If you are into your fitness and you are bored with your usual cross-training workouts, you might be looking for some ways to increase your endurance and make your workouts more fun, which could be HIIT.
HIIT can be done on an elliptical cross trainer like any other exercise machine, it is simply done by having high-intensity periods where you work harder during your workout on the machine, followed by normal intensity or rest periods straight after, allowing you to achieve an intense session in a short amount of time.
So as you can understand exactly what HIIT is, the benefits of it and how to do it on a cross-trainer, we have listed out some tips and tricks below, along with some informative information and example workouts to try on your trainer.
First of all, HIIT training is short for high-intensity interval training, in other words, it's a mix of high-intensity training periods and short rest intervals to make up a complete workout.
For example, this could mean working out on your cross-trainer at 90% of your maximum effort for 40 seconds, followed by 20 seconds where you rest or workout at your normal intensity, these intervals are often repeated and the session should not go on for longer than 30 minutes at a time.
HIIT training has a huge amount of benefits for your health and fitness, which is why it is popular for people who want to lose weight or test their endurance.
If your not sure whether or not HIIT is right for you, we have put together several benefits below which might be worth considering if your going to give it a try.
Despite HIIT training on an elliptical being beneficial for most people, many people should think twice before doing it on their trainer.
For example, people who are pregnant or have a heart condition should not be doing HIIT, you should also avoid doing HIIT too often, as it doesn't give your body a chance to recover after each intense session.
To do HIIT on an elliptical you should warm up first and make sure you understand how to use one correctly, HIIT is simply intervals of working extra hard then smaller intervals of working normally on your trainer.
So as we can show you how to do it right, we have put together an example HIIT workout for you to give a go on your cross trainer below. Always make sure you have the cross-trainer set to the resistance you need depending on your fitness level as people will worker harder at different levels.
Now you know how to do basic HIIT training on your elliptical, you might be eager to push yourself with some more HIIT inspired workouts.
We have listed out another two below, one for beginners and one for advanced.
Trying out a HIIT workout on your cross trainer is pretty simple once you know what you are doing, but you should ensure you are getting the most out of your HIIT sessions by following the tips below.
If you've been looking into HIIT then you may have come across CrossFit too, both are high-intensity training routines, and offer similar benefits for your body, but do differ in how they work slightly.
CrossFit is not performed on a single machine and normally consists of a competitive high-intensity workout which varies between different activities and pushes you to work as hard as you can within a certain time limit, this kind of high-intensity training is very intense and does not focus anything on the form, unlike HIIT which encourages you to keep form during intervals.
What shoes should I wear for doing HIIT on a cross-trainer?
You should look for cross-training shoes that are flat and multi-directional for pedalling on the trainer, they should also be wide around your toes and have a slight bend at the tip.
How many calories could I burn during a HIIT session on a cross-trainer?
This depends on the intensity you are working at, how long the session is, your fitness level and your weight. But on average, for a 155-pound person you could potentially burn up to 300 calories during a HIIT session on a cross-trainer for 20 minutes, but this can vary.
Why should I use an elliptical rather than a treadmill?
Using an elliptical for HIIT training is much kinder on your joints and great for beginners who dislike running and the impact of it.
Is Tabata the same as HIIT?
No, Tabata is a style of HIIT developed in Japan and consists of hard-working for 20 seconds followed by a 10-second rest repeated 8 times - intense, we know.
Overall, we hope you enjoyed our guide on how to do HIIT on your cross trainer, as well as our best tips for doing HIIT and the benefits you can get from it. Always remember you can adjust HIIT intensity to your level depending on how fit you are and extend recovery periods as a beginner if you are new to HIIT and cross-training.