Elliptical Exercise Equipment

What is an elliptical cross trainer?
An elliptical cross trainer is an aerobic machine that combines eliminates of walking/running and stair-stepping. It is much easier on the joints than other cardiovascular machines and can give a person a light, moderate, or intense workout. It also can work the upper and lower body simultaneously.

Where can I find an elliptical cross trainer?
Ellipticals are found in every gym, but if a person wants to use one for his or her home, he or she can purchase them from many fitness stores or from the internet.
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Elliptical trainers are those ubiquitous machines found at gyms that have two pedals connected to a wheel by metal arms. It takes a little bit of coordination to operate an elliptical trainer, but once the basic motion is learned, it is one of the easiest machines to use, especially if there is concern about stress on the joints.

To begin exercising on the machine, just step onto the pedals, which will give gently under weight. If the machine has handles, grab these for support. Next, push down and forward with one foot in a sort of standing pedal motion while relaxing the other foot. The pedal pressed will begin to churn forward, while the other one will move backward. The handles will also begin moving in a back and forth motion. This is the basic operation of the machine.
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The Spirit Elliptical Trainer has pedals which move on arm like mechanisms, causing the front ‘wheel’ of the machine to turn. The resistance is controlled either by magnetic resistance set by the user or a computer controlled braking system which is also set by the user.

The track usually refers to the pedals which the user stands on. Over time, the mechanism may move out of alignment, resulting in off center wear and tear on the pedals themselves. This is a mechanical issue which can be repaired simply by a user with a few simple hand tools. Before beginning any repair, it is best to consult your owners manual and always remember to disable any power source prior to beginning the work.

Once you have disconnected the power source, remove the screws of the housing on one side. Some models may have an adjustment screw which allows you to adjust the movement of the pedals gradually. Be sure to check for alignment as you move the alignment to avoid over adjusting. If there is no alignment screw, it is likely that your owner’s manual will direct you as to how to adjust this. However, when in doubt you should always consult a professional.

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What Will an Elliptical Trainer Do For You?

January 7, 2011

Elliptical trainers are popular exercise machines that allow a person to exercise using motions similar to running or walking. They have two foot holders that are connected by arms to a wheel that spins when you take steps, providing an elliptical motion. They also have two hand grips that swing back and forth in response [...]

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Anyone Have Problems With Added Elliptical Machine Tension ?

January 6, 2011

What can cause increased tension in an elliptical machine? Over time, continual use of the machine can add extra torque to the tension belt inside. This happens slowly but surely and is normal. How do I know if any extra torque has been added to my machine? When more resistance is felt during a workout, [...]

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How Effective are Elliptical Trainers?

December 31, 2010

Cardiovascular workouts are great for the body as well as the mind, and for maximum calorie burning potential you should look no further than the elliptical trainer. These machines are low-impact and require maximum energy to use, which make them a top choice for fitness experts and those looking for everyday workouts. The reason elliptical [...]

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What Online Stores Sell Used Elliptical Machines?

December 31, 2010

One of the best places to find good, quality used workout equipment is online. There are a number of websites where someone wanting to buy a used piece of workout equipment, such as an elliptical trainer, can shop for top-of-the-line items at affordable prices. Craigslist.org is a good place to find used elliptical trainers, as [...]

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Why is my elliptical trainer squeaking?

November 12, 2010

Any piece of exercise equipment can and will experience problems from time to time when it is used frequently. Squeaking in an elliptical trainer can be caused by several different problems. If you bought the machine new, it is possible that it was not assembled correctly and something inside the machine is rubbing on another [...]

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What Elliptical is Good for Short People?

November 12, 2010

When purchasing an exercise machine such as an elliptical trainer, it is important to know your walking stride length. Many elliptical machines will list a maximum stride length. Nearly all elliptical machines can be used by shorter people because you do not have to extend the machine as far as it will go. Short strides [...]

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Where to Buy Online an Elliptical Machine?

November 12, 2010

If you want to buy an elliptical machine online, you have plenty of options. If you want to purchase an elliptical machine new or never used, check online commerce sites like Amazon, Sears, NordicTrack, and other companies that sell ellipticals. Compare prices as necessary, and find the model that works best for what you want. [...]

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