ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Elliptical Exercise Equipment

Updated on July 12, 2009

What Is An Elliptical Trainer?

Elliptical exercise equipment – also known as a cross trainer or an elliptical – is a stationary exercise machine that simulates the natural process of walking or running in a low-impact environment. It offers users a cardiovascular workout that is based on the resistance intensity set by the user, and it is a great machine to use when attempting to tone muscles and lose weight.  

Most elliptical trainers nowadays have both upper and lower body workout options.  They plug into a standard electrical socket in order to power the computer console that is included on the machine.  The computer console helps you develop a workout program that is designed around your particular needs whether they are a cardiovascular workout, an interval training workout, or a weight loss workout.

Types of Elliptical Trainers

Ellipticals can be front drive or rear drive and this simply refers to the position of the exercise machines drive mechanism.  Some models allow you to adjust the incline of the pedals for more resistance, while others simply adjust the resistance through the computer that sets it based on the information you give it.  These machines are primarily driven by the lower body but have handle-levers that move in a similar motion to ski poles to give you an upper body workout.  A good elliptical cross trainer will allow a user to work the arms and legs equally once they find their ‘stride’, making this machine perfect for a total body workout.

A elliptical workout helps burn more calories than most other stationary exercise machines because of the dual action between the upper and lower body.  They are becoming more and more popular in the global gym and fitness club scene, and there have been places that reported lines of people waiting to use them.  They are gentle on the body, help improve user’s motor fitness and balance and are very easy to use.  Users should always move in a controlled and smooth motion and the body should remain aligned, the back straight, and the weight evenly distributed for the optimal benefits all good cardio exercise equipment provides. 

The Difference Between An Elliptical Trainer And A Treadmill

The treadmill appeals to the walker and the runner.  The elliptical appeals to someone who wants a little more resistance in their workout.  Both have benefits of their own. Which one is right for you?  Only you can decide that. 

The treadmill works by users walking, jogging, or running on a device with endless tread belt.  They are designed to help simulate hill climbing and can accommodate users up to a certain weight.  Commercial treadmills are not as limited on the amount of weight they can handle as home versions are.  High-end home treadmills, however, are comparable to a commercial machine.  Treadmills help you burn calories, build up bone density, maintain your cardiovascular health, and increase your energy level. 

You can select a pre-set program to help challenge you or you can manually control the rate of the tread belt.  The surface provides more cushioning for runners and they help you work your way into a new exercise program.  If you enjoy running, treadmills are the perfect option to make sure you get your exercise no matter what the weather.

Elliptical fitness machines allow a user to burn calories and exercise much in the same way as a treadmill but without risking injury to the back, knees, hips or ankles.  Why?  Your feet never leave the pedals of the trainer.  It is a low-impact exercise device that is easy on the joints and it has been compared to running on air.  Cross trainers are great for older individuals who want to exercise or who are recovering from a joint injury.  They mimic the normal movement of the foot, the extension of the leg, and the rotating of the hip when you walk or run. 

The handlebars move as well in a motion similar to the movement that would be made by a cross-country skier.  This provides you with an upper body exercise that will help tone your arms and back muscles.  Ellipticals work the upper and lower body at the same time, thereby boosting your heart rate and giving you an excellent workout.

Always check with your physician before starting any new exercise regimen on all stamina exercise equipment, and ask if an elliptical exerciser is right for you.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)