Buying a home elliptical machine is a good choice. It is universal, as it is suitable both for children and adults, trained and unexperienced users, and can solve many tasks- from the simple improvement of endurance to the weight loss. However, to buy it doesn’t mean to automatically achieve the result. And in the most cases, they don't break or fail but just standing around. Therefore, they don’t bring any benefit to their owners. Anyway, that's a plus for the people who really decided to exercise, as one can always find a second-hand machine at a good price.
Elliptical Machines Benefits
All the elliptical machines are conditionally divided into the “professional” and ”for domestic use”. The professional ones are more resistant. They’re intended for a bigger weight of user and a greater frequency of use. However, they’re not suitable for domestic use for one reason — the track, the machines themselves and their maintenance must be quite regular. The “home” models are just as good as the professional ones, especially if you’ll work out no more than 1-2 hours a day and regularly maintain it.
Sometimes it happens that the model looks perfect on the picture, have a good price and technical parameters, but it is uncomfortable for training, as it has too wide or narrow pedals and a wrong size of handles. It can be just uncomfortable (for example, if the sensor will press your stomach or touch your body). So, there’s no better way than to try it. Even if you’re going to buy the machine online, you should find a similar model in a common shop and test it “in the field”. When you go to test the machines, put on the comfortable workout clothes and sneakers. Usually, the large supermarket chains allow the clients to test the machine, so you’d better to choose the shop that has already made a name in the local market. When you start moving, you must feel completely comfortable: lack of an unnatural amplitude in all joints. Sometimes, in too short or tall people, the shoulder joint works in an unnatural trajectory on “ellipse”, which causes traumas, especially if you work out very often. Things like this are usually felt at once, so you immediately understand what you should do to avoid them— for example, to increase or reduce pedal speed.
You should pay attention to the level of noise of the machine operation. Usually, it is a determining factor for those who make their cardiovascular exercise in the morning, and don't want to wake the whole house. Besides, there are models with the internal fans for cooling the face, but this function doesn’t make it better even as the most basic home split system. So, just choose the perfect room for working out and don’t consider the presence or absence of fan as a selection criterion. Anyway, you’ll need a special mat for the machine, as it will help you to avoid swinging during the movement and make your workout safe.
Benefits of elliptical machine
Using the elliptical machine, you can make cardiovascular exercise of almost any intensity. If you need a higher pulse, you can put higher resistance. If you need to reduce the pulse, you should refuse from the pedal resistance. You can organize an interval training, both alternating the work out with high pedal resistance and without it, and replacing the fast running on the treadmill with the slow walking. The machine doesn't overload your joints, just as running on the treadmill and on the street. Therefore, it is widely used for the post-trauma rehabilitation and different diseases of the joints.