Hey friends! Good morning to you all
It’s going to be a great day, I can just FEEL it! (Or, I am just going to make it that. That works too).
If you didn’t read it yesterday, read this post on how to tell the difference between true physical hunger and cravings–it could very well save your waistline and your life!
I had a reader’s request to do create some elliptical workouts, so here it is!
The elliptical machine usually gets a bad rap. Most who complain about the machine are not doing it right, are not changing it up in their routine, or are probably too lazy to figure out various ways to move on that thing.
Tips to Use the Elliptical Machine Better:
- Use the handlebars to move forward and back (if there are movable handlebars).
- Do not let your shoulders round forward, nor should you lean your body AT ALL on the machine!
- Don’t just pedal on level 1. It’s not doing anything for you-promise.
- DO change the level, incline, and tempo throughout your workout.
- If you can carry on a jolly, awesome conversation while on the elliptical, you’re not working hard enough.
- Squeeze your glutes every time you bring the pedal back in toward your center<—I promise you’ll feel more and sculpt a sexier bum.
- Brace your abs to get some nice abdominal strengthening work (balance + extremities moving)!
I have always loved the elliptical machine because I get a good workout, I sweat buckets, I can read on it (while still working hard, trust me!), and I vary the speed, incline, and, level so it’s always a different workout.
Here’s a secret: I did part of my marathon training on an elliptical machine (and I ended up getting a sub 4:00 marathon and not hating running). Boo-YAH!
Elliptical Workout 1
This workout will get you hot (in more ways than one!), sweaty, and worked out. Trust me, this is one you do not want to miss out on!
I love doing a nice elliptical workout before doing hardcore weights or teaching BodyPUMP because it’s not as high impact on the body and joints (like running or jumping are), and thus am not beating my body up every day!
The elliptical machine is a fabulous way to cross train, stay in shape during an injury (depending on the injury, of course), and catch up on some easy reading –if you’ve trained your eyes to do so. Remember, if the workout felt way too easy while reading, get rid of the reading and turn up the volume on your music.
By the way, RPE stands for Rate of Perceived Exertion for an individual. On a scale from 1-10, with 1 being very sllloooww walking (and hardly an increase in heart rate from sitting), and 10 being the most intense thing you’ve ever done, use the scale to rate yourself during the workout (on the right side of the column I give a suggested idea).
Off to get my run on–it’s been 2 weeks, so this should be interesting……
What do YOU love about doing an elliptical workout?? How do YOU cross train?? Any particulat type of workout YOU’d love to see on here??