From the episode Which Exercise Machine Burns probably the most Calories? you found out that although most computers on an elliptical exercise machine vastly overestimate the quantity of calories you burn, you are able to still get an incredible fat-burning and fitness effect if you are using an elliptical exercise machine that has arm resistance into it. Even better when you also employ a variety of an increased cadence and challenging resistance when using the elliptical machine.
With this episode, you’re going to get 6 other reasons why I’m a big fan of your elliptical exercise machine. Plus, you’ll find out about why an elliptical exercise machine will work for improving fitness or boosting weight loss.
The elliptical exercise machine was originally developed by an inventor who put together the concept for that elliptical motion by filming his daughter running alongside his car, then replicating that running motion in the machine that gave running benefits, but put less force on the joints.
And the man was right. A study on the University of Missouri measured oxygen utilization, lactic acid formation, heart rate, and rating of perceived exertion upon an elliptical exercise machine as compared with a treadmill, and located that this elliptical exercise was nearly identical to the treadmill exercise in every single respect – nevertheless the elliptical trainer created less joint impact.
Another study compared muscle activity patterns of the quadriceps and hamstrings in walking on the floor, walking with a treadmill, stationary bicycling, as well as the elliptical machine. The elliptical exercise machine produced significantly greater quadriceps utilization and greater quadriceps and hamstring coordination than any of the other modes of exercise! Plus a study at Willamette University learned that when you pedal backwards on an elliptical, your quadriceps utilization skyrockets much more.
Due to the fact most people have weak quadriceps in comparison to hamstrings, this really is another definite benefit to employing an elliptical trainer, especially if you’re a frequent runner or cyclist who wants balanced muscles.
Another study that arrived of Dalhousie University in Canada compared elliptical training to walking, and located greater muscle activation during the elliptical training for the gluteus maximus (butt) and vastus lateralis (external hip muscles), using a slightly lower activation in the hamstrings.
These “hip extensors” and “hip external rotators” are usually weak in many fitness enthusiasts and couch potatoes alike, and if you need to get them stronger, it ends up that the elliptical trainer might be just the ticket.
Interestingly, another study, with the University of Idaho (my alma mater – go Vandals!) found that as stride length increases by using an elliptical machine, more calories are burned – without you actually feeling like you’re working any harder – which is excellent to understand when you exercise on an indoor elliptical machine with adjustable stride length or around the outdoor-style Elliptigo trainer, which also has adjustable stride length.
In other words, eventhough an elliptical could be close to a treadmill when it comes to actual calorie burning, an elliptical that features a long stride length can guarantee that you’re truly maximizing calorie burn.
With an elliptical exercise machine which includes arm motion, a shoulder, chest, biceps and triceps workout might be incorporated simultaneous to some lower body cardiovascular workout. Moreover, the upright posture by using an elliptical exercise machine will utilize more of your core muscles, and when you are going “hands-free” without using the railing upon an indoor elliptical exercise machine, you can increase balance and posture training effects too.
In a nutshell, it can save you a lot of time by working your upper body muscular endurance, lower body muscular endurance, cardiovascular fitness, and core all at the same time with an elliptical machine.
In comparison to a treadmill, an elliptical machine is simpler to go and is a wonderful way to save space. I make use of an outdoors elliptical exercise machine (the Elliptigo) and it can fold up smaller compared to a bicycle and be placed in the trunk of the car. Thus if your home gym is small or you don’t have room for a bike inside your car, an elliptical exercise machine is a perfect option.
Ultimately, an elliptical trainer is a superb tool for fitness and weight loss, and so i recommend including it inside your fitness routine – regardless of whether you’re a “purist” runner or cyclist!