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Old 04-07-2008, 02:24 PM
 
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I need to buy a work out machine. My parents like to walk and we are not much of a runner. So its hard whether treadmill gives more amount of workout or eliptical. Can anyone please tell me which one provides better work out (burning calories)?
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:18 PM
 
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I need to buy a work out machine. My parents like to walk and we are not much of a runner. So its hard whether treadmill gives more amount of workout or eliptical. Can anyone please tell me which one provides better work out (burning calories)?
The eliptical, because it works more muscles thus giving you a better workout, and ability to burn off more fat. The treadmill is fine for walking and getting a good cardio workout in. It all depends on if you want to walk, or get a more intense workout. I personally like the eilptical better.
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:29 PM
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Personally I'd go with the eliptical because it's better on your joints and eliminates the risk of falls.
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Old 04-08-2008, 06:50 PM
 
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I would go with which one you enjoy using the most. That will burn more calories because you will spend more time on it and use it more frequently.

As for me, I prefer a treadmill. Ellipticals have a lot of good things about them, but I find them very boring unless you want to fork out a lot of money for a Cybex Arc Trainer. Treads allow you to walk, jog, and run at inclines from flat up to 12-15% depending on what brand and model. And you can get a really great treadmill for around $1500 where ellipticals in that price range IMO are mediocre at best.

I guess I'm biased though. I sold high end fitness equipment for 6 years and really developed a dislike for ellipticals.

That being said, my dislike is just that, MY dislike. You should try any machine you are considering extensively. I would go to the store and get on it for at least 10-15 minutes. Any machine can feel good for 30 seconds to a minute. Get on it, play with it, use it like you plan to use it when you get it home. You will have a lot better chance of being happy with your decision. ALWAYS try treadmills through their full incline range, and ALWAYS try ellipticals through their full resistance range. You will find some don't feel as smooth once you start changing the settings and that may help you avoid a machine that you would end up not liking.
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Old 04-09-2008, 12:49 AM
 
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It's all subjective. I LOVE the elliptical but think a treadmill gives me a better work out. The elliptical is great for different inclines and such but I find myself "slacking off" whereas on the treadmill I burn more calories because you're going at a "set speed". The elliptical you can go as slow or fast as you want and I tend to go slow.

With that said, you should get what you think you will do the most exercising. If it's for your parents, than I think the elliptical is better because you're not as hard on your knees. There may, however, be a balance issue on the elliptical. At least for me there is if I do not use the bars (but then again, some people may have balance issues on the treadmill).

Either choice, don't just get the cheapest one. Get what you can afford, definitely, but just remember you get what you pay for. The above poster gave great advice. You should use before you buy. My suggestion is try to get a free pass for a week at your local gym and use their equipment. That way you'll know at least if you like a certain brand or not. Good luck!!
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Old 06-18-2008, 12:57 PM
 
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Cool Whatever you buy, buy quality

Choose the machine that you will use the most, but also consider what you can afford, a quality machine is most important.

If your motivated you will enjoy using (or at least tolerate using) either a treadmill or an elliptical but whatever you do make sure the one you get is of good quality and has proven servicing (either manufacturer or seller).

I'm looking out for a treadmill myself and so have come across a few posts like this and others giving advice about specific models - and from what ive read it pays to ask others their opinion.

I can't tell you what elliptical or treadmill to buy but from what i've read I can tell you a manufacturer to avoid (treadmills in particular) - Trends Fitness. They look good machines for the mid to low end but the reviews - WOW! Everything from false specs to major components not functioning - oh and to top it off, theres even a site been dedicated to their failings - presumably done by a retailer who's had enough of them.

If you've got 5 minutes check out [URL="http://www.trends-fitness.com"]www.trends-fitness.com[/URL] (as well as who to avoid) you can gather some useful infirmation about the sorts of questions to ask a retailer - it has helped me with what to look for, and especially what to look out for!

Happy shopping folks
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Old 06-18-2008, 01:25 PM
 
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It is totally about which you find more fun and will use more. I find the elliptical more fun, but that's just me.
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Old 06-18-2008, 01:46 PM
 
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Technically, you will probably loose more weight by running than eliptical. I, however, would work out harder on the eliptical and would only walk fast on the treadmill. In that case, eliptical is better. I would just get whatever you prefer. If you hate running, then buying a treadmill that is going to be used to hang clothes on (this is what my dad does!), isn't going to be helpful!!!
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Old 06-19-2008, 02:40 PM
 
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I would say either one, they both have similiar benefits, the eliptical in some ways is the better choice. However and maybe some will disagree with this. If one has knee probems on probems anywhere in that area the eliptical can aggrevate that because of the particular motion of that machine.
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