Treadmill Vs. Crosstrainer – Which Device Is Better Suited For Endurance Training?

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A close relative of the treadmill in the gym is the cross-trainer. It is also a device for endurance and cardio training. The movement sequences on the treadmill are almost identical to the normal running movement outdoors. Arm movement and rolling behavior of the foot are nearly the same as when walking on the street.

The elliptical cross trainer, on the other hand, offers a non-physiological form of movement for training that does not occur in everyday life in this form. Here there is a kind of hybrid between cycling, walking, and healthy walking, in which the arms are also used for training. Which device is more suitable for your endurance training depends primarily on your preferences and physical circumstances.

Exercising on the treadmill is a more physiological movement that many people find more convenient. If you like the movement more “sympathetic” than that of the cross trainer, you should give preference to the treadmill. On the treadmill, you can also optimally prepare for upcoming running competitions, and whoever trains for the next half marathon is undoubtedly better advised with this training device.

The cross trainer, on the other hand, manages to incorporate almost the entire body into the training. The handles also allow you to include your arms and upper body in endurance training, which is not possible with this type of treadmill. Another advantage of the cross trainer is that it is more gentle on the joints. Since the feet never lose contact with the pedals, the joints do not have to deliver as much shock absorption performance as with regular running. The cross trainer is often the preferred treadmill as a training device, especially in the case of joint complaints on the lower extremities.

The only important thing is that you move. Depending on personal preferences, this can now be outdoors in nature, indoors on the treadmill, or, if necessary, on the cross-trainer. The main thing is that you do yourself a good thing by bringing a little more momentum and movement into your life.

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