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10/21/13 3:22 P

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nno, no,no and a thousand times no. i hate traditional cardio. You won't find me on a treadmill, stairclimber or elliptical. The only machine I use is a rower because it is a full body workout and is mainly my strength to make it work.

treadmills and ellipticals create cortisol and that is one hormone I don't want. However i do agree that there may be small benefits for the heart, but i would rather hiit train or crossfit.

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Hate the elliptical. It really only works your legs and for me that isn't helpful--my legs are already very toned. I also tend to attract male admirers when I spend more than about 5 minutes on the elliptical, which is distracting.

Purely anecdotal evidence, but it seems to me like the women I see who spend the most time on the elliptical are the ones who have the hardest time keeping up in things like Zumba...which makes me think that it isn't a very good use of time or terribly helpful for one's overall fitness.

The elliptical is the bastion of the skinny fat--people who aren't terribly overweight but who are not very strong either.

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I love it! Especially with the lolo Elliptical Trainer app on my phone.

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its not my favorite



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I don't mind it. I switch between that and the treadmill.

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no

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Yes!



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Yes, my favourite.



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I don't mind it if I'm doing intervals.



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Not my first choice



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Love it



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Absolutely!

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Love it...I use it everyday. I challenge myself by increasing the resistance or speed



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No, unfortunately it really hurts my knees. :(



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Yes but my feet go numb when I use it.

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I love it but get bored if I do it every time. I try to mix elliptical, sprints and running so that I don't get bored.



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I dont know will try it tomorrow



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Yes, low impact, burns more calories than walking.



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Yes I love it,35 min. 5 days a week.

Believe it and you can achieve it!

Don't look back, keep going forward.

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love my elliptical! You have to try the strides as some will feel uncomfortable.


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No no no no a thousand times no. Did i happen to say no?



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Yes, I do. It just wonderful!!!



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It's the only thing I do at the gym. Not sure how much it tones the arms. I get a great endorphin rush from it that lasts all day and evening.

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yes i do




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Yes..it is kind to my knees



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Love it!

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yes, used it again today

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I love it!

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for the most part! definitely when I want to read

You gotta do what you gotta do!


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No. It doesn't feel like a natural movement. I'd rather use the treadmill.

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yes, I use it quite often

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yes I have one and love it

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
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No. My knees don't work well on it.

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Compared to a treadmill I absolutely love it.
I know this is silly but I cant stand the monotonous sound of running on a treadmill. With an elliptical I can distract myself by watching tv or something but when im on the treadmill i just get fixated on the sound of my feet beating against it over and over.
Obviously i would prefer to be outside but for off days and freezing cold days its nice!



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I do like it, but I prefer the arc trainer myself. It is a little easier on my knees, especially because I am really short. It also burns calories faster.

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I spend more time with it than I do any member of my family including my DH!

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.


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Yes, but I haven't been on it lately.

Progress may be slow, but it happens!
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Yes I do. I enjoy the different challenges.

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i hated it. i had one and traded it in for the treadmill. it was boring not much to do at all.

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I prefer it over the treadmill

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love it but have to change it up sometimes

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I used to be a big fan, but I kind of burned out on it. I'll still use it from time to time, but I spoiled myself on the stair stepper, because it burns calories quicker than the elliptical and works me harder.

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Can't say I love it but I have new knees and it is the one aerobic thing I can do that is low impact. I can't stay on long yet but I can get my heart rate up in a minute or two and it stays up while I do other exercises, then back to the elliptical, etc. Recommendation by my personal trainer. Works the weak places I have too. (All my butt fat hurts the next day, Ha!)

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Love mine. I have rock hard legs from using my elliptical. I can't run outside worth a darn, but get me on the elliptical. With upbeat music I go like the wind. I do intervals to keep myself motivated. I go 30 seconds at my regular pace, then I crouch a little and sprint for 30-50 seconds then then back to regular pace for the last part of 2 minutes, then I go up a resistance level and repeat. I do resistance levels 1-6, back to 1-6 then 2-6 then 1 cool down, for a total of 30 minutes. When I get stronger I start adding another level of resistance until I max out at resistance level 8, then I start adding another round of 1-8. When in shape I could easily do 90 minutes after doing Jillian's 30 Day Shred.



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Yep! I have Exercise Induced Asthma and thus can only run a short distance before I have trouble breathing. Therefore all the cardiovascular activities I perform are either low-impact (like the elliptical or swimming) or aren't as 'endurance-required' as running (like dancing and horseback riding).

All of these work the muscles, and burn a load of calories, but don't affect my asthma too much. I probably get on the elliptical about twice a week, for 30-60minutes depending upon my mood.

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great cardio with much variability such as resistance and speed

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What I like is VARIETY... so it is one of my cardio options.

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Yes, I do.

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Yes I do like it!!

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It's okay, but I definitely prefer running outside. I get bored of the elliptical pretty easily and can only do 10-15 minutes on it before wanting to do something else. Ellipticals are also really notorious for overestimating calories burned, so I'm skeptical of how much of a workout I get on them. It is one of my two cross-training activities of choice though.



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I do like it! One of the things I look forward to about the gym is watching Food Network on the elliptical. I don't like watching TV while running because my head moves way too much and I get a headache.



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I don't like it.

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I only use it once or twice a week, doing a tabata protocol.

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I do! I have one at home, but I'm not a fan of it. However, when I do go to the gym, I always hit the elliptical before the treadmill! :)

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Yes I do!



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I love the elliptical trainer and use it a few times a week.

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Sometimes - my feet used to go numb, but that can be corrected by sitting a little bit so more weight is in the heels.

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Love the elliptical - I do a workout on it called Peak 8 - warm-up for 3-5 min., go all out as hard and as fast as I can for 30 sec., recover for 90 sec., repeat until I've done 8 - 30 sec. peaks. Great, quick workout!

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9/10/13 4:20 P

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If you asked me this 10 years I would say no, but I am trying to be pain free at 58 so the answer is yes. I love running best but.... long term it's not good.

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Love the elliptical too. I use it to give my hips and knees a break from running while still getting good cardio. It does work well for HIIT. I also like it for a warm up and cool down on strength training days



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9/10/13 3:06 P

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Love, Love, Love the Elliptical!!!! Easy on the Joints, Great Cardio workout. Can do straight "run" or I can mix it up and do HIIT

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9/10/13 1:21 P

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Unnatural, boring and overrated.


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

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9/10/13 1:12 P

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Nope

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9/10/13 12:16 P



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Not a fan. I don't like cardio machines as a general rule, and that one always made my feet numb. There's about a million things I'd rather do than stare at a wall for half an hour or more.

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9/10/13 10:05 A

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No...that machine is my kryptonite.



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9/10/13 9:19 A

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LOVE it! One of the few workouts that's kind to my joints and still makes me sweat.



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9/10/13 9:07 A

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When I'm consistent, the elliptical is my go-to machine, great calorie burn!



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9/10/13 8:16 A

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I do enjoy the elliptical as part of a exercise regimen. My husband has one that's sitting on our front porch right now. I am sure the neighbors appreciate that. Of course, when it was inside, I used it more than he did.



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9/10/13 7:27 A

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yes

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I had one a long time ago and it just became very monotonous after awhile. I began dreading my workouts and jumped at any excuse not to do them.

I could never be a runner, I get bored quickly with repetitive movement. I've found cardio circuit training is the best fit for me. I'm not even sure if that's what it would be called... but I usually follow workout videos where you do, for example; 30 seconds of high knees, 30 seconds star jumps, 30 seconds jump rope, 30 seconds butt kicks, 30 seconds jumping jacks, etc. and then repeat.


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9/10/13 6:38 A

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When I have used an elliptical in the past, I always had great results! It isn't hard on my knees and feels natural. Unfortunately, I haven't been exercising consistently in over a year and I find that it is a little too difficult at the moment, so I'm working my way back to my favorite fitness machine!



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I love my elliptical - wish I could train my fat cat to use it!



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