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Need tips on elliptical trainer. Sick of roller and trainer(8 posts)

Need tips on elliptical trainer. Sick of roller and trainerrrodrigz
Dec 20, 2002 8:45 AM
Searching for some variety I went to the gym with the wife, ostensibly for a spinning class. Well, I saw the running treadmill and got on it for a while (24 mins, easy 9 1/2 min/mile) until I saw somebody leaning way forward on an elliptical trainer and it looked almost like a biking position. I got on the elliptical trainer, dialed in a program for glutes and quads, avg watts 210 for 30 mins. Well, today my calves are burning, but the glutes and hamstrings are OK. Obviously I need help on doing this thing properly, please advise. Do any of you use the elliptical trainer for cross training? Does it help?
My advicePODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Dec 20, 2002 12:02 PM
Any cross training is better than none. Excercises where you stay at a constant intensity are very good though. My advice would be to try to stay more upright than hunched over. People on stairmasters as well as elliptical trainers to work harder will put all their weight on the bars... drive their face into the magazine holder and try to go all out. But this not only makes them look goofy but doesn't do as much as if they were just balancing using their upper body for support.

Either way just how you feel your calves are so sore is a good indicator of the good cross training.

Nick
PodiumBound.ca
re:My advicerrodrigz
Dec 20, 2002 12:11 PM
Thanx buddy, I knew you'd answer. I have enjoyed your posts all the way back to when you were coming back from your fall. Hope you're all mended now.
My advicePODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Dec 20, 2002 12:18 PM
Any cross training is better than none. Excercises where you stay at a constant intensity are very good though. My advice would be to try to stay more upright than hunched over. People on stairmasters as well as elliptical trainers to work harder will put all their weight on the bars... drive their face into the magazine holder and try to go all out. But this not only makes them look goofy but doesn't do as much as if they were just balancing using their upper body for support.

Either way just how you feel your calves are so sore is a good indicator of the good cross training.

Nick
PodiumBound.ca
was thinking the same thingFrith
Dec 20, 2002 12:53 PM
I spend most of my time at the gym on the stationaries problem is, it's a bit too recumbant to mimic a cycling position properly (although i'm sure it helps). So I got on an elliptical the other day. I put the incline setting all the way up, to induce a more up/down movement rather than back and forth. That did the trick! It felt incredibly similar to a spin. Changing the incline is what did it though. From now on i'm dividing my time between the stationary and the elliptical.
re: Need tips on elliptical trainer. Sick of roller and trainerjmr986
Dec 20, 2002 2:27 PM
Hey rr, I'm in agreement with the rest of the gang. During the winter months, or rainy days, I use a recumbent and an elliptical. As was stated before stand more erect when working out and change the incline and resistance. I use incline 13 with a level 14 for 30 minutes. If you really want to bomb your legs try it with no hands!!! Forces you to concentrate on your balance and It feels like it really works the muscles. Tougher than it sounds. The motion is supposed to be more natural than traditional steppers, and better on the joints. Good luck.
Just remember to stay in your aerobic zonePODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Dec 20, 2002 3:04 PM
Physiologically if you can spend a bit more time than 30 mins (although 30 mins is good... more is just better) at a lower hr keeping within the aerobic zone of approx 60-75% of your max hr your body will get better results than staying at about 80%. One of my coaches is a physiologist for the national x-country ski team and his theory is that either you train in your aerobic zone or train balls to the wall at this time of the year. Anything in between will just tire you out. I'll keep you posted as I'm still learning his exact theory on this and how it changes through the periodization.

Nick
PodiumBound.ca
Thanx guys, tried it, works greatrrodrigz
Dec 21, 2002 5:27 PM
The one thing that is tough is the "no hands". I did 30 min running @ 8 1/2 min/mile pace then the elliptical another 30 min at incline 13 and resistance 14 maintaining watts bet 208-212. It was enough for me. When I get better I'll try the no hands thing. Again, thanx a lot.