A Revolution: Rowing Machines, Stationary Bikes, and Treadmills vs. Elliptical Machines

Published: 11th November 2008
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Life is certainly changing when it comes to gym machines. The elliptical trainer has taken the primary role leaving the stationary bike and the treadmill behind. The gym going population have left the rowing machines at the docks and has chosen more modern equipment.

During the early eighties, there was a demand for stationary bikes and rowing machines along with steppers and climbing machines as they were the only option for cardio equipment. You could get a very good cardio work out if stuck to these machines for a minimum of 30 minutes. But sitting on a stationary bike for hours may leave you with a sore butt! Men can also become impotent if they use the stationary bike for too long. Definitely something men won't like doing!

Stationary bikes have their own usage. If you want a quick warm up, then you could do a light jog for 5-10 minutes. This would do you a lot of good. Like a good workout on the knee and quads. If you think you need good cardio equipment, don't stick to the old rowing machines as you may have the option of using the new machines.

To find out which machine will be most suitable for your weight loss all you need is to find some facts. Find out is which machine will give you enough motivation to push to the highest level of exertion. If your devotion is towards walking and jogging then the treadmill is your best option. The treadmill has a more forgiving surface in comparison with asphalt or concrete. The treadmill allows you to add variety to your regular exercise program. Only by regularly pushing yourself will you be able to burn those calories!

The elliptical exercise machine with low impact is growing in popularity. It also tones both your upper and lower body. The elliptical movement of the machine makes sure that you have a firm hold on the machine and your feet never leave the pedals. There is minimum impact on the ankles, knees and back. This is quite appealing to the aging baby boomer generation.

With the elliptical fitness machines there is significant training of your quadriceps, hamstrings, gluts, chest, back, triceps, and biceps. Studies have proven that a continuous workout of the muscles will help you to burn the fats faster. Involving all these muscle groups does a better job of mobilizing the fats and burning calories. You need an effective period of time to build up your muscle endurance to achieve these high results.

While running is effective in burning calories, if aging joints are suffering, then the elliptical trainer is very effective and safe. Be sure to get proper advice in your exercise program so that you can safely make the most out of your exercise equipment.

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