Marketed through TV infomercials, Orbitrek is a piece of exercise equipment that allows for "non-impact total body workout," according to Thane Fitness. The machine is supposed to burn up to 820 calories per hour and train the legs, chest, shoulders, back and arms. It strengthens and sculpts muscles, burns fat, and helps with weight loss.
Stand with each foot on a pedal and each hand on a handlebar. Start moving one leg forward and continue pedaling forward to focus the exercise on the quadriceps muscles, or the front of the thighs. Let your hands move with the handlebars as you pedal.
The backward stride focuses on the hamstrings on the backs of the thighs. Take the same position as the forward stride and start moving one foot backward. Continue the motion and let your hands move with the handlebars. If you want to change direction, slowly stop pedaling before starting to pedal in the opposite direction.
On a vertical bar of the machine near where the knees would be is a controller you turn to adjust the resistance of the Orbitrek. Known as the "Turn N Burn" resistance system, it provides more than 100 pounds of resistance to control the level of workout and results. The Orbitrek manual recommends setting a high resistance toward the end of the exercise session for best results in muscle toning and weight loss.
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