If you are looking for a practical item of gym equipment that targets numerous parts of the body at the same time, look no further than a cross trainer. This no-nonsense item of exercise equipment works both the arms and the legs. It’s simple to use and the controls are easy to understand - after a brief induction, you’ll soon get into the swing of things. 

Cross trainers are a good option if you want to improve your cardio fitness and tone your arms and legs at the same time. Used wisely, they can become a vital part of your fitness programme.

Here is a quick summary of the benefits:

a) cross trainers provide a general body workout
b)
users can focus on certain areas of the body
c) cross trainers are elatively easy to get used to
d) cross trainers are programmable and can be adjusted to suit individual requirements.
 

As we've said, cross-trainers aren't as difficult to use as you might think. Here are a few tips which should enable you to use them like a pro:

1. Mix it up a little
Choose a programme that steps the exercise up and down, rather than opting for one that maintains the same level throughout. Scroll through the various programmes and select an interval training option that really pushes you on the peaks whilst giving you time to recover (albeit briefly) on the dips. 

2. Just use your legs
If you want to focus on toning your thighs and calves, take your hands off the handles and power away using only your legs. You should feel your leg muscles start to burn when you hit a peak and that’s good (it shows the exercise is working).
 
3. Now use the arms
To tone your arms, stop pushing down with your legs. Just pull the handles backwards and forwards in order to give your arms a total workout.  If you start to feel the strain, begin working the legs once more.
 
4. Put your arms by your side
Don’t be fooled into thinking a cross trainer only works your arms and legs. Place your arms by your side and you can strengthen the body core as well. Try it for yourself. This technique is good for your back, abs and lower spine. Just remember to mix it up a little and don’t neglect the torso region.

To summarise, cross trainers are good machines for giving your body a general workout. In addition, you can target specific areas of the body, such as the arms, legs and torso if you prefer. 

If you need further details about cross trainers, or would like to hire or buy this type of equipment, please don’t hesitate to contact us