In this article we will bring you reviews of the best cross trainers for home use that are currently available in the UK market.
Below you will find a list of the top 5 rated cross trainers. The ratings are based on a summary of actual buyer reviews. These are people who have bought the product, used the product and also take the time to leave a detailed review.
At least that way you know the reviews are legitimate and are based on what real people actually think, rather than on what the marketing companies might say. Before we look at these it is worthwhile reading the below information to find out if this is the right piece of exercise equipment for you?
Often you may also here these referred to as x-trainers and elliptical trainers such is the type of jargon used in the world of fitness. There is actually a difference though. Most elliptical machines do not have the moving arms, but in some cases they do, especially in gymnasiums.
The normal elliptical machine has arm rails for holding on to. Check out the video below, if you want to better understand the differences in the two types of machines.
If you would like to find out more about elliptical trainers, then please click here.
What Is A Cross Trainer, and What Does it Do?
They are a low impact method machine that can tone your legs, tummy including the sides and also your legs. It is considered to be an all over body workout as it uses your arms as well as your legs and improves your overall aerobic fitness.
Many ladies will use a cross trainer as part of a weight loss program. That is because a cross trainer will help you burn a lot more calories than using something like an exercise bike.
It is in effect a stationary piece of exercise equipment, that allows the user to simulate, walking, running and stair climbing without applying to much pressure to the joints.
That of course helps a lot in minimising the risk of injuries. These machines are also very good at improving your general aerobic fitness.
How To Pick A Cross Trainer Suitable for your Home?
There are two main types:
- Belt Style - ideal for basic workouts and the best value for money
- Magnetic - offers a wider range of resistance programs for higher levels of fitness and are quieter that the basic belt type
You can guess from just the above information that the belt type is going to be a lot cheaper than the magnetic one. If you are just looking for a good basic cross trainer, to help you improve your fitness, or lose some weight, then the belt one is adequate.
If you want to take your fitness regime to the next level, then splash out more cash, and upgrade to a magnetic version.
Cutting through the Jargon
What it means?
Located on the front panel and where you will find the controls for your machine
This is the digital read out and is found on the console
This forms a key part of the transmission, and the belt pushes back, when you build up your speed
This is the mechanism that creates the resistance as you train
With this you can change the resistance level to make it easier or harder
This is the main structure of the trainer and the moving parts attach to the tubular style of frame
The different ways of using the trainer, levers, pedals and reverse pedalling
Where you can make your choice of workout, point to point, downhill, cross country skiing etc
Your pulse is taken through hand grips and allows you to improve your training
Self generating power
Recharge the battery as you train, to save on batteries, or don't need to plug it in
Top 5 Home Use Cross Trainers by Highest Buyer Rating
- Gym Master 2016
- Bodymax E60
- Fitnessform® P1100
- JTX Strider-X7
- Home Luxury CT300
We have compared these below so as you can see the main differences. All of them have very high ratings so that means high quality and great buyer reviews. The main difference is the various price points which range between £80-400.
All of these are suitable for using in the home including apartments, houses and garages. You will also find our rating out of 5 stars and an average retail price.
Gym Master 2016
- Comes with a free gym ball
- Full body, low impact workout
- Adjustable resistance
- Monitors calories, speed and distance
- New 2016 model
Pro XS Sports 2-in1 Elliptical Cross Trainer
- Can be used as a Cross Trainer or Exercise Bike
- Has a front mounted flywheel
- Adjustable resistance
- Multi Function LCD Display: Pulse, Time, Speed, Distance, Calorie & Scan Mode
- Dual Direction Forward
- Cardiovascular Workout in the Comfort of Your Own Home
- Cross trainer & exercise bike
- Very compact and light
- Adjustable swing arms and resistance
- Low impact cardio machine
- Measures pulse, time, speed, & calories
- Magnetic cross trainer
- 21 programs
- Low impact, full body workout
- 28 day money back guarantee
- High end quality machine
Home Luxury CT300
- 8 resistance levels
- Measures time, speed, distance, heart rate, body fat and calories
- 2-way flywheel
- Good quality machine
- Designed for home use
The cross trainer bought by most buyers from this range is the JTX Strider, but as you can can see there are other options available, all with equally good ratings and at a range of pricing options. If you click on the green button you will be able to read a more detailed review of the product.
So as you can see there are a number of quality products at a range of prices. The decision is which one will best suit your needs. Many of them also come in a range of colours and you can find that out by checking out our more detailed reviews.
We found when doing these that even those at the lower end of the price points have more than enough features for anyone getting started.
It comes down really to deciding what levels of fitness you want to try and achieve. These are all well made trainers that are easy to assemble and allow you to get started exercising quickly.
For anyone wanting to work out all of the muscle groups such as the chest, back, biceps, triceps, the core, calves, thighs and quads it would be recommended that you go for one with movable handlebars. That is because they mainly allow for a better upper body workout.
Who Would Benefit from Using a Cross Trainer?
- Weight Loss - Treadmills work well for weight loss but cross trainers are actually even better for burning off calories. A typical workout on a cross trainer can burn off between 8-12 calories per minute so ideal if you are on any type of weight loss program. So if you train for half an hour on one of these you can burn off a whopping 360 calories.
- Low Impact - Using a cross trainer is classed as a low impact piece of equipment. In other words it has a low impact on the joints. That does make it ideal for older people who can not risk damaging the joints. It is also ideal for people trying to recover from any type of injury.
- Full Body - They do work the entire body so good for those who want to exercise all of the body in the comfort of their own home.
- Strength Building - Cross trainers do help build up the strength and endurance over time and help improve muscular definition.