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HWELSCH1 SparkPoints: (1,461)
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5/8/12 7:17 A

I love the elliptical! I feel I get a fuller workout and help tone my midsection sides with the arm bars. I have been doing 30 minutes of fat burn as a warm up before my strength training. Then I cool down with 15 minutes on the bike.

KAUDREY318 SparkPoints: (5,672)
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5/8/12 6:34 A

I do intervals on the elliptical also. Doing them gives you a much better workout that just going at a steady pace, and you can do it for shorter time. 20 minutes of tough intervals is a better workout than setting the machine on moderate for 40 minutes, according to my trainer and various articles I have read.

As far as the calorie count, I don't trust what the machine says. I eat within my range regardless of what the count says, and that has been working fine for me.

KAESEA78 SparkPoints: (3,895)
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5/8/12 5:18 A

I am so glad I found some other elliptical lovers!! I have a question though. Do you guys feel like the SP calorie calculator is accurate? I use an elliptical that has a preset weight and have researched to find out what that weight might be and can't find an exact answer but the average weight I have come up with is around 150#. I weigh a lot more than that so what I burn will be more than what the machine says, I understand that, but I'm afraid to adjust my eating if the calorie calculator is wrong. I am afraid that if I don't adjust the eating to reflect the work outs that I am going to get burnt out too fast and quit. What are your experiences?

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5/8/12 12:42 A

A reminder if I may, exercise is not the key to fat loss, nutrition (diet) is the key. The research proven formula for fat loss in ranked order is nutrition, strength training and then cardio. Nutrition is 80% of the programme with exercise at best 20%. There are no "magical" fat loss exercise programmes. You can use them to supplement a calorie deficit for fat loss but the primary benefit of exercise is improved health.

You can not out run (exercise) a bad diet.

It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.

I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.

Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit

You can not build a six pack using twelve packs

Often when we seek a magic bullet for fitness we end up shooting ourselves in the foot.

"I think calories are little germs in food that all moms are afraid of" Dennis the Menace

LAETU5 Posts: 1,405
5/7/12 11:10 P

I usually do manual with machines since I can adjust it to be more challenging on a good day or just a moderate challenge if I'm not really into it without feeling like I failed the program.

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5/7/12 11:04 P

Interval setting has been my favorite thus far. I just bump the setting up every week by 1 or 2. Works me good and I do 25 minutes right now, three times a week. Also, to mix it up you might try the bike once a week. I do the regular bike as opposed to recumbent... seems to get the legs better. One more thing - don't read when exercising because you won't work as hard.

Go with the flow

"Face forward and your fears will fail."
PURPLECOW88 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/26/12 12:49 A

I like doing interval workouts on the elliptical. It's definitely a more intense workout for me than a flat manual setting. It really works my leg muscles. I like the combined strength and cardio.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,915
3/26/12 12:41 A

Ultimately what matters for weight loss is calories consumed versus calories burned. The setting on the elliptical is irrelevant. Just go for maximizing the calories burned.


The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
3/25/12 11:51 P

Manual vs built in intervals is really up to you. If you find it too easy to go "that's hard enough" and turn it back down, use the built in intervals. If you want more control over your workout, use a manual setting.

Any "weight loss" setting, however, is likely to be based on the "fat burning zone", which is a myth. It'll have you working out at a very low level on the mistaken idea this burns more fat. Avoid these concepts.

Work out "hard" - whether it's a consistently tough setting, or intervals that push you.

Try mixing it up, too! How often will you spend 40 minutes on it? Try going for as long as you can on one pretty hard setting once a week, plus using intervals once a week, plus using very high intensity intervals for a much shorter duration once a week. Nobody says you have to do it the same way every time! (And mixing it up helps!)

Deb, in New Zealand
HEALTHYSLIM2 SparkPoints: (34,489)
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3/25/12 11:04 P

I love the elliptical, too!
I find when I do manual settings it keeps me more engaged.
Good luck finding your favorites modes.

It's your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.
JSMOM5 SparkPoints: (1,147)
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3/25/12 10:19 P

I use the interval setting on the elliptical. I love it. It's crazy to think i couldnt even use the elliptical a year ago. Now i do intervals and i increase the resistance every two weeks. I sweat like crazy. Also the arc trainers are amazing. I sweat head to toe on that machine. It's awesome! I also like the stair stepper/climber machine. I bounce between those three, rotating them diff days. I like to do 45 mins on those.

TOTALPACKAGE12 SparkPoints: (9,331)
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3/25/12 9:46 P

Honestly any of the programs will work to help you burn a decent amount of calories.

Play around with it and find what works best for you.

I usually hit weight loss or intervals. I definitely burn more calories on the elliptical than the bike or treadmill. The elliptical is a good choice.


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KTYKAR Posts: 76
3/25/12 9:18 P

do you do the weight loss setting or intervals or manual?

I plan to do at least 40 mins...

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