by Megan Taylor
Not all pieces of home gym equipment provide the same exercise benefits as some of the others do. Some options specialize in certain areas, such as weight sets or sit up benches. Others provide a more inclusive workout, but do not provide the sheer physical results that some of the others do.
It is therefore important for users to select an option that best suits their desires and capacities, as well as evaluating how committed they are going to be to their fitness regimen. Because not everyone cares for the strain and fatigue that some gym equipment inflicts, they opt for lower impact models that can provide a physical benefit and improve their body without undue pain or hardship.
Elliptical machines are a good option for this given demographic, because they are specifically engineered to give low impact, aerobic workouts that improve the body over the course of many easy repetitions instead of a few explosive bursts of painful exertion. Additionally, the equipment gives a more complete workout experience, which will be expanded upon below.
The word “elliptical” refers to the type of workout that the equipment gives. The overall key to the experience is the constant flow of smooth motion that the device puts the user through.
The harmful impacts that can be found when running have had the momentum and impact taken out of the equation completely by the equipment. Instead of a jolting up and down motion, there is a smooth, ovular one that brings the legs around while the feet remain steady in a set of contoured foot grips for support.
This makes the equipment an option that functions like a combination of a ski machine and an exercise bike in its motions. The legs receive all of the benefit that these motions provide, but the possibility of injury or strain on the joints is prevented before it can occur.
The difficulty of the workout is customizable based on user preference, but the most recommended setting is one that challenges the legs enough to be felt, but allows plenty of room for quick movement and many repetitions over time. As long as the legs are moving, the rest of the body will be engaged in the process, making extremely difficult leg settings not recommended, since they break up the flow of the experience.
Along with the legs, the arms are also actively engaged by the elliptical machine during the workout session. This is because there are handle that are directly connected to the foot bars protruding about chest level for the individual to grasp while they are engaged.
These handles move forward and back in direct relation to the movements of the foot bars, meaning that the speed at which the user engages their legs is the speed at which the arms will be moving. This keeps both set of limbs working in real time with each other.
There are two different ways that the arms can be utilized in the process. They can either be used actively or used passively.
If the user uses their arms actively, then they use their arms to physically push the handles back and forth, relieving some of the load on their legs. Making an active effort and pushing things around will effectively improve arm strength, because of the exertion and repetition involved.
The handles can also be used for support, and will simply be supplemented by the constant motion powered by the legs. Electing this option provides a passive benefit to the user, because the repetition alone is enough to improve and tone the arms; however, this is not as effective as electing to push the weight around.
The engineering provides a good exercise session that improves the person while their limbs work in tandem. As a result of the active movement of the limbs, the core and abs will become more defined.
Using an elliptical machine provides a complete workout experience because of the engineering behind the equipment, which reduces harmful impact and makes parts of the body work in tandem to provide a more effective time. Regular use over time is a confirmed way to build body strength and endurance, as well as improving metabolism and decreasing body fat.
Jack Landry is a personal trainer and has authored hundreds of articles relating to physical training and elliptical trainer. He has been a health expert and physical trainer for over 15 years.
Jack R. Landry