Hey fitness fans! Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while, but we had a very busy & active summer, so I haven’t been sitting down at a computer! We spent lots of time outdoors, hiking, biking and running. So, it’s actually a bit ironic that I am writing an indoor equipment review today.
As I said above, I did a lot of outdoor fitness activities this summer, but there were a few times I had both kids with me and needed to do a good workout on my own (and didn’t feel like getting up at the crack of dawn). So, I hit the gym and I found a great cardio machine! It is called the Helix Lateral Trainer.
I have used plenty of treadmills and eliptical machines in the past, but there are few that can make me sweat like the lateral trainer! The only other machine I have encountered that gives me that same dripping with sweat workout is the escalator type stair climber machine. You know, the one that looks like an escalator and you think to yourself, “How hard can that machine be, it’s like walking up an escalator?”
But have you tried it?!?! I was always amazed at how hard workout 30 minutes on that machine was.
Anyway, my gym doesn’t have the escalator stair climber, but does have the lateral trainer. It looks like this:
Your feet rotate clockwise or counterclockwise 360 degrees, like a lateral figure 8, working the inner and outer thighs and the glutes. However, I have found that it really works your core as well. I use an interval setting and really try to push myself to go faster on the parts with less resistance. When I do, I am really tightening my core to keep my balance and my feet moving.
The machine at our gym has 8 programs. I usually use the interval setting with varies the resistance each 1-2 minutes depending on how long of a workout you program. You can vary the resistance when you start the machine and also change it during the workout.
If you ever see this piece of equipment at a gym, I would encourage you to try it. It is easy to use and will kick your butt! If you have used one before, what did you think?