What cardio equipment can I use?
Different pieces of equipment will provide a different experience and depending on your fitness level, one may be better than the other. The selection of cardio equipment at most gyms is treadmill, elliptical trainer, stationary bike and stair stepper.
Treadmill: Treadmills are great because the can get your heart rate up very quickly and are a great way to burn calories. If you are just starting out you can set the speed to a walking pace and still get the cardio benefit.
One of the most popular treadmill workouts is to mix up running and walking. You run for a few minutes and then walk for a minutes, then run for a few minutes. You repeat this cycle throughout your whole workout.
Running on a treadmill is high impact so if you have issues with your knees you may want to keep your workouts at a brisk walk.
Exercise Bike: This is a lower impact piece of cardio equipment. If you have knee problems this is a great way to get a solid cardio workout and not put too much strain on your body. Most exercise bikes offer different settings such as hills, flat road and timed sessions so you won’t get bored.
The important thing is to get your pedal settings correct. You want to have good leg extension but make sure your knees do not lock flat. This can put unneeded stress on your knee. The exercise bike is also a great recovery workout after a heavy exercise day.
Elliptical Trainer: The elliptical trainer is a mainstay piece of equipment at any gym. It is great for beginners; it is easy on the joints, it is easy to use and provides a whole body workout. If you are looking to target your glutes and quads this is the perfect exercise equipment for you.
Stair Stepper: This is a low impact that also burns lots of calories. The stair stepper will save your body from the jarring shocks your experience when you jog or take an aerobics class. It is also great for the glutes, too.
No matter what your fitness level is you should seek out a personal trainer. Ralph Roberts is one of the top certified trainers in the Amarillo area. Contact him today to set up an appointment to discuss your fitness goals.