HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR ELLIPTICAL & CROSS TRAINER?

Using a cross trainer is an impact-free activity that burns calories, develops your endurance and tones your entire body. Here's some advice to help you make the right choice.

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DECATHLON's fitness brand offers useful suggestions for your fitness practice.

Choosing a cross trainer will depend on your fitness goals (getting/staying in shape, losing weight, performance development). There are five criteria to consider: use frequency, pedalling action, coaching, comfort and handling.

USAGE FREQUENCY

Choosing a cross trainer will depend on your fitness goals.

FOR OCCASIONAL USAGE

If you want to get back into sport or stay in shape, opt for a cross trainer with manual adjustments and simple programmes with basic information. These models are easy to use and are perfect for occasional use.

FOR REGULAR USAGE

To lose weight or tone up, we suggest choosing a model with various programmes to keep you motivated. These models are great for training more regularly.

FOR INTENSIVE USAGE

To develop your endurance and performances, choose a model with more features. These models were designed for intensive use and offer a greater number of programmes, heart rate monitor and coaching solutions.

SMOOTH PEDALLING

Comfortable pedalling means a smooth motion without jerks. The flywheel weight is a major factor in this action, which is why we suggest choosing a model with a flywheel weighing at least 3 kg for improved joint comfort.

The heavier the weight, the more comfortable pedalling will be, especially if you train regularly. You should try several models to find the level of pedalling comfort that suits you best.

COACHING

Different cross trainers offer different features:

1.    Basic indicators on all cross trainers will provide the information you need to start out: speed, distance, exercise time, average calories burnt, etc.

2.    Various programmes (such as weight loss, performance development, etc.) and heart rate tracking are great to change up your workouts, track your progress and develop your performances.

Remember that for maximum accuracy on heart rate, you should opt for models with a heart rate strap.

Compatible applications for certain cross trainers can give you a customised workout depending on your physical ability and goals. Enjoy having a real coach at home!

ADJUSTMENT

Some cross trainers have adjustable handlebars and pedals. These are important features to consider as they let you adjust the cross trainer to your body.

HANDLING

For easy storage of your cross trainer at home, certain models feature wheels. You can move your equipment as necessary.

ALICE

Fitness Specialist

For more effective workouts, opt for a cross trainer with a longer pedalling distance (or stride length). Be sure to try out different models to find the right level of comfort!

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