Elliptical Trainers

There are many ways advertised in the media today that enable people to lose weight or get fitter. These are mostly concentrated on shedding excess weight quickly, through using special diets, or a concerted effort to endure unique workout routines. However, we all really know that what we seek is a not-too strenuous way to get fitter, to come down to a comfortable weight within our chosen lifestyle and then to maintain that without too much impact on our daily lives.

Programs using treadmills, static bikes, weights or physical aerobic exercises only off partial answers. A relatively new arrival on the fitness and exercise scene is the elliptical trainer such as the Sole Fitness E95 Elliptical Machine shown in the review video below:

Suitable models for use at the gym or at home are now fast becoming equipment of choice for many. The elliptical machine is designed to achieve the same aerobic outcome as walking or running but without the repeated jolting impact shocks that the body would receive as each foot hits the hard ground (usually tarmac or concrete). This greatly reduces the risk of collateral injury during the elliptical trainer workout program compared to walking or running in the open.

The elliptical trainer exhibits this ‘soft impact’ approach while maintaining the natural elliptical motion of the legs as occurs during walking or running. Throughout an elliptical workout, the feet always remain on the pedals thus achieving the same result with no jolting impact.

Together with the lower body workout described, most elliptical machines are equipped with ‘upper arm bars’. These bars are usually adjustable for use in either a standing position or a reclined (recumbent) position. In this way the elliptical trainer is ideal for a full body cardiovascular exercise at less injury risk and less perceived effort.

The concept of the elliptical machine is more aimed at increasing heart rate rather than developing muscle mass and power. This is much like treadmills, but the elliptical comes with advantages for increasing over all fitness levels and gives more efficient calorie expenditure. This makes it a better way to reach required fitness levels with less effort, to maintain workouts and to do so with less risk of orthopaedic injury.

There are many models currently available in the market place, each with a myriad of possible features. It is therefore necessary to determine what you personally want from the machine and how much you are prepared to pay for it before you set out on that shopping trip. In general elliptical trainers cost more than say treadmills. The machines are sturdier, are more mechanically complex and prices range from several hundred dollars for a very basic model to over three thousand dollars and upwards for full blown commercial models.

Basic models are manual (pedal driven) with different mechanical specifications and come with varying dimension/weight flywheels for motion resistance workouts. Going up the scale, some models have an electric option. Depending on model this may add all sorts of electronic measurement, control and adjustment facilities, complete with digital display screens.

If contemplating the purchase of a machine for use at home, it is imperative that you identify what added features you might wish to use in the future, as once a particular specification machine is bought, it is not normally possible to add other key features later.

To help decide on these features, it might be worth a visit to the ‘Best Elliptical Trainers’ website at http://www.bestellipticaltrainers.net which features reviews of a number of the best elliptical trainers currently on the market.

However you go forward, it is important to do your homework first so that you choose the best elliptical trainer for you and then look forward to enjoying your elliptical workouts.