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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-27-2010, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
 
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treadmill or elliptical machine?

Who has what? I have done research on both. I was going treadmill, but since elliptical works upper body and core as well, I may go that route, not to mention it's less stress on joints. Probably nordic track. It's money I don't really want to spend but I want to trim up and need to work on cardio, per my cholesterol post. I have been looking for awhile. I do not want to join a gym and running outside isn't going to happen during winter, especially at night (coyotes and ice.) Thanks
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Re: treadmill or elliptical machine?

I say elliptical. Peak oxygen consumption may not be as high, but definately less impact on the joints. I personally like the Elliptical, and is what we have. It takes up more room, being unable to fold it up like a treadmill.

But running away from coyotes on the ice is not only great for high intensity cardio, you'll strengthen your core trying to keep balance!

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Re: treadmill or elliptical machine?

I'm a fairly big guy (about 6" and 240lbs) and until recently it was all muscle. As I've got older I've needed to do more cardio to keep the flab off. Running on a treadmill hurts my joints, there's a lot of weight here for my knees to absorb

As such I'd suggest the elliptical machine 100%

Although "Coyotes on ice" sounds like a great band, I'd go and see them!
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Re: treadmill or elliptical machine?

Personally, I hate elliptical machines. It feels very awkward for me. I am 6' 3" 210lbs, and have been using a treadmill for years. The deck absorbs shock much better than running on grass, but it is certainly more than an elliptical. I say try them both and pick the one that feels best for you.
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Re: treadmill or elliptical machine?

thanks guys. i know treadmills will absorb a lot of the shock, especially if you pay more. i will try them both out. right now i'm leaning towards elliptical, mainly since there are no motors to worry about, and it's less shock...my knees are not as good as they used to be, but holding. I will be going to sears on friday... sale till new years day.
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Re: treadmill or elliptical machine?

i'd say couch.
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Re: treadmill or elliptical machine?

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But running away from coyotes on the ice is not only great for high intensity cardio, you'll strengthen your core trying to keep balance!
Now that sounds like a workout regimen!

We have an elliptical, and I like them much better than treadmills. I actually hate doing cardio period, so most of my cardio is incorporated into circuits/sprints/etc.

If you have a gym near you, I would really consider joining for two reasons:

1. Once you get there, you can't leave (well you can) so you're pretty much forced to work out.

2. You will have access to a lot of different equipment and advice, so you can switch things up and not get too bored. Who wants to put a smith machine and a hack squat in their bedroom?

I pretty much have a decent garage gym, and we still have memberships and we go. I really love working out at home, but there are just some things you can't do at home.
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Hey Shred,
I know you don't want to go out in the cold, but I'll lend you my dog to walk. He's a blind 96lb. Shepherd/ Lab mix that's all muscle and NO SENSE OF DIRECTION!!! He's the best workout I've ever had !!!!!!!
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Re: treadmill or elliptical machine?

all great points. i thought of the gym for that very reason, but i'm just not sure. RGT, that sounds like a great idea. i have been shopping around for a shepherd still, but the wife is putting up roadblocks on that idea. would aid in the workout, would make it more fun since i HATE running or jogging outside!
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Re: treadmill or elliptical machine?

agreed with elliptical (assuming you rule out a local gym).

Having seen home and gym-grade quality equipment.... the home treadmills are inadequate and have way too much impact for an already high-impact exercise. Your ankles/knee/hip/spine will benefit from not using especially running on a treadmill.

Another obvious thing is you want to mix up activities/exercises. It's not like you cant walk/run outside even doing errands. You can't replicate a full-body workout of an elliptical machine aside from swimming or other advanced exercises. That alone is a reason not to buy a treadmill.

I'd recommend a stationary bike over a treadmill and as a compromise if cost of a quality elliptical (arm and legs) is too much for you... glen
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picked up the Nordic Track elliptical on new years eve, and spent 2 hours or so putting it together! I LOVE IT. it's more of a workout than i thought. works the entire body. so much better than a treadmill. one of the best things i bought in a long time! great fulfilling workout and AWESOME for cardio! 30 mins a day constant and i'm wiped.
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That's awesome, Steve. Just make sure you stick with it and you'll be the shreddedmaster in no time.
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I do the elliptical for convenience at the gym but I prefer real running. If I go for long periods of time without running I'll go on the elliptical to ease the impact to the joints but it's, mechanically, two different animals. Running is a more efficient workout too, I think.
Wait untill summer and bring a gun for the coyotes.
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Re: treadmill or elliptical machine?

Congrats on the elliptical! You got a good one. Nordic Track is a really decent company. I think you'll really enjoy it!

In addition to the new workout plan, I would concentrate on the diet. Don't even bother listening to all of the mass media hype; find a good diet that works for you. The combination of both of these will give you the results you are looking for.
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