Cross trainers are a simple way of getting an all over body workout, providing exercise for the upper arms, the legs and a good cardiovascular workout for the heart rate. One of the latest additions to this field is the NordicTrack ACT Pro.
The Pro model has various upgrades on its predecessors, such as a stronger fly wheel and a larger backlit display for easier reading. This makes it easier to select programs and with 16 programs and 20 resistance options.
However, not everyone has the time to go hiking around the great outdoors. There are cross trainers in the gym but people can often be intimidated by the people around them and this can at times be off putting.
The A. C. T. Pro offers a great alternative and now allows more people to get the exercise they need. This model allows for people up to 350 pounds to use it and is adjustable for people of various heights. Essentially, a wide variety of people can use it and get the most out of it.
If you are feeling competitive, you can also use the Ifit website to compare your routine with friends and family. Because the machine is also adjustable for various sizes and up to 350 pounds, you could easily create a progress site for your whole family!
As well as the fun of competition, the machine also comes with a hand grip heart sensor, allowing you to monitor your heart rate and an MP3 player docking station with built in speakers.
Throughout your exercise, your heart rate is monitored by built in hand grips in the handlebars. The large display screen also clearly shows other pertinent information like how many calories you have burned, useful if you are on a calorie controlled diet.
Another benefit of the Pro model is a compact design. Despite all the features, it only takes up 51 inches in length and 38 inches in width. It can also adjust stride length to 18, 20 and 22 inches. This allows for different users to make sure they can use the trainer in a more natural way, rather than having to adjust to a different striding style.
In short, the A. C. T. Pro can be both a great introduction to cross training and the best way of maintaining a healthy exercise routine.