AMT Cross-Training

Cross Training with the AMT

On Tuesday, I posted about cross-training using the AMT.  Something I struggle with (both in real life and internet life) is assuming people know precisely what I know.

First, what is the AMT? AMT stands for Adaption Motion Trainer (AMT) and it’s from the brand Precor (an Amer Sports Brand). I’m not sponsored by Precor or AMT machines, I just like the product. If you’re injured from running, it can help to cross-train and keep some fitness there.

A visual reference of my cross-training on the AMT (watching grimy reality TV with no nose):

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Cross Training on the AMT

What is the AMT?

Cliff notes: The AMT is another cross-training tool similar to an elliptical.

Before I ran, I would use cardio machines in the gym during the swimming offseason.  I also used the elliptical to supplement miles when I was injured from running and coming back from injury.

I’ve used many different cardio machines, including:

  • Standard Elliptical
  • Stationary Bike
  • The Arc Trainer
  • And now the AMT

So why the AMT for Cross-Training?

The AMT stands for Adaption Motion Trainer (AMT) from Precor (an Amer Sports Brand). If you’re injured from running, it can help to cross-train and keep some fitness there.  The AMT is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in the gym. It’s a mix of a stair stepper and elliptical with a huge variety to hit multiple different muscle groups.

Since the AMT for cross-training is so versatile, there are several different workouts you can do. When cross-training, the AMT is a total body workout. You can use your arms, legs, and even engage your core. It’s a piece of cardio equipment in the gym with a vast variety to get your heart rate up and calorie burn.

Like a treadmill, there are many programs on the AMT but you can always design your own. The AMT measures your stride length and reacts accordingly. There are several different ways you use it from an open stride to a short stride to a long stride.

On any elliptical, I like to do one of the pre-programmed workouts.  I don’t like to mess with the buttons once I begin my workout. There are several different programs from cardio to weight loss to hill workouts.  Personally, my favorite is to do the cardio setting.  I usually click the program and then work out an hour.

Honestly, a lot of people make cross-training a lot harder than it has to be.  Yes, it stinks being cooped up inside, but most have a TV, music, or something to keep you entertained.  It isn’t as if you are staring into a blank wall.  If anything, you can buy a relatively inexpensive music player to bring for yourself if your gym only provides a wall to stare at.

You cannot expect to cross-train for 10 minutes and think it’s equal and going to preserve the fitness of a 7-mile run.  It won’t.  You must put in the effort.  I’m not saying go crazy and pretend you are running your fastest mile ever, but you do have to commit to putting in the time and effort.  Otherwise, like anything without effort, you won’t see results.

Cross-training does work if you put in the time. If you dedicate the time that you normally would be running (or doing whatever), it will work.  If you half-ass it or dedicate less time…it will work for the effort you put in.  The AMT is the closest piece of fitness equipment to running, without running. If you spend time on the AMT and put the effort in like you would for running, you’ll be able to maintain fitness.

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Questions for you:

Have you tried an AMT before? What is your favorite type of elliptical?

On another note, I’ll be writing an “all about me” post soon if you have any random questions (about anything in life, favorite movie, color, college, high school, did I collect pokemon cards (yes)…feel free to ask.