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Is an Elliptical Trainer Good for Fat Loss?

Elliptical-TrainerElliptical, the Low-impact Cross-Trainer

Trying to lose weight or just want to increase your aerobic conditioning, the elliptical trainer is an excellent home gym machine to help you reach that goal. In fact, a woman working out on the elliptical for 30 minutes will burn approximately 400 calories depending on her size. A 20 to 30 minute daily workout on the low impact elliptical trainer working both the upper and lower body is enough to improve your aerobic conditioning within weeks.

Benefits of the Using the Elliptical Trainer

  • Low impact aerobic exercise
  • Works out upper and lower body
  • Adds weight bearing workout that inhibits the development of osteoporosis
  • Functions as a cross trainer, working the hamstrings, chest, buttocks, quadriceps, biceps, triceps and back.
  • Generally less maintenance is needed to keep this machine working properly
  • Generally space efficient

The Most Important Elliptical Features

  • Adjustable Power Ramp
  • Ramp with Adjustable Incline
  • Adjustable Power Stride
  • Dynamic Motion
  • Articulating Pedals
  • Inertia Enhance Flywheel (rear-wheel drive)
  • Console with Touch Display
  • Digital Resistance Levels
  • Adjustable Stride Length
  • Sufficient Weight Capacity for the User
  • Built-in Weight Loss Programs
  • Built-in Heart Rate Monitor
  • Bearings that control pivot points instead of bushings which require more maintenance

Using the Features

When these features are considered before you purchase an elliptical trainer, you will find a machine that fits your needs more completely. The stride of the ramp is important because we all don’t have the same length legs. An extremely tall person might feel limited by a shorter stride, while a shorter person may feel overwhelmed by a longer stride. A shorter person may need a stride as short as 16″. The average adjustable stride is 18″-21″. Generally, it can accommodate the average height person. The power ramp with different resistance levels allows for adjustment of the intensity for people of different fitness levels. The adjustable incline increase or decrease that intensity. Some machines come with an adjustable incline from 0 degrees to 20 degrees. Normally a routine that uses an incline will burn up to 10-65% more calories.

The average male can burn up to 70 calories in an hour on an elliptical trainer. For a male a 30 minute workout could result in 500 calories burned. The calorie burn can be altered by the duration of the workout, the intensity of the workout and whether or not interval training is used. The user can determine if dynamic motion will be introduced. This feature intensifies the upper body or lower body workout at specific intervals. With the elliptical trainer, your options for a workout include changing the speed, adjusting the incline, using upper arms and lower body at the same time or just lower body and raising or lowering the resistance. With all these adjustments most people of all fitness levels will find a workout that challenges them improving their fitness level.

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