As and when we start hitting the gym, we get to know a lot about the gym equipment. We get to know what certain equipment is meant for and how to work them. We get to know the different things we can do with certain equipment and we also get to identify what they do to our body. All this is done by getting our hands on them. However, we may need certain extra assistance with getting to know what suits our needs best so as to be able to make the most of it. This ‘getting to know’ will help us avoid all the confusion and we will be able to focus on working out more than learning about it all every day. So in this Turbuster Knowledge Series which is brought to you exclusively by Grand Slam Fitness, we discuss the most common fitness equipment ever i.e, Cycle and the popular Cross Trainer. We put them under the scope and look into what they are capable of and what would suit your needs.
A ten-minute session on the cycle or the cross trainer every day as a part of your workout schedule can make a whole lot of difference. Both fitness equipment help prevents cardiovascular diseases and even prevent diabetes. They are safe for the joints if you have any such issues which make it easy to work with and also help increase your endurance. The main difference between the both is that while the cycle concentrates mostly on your lower body, the cross trainer will target your whole body. Both of them are an integral part of cardio workouts.
Depending on what you are looking to focus on, you can pick your ride. For instance, if you are looking to tone up your muscles, the cycle concentrates on your thighs and calves, something which we all want to focus on and a little on the muscles on the arms as well.
The cross trainer, on the other hand, deals with your back, arms, chest, and stomach. It also concentrates on the buttocks, thighs, and calves. So, in short, if you want to concentrate on your thighs alone, pick the cycle and the cross trainer would be for the ones who want a complete workout. As far as weight loss is concerned, it all depends on the intensity you work out with on the both of them. An hour of working out on these machines burns about 400 to 800 calories roughly. Greater the intensity of your workout, greater the weight loss.
Now that we have established the differences, what suits you the best? You will be able to easily narrow it down from here. However, if you are well equipped with space, you might want to take both. The cycle, on one hand, helps in increasing flexibility of the body and muscle strength as well. But, it works mostly on the lower body only. The cross trainer, on the other hand, works on the entire body which in turns helps to a great extent in reducing the risk towards cardiovascular diseases. In a lifestyle that we are leading which is all bent towards a disease prone timeline, it is important to keep in check and to stay fit with regard to it. Hence, if you are looking to stay on the side where the grass is greener, it is time you step up and take a call.