I'm 5'4" tall, weigh 135 pounds, don't know my body fat but I would like to
lose about 10 pounds. Would an elliptical machine be a good piece of equipment
to achieve my goals?
I've heard from my friend that they work great. So, do elliptical machines work fat
off your behind or build muscle to achieve
a J-Lo type butt? I want results but I also don't want to get bulky in the
I'm afraid to use a Stairmaster because I bulk very easily and I just want to
tone up and lose about 10 pounds. So my question is, do these fancy machines work for what I just
What are other benefits of elliptical machines?
Thanks for your website, I use it all the time and so does my husband as we
can't trust magazines and most websites.
Whether or not elliptical machines "work" is a very common question.
Since elliptical machines are relatively new compared to treadmills, exercise
bikes, and stair steppers, some people think they are the magic machine that
will help them achieve their fitness goals the fastest, where in fact, they are
another cardio machine.
Just like a treadmill, stair stepper, rower, or any other cardio machine,
elliptical machines will give back what you put in as far as results go.
No machine is going to force you to exercise harder, the results you'll
achieve will all come down to your work ethic.
Take a look at the various calories you burn during sports, fitness
and activities of daily living.
Elliptical trainers actually burn about the same amount of calories as jogging. These types of
estimates are very rough though. For example, estimated calories burned
during bicycling does not factor in things such as how
hard you were peddling, the incline you chose for the cardio machine, or a hill
you chose to ride up.
See where I'm going with this? Again, what you put out is what you'll get
of Elliptical Exercise Machines
The primary benefit from elliptical machine exercise is there is
it is a low impact exercise. This is also often a problem because many
people don't realize that high impact exercise is better for you than low impact
In individuals with healthy joints, higher impact exercises such
as climbing stairs and jogging are superior to elliptical machine exercise
because they positively effect bone mass. This is especially important in
Elliptical machines are great for people with knee problems as
the smooth elliptical motion (ellipse on right) on most machines is very smooth
and can be adjusted in many angles to find the right area.
Elliptical machines are also great for cross training as they
simulate a movement which you rarely do in your daily life. Performing a
varied routine training on ellipticals, treadmills, bicycles, Stairmasters is
usually superior than sticking on a sole machine.
Bulking During Cardio
You stated you didn't want to bulk and while this is very, very
unlikely to happen if you are not consuming excess calories in your diet.
Elliptical exercise machines are just as unlikely to cause you to bulk up than
most cardio machines. Again, if you're eating like an Olympic powerlifter
any exercise may contribute to bulking you up but with a sensible diet you
should be okay.
Elliptical machines can work to help you lose weight, burn fat,
build your cardio endurance, and even bulk up. It is your choice which
goals you will achieve by eating the correct diet and performing a properly
balanced exercise program.
Your best bet would be to use the elliptical models with the
handles so you can use both upper and lower body together so you won't
accidentally focus on a specific muscle which will increase the chances of
bulking during exercise.
As stated before, to get the best results with your
training program for your 10 pound weight loss goal it is best if you vary your
routine to include more forms of cardio along with your favorite elliptical
Best Elliptical Machines
Commercial Precor models are the most popular ellipticals in the
world because of ease of use and quality.
The newest models thePrecor EFX 576i
are the best elliptical model on the market that is likely in your gym waiting
for you to use it.