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AWBROWN40
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4/4/12 10:36 A

Both! It depends on what I want to work on that day!



VRS8440
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4/3/12 11:59 A

Elliptical



SKINNEJEANZ
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4/3/12 11:39 A

SISAACSON93 - that's a good idea about the high incline. I like both machines, but not sure how to spruce it up and make it more challenging. Will try some of your method!



KEELY128
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4/3/12 11:03 A

both



MOTHERBOARDER
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4/3/12 9:49 A

both



YOGINILMT
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4/3/12 8:48 A

both
but mostly treadmill.



MARATHONDAD
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4/3/12 8:36 A

ellitpical



TJWGCT-SPARK
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4/3/12 8:13 A

Elliptical. Too pretty outside to walk/run on the treadmill so I've been walking outside as an excuse to not go to the gym. Today, I'm going. And spending a good 30-60 on the elliptical.



DARRLENE13
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4/3/12 8:11 A

both



JANDCAND
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4/3/12 7:53 A

I do both, but prefer the elliptical.



CURLSUSIEQ
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4/3/12 5:52 A

Elliptical...more burn for belly fat loss.



SISAACSON93
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4/3/12 2:19 A

I like to do 30 minutes on the eliptical on a high incline and medium resistance and then 30 minutes on the tredmill at like 15% incline, really works the back of the legs. Which we all know is a usual trouble spot;)



ELLI20
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4/3/12 12:17 A

prefer elliptical



AROBINSON42
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4/3/12 12:03 A

I have done both but I would prefer the treadmill...



MENESTRELLO
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4/2/12 11:36 P

I realize this wasn't one of your options, but since it requires little space and can be done all year round, I have to suggest another:
Jumping rope

Variety is a good thing.



BUBBLEJ1
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4/2/12 11:15 P

The best exercise is the one you will do. Switching between the two is perfectly fine, as is doing what you feel like doing that day.



BESCATS
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3/31/12 5:40 P

Elliptical



CURLSUSIEQ
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3/31/12 5:39 P

Elliptical



SUPER_ACE115
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3/31/12 12:44 A

I've only been on an elliptical once and just couldn't do it. I didn't have the right coordination. Maybe if I kept at it I'd do better. But for now...I pick treadmill ~ actually, I prefer the stair master.



ELLI20
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3/31/12 12:32 A

prefer elliptical



KEEP_GOING247
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3/30/12 11:40 P

elliptical since my shins started hurting



LOOCEELOO
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3/29/12 9:35 P

Elliptical definitley burns more calories is relatively more intense and you can do different cardio workouts on it. Treadmill if you are a runner. But then again, nothing is better than running outdoors on real ground.



DFREITAG4
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3/29/12 1:15 P

Elliptical





MARYA81
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3/29/12 1:05 P

TREADMILL.



BESCATS
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3/29/12 12:58 P

Elliptical



NRU1286
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3/29/12 11:12 A

I generally stick to the treadmill. I've never really tried the eliptical, though...I'm sort of afraid of it.



JNPRGR8T
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3/29/12 10:36 A

treadmill



GODDREAMDIVA1
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3/29/12 9:50 A

I do both...if I had to pick on...elliptical



CURLSUSIEQ
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3/29/12 9:43 A

Treadmill can be so...boring. Elliptical is hard. But I kept working at it until with music I spur on 15 minutes with interludes of pumping it. The results make me love it! My stomach is disappearing.

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PATTIMET
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3/29/12 9:03 A

Both - I use elliptical for a warm up - then do strength training - then do 30 minutes of cardio on the treadmill or if I do legs on my work out - I go back and do the elliptical.



MOTHERBOARDER
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3/29/12 9:02 A

both



LASKIE2
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3/29/12 7:56 A

Elliptical!



BRGATES702
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3/29/12 6:48 A

Most definitely elliptical....not a treadmill fan.



BLUEJEAN99
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3/29/12 1:53 A

can't use elliptical



ERH12275
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3/29/12 1:04 A

I just started running so not an expert but the eliptical for me burns A LOT more calories. I have a friend who runs on the treadmill who just started the eliptical and says it is definately harder(so you might wanna take that into consideration.)



ELLI20
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3/29/12 12:17 A

Prefer elliptical



WILDRESCU
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3/29/12 12:13 A

I love the elliptical! You can always change the incline and resistance to change up your workout and challenge yourself. Also, you can pedal backwards and that works different muscles too. It has really helped change my body! Like others mentioned, it will not improve your running so just know that. I can do 4.5 miles on the elliptical and got moderately for 60min, but can hardly run for 60 seconds. Maybe you can find a way to incorporate both into your workout and see how you feel and do.



NYMORNINGGLORY
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3/28/12 10:57 P

I started exercising in September and used the treadmill religiously all winter long. I rediscovered my elliptical recently (I was afraid I was too heavy for it) and I've really enjoyed using it. I love the arc trainer at my gym but I must be doing it wrong, because my back hurts terribly for days on end after I use it. Since I belong to a no frills gym there's no one there to help guide me to show me how to use it (I love Planet Fitness for the most part but you're really on your own, at least at the branch I frequent) ....



MLAN613
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3/28/12 12:10 P

Both are excellent options. Elliptical is an excellent cross training option for runners. And I rarely run on the treadmill. Running on the track is what I do in inclement weather if I have running scheduled. Otherwise, I am outside.



DRAGONCHILDE
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3/28/12 10:25 A

Neither is better; both are different exercises, and both work different (slightly) muscles.

Give the elliptical a try; I've found it's easier on my knees and gives my butt a better workout. It feels totally different.

Also: Don't discount getting outside and running on the road. :)



WATERDIAMONDS
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3/28/12 10:11 A

Love elliptical but must use treadmill due to injuries. Treadmill gets the job done, but will be glad to get back on the ellip.



LADYBUGLEX
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3/28/12 9:20 A

I love the elliptical. Not sure if they have these at your gym, but the arc trainer is my aboslute favorite. It is not as heavy on the joints and knees as running and you can blast a good amount of calories in a half hour. And similar to the treadmill, you can select different intesities and select a pre-set program (hills, fat burn, etc.) A good way to get rid of boredom.



ECSO586
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3/28/12 9:06 A

I am far from an expert as well as a runner to be able to fully answer this question but I have done both so figured I would share.....I have bad knees from being over weight and from high school football injuries in the past so I use the elliptical on a regular basis. I find that because there is no impact I can do 30+ minutes straight with no discomfort. The only problem I have is once and a while to change it up I will use a treadmill or run on the high school track. When I do this not only to I have discomfort in the knees I learn very quickly that the elliptical doesn't give you the same workout as an actual run. After half a mile my legs are burning and I physically can not run any more so have to walk one lap or about 1/4 mile just to finish the last lap. I go at a pace that both the elliptical and the treadmill match. Just a little food for thought.



MARATHONDAD
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3/28/12 8:57 A

elliptical is my fav



STLCARDSFANS05
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3/28/12 8:48 A

i don't know, but you can log them both into the cardio tracker and see what it says. the elliptical is awkward for me



ABIGAILLEE15
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3/28/12 8:45 A

I have always loved running, but I feel like my running routine is starting to get boring. If I switch to the elliptical will I still burn as many calories? Which is better?



 
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