I tried a new cardio machine at the gym. It's called AMT, by the manufacturer Precor. Here's a link to more information than you'll ever want to know about it: http://www.fitnesstribune.com/pdf/SchweizerTest_112en.pdf
My personal review... I like it. It's a bit scary to get up on and get going; not a beginners exercise, in my opinion. It was good in that it was big and sturdy; I felt totally comfortable that somebody as big as me was safe on it.
Good points: once you step up onto the step/stirrup thingies, your feet never leave the platforms. So, no impact. That's something I have to watch carefully (I have a foot injury that precludes impacts). The way the thing works, you can change up the motion, from up & down like stair-stepping, to full leg swinging, like you were sprinting. Interestingly, you can do the wide/sprint motion at a slow pace. Being able to switch it up really helps stave off boredom.
It also burned more calories than the elliptical machine, if the little meters on the machines are to be believed. I was hitting more than 11 calories/minute, and since it was my first time on it, I wasn't even going all out. Whoo-hoo, that's promising. Anything that lets me burn more calories in less time is a Good Thing in my book.
Bad points? Uhm, none really. Except for the scary/new factor. I'm adverse to change, and tend to get stuck in ruts. I need to switch my routine up more, and this looks like something that may work for me.
"You are what you repeatedly do."
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