The elliptical cross trainer is one of the newer types of fitness machine on the scene. They replicate a Nordic Skiing action and work both the upper and lower body. But is it a better option than a rowing machine?
Exercise Rowing Machine
A rowing machine is a good choice if:-
Your budget is limited
You don't have much space
You want to work your whole body
You enjoy the rowing action
Want to improve your cardio-vascular system
You're very over weight
Advantages: You can get into a shape on a budget. Takes up little space Most models fold away for easy storage Works your whole body Improve cardio-vascular fitness Most models are quieter than treadmills Don't require power supply Vigorous rowing burns up to 850 calories/ hour Low impact form of exercise
Disadvantages: Some find rowing dull and won't be motivated Budget models can be unreliable
Elliptical Cross Trainer
An elliptical trainer is a good option if:-
You're presently very over weight
You're recovering from an injury
You have joint problems
You don't like running or cycling
You want to work upper and lower body
You want to improve your aerobic fitness
Advantages: Good for those new to exercise Places very little stress on your joints Will tone your legs, bum and upper body You can get a good trainer for under $500 Great for rehabilitation Can be used with or without arms Very low risk of injury Good for cardio fitness - although not as good as a rowing machine
Disadvantages: Takes up more space than an exercise bike Some find the action dull Budget models have a shorter stride length that will limit the benefits.
Both a rowing machine and elliptical cross trainer work the upper and lower body. A rower takes up less space and will fold away smaller for storage. An elliptical trainer can take up to a lot of space, even the folding models require more room than a rower. The rower will burn more calories than a trainer so if its weight loss and fitness then maybe a rower is better. However, if you're planning on watching TV whilst training an elliptical would be better as there is far less movement involved. If you decide a rower is best for you please check out our reviews to find the best model for your needs.