From the episode Which Exercise Machine Burns probably the most Calories? you discovered that even though most computers by using an elliptical exercise machine vastly overestimate the number of calories you burn, it is possible to still get a wonderful fat-burning and fitness effect if you are using an elliptical trainer which has arm resistance on it. Better yet should you likewise use a combination of a higher cadence and challenging resistance when using the elliptical trainer.
With this episode, you’re getting 6 other reasons why I’m a huge fan of the elliptical exercise machine. Plus, you’ll find out about why an elliptical exercise machine is useful for improving fitness or boosting weight loss.
The elliptical exercise machine was originally designed by an inventor who put together the theory for the elliptical motion by filming his daughter running alongside his car, then replicating that running motion inside a machine that gave running benefits, but put less force on the joints.
And the man was right. A report on the University of Missouri measured oxygen utilization, lactic acid formation, heart rate, and rating of perceived exertion upon an elliptical trainer as compared to a treadmill, and discovered how the elliptical exercise was nearly identical to the treadmill exercise in every single respect – however the cross trainer created far less joint impact.
Another study compared muscle activity patterns in the quadriceps and hamstrings in walking on the ground, walking with a treadmill, stationary bicycling, along with the elliptical machine. The elliptical trainer produced significantly greater quadriceps utilization and greater quadriceps and hamstring coordination than the other modes of exercise! And a study at Willamette University found out that when you pedal backwards with an elliptical, your quadriceps utilization skyrockets a lot more.
Given that most people have weak quadriceps in comparison to hamstrings, this really is another definite help to utilizing an elliptical trainer, especially if you’re a frequent runner or cyclist who wants balanced muscles.
Another study that came out of Dalhousie University in Canada compared elliptical training to walking, and located greater muscle activation throughout the elliptical training for the gluteus maximus (butt) and vastus lateralis (external hip muscles), having a slightly lower activation of the hamstrings.
These “hip extensors” and “hip external rotators” are generally weak in the majority of fitness enthusiasts and couch potatoes alike, and if you wish to purchase them stronger, it appears an elliptical exercise machine could be only the ticket.
Interestingly, another study, with the University of Idaho (my alma mater – go Vandals!) found that as stride length increases with an elliptical exercise machine, more calories are burned – without you really feeling like you’re working any harder – which is excellent to learn should you exercise by using an indoor elliptical trainer with adjustable stride length or on the outdoor-style Elliptigo trainer, which has adjustable stride length.
Quite simply, eventhough an elliptical could be in close proximity to a treadmill with regards to actual calorie burning, an elliptical that includes a long stride length can make certain that you’re truly maximizing calorie burn.
By using an elliptical trainer that includes arm motion, a shoulder, chest, biceps and triceps workout can be incorporated simultaneous into a lower body cardiovascular workout. In addition, the upright posture upon an elliptical exercise machine will utilize even more of your core muscles, and when you decide to go “hands-free” without using the railing by using an indoor elliptical trainer, you are able to increase balance and posture training effects too.
In a nutshell, it will save you a bunch of time by working your upper body muscular endurance, lower body muscular endurance, cardiovascular fitness, and core all simultaneously with an elliptical trainer.
Compared to a treadmill, an elliptical machine is simpler to advance which is a wonderful way to save space. I make use of a backyard elliptical trainer (the Elliptigo) and it may fold up smaller compared to a bicycle and become positioned in the trunk of your own car. Therefore if your house gym is small or perhaps you don’t have room for a bike with your car, an elliptical exercise machine is a perfect option.
Ultimately, an elliptical exercise machine is an excellent tool for fitness and fat loss, and I recommend including it in your fitness routine – even if you’re a “purist” runner or cyclist!