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 exactly what I know. For instance, I’ll cross train on the AMT and quite a few people asked what it was.
Visual reference (me watching grimy realityTV with no nose):
Cliff notes: It’s another cross training tool and very similar to an elliptical.
Anyways I thought I would just give an overview of why I chose the AMT and what it is.
I’ve used an elliptical for fitness long before I started running. I would use elliptical to stay in shape during the swimming off season, to supplement miles when I was coming back from injury and of course when I was injured.
I’ve used a standard elliptical.
I’ve used the Arc trainer. (Similar to an elliptical but can go into much higher resistance).
And right now my current favorite is the Precor AMT. The AMT is a stairstepper crossed with an elliptical. To be 100% honest, the reason it’s my favorite cross training device is because I have the option of the AMT or the elliptical at the gym. Since I’m a member of Anytime Fitness, it’s a smaller gym with fewer options.
On any elliptical, I like to do one of the preprogramed workouts. I don’t care to be messing with the buttons once I begin my workout. There are a number of different programs from cardio to weight loss to hill workouts. Personally my favorite is to do the cardio setting. I normally click the program and then workout an hour.
Honestly a lot of people make cross training a lot harder than it has to be. Yes, it stinks being couped 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.
The fact about cross training due to injury (or just cross training in general) is that you have to put in the time. 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 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 effor you put in.
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.