The Pro Fitter 3D Cross Trainer from Fitter First is an addictive piece of gear. This simple yet effective machine is suitable for desk jockeys to weekend warriors, and everyone in between. With it, you can do more than 20 different exercises, right at home. And you can improve core strength, increase your cardio capacity, and help prevent injuries.
How does one device manage all that? Well, the Pro Fitter 3D Cross Trainer is deceptively simple looking, but it’s actually rather complex. When you look at it, you first notice the tapered wooden side panels. Then you see the two platforms sitting on top. Flip it over, and you’ll find what looks like bungee cords underneath. Each of these components is pretty low-tech, but together, they work very effectively.
Starting at the bottom, we’ll work our way up. Those tapered side panels allow for a rocking motion. That alone would help with balance and flexibility. Moving on the bungee cords, you can see that they are color-coded. This is so you can vary resistance across six different levels. Next we get to the platforms, which are footpads. Both of them swivel, and move independently of each other. So you stand on the Pro Fitter 3D Cross Trainer, and rock side to side. While your feet move freely, rather than in a fixed arc. With a half dozen levels of resistance. Louis Stack, creator of the Pro Fitter 3D Cross Trainer, demonstrates the settings and basic use:
As you can see, it’s very straightforward, but the results rival or exceed more expensive machines. Resistance, combined with the free movement of the platforms, force you to balance. At the same time, muscles from your feet to your core all work to keep you stabilized as you move back and forth. Really, it’s kinda brilliant. Add the soft ankle board, and you can do upper body work either sitting, kneeling, or standing. More resistance equals strength training, less is for balance and cardio. Follow the included exercise guide and DVD for best results.
Over the course of my extended review, I worked on my weak knees, and tight hips. Unlike some workouts, I looked forward to my time on the Pro Fitter 3D Cross Trainer. That’s because among other things, it’s fun. When I really got going, it took some focus to stay on and upright. Over my varied workout, I would do several hundred reps, without getting bored. Knee pain diminished, I got back some flexibility, and even lost some weight. And I did this in my little home office. No need to go to a gym, no waiting in line, and all the free water I could drink, right out of my own fridge.
There’s a pretty good chance you’ve seen the Pro Fitter 3D Cross Trainer in a fitness magazine, a gym, or even at physical therapy. If you haven’t tried one, you don’t know what you’re missing. While I don’t have the room to list out all the individual exercises, it’s very comprehensive. For the retail price of $699.95, you can get a full body workout. But it’s not about building muscle mass. Fitter First mentions balance, agility, and stability among the benefits. I don’t need to bulk up (I’ve already got a stocky build), but I do recognize that as I age, I’m more at risk for sports-related injuries. And the Pro Fitter 3D Cross Trainer is helping to minimize that risk. Which makes it worth every penny. Check it out at Fitter1.com.
I’d like to thank Louis from Fitter First for politely acknowledging that I would benefit from an extended review of the Pro Fitter 3D Cross Trainer. It’s definitely made a difference for me. If you have more specialized fitness needs, you’ll find that Fitter First has a variety of exercise and rehabilitation products. Each follows the same simple but effective design.