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Cybex Arc Trainer vs Elliptical

Cybex Arc Tainer


Cybex has created a cross trainer called the Cybex Arc Trainer. This Arc Trainer seeks to change the fundamental motion used in most ellipticals. The Reverse Arc Motion moves legs in a biomechanically correct pathway - reducing stress at the knee while offering a complete range of motion for both the knee and hip. The toes are never placed behind the knees thereby reducing patellofemoral compression.

The Cybex Arc Trainer handle bars work in the same motion as your feet do. Basically, as the left foot goes forward so does the left handle bar in a very natural cross country skiing motion. This motion allows the user to work in a more vertical position with less forward lean which reduces loading on the back. This upright posture is achievable because the hip and knees are not forced into extension. A significant effect of this upright posture is that the hip and knee will share the work; as opposed to elliptical trainers where the majority of work is done at the knee joint. The result is less shearing force at the knee joints since the hip is working against an opposing force.

In addition, users commonly report that it is much easier to get their heart rate up using an arc trainer over an elliptical. Studies have shown that since the Arc trainer focuses on exercising larger muscle groups through a complete range of motion, the user will burn more calories and get a better work out in a shorter period of time.

The traditional elliptical motion is fine for most users, provided they invest in a quality product that allows the user to work through a proper biomechanical movement. As well, the user must have proper technique, without too much forward lean which may put undue strain on the lower back. However the Arc Trainer may be a better motion for most users: equally dividing force on the knees and hips and working larger muscle groups through a complete range of motion. The Arc trainer provides the user with natural climbing in a relatively stress free environment as well as the ability to burn more calories in less time and with less perceived exertion.

Don’t misunderstand: At Pro Gym Supply, we love traditional elliptical machines. For some people, however, a Cybex Arc Trainer may make more sense.

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Arc Trainer Console

Cybex recently posted an informative video to CYBEX.TV that summarizes the key differences. Feel free to watch the video here, which outlines these key differences:

Arc Trainer Benefits

Cybex Arc TrainerElliptical Trainer
Footplate pushes down and back. When one plate reaches the bottom, the opposite footplate is already forward—ready to have the user’s shifting weight drive it down. No added stress is placed on knees and joints. Footplate moves in an ellipse. The user must push the footplate forward for motion—resulting in long-term stress on knees and joints and potential overuse issues.
Footplate remains level, creating an optimal balance for exerting quads, glutes and hams—and providing for a more comfortable experience even during high-intensity training. Footplate tilts at an angle, creating possible “quad dominance” issues where lower body muscle groups aren’t equally engaged.
Resistance is tied directly to a user’s weight, resulting in “true” resistance levels and 60% greater caloric burn than traditional elliptical training. Resistance levels are random, and not directly tied to a user’s stated weight input.

Arc Trainer Workouts

Cybex Arc Trainer Workouts

What’s more, studies show that Cybex Arc training delivers increased leg strength, a higher vertical jump and more speed—all with less perceived exertion—than what’s possible on an elliptical. It’s no wonder, then, that the Arc is a must-have machine for athletes and an essential tool among sports training rooms the world over.

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Regardless of your conditioning level or desired goals, the Cybex Arc Trainer is designed to help you exercise harder—for a longer period of time—with less perceived exertion and greater results overall. While it’s a terrific choice for athletes, it’s also an excellent tool for anyone recovering from injury or seeking to optimize their limited time available for exercise.

The Cybex Arc Trainer is proudly manufactured in the USA and sold by Pro Gym Supply. View the Cybex video below, and then visit Pro Gym Supply today to demo the Arc Trainer for yourself, and see whether the Arc or traditional elliptical is right for you.


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