When you think of the cross trainer you think cardio, but did you know you can also get in a great leg workout on the cross trainer simultaneously, all you need to understand are the various techniques and angles which will lead to a good leg pump-cardio workout.
An hour on the cross-trainer does burn many calories, about 500- 600 depending on one’s intensity and speed, so why not also use the time to train your legs as well and pump up the blood flow into those trunks. There are three approaches to how we can train various muscles in the legs quadrant by varying the point of pressure on the feet.
If the toe is used as the pressure point for the downward movement on the pedals, the calves get activated to the highest intensity. Likewise, if we use the flat foot approach with the body aligned straight up it will lead to the quads activation. Finally, usage of the heel will activate the hamstring in isolation and give a good fuller pump.
However, some finer points need to be taken care of, avoid leaning forward and putting pressure on the knees as it will lead to long-term knee damage and zero muscle activation. Also, consciously try and place the feet straight without an inward or outward angle for maximum muscle activation.
We have now learned the double whammy benefits of using the cross trainer at the gym, so go ahead, log in a workout, see the legs getting pumped and get a good calorie burn on the gauge as well.