Cross Trainer Hire Guide

Elliptical trainers make the ideal workout machine as they are easy on the joints, low impact, and challenge both the upper and lower body for ultimate calorie burn. As your feet never leave the pedals hiring an elliptical cross trainer is a great option for people of different fitness levels as well as for recovery.

WORKOUT SPACE AND DESIGN

Depending on the brand and design, some elliptical trainers are more compact and come with wheels or a foldable design, while others have neither. This depends largely on where the drive system, or flywheel, is located: either in the front or the back. Cross trainers can be quite large so it is important to check where it will fit.

DELIVERY ACCESS

It is important to consider how the equipment is going to get to the intended workout space. Please have a look at the delivery access information.

IMPORTANT FEATURES

Most elliptical cross trainers these days have special features which aren’t necessarily important to meet your goals but they can improve the exercise experience. Think about what features will help you reach your goals.

Brake resistance and Flywheel
The brake and resistance system and the weight of the flywheel are perhaps the most important factors to consider before hiring an elliptical cross trainer because these systems control the durability of the trainer, overall feel of the machine, and how loud the machine will be when in operation. Minimum flywheel you need to look for is at least 6kg (13 lbs). The heavier the flywheel, the smoother every stride will be.

Stride
The stride of an elliptical is important for comfort and ease of training. The natural stride for an adult is 16” so anything less will be uncomfortable. A higher stride will help for taller people.

Weight capacity
User weight capacities generally range from 100 to 160kg (220 to 350lbs). We recommend choosing an elliptical cross trainer that can officially handle at least 10kg (20 lbs) more than your body weight. This will help ensure smooth operation.

Workout Programs
Most home elliptical cross trainers today offer built-in workout programs that control their speed and some will have incline options either manual or auto in the more elite machines. Some have dozens whilst others feature the key programs. Think about how many you would actually use and does the increase justify the price?

Heart Rate Monitors
Accurate heart rate data can help you exercise more efficiently. Some elliptical cross trainers with HR monitors offer heart rate control as well; their pre-set workout programs will adjust to help you stay in your target heart rate zone.

Extras
Elliptical cross trainers come with basic features like cup holders, a reading rack/tablet holder, an accessory tray, music port and a built-in fan. These are features to consider when choosing your machine and decide what is important to your workout.

Recommended Products:

Budget


JTX Strider-X7 Elliptical Cross Trainer

From: £55.00 / month

The JTX Strider-X7 is a great value, home cross trainer, perfect for improving general fitness and losing weight. It is a popular cross trainer, designed for beginner to intermediate training.

Value For Money


Nomad Glide XC8 Elliptical Cross Trainer

From: £60.00 / month

The Nomad Glide™ is a low impact, high performance cross trainer. It is developed for an entire body workout as it is designed to tone various body parts with a fluid, low impact motion. The pre-set programs, compact design and quiet operation makes this the ideal machine for all level users.

  Stride: 18″
  Flywheel: 8kg
  Programs: 16
  Max weight: 130 kg (287lbs)

The Best of the Best


NordicTrack E-Series [Space Saver] Elliptical Cross Trainer

From: £88.00 / month

The ultimate tool for your home fitness, the NordicTrack E-Series elliptical trainers are great for anyone looking to improve their fitness. Tailor the stride for any user with the Power Intensity Ramp and make sure heel-lift is a thing of the past with the pedal adjust option, and space saver design.

  Stride: 20″-22″
  Incline: 10-30deg
  Programs: 26
  Max weight: 150 kg (330lbs)