Elliptical Trainer, also known as Cross Trainer, is a stationary exercise equipment that is designed for the stimulation of running, walking, or stair climbing. It keeps the usual elliptical pattern the feet follow with each stride. It helps keep the feet to the foot pedals, reducing stress on the joints, knees, hips, and ankles. It is said that exercising with an elliptical trainer can burn up to 720 calories per hour; that is why it is used for cardiovascular workouts.
Here are some of the terms you can use to guide you before stepping on those pedals:
1. Adjustable Foot pedals
Foot pedals are generally long and wide to accommodate all foot sizes. To prevent slipping, the foot pedals are designed to be ridged and grooved. One type of a foot pedal is the Adjustable Foot Pedal. It allows users to adjust the pedal height depending on how tall or small a user is. The pedals need to be adjusted or matched to the user’s elliptical motion for comfort.
2. Adjustable Stride
Adjustable Stride is an adjustable tool in the equipment which allows users to customize their workout depending on their heights or the length of their legs by manipulating the adjustable stride. Smaller people will have smaller strides while taller people have longer strides.
3. Articulating Foot Pedals
Articulating Foot Pedals is one type of foot pedals available in the Elliptical Trainer. It follows the usual movement of the foot all throughout the workout while keeping the foot and the heel in contact with the pedal all the time.
4. Cross Trainer
Cross Trainer is another word for elliptical trainer. It is called cross trainer because the exercises that are being done, like the backward and forward movement plus the different settings, tends to work out different muscle groups of the body simultaneously, which is what cross training is primarily about.
5. Elliptical Motion
Low impact and intense cardiovascular workout is done in an effective and comfortable natural-stride oval-shaped foot pattern. This provides non-jolting movement while working the upper and lower body part; the said movement is what Elliptical Motion does.
6. Footprint (in relation to size of machine)
Footprint refers to the dimension of the equipment in terms of how much it covers the floor area. The bigger the footprint, the bigger floor area it needs.
7. Heart Rate Monitor
Heart Rate Monitor measures the heart rates of the users. The most accurate type of heart monitors are the wireless type. It uses a wireless chest strap which transfers readings automatically from the chest strap going to the monitor. The less expensive types of elliptical trainers typically use pulse grip monitors. It measures the user’s heart rate while on a workout. While the user’s hands grip the monitor or the handlebars, the hand’s pulse beats are being measured.
Short for Liquid Crystal Display, LCD is a kind of console or monitor which uses less energy, while offering better reading quality than LED displays. The resolution is high and may be multi-colored. It needs to be back lit for you to be able to see the details in a low or dark-lighted room because they use ambient lighting. This is relatively costly for the manufacturers; as a result, it commands a relatively higher price (compared to LED) as well.
LED means Light Emitting Diode. They are miniscule light bulbs that are lit by electron movements when it is excited. LED lights can be seen in a dark or bright-lighted area so it doesn’t need to use a backlit. This is relatively inexpensive (when compared to LCD).
10. Low Impact Training
With low impact training exercises, the joints are not subject to too much strain. Jolting increases pressure in the joints that might cause sprains. The feet are in contact with the pedals pretty much all the time; that’s why high impact on the foot and related muscles is considerably reduced.
11. Lower Body Workout
Lower Body Workout is a workout that focuses more working on the muscles on the lower part of the body (i.e. muscle of the legs, buttocks, and lower abdomen). Elliptical Trainer gives excellent cardio workout and it tones the lower part of the body as well.
12. Magnetic Resistance
Magnetic resistance is based on the distance between calibrated magnets and the flywheel. The lesser the distance, the higher the resistance you will experience and the more force you will need to exert, resulting to more intense workouts.
13. Manual Resistance
In manual resistance, a U-shaped magnet is used. It is manually adjusted using a dial or a lever to move the magnet closer or farther from the flywheel. Higher resistance is good if you have achieved high strength and high stamina.
14. Motorized Resistance
With motorized resistance, there is a small motor which controls the position of the magnet in relation to the flywheel. This has many small parts and may consequently need more repairs than magnetic or manual resistance.
15. Pivoting Foot Pedals
Pivoting Foot Pedals is a kind of foot pedal mimics the usual pivoting action of the ankle. It keeps the joint of the ankle in proper alignment with the hips and knees all the time.
16. Stride Length
Stride Length is also called adjustable stride. It is the longest total width of the elliptical motion. Stride length is also determined by the user’s height. This is important because you have to make sure the elliptical trainer is not small for your height. For example, if your height is 5’3” and below, find a model with 16 -18 inch stride.
17. Upper Body Workout
The upper body workout is a regimen with the focus on, as implied, toning the muscles on the back, shoulders, and arms (upper body parts).
18. Weight Capacity
Weight Capacity is also called maximum user weight. The weight capacity on the machine implies the equipment trainer’s quality. Most high quality elliptical trainer has a weight capacity of 325 lbs.
19. Workout Program
Workout Programs are pre-programmed settings of the equipment wherein users can change settings, resistance, or time intervals for customized workout. This is beneficial for beginners so they can start in their own pace first before proceeding to more challenging workouts.
Now that you have some of the technical terms using elliptical trainer equipment, it should motivate you in a way that will give your body a whole new motivation to stay fit. Exercise is good but you should be able to find the best equipment for you. That is to avoid regrets in the future. You should be able to maximize your time and money. Be healthy!