Treadmills or elliptical machines are among the most common devices in gyms and at home fitness rooms. They both offer effective cardio workouts, and you can burn calories on them. Cross trainers and treadmills each have their specific advantages over the other device. Cross trainer or treadmill: We compare for you about which is better for losing belly fat treadmill or elliptical.
Advantages of a treadmill
Exercise in a versatile way – e.g., on the Taurus treadmill T9.9 Black Edition with entertainment console
- Versatility: leisurely walking or HIIT on the treadmill- a demanding hill run even in the lowlands of North Frisia. The treadmill offers you everything in terms of speed and incline. If you think at first: “You can only walk on it,” you will quickly notice that there is “only” walking. Running is jogging, walking, walking, running, and more.
- Naturalness: Of all endurance sports, running with all the variants mentioned above is certainly the most natural. Running made human beings. Everyone can walk (if you disregard bad luck). So why not train with the innate type of movement? In summer, you don’t even need a treadmill.
- Calorie consumption: With his whole body workout, the cross trainer naturally offers a high-calorie consumption. When asked about the treadmill or elliptical machine, the treadmill wins in terms of calorie consumption. This is simply because the elliptical cross trainer always carries the body a bit. With a treadmill, the entire body weight has to be moved again and again. This requires more strength and therefore burns more calories. One limitation is that with an elliptical machine or a treadmill, it always depends on the intensity. If I sneak on the treadmill and do a HIIT (high-intensity interval training) on the elliptical machine, I burn more calories on the elliptical machine.
- Strengthening: It is often overlooked that, with training that is particularly easy on the joints, the positive aspects of stress are lower. When done correctly, running also strengthens the joints, tendons, bones, and muscles. A healthy person has little to worry about, provided that he takes it slowly at the beginning of the training session so that the body can adapt to the stress. The treadmill has another advantage over running on the street: treadmills are damped. While a floor that is too hard does not flatter the joints, the cushioning of a treadmill offers a “suspension” similar to that of a forest path. And where is it going better than in the forest?
- It is so simple: the treadmill, you read and marvel, is already over 125 years old. No wonder, the principle is very simple. A treadmill is moved, and you move on it. This simple principle ensured that treadmills got better and better. The slope was added, clever programs were installed; the basic principle remained the same and always the same success.
- Constancy: The performance or the level of difficulty can be adjusted better on the treadmill than on any other fitness machine. Consistent speed and incline continuously pose the same challenge for the body and require the same performance. You cannot run faster than the set speed on the treadmill. With a cross-trainer or ergometer, the pedaling speed is not specified, and the actual performance is much more variable.
- Buying made easy: The only fitness equipment that is even easier to buy than the treadmill is the barbell. Only the weight is important. The purchase formula for a treadmill can be expressed as follows: bigger, stronger, more expensive means better. Cross trainers are much more confusing.
Disadvantages of the treadmill
- The joints: Despite what we said above, running is a strain on the joints for inexperienced people. However, a treadmill is much more gentle on the joints than walking on paved paths, but the cross trainer is even more gentle on the joints. With healthy joints, however, you can safely walk on a treadmill. The joints are even strengthened.
- Perceived insecurity: At high speeds, there is sometimes the fear that a step can go wrong. But that hardly ever happens, only on youtube. Or if you watch the other people in the gym. Hence, I look forward at high speeds. It’s best to exercise on the treadmill at home because there are fewer distractions, and the focus is entirely on the training.
- Temptation: It is always very tempting to take hold of the handrails if you want to take a breather while running or grab the hand pulse sensors to measure the pulse. Both lead to poor running style. The handrails are only there for safety. The hand pulse sensors are ONLY for breaks. For pulse measurement during training: wear a chest belt or exercise with a heart rate monitor.
- Posture problems: Many people tend to change their natural running style if the tread seems too small. Hence our advice on the tread: the bigger, the better!
Advantages of the cross trainer
Cross-trainer training is easy on the joints – and has many other advantages.
- Joints: The joints – the constant topic when comparing treadmills or cross-trainers. Let’s keep it short: the joints are less stressed on the cross-trainer.
- Cross-training: Cross-training often refers to the “crossed movement” on the cross-trainer. But let’s just leave it with the crosses. Crosses belong on ballot papers and after Golgata. What we mean by cross-training is much more the inclusion of the arms. The muscle-building effect in the arms and back is overestimated, but the arm movement involves the whole body and burns more calories.
- The other way around: With the elliptical cross trainer, you can simply reverse the pedal movement. This also activates other muscles and makes the cross trainer so versatile. Of course, you can also run backward on the treadmill. However, this is a bit more demanding and looks embarrassing if you can’t get it to work.
- Effort: I read about it for the first time in some American sports science journal, and then I could also observe it on myself: Cross trainer feels less strenuous than a treadmill. With the same pulse, I felt much more out of breath on the treadmill.
Disadvantages of the cross trainer
- Guided movement: The guided movement of the elliptical cross trainer naturally blows a little of the dynamic. Of course, you can adjust the difficulty level, but that doesn’t change much about the movement. Here you should pay attention to models with a step length adjustment or with adjustable incline. This gives the cross trainer training more dynamism and is suitable when different people want to train on the device.
- Joint load: The minimal joint load on the elliptical cross trainer is great, but also has a disadvantage: the training and strengthening of the joints are less pronounced. Athletes should combine the cross trainer with treadmill training.
- Inertia: We are not talking about people being particularly lazy on an elliptical machine, but about inertia. Elliptical cross trainers, a flywheel is driven, especially in training with low resistance, the inertia of the swing transfers to the next movement. Hence, you cheat yourself a little bit.
- High technology: Training on the cross trainer is very easy. Get on and train. Therefore, every cross trainer is well suited for beginners. But if you want to dig deeper into the subject, cross trainers are a bit more complicated than treadmills. To give you a better overview, we have written a very extensive and precise elliptical cross trainer for you.
Which Is Better For Losing Belly Fat Treadmill Or Elliptical
Clear answer: It all depends. On a treadmill, much higher numbers are possible at the top, because you can work out much more. If you train at a constant heart rate, the treadmill is also just ahead. Ultimately, it always depends on how much gas you give, how high the incline, how hard you use your arms.
The cross trainer or elliptical trainer can be used excellently for endurance training that is particularly gentle on the joints. For optimal fat burning, HIIT units should be installed, which applies to HIIT on the treadmill. In principle, unfortunately, it can be stated that the calorie counter in the cross trainer is often a little too optimistic. You can burn more belly fat on a treadmill. Also, training on the treadmill is more varied. But let’s be honest: those who do HIIT on the treadmill are no longer interested in the low speeds for walking. The cross trainer also offers variety, for example, by running backward. Treadmills bring the exerciser out of their comfort zone, but they burn more calories.
In the case of joint problems, the cross trainer is preferable. The training effect is probably a little better on the treadmill. Ultimately, it remains a question of taste. And one thing is certain: treadmills or cross trainers are both better than the sofa.