Fitness Minutes: (2,334)
25 9/18/13 9:21 A
Compared to a treadmill I absolutely love it. I know this is silly but I cant stand the monotonous sound of running on a treadmill. With an elliptical I can distract myself by watching tv or something but when im on the treadmill i just get fixated on the sound of my feet beating against it over and over. Obviously i would prefer to be outside but for off days and freezing cold days its nice!
Fitness Minutes: (5,900)
223 9/17/13 9:18 P
I do like it, but I prefer the arc trainer myself. It is a little easier on my knees, especially because I am really short. It also burns calories faster.
Fitness Minutes: (7,292)
917 9/15/13 7:14 P
I used to be a big fan, but I kind of burned out on it. I'll still use it from time to time, but I spoiled myself on the stair stepper, because it burns calories quicker than the elliptical and works me harder.
Fitness Minutes: (15,602)
474 9/15/13 9:46 A
Can't say I love it but I have new knees and it is the one aerobic thing I can do that is low impact. I can't stay on long yet but I can get my heart rate up in a minute or two and it stays up while I do other exercises, then back to the elliptical, etc. Recommendation by my personal trainer. Works the weak places I have too. (All my butt fat hurts the next day, Ha!)
Love mine. I have rock hard legs from using my elliptical. I can't run outside worth a darn, but get me on the elliptical. With upbeat music I go like the wind. I do intervals to keep myself motivated. I go 30 seconds at my regular pace, then I crouch a little and sprint for 30-50 seconds then then back to regular pace for the last part of 2 minutes, then I go up a resistance level and repeat. I do resistance levels 1-6, back to 1-6 then 2-6 then 1 cool down, for a total of 30 minutes. When I get stronger I start adding another level of resistance until I max out at resistance level 8, then I start adding another round of 1-8. When in shape I could easily do 90 minutes after doing Jillian's 30 Day Shred.
Fitness Minutes: (10,809)
243 9/15/13 12:44 A
Yep! I have Exercise Induced Asthma and thus can only run a short distance before I have trouble breathing. Therefore all the cardiovascular activities I perform are either low-impact (like the elliptical or swimming) or aren't as 'endurance-required' as running (like dancing and horseback riding).
All of these work the muscles, and burn a load of calories, but don't affect my asthma too much. I probably get on the elliptical about twice a week, for 30-60minutes depending upon my mood.
Fitness Minutes: (83,883)
3,412 9/12/13 4:12 P
great cardio with much variability such as resistance and speed
Fitness Minutes: (87,476)
7,192 9/12/13 3:28 P
What I like is VARIETY... so it is one of my cardio options.
Fitness Minutes: (220,794)
3,775 9/12/13 1:00 P
Yes, I do.
Fitness Minutes: (49,722)
159 9/12/13 12:53 P
It's okay, but I definitely prefer running outside. I get bored of the elliptical pretty easily and can only do 10-15 minutes on it before wanting to do something else. Ellipticals are also really notorious for overestimating calories burned, so I'm skeptical of how much of a workout I get on them. It is one of my two cross-training activities of choice though.
I do like it! One of the things I look forward to about the gym is watching Food Network on the elliptical. I don't like watching TV while running because my head moves way too much and I get a headache.
Love the elliptical - I do a workout on it called Peak 8 - warm-up for 3-5 min., go all out as hard and as fast as I can for 30 sec., recover for 90 sec., repeat until I've done 8 - 30 sec. peaks. Great, quick workout!
Fitness Minutes: (83,883)
3,412 9/10/13 4:20 P
If you asked me this 10 years I would say no, but I am trying to be pain free at 58 so the answer is yes. I love running best but.... long term it's not good.
Love the elliptical too. I use it to give my hips and knees a break from running while still getting good cardio. It does work well for HIIT. I also like it for a warm up and cool down on strength training days
Fitness Minutes: (8,760)
237 9/10/13 3:06 P
Love, Love, Love the Elliptical!!!! Easy on the Joints, Great Cardio workout. Can do straight "run" or I can mix it up and do HIIT
LOVE it! One of the few workouts that's kind to my joints and still makes me sweat.
Fitness Minutes: (79,914)
1,202 9/10/13 9:07 A
When I'm consistent, the elliptical is my go-to machine, great calorie burn!
Fitness Minutes: (161,955)
10,818 9/10/13 8:16 A
I do enjoy the elliptical as part of a exercise regimen. My husband has one that's sitting on our front porch right now. I am sure the neighbors appreciate that. Of course, when it was inside, I used it more than he did.
Fitness Minutes: (161,185)
6,202 9/10/13 7:27 A
Fitness Minutes: (72,404)
2,489 9/10/13 7:02 A
I had one a long time ago and it just became very monotonous after awhile. I began dreading my workouts and jumped at any excuse not to do them.
I could never be a runner, I get bored quickly with repetitive movement. I've found cardio circuit training is the best fit for me. I'm not even sure if that's what it would be called... but I usually follow workout videos where you do, for example; 30 seconds of high knees, 30 seconds star jumps, 30 seconds jump rope, 30 seconds butt kicks, 30 seconds jumping jacks, etc. and then repeat.
Fitness Minutes: (2,893)
32 9/10/13 6:38 A
When I have used an elliptical in the past, I always had great results! It isn't hard on my knees and feels natural. Unfortunately, I haven't been exercising consistently in over a year and I find that it is a little too difficult at the moment, so I'm working my way back to my favorite fitness machine!
Fitness Minutes: (4,131)
536 9/10/13 6:33 A
I love my elliptical - wish I could train my fat cat to use it!
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