Wednesday, January 14, 2009
3 Reasons To Stay Off The Elliptical Machine
I come down pretty hard on elliptical machines.
Elliptical machines may be an option for people with bum knees. BUT, if your knees are healthy, don't squander your gym time on an elliptical.
Don't trust elliptial machines. They routinely over-estimate your calorie burning by almost 40%. Yikes.
That means if your "cardio" machine says you burned 300 Calories, the number you burned is actually closer to 180 Calories.
And I've never like elliptical machines because they're so easy. It doesn't feel like you're doing anything.
But that's the reason the elliptical machine is such a popular choice! Because they're EASY!
The last reason you should stay off of the elliptical is because they're what most people choose.
Think of it like this: Give ten people the choice between a treadmill and an elliptical and guess where nine of them are going?
Right, the elliptical.
Why would they do this?
Becayse they unconsciously want to take the easy way out. And that's why you'll never see anyone doing bodyweight circuits or barbell complexes at the gym.
Everyone wants to be able to say that they "work out" without doing the "work" part of the equation.
So if you want to lose fat, stay off the elliptical machine.