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Elliptical Training Workout

What is an Elliptical Trainer?

An elliptical trainer is a machine that looks like a combination of the treadmill, cross-country ski machine and a stepping machine. The machine forces the feet to move in an oval (or elliptical) pattern. Elliptical training is low-impact so it does not stress the joints, but it offers good cardio-aerobic benefits and helps us to burn calories fast.

Elliptical Training Burns Calories and Works Muscle

You burn approximately 10 calories per minute on an elliptical trainer, and continue to burn calories at a higher rate for a few hours afterwards. It tones the entire body, which makes us look leaner. By moving forward on the machine we work the quadriceps (the muscles on the front of our thighs) and the gluteal muscles (our butt muscles).

Elliptical Training - How Many Calories Does It Burn?

Depending on the degree of resistance, 30 minutes on an elliptical trainer burns about 250-300 calories. [This is based on a 150-pound woman. If you weigh more, you’ll burn extra calories; if you weigh less, you’ll burn fewer calories.]

How Often To Do Elliptical Training For Weight Loss?

Beginner
15 minutes at a slow pace, 2 or 3 times a week.

Medium
20 minutes using a pre-programmed workout that doesn’t include intervals, 2 or 3 times a week.

Advanced
20 to 60 minutes of interval training, either pre-programmed or self-directed, 2 or 3 times a week.

Elliptical Training - How To Start

Work the muscles by going forward as much as possible. Studies found that going backwards doesn’t work the legs as effectively as forward motion. Although we burn slightly more calories by going in reverse, it’s not enough according to some experts to justify the potential strain put on the knees. Getting your balance on an elliptical machine can be a difficult at first. But remember that you’ll burn more calories if you let go of the handles than if you hang on. Let the arms swing freely if possible.

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