What do cross trainers and steppers bring?
When does it make sense for running athletes to train on an elliptical machine or stepper?
Both the elliptical machine and the stepper train the cardiovascular system and fat metabolism, which benefits endurance athletes, including runners. Also, both alternative training methods are straightforward on the joints compared to running. Especially when building up a racing season and to improve the general endurance performance, these devices (or training on the bike) are particularly suitable.
The elliptical cross trainer involves more main muscles by involving the arms and promotes fat metabolism very effectively, similar to cross-country skiing. Because of these advantages, such training can be done all year round. For ambitious runners who want to participate in competitions, the following also applies: The closer it is to a sporting climax, the more the target muscles and the stress on them should be trained – i.e., running. In contrast to steppers and the like, the muscles work eccentrically (slowing down) when running, so they must also be prepared for the corresponding stress. Otherwise, you risk injuries or at least severe muscle soreness.