I notice a huge difference in the workout on the days that I have a much higher resistance set. On my high resistance days my arms definitely get a good workout! The higher the resistance, the harder it is on your arms as well as your legs.
Whoah, hang on ... is the original question about the vertical bars that you're supposed to use while using the machine, or the small bars in the centre that people rest on?
Some of the responses seem to suggest the moving bars that are part of how the machine works. Which are not "resting", they're the hard work part, they're how it works. I thought you meant the little bars in the middle that you can rest on and lean on.
They're there for rest - sometimes when you work hard you want to rest for a bit. If you're doing intervals you might use them on the 'down' period. And some people prefer to work just their legs.
Basically yes, you get a better workout utilising your whole body through using the arm handles rather than resting on the handlebars. But just because that's true doesn't mean they shouldn't be there or have no legitimate purpose. :)
Just try to use them less yourself, so you get a better workout.
Personally, I like to do neither and leave my hands free. My arms pump like running. Others I know have found this extremely difficult to do as it requires more balance. Try that and see how you get on.
Deb, in New Zealand
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2/2/11 3:34 A
When using this machine do you guys hold onto the handlebars or not?
I read somewhere that by doing so, you are not getting as good a workout as you would by not holding onto them. In this case whats the point in them?
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