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9/15/08 6:44 P

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I think it does a lot for strength training too. It will be good for you to get one.

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yes i think the elliptical is much harder than the treadmill. the first example they give, is fine but in reality who does a 9 minute mile? i am happy when i do a 20 minute mile! lol. i find the elliptical works me harder than the treadmill. but thats just my opinion of course, we are going to be buying one soon hopefully!

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I was already doing 30 minutes on the treadmill when I started on the elliptical. I thought it was a killer LOL. That is why I feel so accomplished doing 37 minutes on the treadmill the other night.

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The Elliptical is more challenging to me than a treadmill. My suggestion to someone thinking about buying an elliptical, is to work out on one first to see if you like it. They're harder than you think. When I go on ours, my legs don't hurt until I stop. That's when I feel it in my lower legs. I haven't been on it that much, I still prefer to walk outside, but cold rainy weather is right around the corner and I'm going to make an effort to get on it and use it.

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8/28/08 4:16 P

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When I started using the elliptical I found it very challenging. I started with one minute, seriously. Now I can do 37 minutes, maybe more but I do get bored.

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I guess an elliptical can burn more depending on how fast you go on the treadmill.

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Interesting info. Thanks for sharing.

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This was interesting but I prefer the elliptical personally. I have knee pain and when I do too much time on the treadmill I end up with pain. I also don't do a 9 min mile but do seem to push myself on the elliptical machine!

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very interesting.. although a 9 minute mile is faster than I can go on the treadmill.. i can however go that fast and even faster on the elliptical so it's a toss up for me..

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Thanks for the information! I have been looking at both of these pieces of equipment and have not decided which would be best for me but this gives me a lot more to think about!

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March 23, 2008
Treadmill vs. Elliptical: What Burns More Calories?

Treadmill_vs_elliptical_2I'm often asked, "if I want to make the best use of my time and burn the most amount of calories which machine should I choose?"

If you're strictly looking at which cardiovascular piece requires more energy expenditure, the elliptical or treadmill, then you will find that the answer lies in the amount of work that is asked of your body when using each piece. All other things being equal, the act of running requires more mechanical work of your body, and thus, burns more calories when compared to using an elliptical machine.

Although ellipticals can provide a great workout, their smooth, comfortable motion actually works against them when it comes to forcing the body to absorb impact, resist rotation, and other factors that all add up to increased caloric expenditure.

Here are some comparative statistics on a treadmill vs. elliptical:
Ex: 180lb person completing 45 minutes of work
Elliptical – 441.8 calories burned
Treadmill – 675 calories burned (9 minute mile pace)
* Statistics taken from primusweb.com

Although your exact results will vary depending on your weight, intensity, and other factors, I hope these stats give you a better idea of how treadmills outperform ellipticals in terms of calories burned in a given time period. However, don't rule out ellipticals as a useful piece of cardiovascular equipment… in my next post I'll show you why.

Posted by Stephen Cabral 7:56:49 PM

March 24, 2008
Benefits of Using an Elliptical Trainer

In my last post I compared the calorie burning potential of using a treadmill vs. an elliptical. Although this is a touchy subject for elliptical users out there, I want you to know that there is no reason to give up your favorite machine just yet.

Here is a list of reasons why the elliptical can be a great choice for exercisers:

* Low impact (feet never leave the pedals)
* Provides an excellent cardiovascular workout
* Can vary intensity through changing resistance, speed and ramp
* Safe to use (when you stop, the machine stops)
* Full body workout when using the machine arms

The top benefit that most people associate with elliptical trainers is their ability to provide a solid cardiovascular workout without all of the impact. If you have a history of knee or lower back issues, this may be the right piece of equipment for you to get back in stride.

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