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See our crosstrainers test. The crosstrainer (also called an elliptical trainer) has been growing in popularity. The smooth-flowing movement has been likened to a mix of cross-country skiing and slow running. The advantage is that it uses both your upper and lower body and is fairly comfortable, unlike exercise bikes and rowing machines where you’re sitting down. While treadmills are also very popular, many people just don’t like to run: they find it jarring or difficult. A crosstrainer is the closest action you can get to running, without the jarring.
Although home gym equipment sounds great in theory, a quick flick through the classified ads is a testimony to good intentions gone awry. You can find plenty of almost new machines that have quickly become expensive dust collectors, thanks to boredom. Dr Aron Murphy (who has worked with elite athletes across a number of sports as well as consulting for the Sydney Swans and NSW Waratahs) has some tips for home exercisers who want to beat the boredom and see some real results:
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