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Revving Up With Cardio Equipment

Simple exercises can be done to boost your cardio conditioning. You can jog in the park every morning. You can take the stairs instead of using the elevator. But if you want to heighten each training session to maximize your full potential then you need to get the proper equipment.One device that can target your heart’s performance is the stair climber. It is a machine that provides the resistance and conditioning you can attain by completing a flight of stairs. The first kind of this machine entered the fitness scene in 1983 via the famed Stairmaster model. It consisted of a pair of pedals to stand/step on and handlebars for stability.

To get the most from your stepper workout try not to put too much weight on the handlebars. Supporting your body with your arms could cause an upper body injury but also doesn’t allow your legs to work at their full potential. Try to remain upright on the machine to maintain proper body alignment and positioning. This will prevent any straining on knees, hips and ankles.

You are able to manipulate the level of your workout by adjusting the resistance and speed. This feature is present on most stair climbers. The versions that are cylinder driven are less expensive. In this version resistance is produced via hydraulic fluid or air and a knob is turned to adjust the resistance level. Models that are more expensive are computer-controlled and have additional features like preconfigured workout programs and analysis indicating the calories burned along with your heart rate.

Although the main function of the stair climber is to provide adequate cardio training it also leads the way for the conditioning the muscles in the thighs, buttocks, and calves. You can further increase the toning capacities of this device by incorporating the use of ankle weight during your sessions. As you progress with your routines and you think you’ve achieved proper balancing you can gradually let go of the handlebars.

Treadmills are the commonly used to increase the heart’s performance but if you have undergone any trauma or injury on the joints of your lower body then chances are you won’t be able to handle the impact. In this case the elliptical trainer may help you get through the rehabilitation period while maintaining the appropriate workout for your heart. Plus you get to burn the same calories with a less effort.

Elliptical trainer machines offer other features that may not be present in common treadmills. It allows you to exercise in the normal forward motion but can also contain routines done in a reverse direction. The change of direction will give you the chance to target various sets of muscles thus your workout is revved up to higher levels.

To keep your cardio workouts interesting you can alternate using a different piece of equipment each time you workout. Also choose from the equipments program selections to get the most out of your cardio workout….

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