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1/15/13 1:47 P

I switch from backward to forward during my workout.

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1/15/13 1:41 P

Mine goes backwards. We bought it at store that only sold fitness equipment. The owner showed us, that there are smaller handles on the inside of the moving one. If you grab onto those and sit back, (Like trying to sit in a chair too far behind you) and go backwards it works really great.

It does. Helps a lot, targets different muscles.

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1/15/13 12:15 P

My ability to go backward greatly depends on the type of elliptical I am on. I have a small one at home, and it is nearly impossible to go backward on it. My gym has a few different models of ellipticals, and some of them make it easier.

If I am on one that I can go backward on, I usually can feel different muscles at work. However, my heart rate starts to decline when I go "backward" and since I use the elliptical for mostly cardio purposes, I try to only switch it up when I need to lower my heart rate a little.

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1/15/13 11:49 A

on occasion I do...I'm so uncoordinated.. it takes serious thought... emoticon

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1/15/13 11:42 A

I've tried, but my body can't seem to go that way. And with the risk of looking like a complete goon at the gym, I don't try it anymore, lol.

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1/15/13 10:42 A

It's not something I do every time I'm on the elliptical, but I do sometimes. I like to do it a couple times during a 30 minute workout to just give my body the switch and it does require me to concentrate more.

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1/15/13 6:49 A

Never. I've seen many people do it though.

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1/15/13 5:44 A

I will have to try this

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1/14/13 11:27 P

I've tried but I just can't get into the swing of it so I feel like I'm not getting a good workout because I can't do it. I think that if I tried it for a bit longer maybe I could do it, it's just a matter of trying it long enough to get my body to do it. I feel motivated to try harder to learn to go backwards!

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1/14/13 7:38 P

Yes! It helps break up the routine!

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1/14/13 7:26 P

I do both. I go forward about 10 mins then backwards for 3-5 then forward then backwards again. just makes it interesting, so i dont get bored. Not sure if one way or the other helps more.

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1/14/13 5:44 P

Thank you for the feedback - I am going to put more backwards into my workout! I was hesitant because I feel like I can't maintain my speed as well, and might not be keeping up the burn enough. I'm thinking first and last five minutes of my next 60 minute workout...

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1/14/13 4:23 P

Yes! It really works great - changes things up too.

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1/14/13 4:16 P

Sure do - probably about half of the workout, slightly less. So if I do 15 minutes forward, I'll do 10 minutes backwards. Not that hard once you get in a groove.

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1/14/13 2:00 P

I have done it before but like everyone else has posted on here only for a few minutes. I have to concentrate too hard lol

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1/14/13 1:28 P

Definately! It adds cross-training to your workout. Since most of us do forward-going exercises, going backwards challenges different muscles that ordinarily are not used much. I regularly alternate between forward and backwards on the elliptical.

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1/14/13 1:06 P

I try to do at least a few minutes backwards. My problem is that I have to focus much harder to continue going backwards (which admittedly is probably good for me) so I can't always read/watch TV while doing the backwards part. But definitely works other muscles!

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1/14/13 12:53 P

Yes, but not for very long time. If I'm doing 30 minute workout, it will be only about 3-6 minutes backwards so not more than 1/5 of my workout time. I also use the backward motion for cooling down.

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1/14/13 12:34 P

I absolutely do. There's a program on the elliptical at the gym I use, and it does intervals including going backwards. I would say 2-3 minutes for every 10 minutes I do? I'm not too sure. And I'm not sure what muscles backwards works, but I can definitely feel it burn in different places. Give it a try!

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1/14/13 12:17 P

I use an elliptical for at home cardio (I affectionately refer to it as the "elliptical of doom"). I read somewhere that running "backward" on it works different muscles and is good for you. Do any of you regularly go backwards, and for how long or percent of workout?

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