Why Is The Elliptical Trainer Gaining So Much Popularity?
The IDEA Health & Fitness Association undertook its 10 th annual survey of 300 member facilities in North America and found out that elliptical trainers are used by 74 percent of the responding facilities.
I believe the two biggest reasons for the elliptical trainer gaining popularity is its ease of use and the total body weight bearing workout it provides.
As baby boomers recognize the vast importance of exercising, they are flocking to health clubs in record numbers. The low impact workout that the elliptical trainer provides is appealing to the older set.
Another reason for the gaining popularity of the elliptical trainer is its ability to provide a terrific, all over body, weight bearing workout. The moveable handlebars work the majority of upper body muscles.
With an elliptical trainer, you are working the upper and lower body simultaneously, which means your heart rate climbs more quickly than other cardiovascular equipment.
Another benefit is being able to work the pedals in a forward or backward motion. You will engage and challenge different muscles in your legs depending on the motion. This versatility makes the elliptical an excellent training tool.
In addition, the elliptical trainer provides an intense weight bearing workout, something the stationary cycle does not. The American Council on Exercise in San Diego called the elliptical workout more intense than using a stair climber or bike and as intense as running at an 11.5 minute mile pace or taking a high impact aerobics class!
I remember one of the first times I stepped onto an elliptical trainer. Already being familiar with the fitness scene, I was in pretty decent cardiovascular shape. I also remember commenting to a friend of mine that the workout seemed too easy and that there was no way I could be getting all the benefits I had read about.
I was surprised to read that I was not alone in this experience. In fact, scientific studies have demonstrated that when you are working out on an elliptical trainer, your body may be tricked into believing that it is working more easily than it actually is.
Discover for yourself all of the great reasons the elliptical trainer is gaining in popularity. You too will enjoy the pain free, easy to use, weight bearing, and calorie burning experience on the elliptical trainer.
All the best,
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