Fall Floor Model Clearance - visit your local store for details.

Posted Sep 27, 2013 by Gym Source in Elliptical Trainers and tagged Exercise tips, Octane ellipticals, upper body exercise.

Octane Fitness and the Upper-Body Elliptical Advantage

 

This week, we invited Octane Fitness to contribute to our blog. Here Octane discusses the importance of handlebar technology for superior upper body fitness on their signature elliptical trainers.

Many exercisers prefer elliptical trainers because they provide effective, low-impact workouts for the lower and upper body. While people typically notice the lower-body motion – its smoothness, length and acceleration – not much attention seems to be paid to the handlebars.

However, Octane Fitness, considered by many to be among the best home ellipticals, has designed unique handlebars that add comfort, variety and effectiveness to the important upper-body movement in elliptical exercise.

Think about it: Most ellipticals have straight handlebars that simply move directly forward and backward, with some close together, which can be constricting for taller users, and others too wide for smaller exercisers. They also tend to have a high pivot point, which results in the legs doing the bulk of the work to facilitate the movement, thereby making it easier for the arms to simply go along for the ride.

Here’s what makes Octane unique:

1)    Converging Path – Designed to replicate the natural arm motion when you walk, jog or run, these handlebars move inward slightly as you press forward and open up by the same amount on the backswing. Although the converging and diverging motion is subtle, it definitely feels more comfortable, allows for a greater range of motion (which taller individuals appreciate!) and provides open access to the console – making it easier to press buttons, grab your water bottle or read a magazine. Once you try these handlebars, you’ll really notice how awkward some of the others are.

2)    Pivot Point – Based on human biomechanics, Octane handlebars use a low pivot point that is less stressful to the shoulders and wrists and transfers the workload more evenly to the upper body and core. Although you may not notice this immediately when using the elliptical, it makes a big difference in ensuring that workouts are truly total-body challenges.

3)    MultiGrip – In the category of “Why doesn’t everyone do this?” Octane forgoes straight handles for MultiGrip, a one-of-a-kind shape that lets you take advantage of a variety of grips (overhand, underhand, vertical, horizontal, wide and narrow) to better facilitate pushing and pulling. This is an obvious advantage, and you quickly discover that with so many options, you move your hands around naturally during workouts – at various stride lengths, when going backwards, during different paces and more. You can even emphasize specific muscle groups just by changing your grip:  a wide, overhand grip hits the chest and triceps; and a narrow, vertical grip emphasizes the back and biceps.

Once again, once you’ve had the best with MultiGrip, there’s just no going back to straight stick handles.

When evaluating ellipticals, be sure that the handlebars and upper-body motion are not an afterthought and that you can fully engage the upper-body to get the most benefit from your workouts.

Share this story:

Recent Posts

Build Your Home Gym

November 15th, 2018

How to Diversify Your Treadmill Workouts

Treadmills remain a widely used piece of equipment both in homes and in commercial gyms, but treadmill workouts are often thought of as monotonous. Why? We tapped our equipment experts for…

Oct2018_trainer-spotlight

October 1st, 2018

Personal Trainer Spotlight: Rob Gasko & Allen Meretsky

Personal Trainer Spotlight: Rob Gasko & Allen Meretsky Area Servicing: Central Monmouth County, NJ Experience: Rob Gasko is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Functional with…

Right_vs_Wrong_WebGraphic

September 26th, 2018

How to Avoid Common Workout Mistakes

Stop working out wrong. Quality fitness equipment is an investment and Gym Source wants to ensure you get the most from it AND your workouts. To help, we enlisted one of Gym Source’s VIP…

Build Your Home Gym

September 20th, 2018

Top Myths in Home Gym Design

Skeptic about the ease of creating your very own home gym, or just unsure of where to start? Our equipment experts debunk the top myths in home gym design. If you have been dreaming of your to…

Categories