Cross trainer for beginners

Cross trainer for beginners

If you’re a gym newbie or simply overwhelmed by all the machines, you’d be forgiven for failing to correctly operate, or even recognise, a cross trainer.

They give such a fantastic workout, especially for beginners, that it’s worth getting to know them better.

Why should I use a cross trainer?

Cross trainers (also known as elliptical trainers) are designed to simulate walking and running without the excessive pressure on the joints experienced on treadmills.

They are very low impact and therefore ideal for anyone suffering from joint or back problems.  They also give an intense whole body cardiovascular workout because they work both the arms and legs simultaneously.  

What's a good beginner’s workout?

Try 10 minutes on a low resistance first, gradually building up to 30 minutes. As your fitness builds you can increase the resistance up to level 7 or more to burn more calories and increase endurance. You will easily burn 200 calories for 30 minutes training at a moderate speed.

A good beginners workout would look something like this:

  • Warm up: 5 minutes at level 3, incline 20%.
  • Main workout: 20 minutes , alternating between levels 5 and 7 every two minutes
  • Cool down: 5 minutes at level 3

As you gain confidence, in order to improve your fitness levels or lose weight we would recommend using the cross trainer for at least four sessions each week for 30 minutes minimum each time.

As you gain experience you could also do interval training on the cross trainer which will get you fit fast and burn huge amounts of calories.

Watch this video for more tips:


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The Author

Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for PayasUgym. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.


Mike D.
22 January 2015

Mike D.

My (fat) brother has just brought a cross trainer at home and he's loving using it. it really does seem to be the perfect machine for people wanting to lose weight without high impact exercise.

Roger B.
21 January 2015

Roger B.

10 minutes is enough? That should motivate even the laziest of us.

Elizabeth N.
21 January 2015

Elizabeth N.

Thanks for this, I always avoid the cross trainer - looks a bit scary! But think I'm feeling brave enough now to give it a go..

Emma C.
19 January 2015

Emma C.

I try to use the cross trainer whenever I use the gym. The great thing about it is I only need to spend 10 minutes on it to feel I've already worked out well.

Phillip H.
17 January 2015

Phillip H.

great article - 'everything you wanted to know but were too shy to ask'. Like the idea of low-impact too, the machine now looks much less frightening.

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