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Off-topic: what is the key to using an elliptical?

Postby merenewed » Wed Oct 28, 2009 11:23 am

Sorry for posting something not directly related with a TT.

I've just been cleared to exercise and my question is regarding elliptical trainers.

I have had an elliptical for a couple of years now but haven't used it much. The main reason is that my legs hurt like crazy after only a couple of minutes on the thing. They even start shaking.

Is that normal? Do I need to just get over it and keep going? I can't imagine doing 30 minutes, when I can barely last 3.

I've heard so many great things about ellipticals, I really want to use mine.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Off-topic: what is the key to using an elliptical?

Postby vanityquest » Wed Oct 28, 2009 11:42 am

I have an ellipicle myself and loved being able to exercise at home in front of the TV :lol: And although it helped me lose a little bit of weight, I never got the results I wanted using just the ellipticle. I read an article in a health and fitness magazine and it said that ellipticles are great if you have injuries because it's low-impact but most people will not get the kind of workout needed because the tension is too low and as a result they are using momentum instead of muscle to propel the machine.

I found that it was great for getting me ready to finally be able to work out at the gym after my sx. I started exercising 4wk po, on a really easy setting (I think 3) for 10 mins at first and by the time I was cleared at 6 weeks, I was ready to go to the gym.

I would check with you dr to make sure you're ok to workout. I know from experience that the ellipticle can be hard at first because the movement (although it seems similar to walking, it really isn't and the muscles groups work differently) is unfamiliar. But, once you get used to it, it becomes easier. Start slow and easy and build up.

Now a days, I prefer going to the gym, but I still use the ellipticle when I can't make it to the gym or when I just want to burn a few more calories at home.

Anyhoo....best of luck to you!
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Re: Off-topic: what is the key to using an elliptical?

Postby Jolie45 » Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:12 pm

I could hardly do 5 mintues when I started using the elliptical. But I gradually kept up with it and was able to do 30-40 minutes. At the gym I would watch the Food Network and it would keep me occupied. I have one here at home now and watch taped Ellen episodes while I do it. I got away from it for awhile and had to work myself back up. I'm recoving from TL surgery now so will have to start all over again in 4 weeks.
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Re: Off-topic: what is the key to using an elliptical?

Postby HappyLs » Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:16 pm

I love love my elliptical. But not sure it is the best thing after TT, especially if you are not used to it. Especially since you use your stomach muscles with this machine. No key to the elliptical that I know of, except building up your endurance. Start off at a low setting and at a low time 10 minutes....20 minutes...30 minutes...40 and so on. Just build as you feel your body start adjusting. :D
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Re: Off-topic: what is the key to using an elliptical?

Postby zannalee » Wed Oct 28, 2009 1:19 pm

When I first started to use the elliptical I could barely do 5 mins and I had to stop twice. You have to work your way up slowly. First time I did 5, the 2nd time 8, and so on. If you can only do 3 mins-that's OK, do what you can and gradually work your way up.
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Re: Off-topic: what is the key to using an elliptical?

Postby bree5 » Wed Oct 28, 2009 3:13 pm

I love mine I started out at 10 min and worked my way up to an hours. Keep with it after you get over the leg burning
they become numb lol. You just got to push through the pain i do it at the low resistance and go fast. I get a really
goor work out from it I sweat alot. It says 1 hour on the elliptical burn 720 calories. It is suppose to burn more calories than running.
I lost 30 pounds and know other people that have had good success with weight loss with it. Good luck to you!!!
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Re: Off-topic: what is the key to using an elliptical?

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:00 pm

Anything that gets your heart rate up for an extended period of time will help you lose weight, because you are burning calories.

I am not sure why your legs are shaking, but if I were you I would (for now) try to work past that and see if it stops. Where are you placing your feet? Towards the front of back? Raise your heel up as would be natural as you come up, but as each foot comes down, your heel should be planted.

I would start at 3 minutes, and each day try to add 3 more. By the time you can get to 15, you can most likely go a lot longer if you want. Don't let your mind "think" you can only go as far as you planned to increase. Challenge yourself, but if that number is it for the day, that's great, because it means you pushed harder than the day before and it doesn't take long at all to get into shape to go as long as you want to without dying of boredom. ;) (I love the elliptical, but I have to have something to watch while on it, as with any kind of "equipment.")l

I keep mine at a higher resistance so that I get a good leg workout as well as a good cardio.

All elliptical machines are a little bit different. Some have deeper steps, and seem to be slanted more foreward, and some machines DO give more momentum than others, but that doesn't mean you aren't getting a workout. It just means the other one is giving you a harder workout. Like sprinting instead of jogging. The one with the momentum will allow you to go a longer time, and still get a GREAT workout, so don't worry about it. Get the heart rate up in any way and you are working your heart and burning calories.
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Re: Off-topic: what is the key to using an elliptical?

Postby merenewed » Wed Oct 28, 2009 9:20 pm

Thank you ladies!

I really have to look for my manual, because I don't know where to change the resistance, I'm beginning to think maybe the resistance is too high.

But I like the idea of doing 3 minutes, then adding to that. I've always just given up because I somehow thought I should be able to do 30 min from the beginning.

I also have a treadmill and that is actually set up as a "treadmill desk", so I can spend hours on that while working and checking things out online, never boring. But my treadmill desk has been idle for almost six weeks now, it's time to dust it off! I'll be six weeks tomorrow and will officially start working out again.
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