The elliptical, also commonly known as the cross trainer, is a fitness machine that offers a low impact, cardiovascular workout. Although the elliptical is popularly regarded as synonymous with cross trainer, the usage of the terms depend
on the machine's construction.
Elliptical Cross Trainers
All elliptical machines deliver great lower body workouts, targeting leg muscle groups and the glutes. The elliptical cross trainer is built with dual action handlebars, which synchronise with the motions and resistance of the elliptical's pedalling, improving upper body strength. As such, the elliptical with dual handlebars can provide a full body workout, which lends to its other name, cross trainer.
The elliptical trainer targets the same leg muscle groups as the cross trainer but does not provide a strong upper body workout because of the stationary handlebars. The stationary handlebars are designed for support and are beneficial for
individuals with disabilities.
Intensify your elliptical workout by increasing the incline. By doing so, you will change what leg muscle groups are being strengthened the most and prevent other leg muscle groups from being overworked.