Should You Use the Crosstrainer’s Moving Handlebars?

Should You Use the Crosstrainer’s Moving Handlebars?
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Do you find yourself wondering whether it’s better to use the moving handlebars when you exercise on a crosstrainer, such as the Precor EFX, or if holding on to the stationary handlebars gives you a better workout?

There’s no solid answer for this popular question; the decision to use the moving handlebars or not depends on what you’d like to achieve with your workout that day. Long story short, there are advantages to either option. Read on to learn the benefits of each way.

No Moving Handlebars

To engage your lower body and work on your balance, let go of the moving handlebars.  Because you’re not using your arms, this option really targets those leg muscles and your core.

EFX 885 crosstrainer

Yes to Moving Handlebars

Using the cross trainer’s moving handlebars means that both your upper body and lower body will be feeling the burn. Be sure to fully engage your arms by pulling and pushing the handlebars.

A Bit of Both

Instead of choosing only one of the above options, consider a workout that involves both. Alternating between using the moving handlebars and holding on to the stationary handlebars will give your whole body a great cardio workout.

Want an intense crosstrainer workout? Try out this one that’s perfect for doing on the Precor EFX.

Full-Body Precor EFX Elliptical Workout Chart

Which do you prefer when exercising on the EFX: using the moving handlebars or not? Please share with us in the comments.

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