The Science Behind How the Cross Trainer Works
How does the KOMPAN cross trainer work?
Cross trainers are often referred to as ellipticals because of the elliptical motion created by the feet. However, on many indoor cross trainers, this elliptical motion is rarely optimized and sometimes even tends to be linear.
The KOMPAN Cross Training carefully optimizes the elliptical movement toward the ability to use bodyweight and leg muscles in the work-producing phase of the ellipse (downward to backward). Together with a large flywheel and large hand stroke, this maximizes the output that can be done while minimizing any discomfort.
The KOMPAN Cross Trainer has an optimized movement pattern that allows for an effective engagement of all major muscle groups. The specially developed sprint mode dramatically increases activation of the thighs and buttocks, documented by EMG measurements. The optimized movement pattern, together with the adjustable resistance, allows for training intensities from very low to very high, as verified in the lab with direct measurement of oxygen uptake.