How to use a Lateral Thigh Trainer
Lateral thigh training is done with specialised training equipment that moves the legs in more directions than just up and down. The movement is actually more like skating, and is intended to target more muscles.
While shaping and toning using a lateral thigh trainer, you’ll also be getting a cardio workout, just as with a more traditional step machine. There are some different choices of workouts that you can perform on a lateral thigh trainer, depending on your workout goals and experience.
The machine is small enough that you can tuck it into wardrobe or under your bed and pull it out for an at-home workout when you don’t have enough time to hit the gym.
Getting started on your Lateral Thigh Trainer:
1. Press and hold down the button on the digital timer screen. This screen is located on the top of the right foot pedal. Holding down the button will set the screen to 0 and allow you to track your progress.
2. Place one foot on its corresponding pedal. You should first step on the pedal that is closest to the ground. Then, place your other foot on its corresponding pedal and maintain your balance. At first, balance will be your main issue on the Lateral Thigh Trainer.
3. Press the higher foot down and out. This will move the opposite foot up and in. Continue doing this over and over. This is the workout. You should feel muscle use in your outer thighs, lower stomach, and lower back.
4. Check your posture. Be sure to stand up with a slight bend forward at the waist. This will help you keep your balance and will work your back muscles the right way.
5. Continue exercising for at least 20 minutes. You should feel your heart rate increase and sweat begin to form
Because the lateral thigh trainer does not have the handrails of more typical cardio machines like elliptical trainers, it is good to begin slowly to establish your balance. This is also a good way to begin any routine on the lateral thigh trainer, so that you are sufficiently warmed up. Carefully step onto the trainer one foot at a time, and then slowly transfer your weight from foot to foot to begin the steplike motion. Pause for a moment when you are back to center before transferring your weight. Continue until you feel comfortable, or are ready for a more rigorous workout.
Once you have established your balance and comfort level with a lateral thigh trainer, the next step is to speed things up. By doing the stepping movement faster, you will increase your heartbeat for heart fitness and burn more calories. Simply transfer your weight as you step from foot to foot more quickly, without pausing in the middle to establish your balance. Keep your knees slightly bent to lower the impact of the exercise on your joints.
A more advanced workout includes movement that involves the whole body, with the addition of added tension from Powercords or weights. You can use small hand weights, wrist weights or weighted gloves with repeated arm motions to tone and strengthen your arms in addition to training your legs and to increase your heart rate.
If you are more concerned with having a good workout for heart health than with burning calories, a cardio strategy is a good option. For a workout that increases your heart rate, you should use more quick or rigorous motion. To improve health and endurance, continue working out so that your heart rate is somewhere between 70 percent and 75 percent of your maximum heart rate. Then, based on your age and level of fitness, establish a quick-enough pace on the lateral trainer to increase your heart rate, but not too quick that it becomes dangerous or difficult to maintain.
Fat Burn Exercise
It is pretty obvious that the longer you work out, the more calories you will burn. Therefore, if you want to use the lateral thigh trainer to do calorie-burning exercise, you will have to set a pace you can maintain for an extended amount of time. By exercising at a lower intensity, you can work out for longer to burn calories, but still be toning the whole time because of the bidirectional motion of the lateral thigh trainer.