Different Cardio Machines

Different Cardio Machines

There are five different cardio machines at most gyms– the treadmill, the stationary bike, the elliptical, the rowing machine and the stair master. You should choose a machine that you are most comfortable with and that will give you the most benefit. If the reason you do cardio is for general fitness/health, then your goal should be to get your heart-rate to about 65% of your max. (220-age x 65%).

5 Different Cardio Machines

1) Rowing Machine– best overall workout. It uses the strength of your upper body as well as your lower body. Two big problems with this machine- the first is that no one ever uses it right. It requires coordination of all your body parts at the same time (men especially have problems with this). I had been an avid gym goer and competed in one competition and was halfway through my certification to be a online personal trainer before I learned how to do it properly. The second problem with this machine is that it’s hard to find a machine that’s calibrated properly. Even the best/brand new gym equipment never seems to get it right. If you can do it, great…I only try a week before I go canoeing and call it training.

2) Treadmill– second best overall cardio workout. Again, running engages the entire body (though you feel it much less in your back than with the rowing machine). There is something insanely satisfying about finishing a run (runner’s high). I personally hate running, so I only use this maybe twice a month or so. Something to be careful about- running on a treadmill is not the same as running outside, so before you attempt a marathon, test your body on the pavement. Running in general is hard on the knees and other joints, so make sure you include strength training with your running to keep the joints strong.

“Elliptical is my favorite of the 5 different cardio machines!”

3) Elliptical–   There are several types of elliptical out there. I don’t “get” most of them, but the ones that you can adjust the incline on are awesome for defining the lower body. The ones with moving arms are useless…use weights to define your arms…when you use the elliptical, you are just taking away from the proper cardio workout. What elliptical have over treadmills is that the user controls the speed, so if you need to make a sudden stop, all you have to do it stop…no looking for the massive red button you can never seem to find in a hurry. Also, it’s much easier on your joints.  A lot of people say they don’t get as good a workout on the elliptical as on the treadmill, it probably has to do with the intensity they are working at, as well as the incline. Adjust both so that you can feel it. Check your heart-rate. That’s what matters most anyway.

4) Stationary Bike – Bikes are awesome. They provide a super lower body workout, and if you position yourself properly on the bike, they also provide a great upper body workout. Any bike with a backrest is useless in my mind. You are only working your legs on this bike, and therefore have to work twice as hard to get the same results. How hard is it to ride a bike?

“5th different cardio machine”

Different Cardio Machines Stairmaster

5) Stairmaster – This is another one of those machines that you need to use properly to get the full benefit (and no one ever does). I don’t know why gyms still get these…they were a fad of the 80’s and 90’s, but I think they suck. They don’t mimic any real-life movement and aren’t like climbing the stairs. You can get a pretty good leg workout if you use it right, but using it right means not touching the arm rests…watch these machines next time you are at the gym…everyone who uses them rests on the arm rests…when you do this, you are just moving your legs, and are not getting of the precious resistance in there. I haven’t been on one of these in about 6 years. The step-mill on the other hand is awesome. Not all gyms have one of these, they are the ones that look like actual stairs coming out. They mimic real-life stairs more closely, and give a great cardio burn. Again, I see too many people resting on the armrests on these…why are you resting on a piece of cardio??

The whole purpose of cardio is to improve your cardiac and respiratory systems (and probably reduce fat or something)- so no matter machine you choose to do this with, make it your main focus…after getting proper instruction on how to use the machines.  Finding online nutrition service providers can also assist in weight loss.

Myths About Online Personal Trainers

Myths about Online Personal Trainers

This biggest myths about online personal trainers is that to have a personal trainer guarantees that the client will lose fat and achieve excellent physical condition.  This is far from the truth, most online personal trainers do not have clients that reach their fat loss goals because once that happens there is no need to keep paying the personal trainer after that point.

The problem for most clients is that their personal trainer can do little to actually help their clients.  Personal trainers typically supply nothing more than the information found in the average fat loss or diet book, the only difference is that the personal trainer has experience and can physically demonstrate what exercises are to be performed and how, as well as give advice on a healthy fat burning nutritional plan. 

Important Myths about Online Personal Trainers

The fact of the matter is that no matter how knowledgeable and encouraging a personal trainer is he is only with the client for an hour per day 3-5 days per week.  Exercise is a great addition to any fat burning plan but it is only an addition.  The most important aspect of fat reduction or fat reduction is a healthy diet and nutritional plan.  Without proper diet and nutrition the effects of exercise will be of no use as the body will not be able to burn body fat tissue nor build shapely muscle tissue.  You cannot lose fat without a proper diet each day.

A healthy fat reduction diet and nutritional plan is the most important factor in any exercise or weight reduction program.  Following a healthy weight reduction diet and nutritional plan is a 24 hour per day job.  The key to getting in shape is to have as much information, help, and motivation on the subject of exercise and nutrition (as can be supplied by a personal trainer) but the fact remains that all effort must be done by one’s self 24 hours per day.   Indeed, to lose fat and achieve your weight reduction goals you need to follow a proper diet along with a program of aerobics exercise in order to greatly speed up your slow metabolism so that you will be able to start losing weight even while you are resting.  There’s a lot more myths about online personal trainers than the ones we stated.