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About Cross Trainers

At Fitness Superstore we offer a huge variety of cross trainers (also known as "ellipticals" or "elliptical cross trainers") for both home and commercial use, manufactured by world renowned brands such as Bowflex, York, Kettler, NordicTrack, Pro-Form, BH Fitness, and many more. We have the largest fitness showrooms in the UK, so if you would like to try out an elliptical before you buy, simply view our store locator page to find your nearest showroom.


Why purchase an elliptical cross trainer?

Ellipticals (also known as cross trainers) provide an elliptical movement that reduces the stresses and impacts associated with other forms of exercise, such as running or using exercise bikes and other types of fitness equipment. As well as protecting joints from strain, shear and compression type injuries, elliptical engineers also wanted to ensure that movement required minimal co-ordination and involved a maximum proportion of the lower body large muscle groups to help promote aerobic fitness gains and efficient fat burning. What they came up with was an elliptical or elliptic type movement, where the feet perform an ellipse, whose long axis is aligned roughly parallel to the ground. The cross trainer was born, and with the addition of upper body handles to work the chest back and arms, it quickly evolved. Today, home-use ellipticals are almost as popular as treadmills.


What are the benefits of an elliptical cross trainer?

Less impact on joints: Using an elliptical reduces the impact on your joints, compared to cardio exercises such as running.

Reduced stress: During cardio exercise, endorphins are released into your bloodstream. This release of endorphins produces a natural high, which in turn relieves stress.

Boosted energy levels: Exercise of any kind will increase your energy levels, and ellipticals are one of the best pieces of equipment to help increase your overall energy.

Increased lung capacity: Using an elliptical will help improve your lung capacity, making you stronger and healthier.

Total body workout: In using both your arms, legs and core, your elliptical workout will target your entire body, including large muscle groups.

Encourages aerobic fitness: Pushing pedals and engaging your arms via the levers provides an aerobic workout which is great for your heart, brain, and blood vessels.


What should you look for in an elliptical cross trainer?

Braking system: Almost all elliptical trainers use magnetic braking, and you will need this option if you want programmes.

Lower body movement feel: The feel of an elliptical is very subjective. Ideally it should feel smooth throughout the range of movement, with a natural stride pattern, or with a footplate that changes direction very suddenly as it reaches the end of the ellipse.

Upper body movement feel: The handles should be comfortable to grip and without significant play as the handles change direction. Check that at high resistance levels, there is no rocking or instability.

Ellipse stride length adjustment: Some machines allow you to shorten or lengthen the stride, making it easier to match the machine's movement to your own natural stride pattern.

Console feedback and ease of use: How clear and comprehensive is the displayed information? How easy is it to access programmes (if there are any)? Are the buttons clearly visible and easy to use?

The maximum workload: How much workload can the elliptical provide when used flat out? If you are fit, look for at least 250 watts.

Elliptical programmes: Some can offer variety and motivation by simulating various hill courses, allowing you to create your own or by controlling your heart rate and more.

Power type: Some elliptical trainers are self-powered, whilst others require a mains connection.



Can I try out your ellipticals?

Yes, we have nationwide showrooms where you can try out a selection of our ellipticals. To see a list of our showrooms, visit the contact page.

Can I purchase an elliptical on finance?

Yes, a selection of our ellipticals are available to purchase with interest free finance or buy now, pay later schemes. Payments can be spread over 6, 12, 24 or 36 months (depending on the product and finance type). For more information see our finance options.

What is the cost of delivery?

At Fitness Superstore, all orders over £99 are delivered to UK mainland addresses FREE of charge (exclusions apply). For details please see our delivery information

Do you offer a quick delivery service?

A large selection of our ellipticals are available for a next day or Saturday delivery service. For more information on our next day delivery, see our delivery information

How do I install my elliptical?

Some are quick and easy to install and some can be a little more difficult. Whilst all the models we sell come complete with instruction manuals, we do understand that some of our customers may not be confident with installing their elliptical. For this reason we offer an installation service on a selected range of equipment. For more information call us on 01604 673000.

What if I find the same elliptical cheaper elsewhere?

Our 14 day price promise assures that you purchase an elliptical at the lowest price. If you subsequently find the same like-for-like product at a lower price, we will refund 110% of the difference immediately.

Do you stock used ellipticals?

As well as brand new, we also have a small selection of second hand and ex-display ellipticals available to purchase and pick-up from our store locations. For more information see our ex-display list of ellipticals or contact us on 01604 673000.