I've got a good one brewing as to why you shouldn't use an elliptical machine. Give me a day to write it up.
As I have posted I use mine on and off. The OP is just putting out some facts and figures about using an elliptical most likely as a main means of exercise. By sharing information on the strong and weak points of a specific discipline we can address limitations if needed. Maybe these limitations would adversly effect someone as a cyclist and they wont be getting the benifits they are seeking by doing so.I give up. Seems no matter what you do, someone is saying it's wrong and/or actually harmful. Elliptical machines feel easier on my knees than treadmills. Sometimes you just have to have a fairly quick indoor workout, and get on with your life's other commitments. This is not aimed at the OP, just general frustration.
What were your thoughts on the article? Particularly the muscles that aren't as active as you use the machine?Shawn said:I actually like this machine because its different. Your other machines are constant and do the same thing always. If you do the same workout always, your body gets used to it and then it really doesn't do anything new for you minus the normal health benefits. If you use a machine that works out everything which you can do differently each time (at least I can on ellipticals I use), then your body cannot get used to it and you work out a lot of parts. Like mentioned above, the elliptical seems to help my knees more than other machines, so I stick with it. Plus its the machine that makes me sweat the most at the gym. In fact 10 minutes of using it (highest level) and I have to sit down and take a breather LOL