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What Is an Elliptical Trainer?

What Is an Elliptical Trainer?

Elliptical trainer (or an X-trainer) is a relatively new fitness equipment suitable not only for home use. While exercising, your legs simulate elliptical movement. An elliptical trainer can serve as a substitute to a treadmill, spinning bike and a stepper while being much easier on your joints.


Elliptical trainer - basic categories

  • Elliptical trainers with manual resistance regulation
  • Computer-controlled ergometers

Elliptical trainer - according to their braking system

  • caliper – this system can be found mainly in spinning bikes
  • band – simple system distinguished by noisier and uneven running
  • magnetic – magnet-based, guarantees smooth running
  • induction – there are no moving parts, system is based on increasing coil induction

Elliptical trainer - core assembly and bearing types

  • The core assembly of the flywheel must correspond with the training intensity
  • Smooth and quiet running is ensured by industrial bearings
  • See more technical information about elliptical trainers in our guide – How to choose an elliptical trainer?

Elliptical trainer - How to exercise

  • As far as technique is concerned, using an elliptical trainer is very easy. It is important to keep your movements regular. Lear more in our guide – How to exercise with an elliptical trainer?


Elliptical trainer - Why an elliptical trainer

  • Exercising with an elliptical trainer positively affects your blood pressure and blood circulation and increases your lung capacity. Learn more about exercising in our guide – Why exercise with an elliptical trainer?


Treadmill or an elliptical trainer?

  • Are you deciding between a treadmill and an elliptical trainer? In which aspects is an elliptical trainer better and does it have any disadvantages? Compare treadmills and elliptical trainers in our guide – Treadmill or elliptical trainer?


Elliptical trainer - Do you want to know more?

  • Have you read through our guide and still have questions? We’ll be happy to answer them at eshop@insportline.cz. Send us your questions!


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