In the episode Which Exercise Machine Burns by far the most Calories? you found out that even though most computers on an elliptical trainer vastly overestimate the quantity of calories you burn, you are able to still get an incredible fat-burning and fitness effect if you utilize an elliptical machine that has arm resistance into it. Better still when you also use a mixture of a high cadence and challenging resistance when using the elliptical machine.
In this particular episode, you’re going to get 6 other reasons why I’m a large fan of your elliptical exercise machine. Plus, you’ll discover more about why an elliptical exercise machine is perfect for improving fitness or boosting weight loss.
The elliptical exercise machine was originally developed by an inventor who came up with the theory to the elliptical motion by filming his daughter running alongside his car, then replicating that running motion in a machine that gave running benefits, but put less force on the joints.
And he was right. Research in the University of Missouri measured oxygen utilization, lactic acid formation, heartrate, and rating of perceived exertion by using an elliptical machine when compared with a treadmill, and found the elliptical exercise was nearly identical to the treadmill exercise in just about every respect – nevertheless the elliptical machine created a lot less joint impact.
Another study compared muscle activity patterns from the quadriceps and hamstrings in walking on the ground, walking with a treadmill, stationary bicycling, along with the elliptical exercise machine. The elliptical exercise machine produced significantly greater quadriceps utilization and greater quadriceps and hamstring coordination than the other modes of exercise! And a study at Willamette University discovered that if you pedal backwards upon an elliptical, your quadriceps utilization skyrockets much more.
Due to the fact most people weak quadriceps when compared with hamstrings, this really is another definite advantage of using an elliptical machine, especially if you’re a frequent runner or cyclist who would like balanced muscles.
Another study that came out of Dalhousie University in Canada compared elliptical training to walking, and found greater muscle activation during the elliptical practicing for the gluteus maximus (butt) and vastus lateralis (external hip muscles), having a slightly lower activation from the hamstrings.
These “hip extensors” and “hip external rotators” tend to be weak in most fitness enthusiasts and couch potatoes alike, and if you need to purchase them stronger, it ends up that the elliptical machine could be only the ticket.
Interestingly, another study, in 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 truly feeling like you’re working any harder – which is excellent to know should you exercise upon an indoor elliptical machine with adjustable stride length or about the outdoor-style Elliptigo trainer, that also has adjustable stride length.
Put simply, eventhough an elliptical may be near to a treadmill in terms of actual calorie burning, an elliptical that features a long stride length can make certain that you’re truly maximizing calorie burn.
With an elliptical machine that features arm motion, a shoulder, chest, biceps and triceps workout might be incorporated simultaneous to your lower body cardiovascular workout. In addition, the upright posture by using an elliptical machine will utilize even more of your core muscles, and if you are going “hands-free” without using the railing with an indoor elliptical trainer, you are able to increase balance and posture training effects too.
Simply speaking, you can save a ton of time by working your torso muscular endurance, lower body muscular endurance, cardiovascular fitness, and core all simultaneously by using an elliptical trainer.
In comparison to a treadmill, an elliptical exercise machine is simpler to go and is also a great way to save space. I make use of an outside elliptical machine (the Elliptigo) and it can fold up smaller compared to a bicycle and stay placed into the trunk of the car. In case your property gym is small or else you don’t have room for any bike with your car, an elliptical machine is an ideal option.
Ultimately, an elliptical machine is a great tool both for fitness and fat loss, and I recommend including it with your fitness routine – regardless of whether you’re a “purist” runner or cyclist!