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A Review of Cardiovascular Exercise Equipment

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It is that time of year again where many novices are venturing into the gym for the first time. Rows and rows of machines can be somewhat intimidating for those new to exercise.

Many do not know that yes, you can actually have poor form even when walking or running on something as simple yet complex as a treadmill. Below, I have provided a review of some of the most popular forms of cardiovascular fitness equipment as well as how to properly use them:

The motion of running or walking on a treadmill is similar to that of exercising on a track or outside, however typically with less impact. Both running and walking on a treadmill are beneficial and natural movements.

For the most part, treadmills are easier on your knees and back than running on asphalt or concrete. Make sure you run evenly, with your heels hitting the treadmill first, then rolling through your arch and pushing off with your toes.

Be careful not to hold onto the machine with a “death grip”. If you need to hang on, you’re either going too fast or have the treadmill on too much of an incline.

Elliptical trainer
The function of working out on an elliptical trainer is a hybrid movement between stepping and cross-country skiing. Due to its low-impact design, elliptical trainers are a great way to exercise if you suffer from chronic knee or lower back problems.

There are different types of elliptical trainers, some just for upper-body and some for a full-body workout. Again, if you are using an elliptical with side rails, you do not want to hold onto them with a tight grip. You concentrate on using your abs or core strength to hold yourself upright and allow your arms to swing freely at your sides instead.

If you are using an elliptical trainer with arm levers, make sure you use an equal combination of both upper and lower body. Again, making sure you use the whole foot, not pushing with just your toes.

Elliptical trainers are extremely versatile in movement and can move both forward or backwards. Most elliptical trainers come with a variety of cross training and interval workouts already programmed for you.


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Yes! It is that time of year again :) As far as elliptical s go, I'm not sure how popular the LiveStrong Elliptical is to everyone, but I have one and personally I think it is the best one I've had to date Don't waste your money of any of the cheap stuff (trust me). If you have an unlimited budget you may want to have a look at the Precor Elliptical (Top of the line gym quality). Another thing to consider is transportation, for those of us who don't have a truck, it's probably better and less hassle to purchase elliptical s online and get them delivered right to your door. Have a look at http://www.best-elliptical-machine.org

January 12, 2012 - 9:31am
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