There are a few different choices of exercise machines that are optimized for cardio. The treadmill is arguably the most popular of these options, but there is one type of machine that is steadily gaining popularity; the elliptical machine.
Over the course of this article, we are going to look for the best elliptical workout by taking a look at four of the best of them. Without any further delay, let’s get started.
If you are just getting started with using an elliptical machine, you are probably looking for the best workout to get you started. You don’t want to do anything too intense for your first elliptical workout, so this exercise plan will be focused on a variety of low to medium intensity exercises.
For the first five minutes of your workout, you will want to keep the resistance low and the strides per minute around 125. Once you have finished the first five minutes of your workout, do five-minute intervals of medium resistance exercise followed by five-minute intervals at the initial settings.
If you do this workout for 30 minutes, you will start to get more accustomed to the elliptical. Near the end of the workout, you will want to slow down your strides per minute and leave the resistance on minimum as you give yourself a five-minute cool down period.
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This particular workout is going to be more intense than the one we just went over for beginners since it attempts to cram the same amount of exercise into a shorter period. The warm-up should take you five minutes, start on low resistance and work your way up to medium resistance halfway through the warm-up.
For the next ten minutes, you will want to do one-minute intervals alternating between high resistance at around 115 strides per minute and then medium resistance at 130 strides per minute. Once this is complete, your cool down will consist of five minutes at low resistance at the speed you are comfortable with.
The core elliptical workout is relatively simple when compared to the other two exercises that we have gone over. Instead of holding the handles while doing this workout, let your arms hang free for added core exercise.
Start off with a five-minute warmup at low to medium resistance, gradually speeding up your SPM. For the next 15 minutes of the workout, you will want to do 2.5 minutes of high-resistance, low-speed strides, followed by 2.5 minutes of low-resistance, high-speed strides.
Make sure that you don’t touch the handles of the machine over the course of the 15 minutes of exercise. For the next 10 minutes, you will want to start at high resistance and gradually work your way down to low resistance, cooling down at a pace that is ideal for you.
As you can see, your elliptical machine workout doesn’t have to be overly complicated. Some of the best elliptical workout programs are quite simple. Feel free to check out our elliptical machine buying guide if you want to see comparisons between various ellipticals at different price ranges. Let us know what you think in the comments down below.