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melbellrocks
10-31-2009, 04:49 PM
Ok so before two weeks ago I had not actually exercised in probably 5 years.

I decided to start out slow and just hit the treadmill at the gym and walk walk walk until it started to get too easy. So I thought one day I would just give that Elliptical a shot.

OH MY GOSH it tried to kill me. My legs turned to absolute mush after like 3 minutes. I forced myself up to five minutes before I had to stop. I had no idea it would be that hard. It LOOKS like it would be easier than walking but it's SO muscle intensive (for someone as out of shape as me anyway).

Man, I couldn't believe how hard it was! I guess I have to build some more muscle from just walking before I can work up to it. My gym-buddy makes me look like a wuss because she hops on it and does 30 minutes to an hour but I just remind myself that she has less weight to push around and she's been walking for a couple years now. Once I reminded myself of that we just pick a part of the gym where there's an elliptical and a treadmill next to each other and just do our thing. Phew...I'm tired just THINKING about it!!!


Windchime
10-31-2009, 05:09 PM
The elliptical can be a killer, for sure! I can jog for a couple of miles now and still feel pretty good but after 10-15 minutes on the elliptical I'm really starting to sweat. I bought one in February and when I first started, I really could only go about 5-7 minutes before I was a quivering, sweating mess. I can do 30-40 minutes now but it's still quite a workout!

Just keep trying it and you will be able to do it longer and longer. it's not just you--the elliptical kicks everyone's butt at first!

melbellrocks
10-31-2009, 05:19 PM
Glad to know I'm not alone!! :)


beerab
10-31-2009, 05:58 PM
Haha you made me laugh- I like how you say it tried to kill you.

That's like when I first got my treadmill, two minutes later I was DONE- now I can easily do half an hour :D

melbellrocks
10-31-2009, 06:10 PM
I swear at one point I looked down and the digital readout said "HAHAHA"

But maybe that was just the sweat in my eyes?

VernDern
10-31-2009, 06:15 PM
lmao...hilarious.

Yea... I used to use the elliptical alot. When I first tried it I lasted like 2 mins but I got up to being able to stay on the length of a movie (oh how I miss Golds Gym movie cenima)...

If you just do get on it everytime and do as long as you can you'll see that each day you can go longer and longer. =)

dwkraus
11-01-2009, 12:54 PM
I enjoy reading this blog and applaud those working hard to accomplish their weight loss goals. It is certainly not easy to reverse the lifestyle process, set a new direction and succeed and I am cheering for you all the way because you can make it.
The elliptical feels more demanding, cardio-wise, than it looks because you engage many more muscle groups than running or cycling. However this is one of its best features, you don't fatigue one set of muscles you use them all so caloric expenditure is maximized. At the same time its low impact which means joint damage is minimized. Cross country skiing has been recognized for many decades as the best aerobic workout but without snow elliptical cross trainers are probably the next best exercise we have ever invented for ourselves. Rely on them and you we benefit.
The only problem with indoor elliptical cross trainers is the boredom factor, for many, a substantial hurdle.
In an effort to avoid self promotion and follow the guidelines for this post I will only mention that there are ways to take the elliptical cross trainer outside for an exhilarating ride and I would also say watch the Biggest Loser for an example. I hope this gets posted as my motivation is primarily to help others accomplish their goals. Thanks

dwkraus
11-01-2009, 12:57 PM
:hug:I enjoy reading this blog and applaud those working hard to accomplish their weight loss goals. It is certainly not easy to reverse the lifestyle process, set a new direction and succeed and I am cheering for you all the way because you can make it.
The elliptical feels more demanding, cardio-wise, than it looks because you engage many more muscle groups than running or cycling. However this is one of its best features, you don't fatigue one set of muscles you use them all so caloric expenditure is maximized. At the same time its low impact which means joint damage is minimized. Cross country skiing has been recognized for many decades as the best aerobic workout but without snow elliptical cross trainers are probably the next best exercise we have ever invented for ourselves. Rely on them and you we benefit.
The only problem with indoor elliptical cross trainers is the boredom factor, for many, a substantial hurdle.
In an effort to avoid self promotion and follow the guidelines for this post I will only mention that there are ways to take the elliptical cross trainer outside for an exhilarating ride and I would also say watch the Biggest Loser for an example. I hope this gets posted as my motivation is primarily to help others accomplish their goals. Thanks

RN BSN 2009
11-01-2009, 01:00 PM
I find the elliptical to not be too bad... It's less harder on my knees than the treadmill. I find the rhythm more natural.

But I don't really get tired until about a half hour in.

Windchime
11-01-2009, 02:19 PM
To combat the boredom factor, I set up my laptop and catch up on old TV shows on hulu. I can't see the TV from where my elliptical is, but the laptop works well for me. I have found that shows with lots of excitement, car chases, etc keep me more involved and able to keep going longer than slow, gentle dramas.

FitGirlyGirl
11-02-2009, 11:18 AM
melbell - I was just the same when I first started working on my elliptical. 5 minutes on minimum resistance was killer! Just do what you can each time and you will be shocked at one you can do in no time. Getting from 5 minutes up to 10 was the hardest thing ever. Getting from 10 to 15 was easier, 15 to 20 even easier, then before I knew it I had accidentally done 30. Now I do 30 almost every time, with the occasional bounce up to 45. I have been working on increasing my resistance. I do most of my 30 minutes at 2 or more and can go up to 5 for 5 minutes at a time or 10 for 2 minutes at a time now. It was just the beginning of July that 5 minutes on level 1 was killing me. It really is an awesome workout. Keep at it, don't wait until you are stronger, it is going to be hard when you start it no matter how much walking you've done before it. It is worth it though, it is among the highest calorie burns I get.

evieistrying09
11-02-2009, 11:35 AM
Oh! I understand!

Me and my sister went to the gym together a couple times, and I would jump on the elliptical (thinking it would be easy) and after 4-5 minutes, I would be sweating cats and dogs, and there was my sister, doing it, without as much as a tiny little drop on her forehead...

She would do it maybe a hour of that a day! It was crazy! And she couldn't understand how it would be hard for me. :(

evieistrying09
11-02-2009, 11:36 AM
Oh, but just for kicks, (I haven't been to the gym since then, I now just use my treadmill in the basement, haha) I can now run for almost 5 minutes at a time! I'm doing the C25K, and let me tell ya, when I first started, I couldn't even run a whole minute without dying.

I'm so proud of myself! :) haha

PinkyPie
11-02-2009, 12:20 PM
Ooh I *love* the elliptical because it's so evil! :lol: this time last year I struggled to do 5 min. Now I'm doing 45-60 minutes! Each time I pass another 10 minutes I shout out "Take that Mofo!" :lol: (I do not recommend this for in the gym- I do it at home and my husband just ignores because he knows I'm nuts anyway) Seriously, keep working that machine until it thinks you are the Butt-Kicker of Dooooooom and simultaneously watch your arms, butt, thighs and hips get smaller. It's truly an awesome machine :)

I also recommend watching something or making a rockin' playlist on your mp3 player to get you through it. One trick I use it to cover up the time counter. I use songs as an indication. Let's say I've made it through 2 songs, 1 more will be a piece of cake. 3 songs, hey that wasn't bad, I can definitely get through 4. Sometimes I'm enjoying it so much I don't even know what number I'm on! Happy to share a few play lists with you if you'd like :)

Diva
11-02-2009, 12:23 PM
LMAO! You are funny! That thing tried to kill me too! No joke! I was JUST LIKE YOU not too long ago girl/ The first time I could barely get 3 min's, then 5, then 15, then 20, then I forced myself after about 6 months mind you, to do 30 and (Channeling Rosanna Rosanna Danna) OMG I thought I was gonna die!!!

But now I LOVE the Elliptical! On the Treadmill my knees and ankles and hips hurt a lot, but I can do 30 minutes on the Elliptical and sweat more, go further distances and burn WAY more calories! Also, if my hips are bothering me, I cna get on it for 30 min's and they don't hurt anymore. It's magic! I LOVE it. Sometimes I can even do 45 minutes to an hour, but then I am spent and you can't get anything else out of me that day! LOL!

Keep it up girly! The more ya do, the easier it gets, I promise. :)

Shannon in ATL
11-02-2009, 01:10 PM
I wasn't sure I was going to survive when I first started the elliptical... Even now it is hard, and I can run outside at the park for 2 hours with no problem...

Keep at it, it does get easier! :)

melbellrocks
11-02-2009, 07:39 PM
haha thanks guys for letting me know I'm not the only one with these troubles!!

I am going to try and work my way up to it and build my leg muscles while walking before I let it try and kill me again.

Nada
11-04-2009, 12:00 PM
I've never heard anyone talk about the eliptical without saying something like what you said: "5 minutes and I thought I was going to die". If there is anyone out there who thought it was easy, I just don't want to hear it!! Even now when I don't get on it for a while it kills me EVEN THOUGH I haven't slacked up on other types of exercise.

melbellrocks
11-04-2009, 06:56 PM
so good news! I shelled out for some good shoes and I have actually been able to walk faster and on an incline without my feet giving out. I can actually feel the burn in my legs the next morning now so I will be kicking that elliptical any day now! lol

s rosa
11-04-2009, 07:04 PM
I felt like that the first few times on one:yes I set mine up in front of my tv at home, and it really helps the time go by, especially if you're really into the show. I started by getting on it during the commercials, break during the show, then eventually I switched to being on it during the show, break on commercials, and now I can be on it through a whole show. It really is an awesome machine:yes You'll get there, one day you can look at one and say I kicked your butt!:D

saef
11-04-2009, 07:13 PM
You just wait. You will master it. And then you'll become an elliptical connoisseur. If you're traveling, and use the gym at the hotel, or at a friend's place, you'll start comparing machines & you'll like one better than the other, and you'll see how luxurious some are & how bare-bones others are. You can start getting snotty to ellipticals that don't meet your standards. You'll be an elliptical snob.

Changing ellipticals can be a b*tch. I got used to working on the Precor at a college gym & when the college gym closed for the summer during the best hours for me, I had to pick up a membership at a local gym. The first time I tried their elliptical, I set it the way I would for the Precor, with the resistance at what I was used to. The new machine kicked my butt all over again. In fact, I hurt my foot badly & made my plantar fasciitis (I am sure I spelled that wrong) flare up. I had to lay off & use the stationary bike to get over that, and when I tried the elliptical again, I had to set the resistance much lower. Now I'm accustomed to that particular machine, but this did not happen overnight.

Sweetcaroline
11-04-2009, 07:21 PM
I hate it... it makes me feel like a loser... and not the good kind of loser..
I will tackle it eventually, its actually on my list of 'challenges'.. but right now I need to be doing equipment that I 'like'.. not that thing....

FitGirlyGirl
11-05-2009, 07:57 AM
Awww, Sweetcaroline - don't let it make you feel like a bad loser. Haven't you been reading the thread? It's evil for everyone when they start. It is even hard for my hubby right now because he hasn't done it much and he is in the military, quite fit, and does sprints up to 15mph when he runs. Just stick with it and you can beat it and then it can help you be the good kind of loser.

diabetic z
11-05-2009, 06:43 PM
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OH MY GOSH it tried to kill me...

:lol3: Hehehe, I totally agree. My first attempt on the elliptical lasted exactly 5 minutes. My legs were noodled, I was sucking air like a fish out of water, and I was drenched in sweat. Little by little, I was able to increase my duration and difficulty level. I love that it is low impact since I have weak ankles and a bum knee.

@PinkyPie - You're so funny. Here I thought only guys yelled at inanimate objects. :D My personal trainer just started me on some balance ball exercises. That stupid over grown beach ball is now my new nemesis.

rena1
11-06-2009, 07:08 PM
I felt the same way when I first got on that crazy machine! My mistake was that I tried one of those natural runner, no handle ones, and it was HARD!!!! I, like many others, could not even make it to 5 minutes, and I'd already lost some wait by that time! I had heard so many ladies write about how "easy" the elliptical was, and I couldn't figure out what was wrong with me! haha. I even googled things like "elliptical is too hard", and "how to do the elliptcal for more than a minute", you get the idea. So anyways, I finally tried one with handle bars, a Life Fitness elliptical, I think... and its getting easier every day! Im up 25 minutes and it only took me about a month to work up to this level...so you can do it too!!!!i Good luck chicka!!!