What Cardio Machine Is Ideal for Bad Knees?

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When chronic, painful knee conditions make the thought of working out seem like a daunting and dreadful task, it is easy to let health and fitness goals slip. Don’t let the fear of additional discomfort or damage get the best of you; in situations like this, the key is to utilize fitness equipment that decreases the stress and impact on your knees.

The Precor Adaptive Motion Trainer®, or AMT®, successfully combines the movements associated with treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, and climbers into one low-impact machine, allowing for an enjoyable workout experience that is easier on your knees.

What Cardio Machine Is Ideal for Knees?

Here are some key features that make the AMT the ultimate low-impact cardio machine:

  • Foot pedal motion – Due to the engineered motion of the AMT’s foot pedals, the user’s feet are able to remain in contact with the machine. Compared to normal walking or running, the suspended pedals result in a reduced load to the user. When running, exercisers have a very high impact on to the running surface, landing with a force that averages 2.5 times their body weight. On supported machines like the AMT, the load decreases to an average of only 1.1 times their body weight.
  • Open Stride™ – This distinctive AMT feature allows for exercisers to adjust their stride height and stride length, resulting in an entirely customizable workout that reaches the needs of any users, no matter their size or fitness level. Stride heights range from 6.8 to 10 inches (17 to 25 cm), and stride lengths span from zero to 36 inches (0 to 91 cm). For those who experience pain in the knees, Open Stride™ is especially helpful, as the workout can be changed as needed to allow the user to exercise in a comfortable range.
  • Stride Dial™ – Working in conjunction with Open Stride™, the Stride Dial™ indicator automatically updates as an exerciser’s stride length changes, showing users how their stride length relates to the muscle groups that are being worked. The ability to note how changes in muscle engagement impact the body is important when exercising.
  • Twenty resistance levels – As a user’s body becomes acclimated to the AMT, they can begin to increase stride lengths and heights naturally, in addition to building resistance. No other cardio machine offers this diverse range of motion in one machine.

For more information on the Precor AMT and its unique, customizable features fit for any exerciser, visit http://www.amtfitness.com/. And try this blog post for a 6-week AMT workout plan.

How has the low-impact of the AMT helped you achieve your fitness goals? Let us know!

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