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Science behind: How does the cross trainer work?

How does the KOMPAN cross trainer work

Cross trainers are also referred to as ellipticals because of the elliptical motion created by the feet. However, on many indoor cross trainers this elliptical motion is rarely optimised and sometimes even tends to be linear. On the KOMPAN Cross Trainer, the ellipse is carefully optimised towards the ability to use bodyweight and leg muscles in the work - producing the phase of the ellipse (downwards – backwards). Together with a large flywheel and a large hand stroke, this maximises the work that can be done and minimises discomfort.

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Science behind: How does the cross trainer work



The KOMPAN Cross Trainer has an optimised movement pattern that allows for the 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 optimised 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.

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