Cybex Arc Trainer vs Elliptical

Cybex Arc Trainer vs Elliptical

The Cybex Arc Trainer is celebrated throughout the industry for its low-impact training and top-tier results. But what “secret ingredient” truly separates the Arc from traditional elliptical machines? Turns out there’s no secret—simply Cybex science and engineering combined to deliver less stress and more comfort than traditional ellipticals are designed to do.

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.

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 bio-mechanical 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.

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