While losing weight is never easy, you may be able to speed up the process by prioritizing certain cardio machines over others. Now we’re not going to tell you which cardio machine we think are less than ideal, but we will tell you the top 5 cardio machines that are guaranteed to help you lose weight if you use them consistently.
So what exactly are the top 5 cardio machines for losing weight? Well from our research we’ve found the treadmill, fan bike, Stairmaster, rowing machine and Jacob’s Ladder to be the most effective for weight loss.
Now you might not be able to find all of these machines at your local gym, but fortunately any of them can be used to help you achieve the goal of losing weight. In addition to doing cardio, we also recommend that you work out with weight machines and free weights as well as keep your diet in check if you really want to shed those pounds off right away.
The reason the treadmill is the most popular cardio machine of all time is because it’s one of the most effective machines you can use to lose weight. Unlike other cardio machines, when running on the treadmill you’re moving every single part of your body and keeping your heart rate at a pretty steady pace. This is the perfect scenario for burning fat and the best part of it all is that it’s relatively easy to do.
- Fan Bike
Remember that crazy contraption you used to play around with at your grandma’s house, you know that giant stationary bike with the fan? Well while the fan bike may seem pretty funny to use, it’s actually a great way to burn fat while simultaneously cooling yourself off.
Sure there are more modern stationary bikes you can use, but these will never give you quite the same workout as you’re only required to peddle your feet. When using the fan bike, however, you not only have to pedal your feet, but also move your arms back and forth to keep everything in motion.
While this may seem easy at first, it’s definitely a grueling workout when you begin to pick up the pace.
Everyone knows that running up and down stairs is one of the most intensive workouts you can ever do. Many before have tried to run the bleachers at their local field or stadium, only to end up throwing up the remainder of their lunch and never trying it again.
At least with the Stairmaster you can run the stairs while not having to leave the comfortable environment of your gym.
- Rowing Machine
I’m going to admit that when I first started using the rowing machine I kind of thought it was a hoax. It seemed overly easy to do and I honestly couldn’t feel a burn at all.
After giving it a chance though and using it for more than ten minutes at a time, I finally started to see (or should I say feel) what the rowing machine was all about. Both my legs and my arms started to feel the burn at the same time, and I felt very little stress on my knees and other joints which is definitely a plus for me as I’m starting to get older.
- Jacob’s Ladder
While I may be able to handle the rowing machine at my age, the Jacob’s Ladder definitely does a good job at kicking my butt. If you’ve never used one of these machine before, just let me warn you that it’s going to be very different than any other cardio equipment you’ve ever used.
Essentially it’s a machine that allows you to climb a ladder non-stop on your hands and feet at a 40 ° angle. Whenever you’re done with your workout all you have to do is stop moving and simply step off the machine. Because there’s no power needed to move the ladder you don’t have to worry about ever getting hurt from it moving too fast. A safety strap is also included that you can wrap around your body to help you feel more secure.