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Old 10-14-2001, 11:31 PM   #1
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Does anyone use any type of elliptical machine? If so, what fo you think of it?
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Old 10-14-2001, 11:39 PM   #2
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I have used them at the gym, and they are HARD!!!
I think the only thing harder is the stair machine. But at least I can do the eliptical machine!
I usually just do the eliptical machine after I have done my regular workout. I do it for about 10 minutes just to give myself one last little burst!
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The elliptical is my favorite piece of exercise equipment! I use Precor (I think) at the gym. Great low impact workout, I could even use it a week after spraining my ankle this summer. It was hard at first but I gradually worked my way up in terms of time and resistance.

I also have the Orbitrek. However, it just does not compare to the quality of the gym machines and I still prefer going to the gym to use the elliptical, even though I have one in my own apartment. Good luck.
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Hi bonnysammy,
I own and Orbitrek as well and I love mine! It is a little harder to do then some other exercises but I'll tell you what it sure gets the heart going. I noticed that QVC had an Orbitrek Pro for sale and it looked allot different from my Orbitrek but I really do like it. It's a great form of exercise.
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Orbitrek is the one I have! I just wanted to see what other people thought of it. I got mine through QVC.
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Old 10-19-2001, 04:23 PM   #6
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I have an ellipictal machine from Sears and I love it! It's a great form of exercise that doesn't have any impact. I enjoy it. I'm also a runner and running is hard on my knees, so I find this a great alternative to running.
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i use the ellipticals at the gym a lot, and i love them. much easier on my knees than anything else. i don't find them to be as hard as the stair machines (which i think are AWFUL), but they certainly are a good workout
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I didn't like the stair machine either. I don't think I was doing it right, because I never felt my muscles working, All I felt was knee pain.
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Stair machines hurt my knees too. I hate them!
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I got an elliptical about a month and a half ago. I bought a nordic track with the arm things (what do you call them). I really like it alot, I just now getting to the point of not totally worn out when I get on it. I have noticed a difference in my butt and legs.

I got a great elliptical routine out of my shape magazine, let me share it with you all. It works-burns about 300 cal. a half hour.

5 min warm up (low intensity)

4 min with arms (moderate intensity) if you don't have arms raise resistance

3 min (high intensity) raise resistance

1 min (low intensity) raise resistance

Repeat the 3/1

3 min (high intensity) go back to low or no resistance

1 min (low intensity) low or no resistance

Repeat the 3/1

5 min cool down

its sounds like its complicated but its not give it a try-i have it taped to my elliptical-it works.
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Cool! Thanks! I am going to try that righ tnow!

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I love the ellipticals as well! You can get ones with moving arms or no moving arms, it depends what you want. I find the ones with the moving arms are harder. With the ellipticals, you get a great workout and can go either forwards or backwards to work different muscles which is great!
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Just for fun, try this.....it only takes 12 minutes!!!!!

On the elliptical:
Min. 1-4: go at a 50% pace

Min. 5-8: alternate with 20 seconds as FAST as you can (sprint), 10 seconds at a slow pace (to catch your breath), 20 sec. at sprint, 10 sec. slow, etc.

Min. 9-12: return to the 50% pace to cool down

This was featured in the Dec. issue of Muscle Media in the article called "Guerilla Cardio". It will definately get your heart rate and breathing going.
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I will have to try that!
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Angry good idea

That is a great workout! I am going to try it tonight when I get off of work. What's so great about it is, there are so many times when I don't wake up early enough to do a 30-45 min workout. That is perfect just wake up 15 min earlier and do it in the morning. I think it would give you great energy for the morning! I'll reply tomm. and let you know how it works.
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