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National Academy of Sports Medicine answeredThere are benefits to using the arm bars as well as doing the exercise hands-free. To engage additional muscle groups and to get some muscle endurance benefits for the upper body, it is good to use the arm bars. However, if you are just holding on and letting your arms go for a ride, then it is best not to use the arm bars at all. A beginner might use the arm bars to help with balance at first, but they should then increase the workload (speed, level, watts) to make the arms do more work. If workload is not increased once balance is achieved, the arm bar action should be abandoned. If you decide to go hands-free, you will use your arms in a running motion but not holding onto anything. Hands-free doesn't mean holding on to the stationary handles. Hands-free will help increase your core strength and balance. For those that are unable to move to a higher workload, hands-free is a great way to burn additional calories without compromising form. Mixing up your workouts between strong arm action and hands-free is a great way to complete your workout program.