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Screen Shot 2013-12-04 at 4.07.06 PMHome workouts are a great way to save time and fit exercise into busy schedules. Even if you’re a health club member, when you’re in a hurry, having exercise equipment at home can keep you from skipping workouts and enable you stay on track.

Both cardio and strength are necessary for optimum fitness, so ideally, you’ll have equipment to get both accomplished at home. You don’t necessarily need to invest in a big home gym; today, you can get the job done with some dumbbells, barbells and resistance bands/tubing.

A new way to combine cardio and strength using Octane Fitness elliptical machines is fueling exercisers at home and in health clubs worldwide. CROSS CiRCUIT delivers challenging, efficient and effective workouts that can help you get to your goals faster.

With CROSS CiRCUIT, you alternate intervals of cardio on the elliptical with strength-training exercises on the floor using dumbbells or PowerBlocks, Octane’s Powerbands dumbbells or your own body weight. You select the exercises for each workout and the duration of the cardio intervals, and the elliptical delivers visual and auditory prompts to keep you going.

For inspiration, Octane has six CROSS CiRCUIT DVDs:  Total-Body, Legs and Butt, Chest and Back, Shoulders and Arms, Core, and Golf Strength. Exercisers can modify moves as necessary for greater or less challenge and progress at their own pace within each DVD. Fitness instructor Chris Freytag provides expert instruction, technique tips and motivation throughout, and workouts literally fly by. Exercisers can choose to perform one workout or can mix and match DVDs for variety.

With unlimited exercises and various accessories, every CROSS CiRCUIT workout can be different – which can boost your adherence and results. Studies show that combining cardio and strength in interval training is an excellent way to burn more calories and fat, as well as increase endurance and strength. With CROSS CiRCUIT, you’ll never want to miss a home workout again!