5 Things Your Competitors Can Teach You About Life Fitness Ellipticals

5 Things Your Competitors Can Teach You About Life Fitness Ellipticals

The only way you can keep ahead of the competition is to learn from your Kenner competition.

An athlete’s life is always one of learning, growing and pushing their limits and to ignore what the competition is doing is to throw away tools that can help you achieve all three.

Life Fitness Elliptical machines are one of the premier training tools for athletes of all types in the Kenner LA area including bodybuilders, tri-athletes and even baseball players.

They provide your workout with the right mix of endurance training and strength building in one package and allow you to work muscles in a unique and efficient way that can push your game to the next level.  

Here are some tips from experts that can help you get the most from an elliptical workout and maximize every step you take on one.

  • Work Out Your Full Body

A lot of people ignore the handles on life fitness elliptical trainers like the X3 Elliptical Cross Trainer when working out and just use the stabilizer bar in front, but ignoring your arms is to ignore a full workout.

Even if you don’t have a lot of need for your arms in your particular sport, it’s still important to hit every muscle you have, especially since you’ll never know when that moment will come where your upper body is going to need to be in top shape.

Even if you don’t focus on it specifically for a whole workout, alternating 1 minute using the swing handles and 4 minutes working on your legs can make a huge difference in the impact of your workout.

  • Switch Directions Regularly

Unlike normal treadmills, it’s not only safe to ‘run backward’ on an elliptical, but it’s actually recommended by many top competitors and is especially easy to do on Life Fitness Elliptical trainers.

‘Running backward’ helps you develop the muscles that don’t get worked out as much from normal forward elliptical motion and strengthen your legs in ways you never knew.

It also helps keep your head in the workout since it’s a nice change of pace to change directions every 10 minutes. Give it a try!

  • Step Correctly

Many people who train on Life Fitness elliptical machines like the E3 Elliptical Cross Trainer will simply go until they ‘can’t feel their feet’.

This occurs because they are using their toes too much, as if it’s just like running, but it’s not running.

Use your heels when you step in and you can work out for a lot longer than you thought you ever could.

It also properly hits your major muscle groups more effectively since this was how the machine was designed; not for stepping with your toes but stepping with your heels.  

  • Stay Upright

Top athletes and even physiologists will tell you that if you maintain an erect posture while using an elliptical by Life Fitness Elliptical Trainers or any other brand for that matter, you’ll get a more effective workout.

Maintaining a good form allows your core to get involved in the workout. Not only that, if you slouch over the stabilizer bar, you effectively cut your workout effectiveness by up to fifty percent, making for a big waste of time.

  • Inclines Aren’t Harder

Some people think that when on a machine like the Life Fitness Club Series Elliptical Cross Trainer – that it works just like a treadmill and adding an incline increases difficulty.

The truth is that it reduces the resistance and is actually a way for taking a breather in a long set.

Don’t treat an incline like it’s more difficult and when possible, simply stick to normal incline modes.

You’ll find your workout to be more impactful to your endurance and strength overall, but feel free to increase the incline if you’re going for a target time and are finding yourself facing fatigue too early.

Always maintain your goals for length, even if the last bit is a little easy.

We all have off days, but try to make up for it on the next workout with a harder last leg of your session.

  • Find Out More

Not only can your competitors using Life Fitness elliptical trainers teach you a few things about improving your workout, but Fitness Expo Stores has also been in the game for over thirty years and can answer any questions you have about Life Fitness and many other top brands of elliptical trainers.

Come by our showroom in Kenner or give us a call at 504-655-9717.