How Do I Use This? Conquering the Elliptical
Many Americans have been flocking to gyms to work on their health and overall well-being. Whether the reason is a doctor’s recommendation, weight-loss goals, self-image improvement or building muscle, going into the gym for the first time ever or first time in a long time can be intimidating. The front desk attendants are all smiles, welcoming you in, but scanning your eyes over all the equipment fuels a twinge of intimidation. Most men gravitate towards the free weights, and women usually gravitate toward the treadmills and elliptical cross trainers. Their reasons for their go-to could range from being in their comfort zone to most needed work for results. This guide will arm you with knowledge of gym equipment basics. Additionally this manual will include best practices and workout tips to help you overcome your gym-phobia!
Today we are going to focus on the elliptical cross trainer.
The variety of programs, path of motion and supplemental features on the elliptical has changed since their introduction in the mid-1990s. The most recent models now feature plug-ins for Apple and Android products, Wi-Fi capabilities, built-in TV screens, landscape simulations and custom programs created by the user or personal trainer. The elliptical is a multi-function piece of equipment that has the ability to combine cardio and resistance training. It intertwines running with lunges and squats. It is no wonder why men and women are so drawn to using this particular equipment. The following body parts and muscle groups are impacted and strengthened through the use of the elliptical:
- Glutes and Hips
- Thighs, Knees and Calves
- Arms and Upper Torso
- Abdominal Core