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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
Different cross trainers offer different features:
Basic indicators on all cross trainers will provide the information you need to start out: speed, distance, exercise time, average calories burnt, etc.
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!
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.