Your cross trainer workout could be the solution to burning more calories in the gym. If you want to upgrade your gym workout, keep reading!

We always have the best intentions when we sign up to the gym. It can be hard to stick to home workouts but sometimes, when you step into the gym, the row of treadmills, exercise bikes, cross trainers and rowing machines can be a bit intimidating.

Here at F&W, we think it’s time we mastered the machines and now it is time to upgrade your cross trainer workout.

Boost your cross trainer workout:

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1. Go feet first:

As a beginner, focus on using the foot pedals. Place your feet on the footplates and keep them in position throughout – don’t allow them to move around or you may lose your balance. Allow the heel to rise on each stride for a comfortable, natural movement. When you’re used to the rhythm and feel more confident, you can progress to using the dynamic handles to give your upper body a workout.

2. Use it to warm up:

The cross trainer is the ideal warm-up machine because it works both your upper and lower body. If you’re using it before moving onto weights, for example, try five minutes at a moderate intensity, or until you feel thoroughly warmed up.

3. Mix up your cross trainer workout:

Combining different speeds and resistance will make your workout more interesting and challenging. Or use interval training principles to really rev things up – work as hard as you can for 30 seconds, then slow down for the next minute before speeding up again. Repeat three times, or until you’re tired.

4. Try it backwards!

Once you’ve mastered going forwards, use the cross trainer to go backwards, too – this engages the muscles in your thighs and hips, working out a different part of your body.

5. Lead with your arms:

Try putting the majority of the effort into working with your arms, pushing hard and letting your legs take a supporting role. This will also work your chest, back and shoulders.

F&W top tip – Always wear a good sports bra. Although it doesn’t have the same impact as running, the cross trainer involves a lot of up and down movements and you’ll be thankful for the support.