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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 12:06 AM

The elliptical?

Like it, hate it? Any successes with it?

I could only get up to 10 minutes today with the damn thing. But I want to work up my time on it for getting in shape and for weight loss. Running's not an option for me due to knee stuff.

Wondering if any here have any insight on it?





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Lex Dec 2012 OP
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2012 #1
Lex Dec 2012 #2
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2012 #3
Lex Dec 2012 #4
Denninmi Dec 2012 #5
Lex Dec 2012 #6
mzteaze Jan 2013 #7
Taverner Jan 2013 #8

Response to Lex (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 12:09 AM

1. Love/hate relationship - use it a few times per week - great for weight loss

and conditioning...I do 45 min at a setting where I go a bit over 4 mi and burn 500 calories. With 2 torn ACLs, it is one of the few really intense aerobic things I can do and get a good calorie burn - no more running for me! Smooth motion is pretty easy on my knees.

but that 45 min is not easy to get through - I am sure to use my iPod and have something with a good beat going!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 12:13 AM

2. I'd like to work up to 45 minutes. But first I need

to get to 20 minutes. lol I could feel my heart rate getting up, which is great. I have some books on my iPod which I'll probably listen to.

Thanks for your input on this.

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Response to Lex (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 12:16 AM

3. It's an important part of my weight maintenance -

I am mid 50s, 6 foot male - went from 258 to 210 just doing WW (over a 6 mo period), maintained for another 6 mo - then joined a gym, started going more veggie/vegan, do the elliptical with some weights and sit ups - went from 210 to 196 over another 6 mo - holding around 202 right now (holiday eating, winter, no gardening!).

I feel much better having done that damned elliptical thing at least once per week. Yes, the heart rate climbs....and I can't believe how much I sweat!

good luck!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 12:22 AM

4. Thanks!

And continued good wishes to you on your maintenance--it's the hardest part.



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Response to Lex (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 02:01 PM

5. I like it.

I find it a lot less boring than a treadmill.

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Response to Denninmi (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 07:39 PM

6. Me too.

It gets my heart rate in the target zone and keeps it there. I tend to change up my speed and keep moving while monitoring my heart rate. I still can't do a lot of minutes (about 20), but I'm working my way up.

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Response to Lex (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 07:56 PM

7. I own one

I don't have any problems using it for up to 75 mins in one block. It's in the basement near a tv so I can watch shows while getting a great workout.

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Response to Lex (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 03:47 PM

8. I use it daily for 30 min

 

That plus diet changes has helped me lose 15 lbs recently

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