Author: Sorting Last Post on Top Message:
GRANDMABABA SparkPoints: (128,409)
Fitness Minutes: (112,405)
Posts: 6,206
3/7/13 2:56 P

I use one 2-3 times per week, sometimes more in winter and definitely less in summer when I can hike the hills.

BRUCE31511 SparkPoints: (12,848)
Fitness Minutes: (3,147)
Posts: 415
3/7/13 2:19 P

Yes, I try to get on at least 3 times a week.

INNERBEAUTY78 Posts: 217
3/7/13 1:20 P

Honestly, the elliptical is boring to me. I'd rather do Zumba, go on a hike, or go swimming...anything but the machines. Although, the last few days I have been doing the interval training on the elliptical for 30 minutes, burning 350+ calories all before even eating breakfast. It's a good workout and it gives me something to do in between my Zumba classes.

SAKURABLOSSOM9 Posts: 524
3/7/13 7:00 A

I just got a gym membership so I hope to use it 3 times a week (I loved the elliptical when I went the last time)

CRAZYNDNCOOK Posts: 802
3/7/13 12:49 A

I love my elliptical. I am on my second one, there was nothing mechanically wrong with the first one, just the plastic stabilizing feet were broken, or should I say they were in tiny pieces and the machine was too wobbly to be safe, and I couldnt find replacements. I am currantly doing 48 minutes total after a 30DS workout. I do 2 minute intervals on each of the 8 levels.

THINKPINK06 Posts: 1,438
3/6/13 7:30 P

I am trying the elliptical at least once a week. I last about 5 minutes. I think it is a great workout but it hurts my hips and knees. I think if I do it more I will get used to it.

LILLEAN Posts: 884
3/6/13 7:24 P

I am an elliptical addict, I so love this machine. I do it at least 4 times a week. Today I tried the hills at level 10 and boy was that a workout

WATERDIAMONDS Posts: 14,777
3/6/13 2:09 P

Love it--5 times/week, at least

Margaret--Spring, TX
The Beck Deck Crew!
GRACILU Posts: 466
3/6/13 9:08 A

My favorite piece of gym equipment. I once could be on one for over an hour. Since that was some time ago, I am working my way back up in 20 minute increments.

CBLENS SparkPoints: (47,463)
Fitness Minutes: (16,557)
Posts: 1,220
3/5/13 4:01 P

My trainer got me on the elliptical, didn't think it would be for me, but it's a great cardio and I like now.

I do the elliptical 3 times a week, I like to mix up my aerobic activity, I also ride a bike, walk and do water aerobics for my cardio.

Your encouragement is greatly appreciated!
SMANISMELL SparkPoints: (73,442)
Fitness Minutes: (39,871)
Posts: 725
3/5/13 2:43 P

I have never used an elliptical. I am not sure what it is. But, tomorrow I begin working with a personal trainer and she could have me begin on an elliptical. Not sure if I will be able to do it, but looking forward to it.

LUCKYNUMBER23 SparkPoints: (12,413)
Fitness Minutes: (15,322)
Posts: 449
3/5/13 1:49 P

Love it. I switch from treadmill to ellipical to bike.

BARBANNA SparkPoints: (107,974)
Fitness Minutes: (84,708)
Posts: 3,412
3/5/13 12:56 P

I use mine everyday for 100-120 minutes at the highest resistance. It's taken me a couple years to build up my endurance. I choose to work out daily so I do not loose my endurance by missing a day or two. I missed my first day since November last week. I was tied up all day on Saturday but lost 2 pounds soooo. I love mine and I have integrated high intensity intervals to get more versatility and challenge.

It allows me to use my laptop and do my SP communication and reading so I get a lot of work done at the same time. I love it!!!

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
LOTUS737 Posts: 2,033
3/5/13 11:10 A

It's my primary cardio source b/c it's low impact- I use it 3-4 times a week for anywhere from 30-60 min :) I like to change up the intensity and pattern- sometimes intervals, sometimes hills, etc.

Current goal:
-8 pounds (32 total) by October

Healthy choices and actions have positive impacts, even if the scale doesn't move!
CILER11 Posts: 265
3/5/13 11:06 A

I use it about 2 to 3 times a week. I try to do it on the days I don't run since I read it's a good cross-training workout. I always do at least 30 minutes but try to do 40. Just depends on how long I have to work out.

GLH1980 SparkPoints: (6,021)
Fitness Minutes: (3,951)
Posts: 278
3/5/13 8:05 A

I used to use the elliptical prior to starting to run and doing my current workout program. I would do about 25 minutes several times a week.

~Gabby

My weight loss journey restarted on 1/26/13 at 175.8 lbs. My goal weight is 125lbs.
ANGUSSANDY SparkPoints: (201,995)
Fitness Minutes: (180,335)
Posts: 7,444
3/5/13 7:39 A

Yes. It is easy on the knees, and on most machines you get an arm workout too. They are also reversible.

WELLNESSME09 Posts: 7,634
3/5/13 7:31 A

I use it before doing the treadmill...its a great warm up!


Ane Marie
Hamilton On.Canada Est

Once you know how you can work on reaching your goals and what you are willing to do to reach them, there is only one step remaining. DO IT! MAKE YOUR DREAMS HAPPEN!



BERRY4 SparkPoints: (161,979)
Fitness Minutes: (91,336)
Posts: 7,912
3/4/13 9:01 P

I've been using the elliptical since I cannot run. I use it maybe 2x's a week for 30 min or less with an interval program.

"We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."
~C. Malesherbes~

"Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts."
Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD)



SAKS20111 SparkPoints: (13,470)
Fitness Minutes: (7,228)
Posts: 531
3/4/13 5:56 P

love it. with some gd tunes, almost like dancing

LUCKINLOVE Posts: 216
3/4/13 4:39 P

LOVE it! I usually do 20-30 minutes before using the treadmill. Cranking the resistance changes up the workout so I don't get bored. I also use just the arms for rowing, one at a time. I squat down and go as fast as I can for as long as I can. Go backwards. There are million different ways to use an elliptical for a great calorie burn...and it's low impact...my #1 favorite part of it!

IRISHFANUH87 Posts: 1,038
3/4/13 4:14 P

I used to do it a few times a week but I just got bored with it.

DMARTZ1 SparkPoints: (2,603)
Fitness Minutes: (7,141)
Posts: 22
3/4/13 3:58 P

Love it! Ok.....not everyday, but it's the machine that I always go back to! And it burns a lot more calories for me than walking or biking. I usually do an hour, and have slowly increased my power level over time.

POPSECRET SparkPoints: (60,463)
Fitness Minutes: (67,614)
Posts: 2,019
3/3/13 9:21 P

Love it. I usually do it for as long as I can (currently I'm up to 35 minutes) then finish the hour with some incline walking on the treadmill.

SOFTLYROSE SparkPoints: (7,535)
Fitness Minutes: (4,971)
Posts: 12
3/3/13 8:59 P

Yes, it's really the basis of my workout. I have chronic foot and ankle issues that I'm working on, so low impact is a must. I've found that as long as its low impact and I don't try to carry a lot of weight or otherwise stress my foot, I can safely work about an hour on the elliptical without any problems. Since it is more difficult than cycling and it works my arms too, it's one of the best workouts I can do. Right now I'm trying to learn how to incorporate interval training effectively.

RUNNINGAL425 SparkPoints: (81,150)
Fitness Minutes: (65,823)
Posts: 1,067
3/3/13 3:36 P

I use it as cross training. In order to maximize what I get out of it, I use an interval training program on my Ipod called CardioCoach. There are several different programs of different lengths, where you have music with a coach in your ear. He tells you when to warm up, do steadys, sprints, and hills. I find that if I just do the same pace, I get bored, plus my body gets used to it and I don't get the workout benefits like I do when I vary the pace and resistance.

VSPLASH SparkPoints: (9,397)
Fitness Minutes: (9,267)
Posts: 110
3/3/13 10:54 A

I love the eliptical machine. That's actually my favourite cardio machine at the gym. Even if I have walked for half an hour during the day, I will still use the eliptical for 30-45 minutes. I think is because I am using my strongest muscles to work out.

My Practice Makes Progress Ticker
SUNSHINE20001 Posts: 625
3/3/13 9:53 A

I love and use it about 4/5 times a week. Sometimes I do just elliptical for an hour. Other times I mix it up with bike or treadmill.I like that's its low impact but its great cardio and uses my arms in the workout to.

Edited by: SUNSHINE20001 at: 3/3/2013 (09:54)
TWININGS12 SparkPoints: (17,330)
Fitness Minutes: (6,835)
Posts: 610
3/3/13 9:24 A

Do you use and elliptical and how often?

Page: 1 of (1)  




Other Fitness and Exercise Topics:

Topics: Last Post:
Free videos 5/15/2014 8:12:00 AM
Eating before or after exercise? 3/26/2014 11:46:42 AM
cardio or strength hunger 1/14/2014 5:02:57 PM
Post-Exercise Hunger? 2/9/2014 10:11:56 PM
fitbit and log, fitbit or log? 1/9/2014 5:54:27 AM