An elliptical trainer, better known as cross-runner or cross-trainer is a widely-used capable machine that helps to keep the body active and is also helpful in losing some weight. The person using this machine can simulate various body movements such as walking, running, climbing, etc. without even changing his position. These elliptical machines assist the person to have a full-body workout as it involves full movements of the upper body and lower body both. It enables the person to exercise without exerting any pressure on the joints and muscles, which also lowers the risk of suffering from any injuries.
Brief historical description of elliptical machines
The arrangement and structure that elliptical riders use are better termed as four-bar linkage. The pedals like structures known as couplers which are attached to the body are the central part of these machines. The first-ever report related to generation elliptical path was published in 1988 in Purdue University in which it was shown that the floating link’s path followed an elliptical shape. The first elliptical fitness cross trainer was introduced in 1995 by Precor. It was the first time the machine was invented, which enabled the people to exercise by performing simulated movements of running and walking. The machine gained popularity because it was extremely comfortable.
Some fantastic features of elliptical machines
- Some elliptical machines have perfect stride technology that gives an authentic and natural feeling of running or walking. It enhances the performance and boosts the health.
- There are different programs on the machines, and you choose one of them according to your goals. This helps to keep a check to calories, speed, and overall performance.
- You can even increase or decrease the load or weight according to the intensity of your workout. You need to press some buttons, and you can easily control the movement of the machine.