There’s no denying that the elliptical machine gets the worst rap of all the gym machines. Sliding on those metal pedals is an unnatural activity and something your body can’t train for, like swimming or running. So, is the cardio machine really all it’s cracked up to be or just a good place to read a magazine?
Jeff Gaudette, head coach at RunnersConnect, defends the elliptical. He tells Women’s Health that the elliptical can be a great low impact option for people who are recovering from an injury or have a chronic condition like arthritis. And, even for the uninjured, it can provide a welcome break from pounding on a treadmill.
Get the most bang for your buck by gliding at a speed of 90 RPMs, or rotations per minute, and grab those swinging handle bars. Even better, practice interval training by exercising at your maximum effort for 60 to 90 seconds, followed a short period of recovery. Do this by adjusting your incline, resistance, or speed.