Eliptical Trainer Exercise - Using Eliptical Trainer Correctly, Fat Burning Exercise Routine
The Cross Trainer
Using the Cross Trainer
It is recommended when using the Cross Trainer machine to have your feet flat on the pedals but it is very natural for the heel to come up a bit and this is fine, we can't turn into a robot do what feels natural to your body. Make sure your in a nice neutral posture, straight back and don't lean on the machine as this defeats the purpose and will mean less calories burnt.
The cross trainer machine is a very effective fat burning machine as it gives both your arms and legs a good cardio workout. Its also a great way to burn calories quickly and is especially great for warming up before starting your weight routine.
You will notice the following benefits
- Stronger Cardio System ( neeeded for all ages, moving out of the way or simply avoiding an accident for older people)
- Toned Lower body and Arms and Shoulders
- Strengthens Core
When using this machine It would be wise to stay away from it if you have hip problems as I know many people with sensitive hips and it seems to aggravate there hips when they use the machine.
Cross Trainer , Elliptical Trainer Myth - you must keep your heels in contact with the foot pedals to burn fat when using the cross trainer?
That is definitely another Weight Loss myth right there. There is no way that having your heels off the foot pedals will stop you burning fat. Its like when you see people peddling there bikes up a hill you will usually notice that there heels are not completely flat on the pedals because its hard work:) and yes its burning calories and fat.
Elliptical Trainer Exercise
Now for some elliptical trainer exercise's that I love to do at the gym, the first one is to really burn the fat off your lower body
Lower Body Burn
So this eliptical trainer exercise starts at a level your comfortable with start off slow
- Go at a moderate speed for about 3-5 minutes
- Now lower your body until your in a sort of squat position (keep back straight, core strong)
- Now do 30 seconds in this lower position and really feel you thighs, knees and buttocks working
- Come back up after 30 seconds and continue with 3- 5 minutes on moderate
- You can repeat this cycle as many times as you desire
So elliptical trainer exercise can be modified however you like so you can do more in the lower position or less whatever feels good for you, the aim is to push yourself but not push yourself over the edge:)
HIIT elliptical trainer exercise ( FAT LOSS)
So this High intensity interval training exercise for the eliptical machine is pretty much the same as you would do on a treadmill.
- Start off at a moderate speed for 3-5 minutes
- Now either speed up or increase the level for 30 seconds to 1 minute
- Go back to moderate speed for 3 -5 minutes
- repeat as desired
So this is basically eating up your body's glycogen storage's so you can start to hit the fat and it works very well, can be very tough so take it easy.
Cross Trainer vs Treadmill
Now there is quite a debate about whether the cross trainer is better than the treadmill or vice versa but i've read many articles and here's the outcome.
The classic treadmills will the rotating belt are actually a poor way for people to lose weight, because the belt is actually being pulled around with a motor this takes away the need to use your hamstrings and other surrounding muscles to push off the ground.
So basically you are doing a quad workout and in turn burn less calories than you would using a Cross traine machine, of course a cross trainer also involves arms so this will burn even more calories.
If you decide to go for a run try doing it outdoors or in a stadium or circuit so you don't end up with weak calves and hamstrings.