Improving Cardiovascular Fitness with the Elliptical Cross Trainer

Elliptical cross trainers are relatively new additions to gyms when compared to treadmills and exercise bikes. However, they are great machines for low impact cardiovascular exercise. Cross trainers offer full body exercise, thus getting the heart pumping, and exercising the upper and lower body at the same time, helping to lose more calories.

A cross trainer that has handle bars is best as it offers movement of the arms which results in better cardiovascular exercise. Ellipticals are also great because most of them can be pedaled backwards working calf and hamstring muscles too. The on-board computer helps you plan your cardiovascular workout and then monitor it while you are exercising.

In a gym you will normally find that the busiest machines are the cardio machines, and the elliptical cross trainer is one of the most popular. You can have workouts on them that are adapted to your specific needs. These machines offer low impact on knees, hips, ankles, and back so they can be used by most people. It is recommended that you have a cardiovascular workout of at least 20 minutes for a minimum of 3 times a week.

Fitness Expo stores have specialists to help you choose the right machine. Since not all elliptical trainers are the same – and there are different options to each one – it is a good idea to visit one of their stores in Metairie, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Mandeville, and Kenner in Louisiana or their Mississippi store in Jackson to find the machine that is best for you. Their staff is helpful, experienced, and provide great customer service. They will demonstrate how the machines work, helping you make the right choice. They have a great selection of Precor machines which are the highest quality ellipticals available.

On elliptical cross trainers you can choose a level of intensity to begin with and slowly work your way to higher intensity programs. The benefits of cardiovascular exercise cannot be stressed enough, and these trainers are the ultimate for this form of exercise. The best thing about these machines is that they can be used by young and old because of their low impact workouts.