NEW EQUIPMENT TIP: Using "The Vario" Eliptical Trainer

The “Vario”

Unlike a traditional fixed movement cross trainer, Vario offers the option to define your unique path or motion.

It's perfect for you if you want to lose weight, burn calories, improve your coordination, help prevent joint problems and move all the muscles in your body in a single training session. It's fun to use because it offers you three different movements - step, elliptical, and Vario - which you can change without the need to stop the machine or take your feet off the platforms. The platforms and levers move when and how you want, because you choose and direct the movement according to your natural pace and training goals.

Vario is good if you:

Want to lose weight 

With Vario you can burn up to 200 calories in 20 minutes because with a single machine you involve all the muscles in your body: from legs to arms and from abdominals to shoulders. Physical activity is intense, but the perception of exertion is minimal because you adapt the motion of the machine to your own pace.

Want full-body training

Vario has two platforms and two interconnected lever-handles that move simultaneously. If you decide to use them together, pressing them as you wish, you'll involve the muscles of your legs in the exercise along with those of the upper half of the body.

Want to prevent or ease joint problems 

The movement of Vario is similar to talking a walk, a run, or climbing stairs, but without the striking impact against the ground that is typical of road running. This way you can move and warm your joints without fatigue, preventing injury and future problems.

Want to improve coordination and rhythm 

The connection between the pedals and the handles and their simultaneous motion, allows you to involve your arms and legs in a rhythmic movement that helps the upper part of your body to synchronize with the bottom half.

 

What is Vario like?

Different from a Crosstrainer

Compared with a traditional crosstrainer, which has only one kind of movement, Vario allows you to perform three different motions - step, elliptical, and "Vario" – which you can change without needing to pause your workout or take your feet off the platform.

Different from a treadmill or running on the road

Compared with a treadmill or running outdoors there is less impact on the knees and feet because there is no contact with the ground. What's more, treadmills have very specific rules for performing exercises, but with Vario you choose the position and the movement: you can even decide to run backward!

Designed for any height

However tall you are, you'll find your ideal stride without having to adjust it in advance because the equipment is biomechanically designed to be suitable for all users from 140 to 210 cm and weighing up to 160 kg.

 

What are the three Vario movements like?

Vario is the only cardio machine with platforms that follow different trajectories. That's why you can perform three different movements, both in terms of intensity and the muscles involved:

Vertical step 

As the name suggests, this is similar to the movement you make climbing and descending stairs. It's a rhythmic stride from high to low and vice versa.

Elliptical movement

In this case your legs perform a circular movement similar to a brisk walk (if you have a short stride) or a run (long stride).

"Vario" movement

Similar to an athlete's fast run, it's the type of movement that allows you to cover a stride that can extend up to 83 cm.

 

How can I change movement?

With Vario, you decide when and whether to change from one movement to another. You can begin with stepping, and then without stopping run faster, shifting to the elliptical, to then reach full stride, and then finish your workout with another step session.

Movement develops quickly and isn't tiresome; it even guarantees greater safety because with Vario you start, stop and manage the workout yourself, just as you would when walking on the road.

 

Training with Vario

After stepping up onto the machine, to start your workout you need only start moving the platforms or handles.

On the display you can choose from different workouts based on goals like time, calories, or distance.

Full-body training

For training your legs, gluteus, abs and shoulders together, you can use the platforms and handles together, choosing between the two movements and whether you want to do step, a fast walk or full stride.

Training for the lower half of the body

If you want to concentrate on toning the lower part of the body, only use the platforms. In this case, you can rest your hands on the center or side rests.

Intense, natural training

A natural stride is 40% of your height, so the maximum width of the stride on Vario is 83 cm, designed based on a user 210 cm tall. The concept of stride is important because it allows you to choose from two kinds of exercise.

If you're 140 cm tall, the length of your stride will be 56 cm: by selecting this stride you'll experience a natural workout, but if you're an athlete and you want to increase your physical performance, simply increase the length of your stride and you can increase the resistance in your workout.