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The Basics of Elliptical Trainers
Stationary exercise machines like elliptical trainers offer an excellent aerobic workout by simulating activities like climbing, walking, and running without excessive stress to the muscles and joints. While all ellipticals offer a great cardiovascular workout, there are a few different types of versions available:
Rear Drive Elliptical Perfect for home or club use, these machines have developed a track record of reliability and serviceability. Proform ellipticals are one example of rear drive trainers that have developed a solid reputation. Some of the advantages of rear drive ellipticals include:
A smooth action similar to walking
Quiet drive system
Fewer moving parts, which may reduce mechanical problems
Front Drive Ellipticals Offering a workout that feels similar to training on a stair climber, front drive ellipticals often have articulating foot pedals that will keep your feet aligned with the motion of the apparatus, provide a more natural stride, and reduce back strain. Schwinn ellipticals are routinely recognized for these characteristics. Other advantages include:
Center Drive Ellipticals Center drive ellipticals often have a drive axel that is placed in front of the user. Although the primary feature of this configuration is the reduction of joint stress, some other benefits are:
Taking up less space
Providing a natural stride
What to Look for in Elliptical Trainers
There are several key features you should look for when deciding which elliptical trainer is right for you such as:
Capacity User weight and length of use.
Smooth Action Ellipticals can vary in their operation, but the motion of the trainer should be smooth. Front, rear, and center drive units will each have their own action, and you should try several different machines to understand which type feels best to you.
o Heart rate monitor
o Distance tracker
o Workout program
o Incline adjuster
o High-Tech options like Wi-Fi enabled and MP3/IPod ready
o Workout program selector
Various Sizing Options Ellipticals with a smaller console tend to take up less space. Generally speaking, the more elliptical features there are, the larger the exercise equipment tends to be.
Finding the Best Elliptical Trainer for You
When shopping for your next elliptical, start by asking what is important in your next piece of cardiovascular equipment.
What are your fitness goals?
If variety and internal training is important to you, consider purchasing an elliptical that offers multiple workout programs and incline adjustments.
Do you have a budget?
If you are on a tight budget, consider a basic elliptical with less features and a simpler console design.
Where is your elliptical going to be placed?
If it is for a smaller personal home gym, consider compact size ellipticals.If you are shopping for a public gym, consider what your clients may like, such as an elaborate console design offering multiple features.