Welcome to Crosstrainer.website, where we will be taking a look at some of the best cross trainers on the market in 2016 and assessing which ones fit your needs. For all of the fitness enthusiasts out there, and for those of you that are looking to get started on your path to better health, we will firstly run through our top ten best cross trainers and follow on from that with a mini review for each further down this page. If you click through on the links in the product reviews or click on the reviews link in the menu you will be able to find out much more information on the manufacturers and detailed reviews on the products themselves.
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- 1 Life Is Busy – Home Cross Trainers Can Help
- 2 Best Cross Trainer in 2016
- 3 Top 10 Best Cross Trainer Reviews in 2016
- 3.1 Number 1: JTX Strider X7 Magnetic
- 3.2 Number 2: Reebok GX50 One Series
- 3.3 Number 3: Reebok ZR10
- 3.4 Number 4: JTX Tri Fit
- 3.5 Number 5: JTX Transition Folding
- 3.6 Number 6: Octane Q47xi Adjustable Stride Elliptical Trainer
- 3.7 Number 7: JTX Zenith Superior Elliptical
- 3.8 Number 8: NordicTrack Elite 12.5 Elliptical
- 3.9 Number 9: JTX 2 in 1
- 3.10 Number 10: Reebok ZR8
- 4 What Sort Of Cross Trainer Should I Look For?
- 5 Why Is It Called An Elliptical Trainer?
- 6 Which Cross Trainer Features Are For Me?
- 7 Cross Trainer And Exercise Bike
- 8 Elliptical Trainer FAQ’s
- 8.1 Can I Use An Elliptical Trainer When I Am Pregnant?
- 8.2 Are Cross Trainers Good For Abs?
- 8.3 How Many Calories does and Elliptical Trainer Burn?
- 8.4 Should I Use An Elliptical Trainer For Improving My Cycling?
- 8.5 Can I Use A Cross Trainer While Watching TV?
- 8.6 Can The Whole Family Use The It?
- 8.7 Can I Move It Around The House Easily?
- 8.8 How Long Should I Train For?
- 8.9 Can Cross Trainers Help With Weight Loss?
- 8.10 Is It Wise To Buy A Second Hand Elliptical Trainer?
- 8.11 Do Famous Athletes Use Cross Trainers?
- 9 Repairs And Maintenance
- 10 Muscle Groups Used In A Cross Trainer Workout
- 11 Fitness On A Budget
- 12 Fitness For Beginners
- 13 Injury Rehabilitation On An Elliptical Machine
- 14 Benefits Of Training At Home
- 15 Elliptical Trainer Classes
- 16 Cross Trainer Buying Guide
Life Is Busy – Home Cross Trainers Can Help
We all want to keep fit but often a busy lifestyle doesn’t give us the luxury of going to the gym for long work outs or spending a few evenings a week at our favourite sports club. Many of us need a quick fix that is in our own home to get us fit that we can use when we find that we have a few free minutes in the day. It can be quite a daunting task trying to work out where to start with fitness equipment, on this website we will help you make the decision a lot easier and give you the information to make a good choice.
Best Cross Trainer in 2016
Below we are going to have a brief look at what we think are the best cross trainers for 2016. The table lists the cross trainers with a short feature list and price range. From this you can narrow down two or three that suit your needs – just click the read more link to see a more detailed summary, and even a full and in depth review:
|JTX Strider X7 Magnetic||Mid Range
|Reebok GX50 One Series||Mid Range
|Reebok ZR10 ||Mid Range
|JTX Tri Fit||Mid Range
|JTX Transition Folding||Luxury Range
|Octane Q47xi Adjustable Stride||Professional Range
|JTX Zenith Superior||Luxury Range
|NordicTrack Elite 12.5 Elliptical||Luxury Range
|JTX 2 in 1||Mid Range
|Reebok ZR8||Budget Range
Cross trainers are a fantastic fitness device offering you a range of movements that work the whole body. They are easy to use and have settings for the most relaxed and gentle work outs for those of us who are just starting out. At the other end of the spectrum, there’s the advanced and hard work outs for the really fit users that want to stay on top of their game. Having such a versatile machine in your home gives you access to a great work out at any time of the day and for how long you like without breaking your routine.
We will start off below by looking in more detail at our top choices for cross trainers from the well recognised brands and some not so well known manufacturers in the table above. The one thing that all have in common is that they all get great reviews from many happy customers and come highly recommended. The different models offer varying features and functionality and it is now a case of seeing which one fits your needs.
Top 10 Best Cross Trainer Reviews in 2016
Below we are going to go through some of the top elliptical cross trainer reviews in 2016, these reviews are mini reviews that will give you an overview of the product and help you to narrow down your search. We also have in depth reviews on the different models which you can get to by clicking in the text or in the menu. With so many different prices and features this overview should help you to align your needs to the perfect model.
Number 1: JTX Strider X7 Magnetic
The JTX strider is a great cross trainer that has a lot of very technical features to allow you to really tune your fitness programs to the ones that suit you. It has a colour touch screen for ease of use, when you are really tired and struggling to work controls, it’s a nice feature to have. It has twenty one comprehensive fitness programs from hill climbing, intervals for real fat burning sessions and heart rate control programs. There are sixteen settings for the magnetic resistance for all levels of fitness and a large flywheel for a smooth action. For peace of mind, the JTX cross trainer comes with a full two year warranty ensuring it is up to the job.
This will take some of the larger people and is built to be robust with a maximum user weight of twenty stone and a stride length of sixteen inches. For those of you who like your gadgets and want a quality elliptical cross trainer the JTX Strider X7 could be the one for you with endless possibilities.
This is a cross trainer that has many happy customers that have given it five star reviews. We think it is a great buy and has impressive features. Why not click here and have a read of the detailed JTX Strider X7 Magnetic cross trainer review to really get to grips with some of the detail.
Number 2: Reebok GX50 One Series
This entry level cross trainer from the fitness giant Reebok is a great place to get started. This model will give you high quality piece of fitness equipment that will not break the bank. If you are looking to add to your current fitness regime with a few home workouts then this could be a great start. It is more than robust enough for a few sessions a week. If you are looking to train every day then it may be well looking at some of the more expensive JTX models.
The GX50 One Series is great for all levels of fitness. It has an adjustable resistance level, beginners will be able to work their way up through the levels and the really experienced fitness fanatic will be able to get a hard workout. The LCD display and built in workout programs make this an easy to use model. Just jump on and off you go.
Click here to read out in depth Reebok GX50 One Series cross trainer review.
Number 3: Reebok ZR10
The ZR10 is an elliptical trainer with a difference. This is a self generating machine that doesn’t need any mains electric to make it work. The energy that you use while you are training is converted into electricity and is used to power the cross trainer as you go. A really unique offering that you really don’t see on many models and makes it a very versatile trainer. You can use this in areas where there is no power. If you don’t have space in your home, then why not put it in a shed or out house where you can get away and train in peace.
You will also being doing your bit for the environment by taking your training off grid. The features on this model are very comprehensive making it great for all levels of fitness. It also offers a number of pre set workouts that can be monitored through an easy to read LCD display.
Definitely worth considering if space in the home is at a premium. Read our detailed Reebok ZR10 Cross Trainer here.
Number 4: JTX Tri Fit
The Tri Fit is a serious cross trainer for the home, providing with you with a lot of gym level functionality at an affordable price. This compact cross trainer will give you tough workouts and is very adjustable to really push all of the different muscle groups.
The features on this model are brilliant. The adjustable stride length make it great for simulating walking, jogging and running. There is also an adjustable incline setting to really push you to the maximum when you are training. There are many in built fitness programs that can all be worked from the console area that include an LCD display. The robust build quality of this model means it is great for using regularly and gives you a smooth stroke action.
Definitely one for family use as it is so adjustable. Have a read of our detailed JTX Tri Fit Cross Trainer review.
Number 5: JTX Transition Folding
The transition is perfectly designed for the modern UK home. As room sizes in modern homes get smaller it gets harder to store and use home fitness equipment. A lot of the models that we have reviewed are fantastic ellipticals but they also take up a lot of space. The Transition is designed to be folded away after use, giving you back valuable space. When you are ready to train it is easily unfolded.
As well as being very compact to store it is also very well built for hard training sessions. The features are very comprehensive including adjustable stride length, in built fitness programs and an LCD display.
If you are looking for a cross trainer that will last for a long time and not dominate your home then read our detailed JTX Transition Folding Cross Trainer review.
Number 6: Octane Q47xi Adjustable Stride Elliptical Trainer
This professional cross trainer is really a cut above the others in these reviews. Even though the cost is particularly high the quality of the product is second to none. It gives you the ability to work at different levels of fitness. It provides a lot of feedback during your work out including heart rate, distance covered, speed, calories burned and percentage of your heart rate achieved. This feedback gives you all the info you need to make sure you have worked hard enough in your work out and also allows you to really tailor your programs to your particular fitness goals. There are also seventy four preset training programs to cover most work out types which makes it easy to get up and running. All of the feedback and settings are channelled back to you through an LCD display making it easy to monitor your workout even in the toughest parts.
This is at the high end of the budget scale but a brilliant machine that will suit anybody. If you are a serious fitness enthusiast who is looking for a machine that gives you maximum flexibility and will take a lot of use then this could be the cross trainer for you. Bring a bit of luxury to your training and click here to read our in depth Octane Q47xi Adjustable Stride Elliptical Cross Trainer review.
Number 7: JTX Zenith Superior Elliptical
This is a great cross trainer that will fit nicely into the home and give great performance for most fitness enthusiasts. At the luxury end of the market this is not quite a professional cross trainer but it’s got most of the features anyone would need. This would be a great addition to any home gym bringing a high quality cross trainer into your daily workout routine. The JTX Zenith Superior has 19 workout programs to give you many options and vary your workouts, they include heart rate controlled workouts, interval and sprints or even fat burning sessions. The LCD display gives you plenty of feedback during your workout to let you know if you are on target to achieve your goals in the form of time of exercise, distance travelled, speed, pulse and the all important calories burned during your session. There are also multiple resistance settings to enable all levels of fitness to benefit from this cross trainer, the lowest levels for the users that are new to exercise right through to the highest levels for the fitness fanatics.
A highly recommended cross trainer that is on the high budget scale but still affordable. Giving you a lot of gym functionality this is a great buy for the regular user. Click through here or on the menu to our in depth reviews of the individual cross trainer models.
Number 8: NordicTrack Elite 12.5 Elliptical
The Nordictrack Elite 12.5 is an impressive cross trainer that offers great features combined with good looks. The brand get rave reviews for their range of cross trainers and the 12.5 is no exception. When you are spending a lot of money on a product you want peace of mind and the Elite 12.5 offers you this with a 5 years parts warranty and 2 year labour warranty. The settings boast an impressive thirty two workouts programs giving comprehensive coverage to different workouts with twenty four levels of resistance to adjust according to your fitness level. Some of the long workouts can get a bit tedious at times and Nordictrack have thought of this giving the user iPod and MP3 compatibility and acoustic speakers to keep you entertained. The console has a handy back light to make sure you can always view your stats while training. This is a great cross trainer that is perfect for jumping on and working out whenever the time is right for you. The build quality is robust and will last heavy use for many years to come. It has chunky over sized adjustable foot plates for hard use.
We highly recommend this cross trainer and many happy customers have given it great reviews. If you think that this could be the cross trainer for you then have a read of our full NordicTrack Elite 12.5 Elliptical Cross Trainer review for all of the detail and features. You won’t be disappointed!
Number 9: JTX 2 in 1
JTX have built a brilliant 2 in 1 cross trainer for the market. Representing great value for money and versatility all in one, this is the perfect buy for those that are unsure which style of training they like the best. If you are just getting into fitness you can work all of the muscle groups with varied workouts. There is an adjustable seat to turn the elliptical trainer into an exercise bike.
The features on this model are comprehensive and adjustable. The on board computer gives you many built in workouts and the resistance is adjustable to suit your fitness level. As you get fitter you make the workouts harder. With both types of exercise you will be working different muscle groups to give you great all round fitness that a cross trainer on it’s own wouldn’t give. Both types of workout are very low impact as well.
Sometimes committing all of your budget is not a great option, if this is you then have a read of the full JTX 2 in 1 Cross Trainer review by clicking here and get the best of both worlds.
Number 10: Reebok ZR8
Here we have a great value cross trainer from the well known brand. This is an affordable cross trainer that will sit nicely at home or in the garage and gives you a lot of features for the money. Many of us like to buy from a well known brand and they don’t come much bigger than Reebok. With an on board computer the Reebok ZR8 Cross Trainer comes with an impressive twelve preset programs that gives you flexibility in your training and a variety of fitness routines. There is also thirty two levels of resistance that are easy to set from the lowest resistance for the newcomers to the hardest workouts for the seasoned veteran. It is a nice compact design that will sit nicely in the corner of a room and can be brought out to give you an all over workout at any time.
If you are looking for a brand name to rely on and have a mid range budget then this is definitely a cross trainer to consider offering functionality for the beginner through to the experienced user. It comes highly recommended from many happy customers. Here’s our full review of the ZR8 cross trainer.
What Sort Of Cross Trainer Should I Look For?
Now that you have looked through out top ten mini cross trainer reviews you will have a good idea of what sort of trainer is for you. There are a number of things that you need to take into account when choosing the correct one.
The first thing you need to look at is your budget, the models that we have looked at range from under £100 to £3,000 for the professional range. With each increment in money you spend there is a step up in build quality and most of the money is spent on the quality of the components for a smooth action and longevity. Once you have established your budget the search should become easier.
How Often Will You Use It?
A lot of us get a bee in our bonnet about exercising and decide we are going to train five days a week when the reality is it is just a fad. If you are a beginner it would be wise to stay in the mid range and budget levels to start with to see if it something you are going to stick at and use a lot. If you are a seasoned fitness guru looking for a machine to use every day then heading up to the luxury range would be a good idea as the build quality will be far superior.
Do you have enough space for the model you would like. If you have a big open space in the garage it is not too big a problem but if you are going to have to squeeze it into a bedroom then make sure you check the dimensions in the detailed review and get a trainer that fits comfortably.
Do I Need Gadgets?
This is personal choice, a lot of us have a couple of set programs that we stick to and that is enough where as others like to play around with gadget and vary there routine. This is a lot of choice when it comes to programs but they all centre around heart rate, distance and fat burning so don’t be too taken by the highest number of programs, Some people even like to discard the programs and work out there own routines.
Hopefully this home page will give you enough info to narrow down your cross trainer search, as you move through the site into more detail you should be able to find the perfect cross trainer for you. Good luck!
Why Is It Called An Elliptical Trainer?
Most of us know these machines as cross trainers but many people also refer to them as elliptical trainers. Why is that?
The word elliptical is used to describe the shape of the movement that you perform with your feet when you are training. It means a shape like a flattened circle. When you hop onto the machine the your feet will start to move in an egg like motion that means you are forming the shape of an egg. As your foot rises it will smooth out the top of the curve by taking it across the top before it moves down to the bottom of the stroke, then it will sweep back across the bottom of the stroke before rising.
This action has been used in cycling and is still used in certain crank sets. The chain ring is shaped like an egg to give you a much smoother application of power while you are riding. I you watch the Tour De France carefully you will be able to spot a few.
This motion was designed to replicate running and walking, if you think about the action movement of you legs you form a very similar pattern when you take each step. The very clever thing that the elliptical cross trainers do is to take out the impact of each step. The impact for many of us can be a problem for our joints or back or it may just be the case that you do too much impact sports. Since this technology was built and was offered to the market as a reliable fitness machine they have become super popular.
So if you are in the gym or talking to friends about fitness then you will know what they mean when they refer to an elliptical or cross trainer. They are one and the same.
Which Cross Trainer Features Are For Me?
When you are reading through all of the functions and features of each model it is easy to impressed with lots of different gadgets to play with. The key to making the right choice is to work out if you are going to use them or not. Each feature has a big benefit is you will use it for your training regime. Some of the features you may already have on things like fitness watches. We are going to go through a few and see how they will work for you.
A lot of the mid range to high end models have LCD screens that give you a lot of statistics while you are training. This is a great feature for most of us as it presents the training statistics in a clear and easy to read format.
If you don’t have the best eye sight it is worth going for the largest screen that you can, the bigger the characters the easier it will be to read at a glance. If you are training to very high levels and pushing you body in interval training it can become difficult to read your statistics at a glance on a small screen. A larger LCD will mean you can keep glancing at them until you are finished in your interval.
On the other hand if you do all of your training from an independent training watch or heart rate monitor this may be a redundant feature on your cross trainer. If you are taking your statistics from your watch then you may not need the screen. You may be doing long endurance style workouts where you only check your progress every 10 minutes, if this is the case a small screen will do the job very well.
For pure aesthetics it is nice to have a big LCD on the elliptical trainer, it makes it look more robust and adds to the quality of the trainer. Most of the mid range up models do come with an LCD anyway but well worth considering.
Heart Rate Monitor
This feature is used by a lot of people to measure their effort rate when training. Many programs can be set to work to your heart rate levels. These programs vary to work on a steady heart rate or high heart rate dependant on what style of training you want to do. If you work to heart rate programs this is a great feature and usually your heart rate statistics will be displayed on the monitor.
Some models will pick up a Solar heart rate monitor that is strapped to your chest, and others have hand heart rate monitors that you grab while you are training. Both are great for seeing how hard you are working.
If you have an independent heart rate monitor this is a feature you will probably not need. However if you want to make the best use of the built in heart rate programs it is a brilliant feature.
For those who are new to training this is a good feature to buy, as you get used to different training methods you may well start to use the heart rate programs as you progress. Monitoring your heart rate is one of the most effective ways to gauge just how hard you are working and a great guide to controlling the type of work out you are doing.
Multiple Resistance Levels
When you are looking at some of the models with over fifteen resistance levels, you may think this is a bit over the top. Well, there are a few things to consider when you are weighing up how important this is.
The trainers with less resistance levels are going to have a bigger jump between levels, this could be a bit uncomfortable when you are going to the next level up. Whereas if you you have a lot of close together resistance levels you will be able to seamlessly move up to the next level.
If you are a beginner it is good to be able to gradually step up the levels without putting to much strain on your body. Once you are fit it is a little easier to jump up to the higher levels.
Another benefit is that you can fine tune the cross trainer to suit you with more resistance levels. You will be able to get the set up just right for the workout you are doing. This can be important if you are working on many long endurance style workouts where you need to get your effort levels just right.
Adjustable Stride Length
This really is a feature that is worth investing in for a number of reasons. Not all of the budget machines have this, but it is something that is good for everyone at every level.
The action that the elliptical motion gives you while training is designed to make it smooth on your body and have less impact on your joints. The adjustable stride length can be adjusted to suit the length of your legs so that you can get the optimum stride length to match you.
Different stride lengths are also suited to different styles of training. The shortest stride lengths are aimed at a walking pace going through intensity levels until you get up to the longer stride lengths for sprinting. The rough guide to stride lengths for different activities is below:
- 14 inches (35cm) for walking pace.
- 15 inches (38cm) to 17 inches (43 cm) for speed walking pace.
- 18 inches (40cm) to 20 inches (50 cm) for running pace.
- 20 plus inches (50 cm plus) for sprinting pace.
Above is a rough guide but you can instantly see the variety in lengths of stride for the different activities.
If you look at this from the point of view of different athletes and users you can see the importance. For the beginner, you will probably start off by training at very low intensity. Maybe even working on a lot of walking style exercises before moving into the harder programs and by the end of a few months of training you could be hitting the sprint intervals. All of these need varying stride lengths.
The experienced athletes may well be working on a combination of shorter high intensity programs combined with long endurance workouts. The longer endurance workouts will require a shorter stride length than the high intensity sprints.
If your budget will stretch to a cross trainer with adjustable stride length it is well worth it.
Adjustable Incline Setting
Another nice to have feature if you can afford to buy a model that includes this. When you adjust the incline of your trainer it will lengthen the height of your step. This makes it harder to keep working and in turn makes the work out a lot more intensive. You will burn more calories by increasing the incline.
The other benefit is that by changing the motion and increasing the size of the step you are changing the muscles that you are working on. If you are looking for a good all round session to tone the most possible muscles you could vary the incline during the session. Or focus on one incline setting per work out.
This is a great feature and not a gimmick. It will make your trainer a more all round machine.
Cross Trainer And Exercise Bike
Exercise equipment can be very expensive to purchase and often something that doesn’t get used as often as you would like. You may have great intentions when you go to buy the equipment but then life gets in the way. Work, going out and the family can all end a great fitness routine very quickly.
Lets be honest, many of us buy products like home gym equipment to supplement our main sports or hobbies. If you are using a cross trainer to supplement other things then you want a good but cheap and easy piece of equipment. Many of us like to spend the real money on our main sports like a decent mountain bike, good running trainers or high tech hiking equipment. If you buy a 2 in 1 trainer it will last many years and you won’t notice the investment so much. Great of your on a budget.
If you are just embarking on a fitness regime and are keen to find out what works for you, it can also be tricky to find the best form of exercise or equipment without trying them for a for a few months. Many of us think we would love to start running but then actually end up riding a bike or using a cross trainer.
One answer to these problems is to consider buying a 2 in 1 cross trainer and exercise bike. There are a number of these on the market at great prices which will allow you to try different workouts very easily.
You can mix up your training routine, working on different muscle groups to get great all round fitness as many times a week as you like. It will also stop you getting bored of the same style of exercise every day.
Another big benefit to these 2 in 1 elliptical trainers is that they save a huge amount of space. The average UK home does not have space for a number of pieces of gym equipment, you would be lucky to fit one item in. By combining your home gym equipment into one you will save a lot of space.
Generally, the pricing of the 2 in 1 cross trainers is very competitive. Many of them come in at the budget or mid range levels in the market. In our top ten cross trainer reviews we have a number that are brilliant trainers for anybody that is thinking of buying one.
Top 2 in 1 Cross Trainer
Our favourite 2 in 1 cross trainer and exercise bike is the JTX 2 in 1 trainer. A seat is added to the set up to make it a perfect exercise bike as well as a stand up cross trainer.
JTX have a fantastic reputation for building high quality home gym equipment that will last for years. When you are buying the 2 in 1 you are getting superb value for money as well as a 2 brilliant pieces of home gym equipment. The features on this model are extensive covering an on board computer, adjustable seat height and different resistance levels. Try a 2 in 1 exercise bike with a cross trainer and see how you get on.
For all you beginners out there we think this is money very well spent indeed. Have a read of our detailed JTX 2 in 1 cross trainer review.
Elliptical Trainer FAQ’s
We are always getting asked a variety of questions about training on a cross trainer. These are very diverse workouts machines that can help so many different athletes and people in various situations. Here are a few of the questions we often get asked that you may not find in our our elliptical trainer reviews. You may be surprised by a few!
Can I Use An Elliptical Trainer When I Am Pregnant?
Many women are worried about losing there fitness and body shape when they are pregnant. If you are fit and in good shape already some people would like to carry on training and keep their bodies in good shape while carrying a little one.
The first thing we would say here is that you need to talk to your doctor or midwife before you decide to do any exercise when you are pregnant. Everyone is different and being pregnant can put various strains on your body in different ways. So don’t chance it, check first!
As a rule the less impact training that you do when you are pregnant the better. A cross trainer is perfect for this, it will allow you to train at very low impact levels on your joints and will feel a lot more comfortable than pounding the pavements. As you are further into your pregnancy impact training will become harder so you may decide to use the cross trainer more and more. If you want some gentle programs you will be able to select a less intense program to suit.
Are Cross Trainers Good For Abs?
Many of us are looking for the perfect abdominal muscles to look great. An elliptical cross trainer is not the best option for working specifically on your abs. It will help with your core strength which will in turn help your abs. But, there are a lot better exercises out there specifically for building strong abdominal muscles.
How Many Calories does and Elliptical Trainer Burn?
This is impossible to say as each person and each training session are different. It is a great cardiovascular work out piece of gym equipment, meaning it will help you burn a lot of calories. The amount of calories that you burn will depend on a lot of things like your size, the length of the program you are working on and the intensity of the session.
The longer endurance sessions will burn a lot of calories. It has been reported that you can easily burn 400 to 700 calories in an hour workout. The shorter sessions burn less calories but the number of calories burned can be increased by raising the intensity of the session. A hard work out over 30 minutes with many intervals could burn up to 350 calories.
If you are new to exercise and want to start burning calories and get your weight down, the elliptical trainer is for you. The low impact on your joints is a massive benefit for those that are carrying a bit too much weight. You can use this machine to get your fitness going and your weight under control before doing other types of training like running.
Should I Use An Elliptical Trainer For Improving My Cycling?
This is something we get asked a lot. All of you keen cyclists out there want something to boost your performance on the bike. However, it’s not always easy to get away from the house. The standard cross trainers are not ideal for supplementing cycle training. It does offer a very good low impact cardiovascular workout which will improve fitness which in turn will help a bit.
The answer is to get yourself a 2 in 1 cross trainer and exercise bike. You can enjoy using the both types of training with a lot more focus on the cycling muscles by using the exercise bike. If you get a bot bored and would like to mix it up a bit then you can move to the elliptical. In our cross trainer reviews we have a couple of 2 in 1’s. Why not have a look at the JTX 2 in 1, click here to read the detailed review.
Can I Use A Cross Trainer While Watching TV?
The answer to this one is yes. If you only get an hour at the end of the day to squeeze in your favourite episode of EastEnders and do your exercise, then you are going to be pushed for time. You can set up your elliptical at home to be in front of the TV and start exercising while you watch.
Make sure you are concentrating on the workout as well as the TV. If you are looking for a really hard workout where you need to really push your self the chances are you will miss some of the TV program. This is a big benefit to machines like cross trainers, they are so flexible for the every day busy house hold. It’s so easy to hop on and grab a quick workout no matter what is going on in the house.
Can The Whole Family Use The It?
Well, all of the cross trainers reviewed are designed for adult use. It would not be advisable to put children on them to train. But, they are great for the older teenagers and adults in the house that want to share fitness equipment. It can save the family a lot of money by having an elliptical you can all use.
You need to buy a model that has adjustable stride length so that is can be set up for the different sized users. If you have a single stride length it may be a bit uncomfortable for some people to use.
Have a look at the NordikTrack E9.5 review. This is a serious model that will serve the whole family well, bringing gym quality into the home.
Can I Move It Around The House Easily?
Depending on what model you go for, it is possible to manoeuvre your trainer around the house. Some of the more expensive models with large fly wheels can be larger and quite heavy. If you are looking for moveable cross trainers then the larger ones are not the best to look at.
It also depends on why you want to move it. If you are looking to tuck it away after use it would be wise to go for a smaller model like some of the York Fitness Active 110.
You could also look at going for a space saving model. The JTX Tri Fit is a brilliant model that combines high quality with a very compact design. This means it will fit in parts of the home that most conventionally designed models wouldn’t. Have a read of the detailed JTX Tri Fit cross trainer review here.
How Long Should I Train For?
There is no definitive answer to this question. We all like to train in different ways and our fitness levels will be different. The length of time you train for will be dictated by the time you have spare and your fitness.
Most of the models we have reviewed have various training programs installed that will be of varying lengths and intensity. They are standard programs that should suit a lot of users, but you can also set your own workouts. The time and intensity of your work out should be tailored to fit your training goals. If you are unsure of how to train you can start with the built in programs, or get advice from a fitness instructor on how to achieve the levels of fitness you are looking for.
Can Cross Trainers Help With Weight Loss?
This is a tricky subject as there are many factors that assist with weight loss. There is no getting away from the fact that regular exercise is good for losing weight. A good cardiovascular workout on an elliptical trainer will be great for burning calories. The longer and harder the workouts are the more calories you will burn which will assist with weight loss.
Weight loss is often achieved by a combination of factors that lead to a healthier lifestyle like healthy eating and exercise. If you don’t do very much exercise and then start working out four times a week on your elliptical it will have a lot of health benefits and could well get rid of a few pounds.
If you are looking to lose a lot of weight a cross trainer is a great tool. It will be more gentle on your body than many other gym machines like running machines. This will make exercise a lot more conformable in the early day.
Is It Wise To Buy A Second Hand Elliptical Trainer?
Well, there are plenty of second hand models available in the local paper or on sites like gumtree and Ebay. Our advice would be not to buy second hand, as it is difficult to know what sort of use they have had.
There are a lot of moving parts that can get worn out from very heavy use over a period of years. You could go and have a look at one that looks absolutely great. What you can’t see is the wear and tear it has suffered. You also won’t have a guarantee of how well the trainer has been looked after by the current owners. If it has been used heavily it will have needed to be maintained properly.
If you buy second hand you will not be covered by a guarantee. You may well save 40% of the money on a new one but if it needs fixing you will soon spend that money on parts and labour. If you buy new from our cross trainer reviews you will have the peace of mind of a guarantee to cover any faults.
Often the second hand market is a false economy as many of the models go into the sales from time to time. Prices on sites like Amazon are very competitive. So what you actually might find is that you are not really saving that much in the initial outlay either.
Let’s face it, buying second hand is a big gamble. On one hand you may pick up a brilliant machine that has only been used a handful of times by the owner. There are a lot of cross trainers that are bought with great intentions and never get used. On the other hand, you may buy one from a serious runner. This may have had hard use through tough training sessions 3 days a week for a year. It all depends on the risk you want to take.
In our top ten cross trainers you will find some seriously good value models, which are well worth considering.
Do Famous Athletes Use Cross Trainers?
Cross trainers are use by a large cross section of fitness enthusiasts. The benefits of using one are just a s big for an Olympic athlete as they are for the beginner.
A professional athlete will be training very hard almost every day, often much of this training can be high impact. Using a cross trainer allows them to switch to a machine that gives them a great workout but relieve a bit of the impact on their joints. This can help minimise the risk of injury whilst training, helping key joints rest a bit while training. Also, all athletes need very good cardiovascular fitness which allows their body to work at full capacity. An elliptical trainer offers great cardiovascular benefits and helps with general fitness in a big way.
Many famous athletes have been known to use cross trainers and other stars like Rihanna have been reported in the papers to use one to keep their body in tip top shape.
Repairs And Maintenance
If you are spending a lot of money on a mid to high range cross trainer it is wise to check out how easy it is to get spare parts and how long the warranty is to cover faults. If you use your trainer a lot the chances are that at some point it will need a service or repair. The moving parts inside these machines come under quite a lot of strain if used regularly.
When you are looking at the different models that look similar but are more expensive it is often the inner workings that are more robust. The more expensive models will have heavier fly wheels and stronger linkages that provide a smoother motion while training and will last longer. If you think you will use it regularly it is worth going for a more expensive model as you could save a lot of money in repairs over a couple of years.
There are plenty of companies around that provide support for gym equipment and a lot of firms that build home gym equipment will support them as well. Companies like JTX fitness have their own engineers that will come out to your home to fix any problems that may occur.
When you are looking at making your purchase it is a good idea to get a good idea of how the warranty works. If you buy some of the mid to high range JTX cross trainers you will get a 2 year, in the home, warranty. Any problems during this time will be sorted out by a specialist engineer in your home.
Muscle Groups Used In A Cross Trainer Workout
One really good thing about using a cross trainer is that fact that is works a lot of muscle groups around your body. May trainers like exercise bikes concentrate on one area, the ellipticals however, give you a much more well rounded tone up. The action requires you to work hard with your arms, legs and core muscles.
Pushing hard with your arms then pulling back the levers will give you a good workout of your upper body working the pectorals, deltoids, triceps, biceps and trapezius muscles. When you are training it is up to you how hard you work your arms. You can use them less and concentrate on your legs or really push hard with the upper body muscles.
These are the group of muscles that many of us are looking to work on, giving us a great body shape. This muscle group sits around the bum and top of them legs. They are made up of the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus muscles. Sitting at the top of your legs and around your buttocks these muscles are worked very hard during a session. They are key to moving your legs and getting the trainer moving. The harder the programs you work on the more you will tone this group of muscles.
Your thigh muscle groups will work hard with the motion of pushing and pulling up your legs. The quadriceps and hamstring groups of muscles will work hard to keep your legs moving. By lifting your legs as well as pushing down while training you will get a good balance between these muscle groups. Exercise bikes tend to target this muscle group rather then give you a more well rounded work out that a cross trainer offers.
Core strength is so important for every part of our life and exercise in general. It will give you good posture and the ability to train for longer and harder. Often it is not seen as much as other muscles like the biceps but is very important. The core focuses around the abdominal group of muscles and goes deep beneath the surface. These muscles will be working all of the time while you are training and the more tired you get the harder they have to work. By toning this group of muscles you will get a good flat tummy. Something most of us are looking to achieve!
Fitness On A Budget
Keeping fit can be a very daunting and expensive task. We are all bombarded with the latest technology that claims to help you in your quest for fitness. When you looking at all of the gadgets and pieces of fitness equipment it can be hard to choose.
A lot of sports equipment and club memberships can cost a lot, so any sports and fitness supplements need to be value for money.
A cross trainer is a great way to spend you money of you are looking to buy one piece of equipment that is not too expensive. It will work for your body hard and add to your fitness while not putting too much pressure on your joints. The all round cardiovascular benefits will help with most sports and general fitness.
The different types of fitness programs you will have at your disposal means you can target the sort of fitness you want to aim at.
Fitness For Beginners
If you are new to fitness we highly recommend that you purchase a cross trainer as your first piece of equipment. Our elliptical cross trainer reviews give you a good view of some of the best models available in 2016.
When you are starting out it is a good idea to build your all round fitness. Building up your cardiovascular fitness will put you in a good position to take on other exercises as you move forward.
There is nothing worse than dragging yourself around the local streets on a run when you are not really up to it. You feel very self concious and it is not going to be an enjoyable experience. With a good elliptical trainer set up at home you can spend a few months building your fitness and finding your level. Once you feel ready to go out and have a run you will be confident and a lot more comfortable.
Because the pressure on the joints is low you will find the elliptical workouts a lot more comfortable as you get used to training. You may not be the most flexible person when you are starting out so a gentle approach could well be the way forward.
Cross trainers are fast becoming one of the most popular machines in the gym and that is for good reason. People enjoy training on them, they are great for beginners and athletes alike.
Injury Rehabilitation On An Elliptical Machine
Many of us that participate in sports will have been injured from time to time. We face a good amount of time not being able to do the sport we love couple with a battle to keep fit and fix the injured area.
Elliptical trainers have become a very important tool in may athletes battle to get back to fitness. The low impact sessions allow muscle groups to be worked and gently brought back to a strong state without hammering the joints with big impacts. It is worth baring in mind though, that whilst you will not be compacting the joints there is still a lot of movement in the joints from the motion that needs to be thought about.
Runners that have injuries such as hamstring strains use cross trainers a lot to maintain cardiovascular fitness and work the effected muscles. If you have damaged a knee joint or shoulder it would be wise to talk to a physio before hopping onto an exercise machine for your rehab.
Many of the programs are set to be long low intensity work outs. These can be great for strengthening muscles as the strain on the muscles is low but the repetitive nature of the workout gives great strength. All in all the cross trainer is great for injured people in general looking to get moving, but get yourself checked out first!
Benefits Of Training At Home
There are so many benefits of having home gym equipment and in particular an elliptical trainer.
Modern life is very busy and most of us rush form one thing to another. The one thing that really suffer is our fitness. We all have great plans of how we will train a number of times a week, but how often does your training time get push to the back of the queue. Probably very often, going out to the gym once you have got home from a hard day at work is often a chore or you don’t have time. Your fitness routine is finished before you have even started.
By having an elliptical machine at home you can train whenever you like, and for how long you like. A cross trainer will fit nicely into a bedroom, shed or garage. You can hop on at any time to train when you can are free. The various programs are of differing length or you can set your own programs. You will have much fewer reasons to not train!
If you have very active life and are looking for a few quick workouts during the week to add to your fitness a cross trainer at home would be great. You don’t have to go out again to train you can quickly train and then get in some relaxing time from your busy schedule. All of the cross trainer reviews in our top ten are suitable for home use.
Elliptical Trainer Classes
With a massive boom in the amount of elliptical trainers being used in gyms and at home it is no surprise that you will be able to attend classes and group sessions at your gym. You can book in at some gyms to work out in a group, being pushed really hard by an instructor to get the most out of the workout. You will always work that bit harder when someone is putting pressure on you!
If you start to really enjoy using your elliptical trainer it is well worth going along to a class or getting some specialist advice from a trainer to get the most from your training. As well as using the programs on the machine for each workout you will be able to get weekly fitness schedules that really work to improve fitness. As you start to get fitter these can be increased.
As with all training it’s great to get advice and maximise the effectiveness of the time on the trainer. It is sometimes easy to do a lot of easy miles, it only takes some small tweaks to make them effective and improve your fitness.
Cross Trainer Buying Guide
This site is designed to help you make a decision on which cross trainer to purchase and why you should purchase one. A buyers guide is all about providing the most information possible about the products and how they fit into your lifestyles.
Our cross trainer reviews are aimed at specific models that will give you a lot of detail on the features and how they can work for you. As a buyers guide these are pretty good at pointing you towards the best model.
On our home page you will find a mix of product overviews and general cross trainer information that will help you decide is, firstly, an elliptical is for you, and secondly, which one.
All of this information should hopefully come together to give you a great cross trainer buyers guide. Even if our site makes you realise that they are not for you, it has done it’s job.