Arm Use and Posture on Cross Trainers Effect Calories Burned

Arm Use and Posture on Cross Trainers Affect Calories Burned

Cross trainers, such as the Cybex Arc Trainer, are a popular exercise choice for individuals looking to lose weight and increase endurance. Many cross trainers provide ‘calories burned’ estimates that tell users about the intensity of their workout. However, this number is an estimate based on the machine’s settings (resistance, incline, speed), and does not take into account how the user is interacting with the device.

A recent study done at the Cybex Research Institute however focused on uncovering exactly how the user’s interaction with the Arc actually affected calorie burn. Researchers analyzed three different ways of using the Arc Trainer:

  1. upright and unsupported on the machine
  2. upright and using the machine’s handles for support
  3. leaning forward in order to anchor their upper body

Which group burned the most calories? The answers might surprise you. Watch the embedded video below or read the study in its entirety.

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Push Yourself on the Arc Trainer


Cybex is a provider and manufacturer of premium commercial fitness equipment. Content featured in the Cybex Fitness Blog is meant to inspire healthy living and wellness and should not be taken as medical advice. As always, be sure to consult a physician if you are unsure of your individual exercise readiness or have a pre-existing medical condition. While these programs offer great benefits, there are many considerations that should be weighed before attempting any type of physical activity.

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