Home gym machines that offer benches and adjustable weights are practical for those who have a muscle building routine and need to target specific areas. However not everyone is training as a bodybuilder, in fact many athletes need to build up stamina and do more cardio intense workouts while building toned legs and arms. Those who usually ski, climb, run, cycle or play a variety of sports that require dual levels of fitness – endurance and strength of an overall lean muscular body, may appreciate a half hour a day on ellipticals if they can’t get outdoors. Why? Because the ellipticals reproduce the actions, and workout the muscle groups, that athletes use to climb, run, ski and cycle.
Most elliptical home gym machines use the unique leg and arm action that skiing offers, or the stepping action of a climber. Since many of these sports are seasonal, and activities like jogging or running in residential or metropolitan areas isn’t practical or advisable due to the stress on joints, (most areas that are paved produce hard impact when running), so how can athletes stay in shape? If living in a city apartment, it can be difficult to workout and simulate a mountain slope, an intense 10 kilometer run or a cycling tour that includes peaks and valleys unless you’re able to get out and really do it in the country, which may be not just difficult but impossible during inclement winter weather. However, with elliptical home gym machines that can be set to a speed, and to a series of difficulties such as mountains, stairs, valleys, peeks of highs and lows, it’s possible to get in a good overall training session in about a half hour (or an hour) per day.
Machines for cross training at home that are elliptical start at around $500 and go up to several thousand, but you can begin with a basic model, like the Horizon Elliptical Trainer, and see how it works before investing too much.