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February 8, 2012 6:25 AM
Does anyone know if the benefits of using an Arc Trainer are better than an elliptical or a treadmill?
February 8, 2012 6:28 AM
Ive used ARC trainers before and from what I can tell the benefits are the same as using the elliptical or treadmill. The arc is low impact just as the elliptical is so if you are having joint issues or have an injury, the arc trainer OR ellliptical is a great alternative to the treadmill which even if you are walking can still be a little harsh on the joints and especially if you have an injury.

Hope that helps.
February 8, 2012 6:30 AM
It does! Thank you. I've been thinking about switching from the treadmill due to issues with my knees and foot.
February 8, 2012 6:31 AM
I always get a higher calorie burner on the Arc.

I don't even bother with the treadmill because I already walk more than 2 miles a day, and because of bad ankles and a hee stress fracture I cannot run.

The elliptical is ok... but I feel like I get a better work out on the Arc. If you raise the level and the resistance (I usually do level 20 and resistance 20) your legs really come up as if your were climbing/hiking. Whereas on the elliptical, you don't get that same movement.

I was at the gym this morning and I got so upset after my strength training because the 3 Arc's they have were being used LOL. I started on another machine, but as soon as one of the Arc's opened up I jumped right on it! I'll take the Arc over the bike, tradmill, or elliptical anyday!
February 8, 2012 6:34 AM
For me I definitely get more glute, hamstring and outer thigh from the arc trainer, plus my calorie burn is greater for the same time period, though the overall distance is shorter. This makes since as it is more like climbing. I still do the elliptical, but more for "speed" work at moderate resistance for endurance (Level 4-5 with either an interval or cross-training program without slowing). For the arc trainer I do hill intervals at Level 4 or 5, using the hard sections to pick it up and spike my heart rate and the dips as an active recovery (not too slow but not full out). Have fun with it. That's my two cents. smile
February 8, 2012 6:46 AM
I'm not sure how crazy this is but I went on the Cybex Arc Trainer website to calculate how many calories I can burn on the machine. at 50% resistance and a level 5 incline for 45 min I can burn 54979 calories??? Seriously?
February 8, 2012 7:01 AM
Nope, sorry, but it can be well into the 500-600 range if you keep a nice pace.


I'm not sure how crazy this is but I went on the Cybex Arc Trainer website to calculate how many calories I can burn on the machine. at 50% resistance and a level 5 incline for 45 min I can burn 54979 calories??? Seriously?
February 8, 2012 7:03 AM
Ok whew! I thought that was unreasonable!
February 8, 2012 7:14 AM

Ok whew! I thought that was unreasonable!

BTW, 50% on the arc trainer at Level 5 is quite tough.
February 8, 2012 9:16 AM
I can't even imagine doing 50% resistance!! But at Level 20 with about 16% resistance and my heartrate at 140-150 I burn about 650 calories an hour (I am 5'2, 177 pounds).
October 22, 2012 4:17 PM
I just went on and calculated...same thing happened because I put the minutes where the hours should go lol...second box is minutes...hope that helps!
October 22, 2012 4:21 PM
The Arc Trainer was originally invented to rehab knee injuries.
I noticed I always got a higher calorie burn on the Arc as opposed to the elliptical.
February 3, 2013 7:35 AM

Above link is to an Article written by a PHd - explaining the benefits of using arc verses elliptical. More calories burned in same amount of time.
February 3, 2013 10:00 AM
I love the arc trainer at my gym! I use almost all of the cardio machines there but during the week when I have to get ready for work and get my daughter ready for school I only use the arc since my am workout time is cut short. I try to keep a good mix of different cardio just so I don't fall into a rut. I usually burn about 600 cal in 30 mins on there which is about 150-200 more than on the regular elliptical for me. The ones at my gym don't have the arm handles so its more of a core builder also.
February 3, 2013 10:09 AM
I love the arc trainer!! Its my favorite cardio machine and I burn more calories on it in less time than the elliptical. I honestly think the elliptical is a waste of time for me lol
February 3, 2013 10:10 AM
The Cybex Arc Trainer is a monster. It's the first piece of equipment I get on at the gym. 20 mins to half hr and I'm soaked. I've been skipping the Cybex Treadmill lately. I use a sit down Elliptical called Octane Fitness. I'm not too sure of any of the Calories Burned by any of them. Either they seem like not enough or too much
February 3, 2013 10:13 AM
The Arc is easier on the knees.
February 11, 2013 5:05 PM
i've been eyeing the arc trainer at my gym but was intimidated by it (whenever i bust up my knees it lays me out for months). I spoke to a physical therapist today about it (who knows how my knees dislocate) and she said yes, absolutely! She told me to keep my stride short and the resistance low at first. she said it was a great hamspring and glute workout. totally gonna try it now!
February 11, 2013 5:07 PM
I'm an Arc fan, too.
March 18, 2013 10:15 AM
I LOVE/HATE the Arc!! HAHA laugh I can burn the most calories on there. This morning it was 425 in 30 min. I am gradually increasing my time. When I first started I could only do 5-10 min. It is easy on the joints which is great! Don't be afraid to try it!
August 23, 2013 10:47 AM
How do you know what 50% resistance is? Is it a set number? Or a percentage of body weight?
August 23, 2013 10:57 AM
The ARC trainer has 100 different resistance levels and 10 different rotational settings...meaning there are 1000 potential setting variations on this machine. It's the only thing I miss about my old gym. My new gym does not have them. I love the workout on that machine!
August 23, 2013 11:20 AM
I've tried an arc trainer twice this week, including today. Most of my cardio lately has been on the Expresso bikes my gym has, but I wanted to try something that might be easier on my knees than those, the treadmill, and the elliptical. I really like it. It's much easier on my knees, but I still got a great workout. I'll definitely be keeping it as part of my cardio routine.
August 23, 2013 2:19 PM

Above link is to an Article written by a PHd - explaining the benefits of using arc verses elliptical. More calories burned in same amount of time.

That study compared the Arc Trainer to Precor ellipticals during a 30 min workout, performed at a predetrmined level of perceived exertion.

So the results of the study suggested that, at a predetermined level of perceived exertion, subjects on the Arc Trainer worked at a higher workload (and thus burned more calories).

The same study was done years ago using other cardio pieces--in that study, running on a treadmill scored the highest number of calories--again at a predetermined level of perceived exertion.

It's important to make that distinction, because it is important to emphasize that NO cardio exercise can inherently burn more calories at the same workload than any others. The reason why the Arc Trainer burned more calories in this study (and running in the other study) was because the subjects were working HARDER on those machines. So the only conclusion one can draw from this study is that, compared to Precor ellipticals, people on an Arc Trainer found it more comfortable to sustain a higher workload.
August 23, 2013 2:40 PM
I love/hate the arc trainer. I def burn more cals in the same amount of time on it than on the treadmill. I def feel more of a "burn" in my quads. I have also noticed a reduction in cellulite on the backs of my legs once I started incorporating more arc trainer.

My husband also says that he burns more cals on the arc trainer too. He tore his PCL and preferred using the arc trainer while recovering.


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