Common Mistakes Using the Elliptical Trainer

by Mel on May 19, 2015

The elliptical machine is a mainstay in the gym for good reason: it is easy on the joints and it provides a great cardio and total body workout. Sometimes, people tend to misuse them and aren’t able to maximize their workout. Here are a few tips to keep in mind next time you hop onto one of these beautiful machines.

Elliptical TrainingTurn Up the Resistance!

Often, people are on an elliptical trainer and have the setting at little to no resistance.  While they are getting a better workout than sitting on the couch and watching TV, they are definitely underutilizing the machine. If you are not sweating, and are not visibility exerted, than you are not applying enough resistance. Every workout should be challenging and consequently rewarding. So challenge yourself a little bit!

Be Fully Engaged

If you want to make sure your workouts really count, no watching TV, flipping channels, reading books or magazines, chatting on the phone, surfing the Web or having long conversations with the person next to you.

To get the most bang for your workout buck, you have to be focused on the exercise you are doing. If you are not fully engaged, you will not work out to the best of your ability. The second you start to tune out, your legs will start to slow down. You might even notice the elliptical pause or turn off. Not good!

Focus on Using Both Upper-body and Lower-body

One of the most appealing features of an elliptical trainer is that you can work out both your lower and upper body simultaneously. However, most people who exercise on an elliptical trainer tend to focus the majority of the resistance to their lower body, and typically go through the motions with the upper handle bars. Due to this mistake, they miss out on the advantages of targeting both their lower and upper body. However, don’t use your arms to push the handle bars, as this will take resistance off of your lower body.

Change up Your Routine

If you use the same workout routine, your body adjusts to the consistent movement and exertion, which limits your results. Try increasing the incline, or reversing the elliptical motion. This will burn more calories, and target different muscle areas. In addition, it breaks up the monotony of exercising in place.

Set Goals to Achieve

Most people who exercise get into a rut. They follow the same routine with each workout and consequently hit a plateau. Make your workout progressively harder by:

  • Increasing your workout period
  • Increasing your resistance
  • Increasing the incline

Note that you should start at a comfortable and healthy exertion level.  If you are just beginning, you may want to consult your doctor for his advice on what your initial limits should be.

Using Your Elliptical as a Clothes Hanger

This last elliptical trainer mistake is obvious. If you have purchased an elliptical trainer, don’t use it as an expensive clothes hanger! The secondary market on fitness equipment is huge. Get off your butt and get your money’s worth out of your machine!



Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I always look forward to expressive my passions in life to others and helping people make lasting changes. I live a busy life like the rest of us with kids, work, and everything else that can get in the way. Making time for exercise, and making good decisions about what we eat can often be a challenge. We sometimes lack the motivation and momentum to make lasting changes in our lives. I've been fortunate enough to really get my life in order and have some simple strategies to help you do the same. Mel's favorite product is Garcinia Cambogia 1234
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