilising the reverse setting pushes the core , helps overall balance and strength, and gives some of the muscles of the body that are harder to engage a good workout.
3. Combine with other training
Elliptical training works particularly well in combination with strength training. The cross trainer targets so many body muscles and even more so with some reverse work that it's great to warm-up or warm-down on a cross trainer, making the strength training become even more effective. Similarly, adding a bit of strength work at the end of a cross trainer session increases the circulation and continues to engage muscle groups that you've activated whilst on the cross trainer. The result of combining the two increases your power and strength.