How to Use an Elliptical Machine Effectively

The elliptical machine can and should be one of your best friends at the gym.

I usually start all of my workouts with a quick warm up on the elliptical trainer, and then usually use it for a cool down after i’m done as well.

There are so many benefits to using an elliptical trainer instead of or in conjunction with a treadmill or stair climber.

  1. Elliptical machines put less stress on your joints.
  2. The elliptical targets different muscles than running, cycling, and stair climbing.
  3. An elliptical forces us to have a longer stride.  This could result in an increased running speed.
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If we want an effective elliptical workout, we need to remember a few things.

  1. Stand up straight.  Good posture is essential in any workout.
  2. Keep your heels down!
  3. Enter your information into the machine.  This will give you a more accurate calorie count.  We should be aiming on burning 100 kcal every 10 minutes.
  4. Hike up the resistance, not the incline.
  5. Switch up directions to work different muscles.

How long do you usually spend on the elliptical?  Is it your go-to cardio machine?  Leave a comment!

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