The Gazelle Freestyle by Tony Little targets muscles in both your upper and lower body to give you a complete workout. By using the Gazelle Freestyle for 20 minutes three times a week you’ll burn calories, tone your body and also improve your stamina and endurance. You can also vary the intensity of the workouts by simply changing the position of your hand grip on the handles. By placing your hands on the bottom of the handles in a low grip you will increase the emphasis on your upper body. By holding the handles midway in a neutral position, both your upper and lower body will work equally.
Hold the handles firmly halfway between the top and bottom of the handlebars. Stand on the Gazelle Freestyle in an upright position. Make sure your shoulders are positioned directly above your hips and your knees are bent slightly. Glide gently in a back-and-forth motion and simultaneously push and pull the handles using your arms. You can choose to perform the basic glide with your hands in either the low or neutral hand positions.
The high glide targets your calf muscles. Start with the basic movement, then gradually lift your heels higher off the platform until you are gliding on your toes. Maintain an upright position throughout the glide, and stay on your toes with your heels lifted. Perform the exercise with either the low or neutral hand grip.
The low glide targets your thigh muscles. Start with the basic glide. While keeping your upper body in an upright position with your shoulders above your hips, bend your knees a little further down and continue gliding. Gradually increase the length of your gliding motion. You can choose to perform the low glide with your hands in either the low or neutral hand position.
Begin with the basic glide motion, then slowly increase the length of your strides while gliding. Make sure you maintain an upright position while gliding as well as good posture. Perform the Wide Glide with your hands in either the low or neutral hand positions.
The forward push targets your chest, triceps and shoulders. Start with either the basic or wide glide, with your hands centered on the handlebars. As you glide lean forward and fully extend your arms, you will feel additional emphasis in your arms. If you are unable to fully extend your arms try leaning back a little.
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Based in New York, Foziya Khan has been writing health and fitness articles for more than six years. She is a nutrition counselor by trade, specializing in weight management. Khan holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and a Master of Science degree in nutrition and food management from the University of Huddersfield.