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Old 09-15-2008, 01:01 PM
 
Location: NC
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Default Do elliptical machines really work?

I have been working out on one for two weeks atleast, yet I have hardly noticed a difference. I am eating extremely healthy and drink lots of water daily. I sweat a lot but am I burning fat? Any advice?
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Old 09-15-2008, 02:02 PM
 
Location: SUNNY AZ
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Absolutely they work......what level are you on? You need to get your heart rate up in order to burn fat no matter what you excersize on. How long are you consistently working out on it? For instance, I work out on mine, consistently keeping my heart rate up in the target fat burning zone, for 30 minutes, then I do my weights, then I do a 15-20 minute cool down on my eliptical again. If you are keeping your heart rate up and consistently doing it fore 30mins or more a day you should definitly be seeing a difference.
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Old 09-15-2008, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Texas
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My ex got into amazing shape just by using the elliptical 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week (and then supplementing with some weight-lifting). You don't have to do cardio for hours. You just have to make the time you do cardio count.
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Old 09-15-2008, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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Yes they work! I say they are the most evil machine made to man!! Ok OK I say that because they make my muscules hurt....
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Old 09-15-2008, 02:32 PM
 
Location: SUNNY AZ
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Yes they work! I say they are the most evil machine made to man!! Ok OK I say that because they make my muscules hurt....
lol......Evil. I can see how they might give off that impression . For some reason even though I've been using them for so long it's like the first 10 minutes feel like they might kill you......then it gets better, more sweaty but better
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Old 09-15-2008, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Far from where I'd like to be
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Yeah, they work ... They work your butt, your calves, your quads, your heart, your arms, your chest, your back ...
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Old 09-15-2008, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Watch out with how fast you go on those things. I have heard from several trainers that they can really mess up your knees if you over-do it.
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Old 09-15-2008, 04:40 PM
 
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you burn calories while you sleep so any kind of cardio activity will result in an increase in calories burned. i have heard, however, conflicting stories of how effective they are compared to other machines. for example, will you lose more calories on the elliptical or on the treadmill. from that perspective, then no, the elliptical may not be as effective. it depends on your situation, your goals, and your state of mind.

when i first started going to the gym, i used the elliptical. why? b'c it was easy and i could be on that thing forever without a lot of exertion. i have since moved to the treadmill where i feel like i'm working harder and losing more calories. now i am back on the elliptical b'c i was in "hiatus" for a while b'c i feel like on the elliptical i can concontrate on just "losing calories" versus if, for example, on a treadmill i'm also concerned about distance, form, endurance, etc. this is my own personal experience, however, and someone else's situation may differ from my own.
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Old 09-15-2008, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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It is a great machine with little stress on the joints. For home use, you need a smaller footprint to save space.

Like any exercise, you need to burn a particular number of calories and work a particular intensity to be effective.

You need to create an energy deficit of 3500 calories to lose a pound of fat.
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Old 09-15-2008, 09:02 PM
 
Location: The City of St. Louis
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They do indeed work very well. For fat loss I really don't think they can be beat for a beginner, since it so easy to burn a lot of calories fast on one, and they are very easy on your joints.

Chances are you aren't seeing results because you've only been working out for a week or two now. By now you should be getting into better shape, and have an easier time going faster/longer on the elliptical, but you won't see any large drops in weight in that short of a period of time (although if you are eating properly, a fat loss of several pounds would be expected). If you still haven't lost any weight within a week or to, go though your diet and count up your calories and be sure you really are eating the proper amount, and not too much or little. Too much and you'll keep your current weight or gain weight, too little and you'll be fatigued and tired all the time, and risk putting your body into starvation mode, where you will burn lean tissue instead of fat, and have a very hard time both losing weight and gaining muscle. Be sure to calculate in everything you eat, including soda or any alcohol. You can find many calorie calculators online to give you idea of what you need in a day, and should give you target calorie goals for fat loss too.

Also, one other thing...how often are you using the elliptical, and for how long? If you are only hopping on it a couple times a week for 15 minutes you won't see much of a difference. I'd do it for at least 30 minutes at a time at least 3 days a week, and increase the intensity, workout length, and number of times per week you go as you get stronger.
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