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.
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.
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.
Fitness Minutes: (16,557)
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.
Fitness Minutes: (38,220)
724 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.
Fitness Minutes: (12,577)
434 3/5/13 1:49 P
Love it. I switch from treadmill to ellipical to bike.
Fitness Minutes: (81,524)
3,371 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!!!
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.
Fitness Minutes: (3,951)
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.
Fitness Minutes: (149,605)
5,539 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.
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!
I used to do it a few times a week but I just got bored with it.
Fitness Minutes: (7,141)
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.
Fitness Minutes: (49,614)
1,560 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.
Fitness Minutes: (4,971)
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.
Fitness Minutes: (64,191)
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.
Fitness Minutes: (9,267)
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.
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)
Fitness Minutes: (6,835)
610 3/3/13 9:24 A
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