There are many ways to spice up your cardio. From running and sprints to biking, roller blading, and circuit training, you shouldn’t run out of interesting options to get that heart muscle pumping! A fan favorite of ours is the elliptical machine. Among many of its benefits, it is a great low-impact, full body exercise that can burn a TON of calories in a shorter amount of time. You’ve probably poked around the machine and tried various settings, but it’s time to take a minute and learn about each option, so you can maximize your workout.
We’ve made it through another long winter, and many of you may have used elliptical and treadmill machines to maintain conditioning during the colder months, exercising on these machines differs from moving on solid, unmoving ground. While walking or running on a moving treadmill, it grabs the lead leg quicker than if the surface was still and your leg muscles h
The only way to know the accurate calories that you are actually burning on any cardio machine like the Curve, the elliptical trainer, row machine, or bike is to wear a heart rate monitor with a chest strap. It actually reads the accurate number of calories you are burning. Do you realize most cardio machines over estimate the calories burned by 30 to 40%? A machine will estimate calories burned based on a 150 pound person if you press quick start. In addition, even if you put in your own weight, the machine is off.