The elliptical trainer is one of the most-used machines at a gym, but a lot of people said they don’t get a good workout on it. Fitness Trainer says just like many things in life, you get out what you put in. “If you use it and you use it the way it’s recommended, it’s going to be effective.” If you don’t feel it, you’re not working hard enough. “You can make it as hard as you want to make it.”
Here’s some tips to really step it up. Try to zero-in on the muscles you want to activate. “If you really focus on pushing and pulling your arms, you’re going to feel it more in your chest and shoulders,”.
Same goes for your legs. If you really want to amp it up, try doing intervals in a squat position. “Move your hands from the handles to the static grips then you’re going to squat down. Lean back and squat down.”
Go for 30 seconds to a minute. “You should notice pretty quickly, doing this, that your quads start burning.”
You can also change the angle of the deck. The higher is it, the more similar it is to a stair-stepper.
Fitness trainer suggests keeping your heartrate in the high 120’s to 130’s and go as long as you can. “The more past 20 minutes you can go, the better off you’ll be from a fat-burning standpoint.”
If you happen to notice your feet going numb, just shift your weight and try turning your toes slightly in or out. “The numbing part is the fact that your feet are locked into one position, which you don’t do on a natural basis.”
Bottom line, the elliptical can be a great upper and lower body workout, so really push it. also you can mixing up your cardio to really challenge all your muscles.