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10-25-2004, 09:50
I have been working out about 1 hour per day on a treadmill for the last 5 months. I am down 50 pounds, and my blood pressure and cholesterol are way down. Yesterday I saw a "free to a good home" eliptical trainer down the street. It appeared to be in good shape, so I loaded it up and took it home. This morning, in about 15 minutes, it kicked my butt. I was totally exhausted. Any advice on the correct usage of one of these machines would be appreciated.

10-25-2004, 20:34
I have one of these things. They will kill you. I remember when I first tried mine out 5 mins nearly killed me. I have never in my life would have thought that I was that bad out of shape. I ride bikes now and use the eliptical on rainy days. Lord I pray for SUN SHINE.:)

10-28-2004, 23:38
What is a good one to buy? I need one a heavy duty modle for my size. Hopefully I won't go broke getting it.

10-29-2004, 14:46
I love the Lifefitness elliptical at the gym.;3

I'd like to own my own someday.

10-30-2004, 05:37
I bought this one about a year it...

10-30-2004, 06:52
I've had a Horizon Fitness model for it. The price was reasonable and their customer service is very good ($500-600 IIRC). Tried the more expensive brands and these actually felt/worked better.

Some advice...whatever brand you choose, make sure you get one with the "arm rowers." Big difference in intensity between one with and one without, IMO.

11-03-2004, 12:31
Originally posted by Donglock26
I love the Lifefitness elliptical at the gym.;3

I'd like to own my own someday.

I found the Pre Cor units to follow the flow of ones stride much better:

As for proper usage of an elliptical, it varies a bit person to person.

First, don't crank the resistance way up at first keep it below the halfway mark. On a scale of 1 to 20 I usually train from 6 to 8, for me it's a good blend of cardio and strength.

Second, vary the incline it's simulating if you can, this will work different muscle groups.

Third, get a heart monitor and stay within your range for a cardio workout. Get to your desired range and stay there for at least 20 minutes.

I like the elliptical much more than the bike or a treadmill. The bike is a walk in the park compared to the elliptical, it's like I'm not doing any work.