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Front Drive Cross Trainers FAQ
Front drive cross trainers are designed to provide low-impact workouts that are easy on the joints, and provide a secure, comfortable position when exercising. This makes them a great choice for beginners as they're less likely to cause injury or muscle tension. They provide a safe and effective way to get a full-body, functional workout. For beginners who may not have highly specific fitness goals in mind, cross trainers offer the ability to work a range of muscles and improve overall fitness. In other words, regular cross trainer exercise will assist with multiple other modes of personal fitness, such as strength, cardiovascular endurance and building muscle. Additionally, front drive trainers offer a longer, more natural stride pattern which beginners will find more comfortable, especially for taller users.
Front drive cross trainers provide a true, full-body workout, targeting major muscle groups in the upper and lower body simultaneously. They're highly efficient forms of exercise compared to walking or running. The machine's movement pattern mimics common daily activities, making for a great all-round muscle building exercise, that strengthens the muscles you use in your day-to-day life.
In the lower body, the main muscle groups targeted will be the quads, thighs, glutes, ankles and calves. In the upper body, the core is engaged throughout to maintain balance and stability, as well as the chest, shoulders, back and arm muscles.
A front drive cross trainer is one of the best ways to increase your calorie burn and lose weight. You will typically lose more weight during a cross trainer exercise as opposed to other cardio equipment, as the cross trainer naturally recruits more muscles, as well as requiring constant activation from the core and abdominals. This multiplies the amount of energy you're expending by a surprising amount and accelerates your heart rate in a way that may be more difficult on something like a spin bike or a treadmill. Remember that because there is very little impact, it's easier to accelerate the intensity of your elliptical workout, thereby achieving greater results. Front drive machines also feature more options for incline, as well as increased resistance, meaning you'll always be able to maximise your energy output for the best calorie burn workout.
There are a few factors to look at when evaluating the feel of a front drive machine, versus a rear drive. First is stride feel, referring to the sensation of the machine's motion. Rear drive trainers provide a hopping motion that tends to mimic the feeling of walking downhill. Front drive cross trainers, on the other hand, create a flatter, more natural stride, created by the dual rollers that run on the rails in the rear. This will result in a motion that is smoother, and more stable, especially when it comes to intense cardio workouts. Stride width will also play a part, with the distance between the pedals being smaller on a front drive machine. With the pedals closer together, a front drive cross trainer more closely mimics a natural walking gait. Front drive machines will also have a longer stride length, which will feel a lot more natural for taller users. For a more comprehensive breakdown of the differences between front and rear drive machines, check out our blog post here.
First, consider the size of your machine. This will be important not just for ensuring that it fits within your space, but also that it's compatible with your body.
Next, if you're a taller user, you'll want to get a front drive cross trainer with the longest stride length, so that you'll feel more comfortable in your workout. Lifespan Fitness has models going up to 50cm in length.
Also consider any additional features you might use in your cross-trainer workout, such as incline, different resistance levels, and display screens. If using a machine with Variable Automatic Resistance (VAR), you'll usually have the option of using pre-programmed exercises that take you through automatic changes in resistance.
There's a lot to choose from, so if you need any assistance, don't hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team and we'll be happy to help you on your fitness journey.
Front Drive Cross Trainer
Elliptical cross trainers are quickly becoming one of the most popular cardio machines for both the gym and the home. They offer an unbeatable full-body exercise, delivering a workout that both accelerates your heart rate while building functional strength in the lower and upper body.
Front drive cross trainers are usually larger and create a flatter, more natural stride. The smoother motion is created by the dual rollers that run on rails in the rear, providing that extra stability for more intense workouts. The stride motion will also be influenced by the stride width, which is the distance between the foot pedals. Front drive models allow the pedals to be closer to each other. This creates a more natural walking gait, as most people will normally walk in a narrow stance. Front drive machines also tend to have more options for incline, and can produce more of an uphill walk experience.
A great advantage of front drive is that it allows for varied incline options, which adds a whole new dimension to your workout. Incline increases the intensity and resistance of your workout, and is especially useful for developing tone and focused muscle growth, with the high resistance stimulating the climb up a hill or stairs. Lifespan Fitness’ incline cross trainers will feature 5 levels of incline, giving you the tools to increase your heart rate, burn more calories and create extra work for your leg muscles.
Front drive models are especially useful for taller users, as it allows for a longer stride length. A longer stride of 50cm will be much more comfortable for trainers with longer legs, with most users needing at least around a 40cm+ stride length for comfortable usage.
You’ll also find a higher maximum weight on front drive ellipticals, meaning they’re highly suitable to larger users or for taking extra weight during exercise.
Depending on the machine, resistance can be adjusted in one of two ways. There’s mechanical resistance, which is controlled using a twist dial on the machine, or there’s variable automatic resistance, or VAR, which allows you to alter resistance on a touch screen. VAR uses a high-quality motor to allow for quick, smooth changes on the fly. This makes interval training and varied workouts easier, allowing the user to switch between a low impact or high intensity cardio session. Choosing a machine with higher resistance levels available will ensure you can progress to those greater intensity workouts, especially if you’re looking at high intensity interval training. Our cross trainers come with resistance levels ranging from 8 levels up to 24 levels on our larger front drive models.
If you do get a machine with VAR, you’ll also be glad to hear that your front drive cross trainer comes with workout programs. These are pre-programmed exercises wherein you’ll be guided through a specific workout, with automatic resistance changes throughout. This will be tremendously useful if you’re a beginner, as you can go about your workout with the confidence that you’re getting the most out of your machine. For advanced users, you’ll find great value in being able to lock down a set routine for consistent results. There’ll even be options for create your own custom programs for personalised training. Workout programs allow you to fine tune your workout, such as using lower resistance levels for warm ups, then gradually increasing as you warm up, then lowering for a cool down. They’re also effective for your HIIT workout, allowing you to easily switch between high and low levels of resistance automatically. It’s always good to look out for a machine with programs, especially for beginners.
Cross trainer benefits are extensive and diverse, assisting in the improvement of many different areas of fitness. Like many cardio workouts, elliptical cross trainers provide great cardiovascular health benefits. Regular use of a cross trainer is highly effective at improving your general aerobic fitness, increasing endurance and toning the entire body. For users with limited fitness capabilities or pre-existing injuries, a cross trainer is a perfect supplementary training option to add to your fitness routine that is low impact on the knees, joints and back. This also reduces the likelihood of an injury. For regular gym goers and athletes, an elliptical can be easily adapted to meet your training needs through increasing resistance, incline and pace.
An elliptical cross trainer is also one of the best ways to burn calories and lose weight. You will typically burn more calories on a cross trainer as opposed to other cardio equipment such as an exercise bike. An elliptical recruits more muscles through the use of both your arms and legs to provide a full body fat burn workout. You can burn more calories on a cross trainer by increasing your pace, intensity, resistance and incline. An elliptical relies on you to generate the pace and speed of the workout, so the number of calories you burn each session depends on the intensity of your workout. Having your own front drive elliptical delivers all these fantastic benefits straight into your home, all in a single machine. If you have any question regarding our range of rear drive models, don’t hesitate to get in touch with friendly team, and we’ll help you along your fitness journey.