Whole-body training with the cross trainer

Couple exercising on the cross trainer

April 10, 2021

Cross-training is an excellent way to exercise your legs, arms, and abdomens. Cross trainer itself has several different exercise options ranging from cycling, climbing stairs, rowing, and running. The cross trainer enables a whole body workout with one machine! Once you get started, you shouldn’t go over 20 minutes a day exercising on the machine, then slowly work your way up. The workouts can be quite demanding and take a toll on your body, that’s why it’s better to start at a slower pace. 

If you want to learn more, keep reading our article.

Gym-goers have been familiar with it for some time: the cross trainer has become the faithful ally of many fitness fans for gently exercising leg, arm and abdominal muscles. What is behind the popularity of this endurance training device? It combines the leg movements of cycling on an exercise bike, climbing stairs on a stepper, moving from front to back on a rower and the effects of running or cross-country skiing. The cross trainer thus offers a comprehensive whole-body workout that can be done at home or in the gym.

As the name suggests, cross-training takes place, i.e. different types of sport are trained. The cost of purchasing a cross trainer is between 500 and 4,500 Swiss francs. Ideally, you should choose a device with integrated measuring instruments. It allows you to program the training time and intensity required to progress and stay in shape. Most good devices on the market are equipped with a tablet or smartphone holder, measure heart rate and display time, distance and speed. Before buying, be sure to test the device and choose a high-quality model. Think twice before buying, because it is no use investing in a cross trainer and not using it afterwards.

Interval training on a cross trainer has been proven to be the most effective. This involves alternating intervals of intense exertion with those of low exertion. For example, you can pedal for two minutes at a moderate pace, followed by two minutes at a faster pace, then the pace is reduced again for two minutes, and so on. To get fit, it is recommended to exercise for 10 to 20 minutes a day in the beginning. Set achievable goals instead of exercising too long too fast to avoid losing motivation. If you have not exercised for a long time, be sure to have a health check-up with your doctor first.

To get fit, it is recommended to exercise for 10 to 20 minutes a day in the beginning.

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