Treadmill or Elliptical? What to choose?

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    Nov 05, 2010 3:51 PM GMT
    Usually before lifting weights I go on the treadmill, which I am starting to feel pain on my joints... I am always seeing people on the elliptical, and it makes me curious as to why they use the Elliptical rather than the treadmill?

    What are the pros and cons for these two machines?
    What to choose?
    I'm about to go to the gym in a few hours icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 05, 2010 3:57 PM GMT
    Treadmill is a knee killer for me... Eliptical seems like a better, more effective workout and easy on the joints. ALOT!. Treadmill is great at high incline walking like incline 10 at a 3.5... Works my a** and legs great. Running will hurt your joints. They do mine, anyway...
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    Nov 05, 2010 4:55 PM GMT
    Same here. That's also why swimming is my cardio of choice, elliptical second, incline walking on a treadmill with a flexdeck third.
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    Nov 05, 2010 7:31 PM GMT
    I use the crosstrainer. Supposedly it is the least bad for the knees.
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    Nov 05, 2010 8:37 PM GMT
    I do elliptical to protect the joints from the trauma if the treadmill
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    Nov 05, 2010 10:19 PM GMT
    Tonync1969 saidTreadmill is a knee killer for me... Eliptical seems like a better, more effective workout and easy on the joints. ALOT!. Treadmill is great at high incline walking like incline 10 at a 3.5... Works my a** and legs great. Running will hurt your joints. They do mine, anyway...
    I agree, I prefer the Elliptical but will sometimes do the treadmill for a change and usually feel it the next day. I also use the step mill (escalator looking stairmaster). It's much easier on the knees too. Go between the step mill and the Eliptical so as to try and keep from being bored to death!
  • NYCguy74

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    Nov 05, 2010 11:25 PM GMT
    elliptical backwards is a serious butt lifter.

    Just do 2 out of every 5 minutes backwards. or whatever you choose.
  • chapguy123

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    Nov 05, 2010 11:30 PM GMT
    elliptical if you want to take it easy on the joints. But if it's only to prep, I'd go with a treadmill. It works more muscles.
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    Nov 06, 2010 1:58 AM GMT
    chapguy123 saidelliptical if you want to take it easy on the joints. But if it's only to prep, I'd go with a treadmill. It works more muscles.


    Citation please.

    I prefer using an elliptical crosstrainer for the same reasons as everyone else. Just make sure to use proper form- or close to it- so that you don't waste your time.
  • Ironman4U

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    Nov 06, 2010 2:09 AM GMT
    Treadmill is going to be a better cardio workout and burn more calories at the same level of intensity. Elliptical is easier on the joints, but also just easier. So if you have joint/knee issues, it may be best. Otherwise, burn more calories and get a better workout with the treadmill.
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    Nov 06, 2010 2:11 AM GMT
    ellipticals don't do shxt
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    Nov 06, 2010 2:12 AM GMT
    I've always been more an elliptical person icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 06, 2010 2:24 AM GMT
    I use both
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    Nov 06, 2010 2:40 AM GMT
    In addition to the gym I have both at home. The elliptical can be easier on your joints. I found the LifeFitness less choppy than the Precor and easier on the knees. I think a key to getting a good workout on an elliptical is ensuring your heels stay against the pedals. If you increase the intensity level and keep your pace up, you can get an excellent workout on the elliptical, as good as with a treadmill, in my opinion.

    I think you can minimize adverse knee impact in the treadmill by your stride mechanics, in particular letting your heel touch, not strike hard and having a rolling movement from heel to toe, or just being light on your feet. The thing I like about the treadmill over the elliptical is if you have a program with a pattern of speeds and inclines, unless you change the settings, you can't fake it. With the elliptical you can always slow up as your effort is driving the machine.

    Bottom line, they are both good.
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    Nov 06, 2010 3:19 AM GMT
    I use both. My core activity is running (outdoor and treadmill), and I do not suffer from knee/joint pain luckily. I use the eliptical when I want a less intense cardio activity. I still work up a good sweat and get the blood going. I get more results from the treadmill in terms of muscle tone and fat burning, but I like them both. Try out each peice of equipment and see what makes you happy.

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    Nov 06, 2010 3:36 AM GMT
    When I do cardio, I run on the treadmill. When I warm up before lifting weights though, I do elliptical. Much easier for me and less exhausting, but still warms up the muscles.
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    Nov 06, 2010 3:40 AM GMT
    I do both, kinda shakes things up a bit.
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    Nov 06, 2010 3:41 AM GMT
    I was taught that it is important to vary the type, intensity, speed, length of cardio workouts. If you continue to repeatedly do the same activity under the same conditions, you eventually will become efficient enough at it that it doesn't provide the same benefit anymore.

    That said, I'd be more likely to use the elliptical for the same reasons stated above. If I want to run flat out or do intervals, I do it on an actual track when possible.
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    Nov 06, 2010 4:11 AM GMT
    At my gym they have Precor equipment and my fav is the AMT (Adaptive Motion Transfer). It's like a free form machine..it conforms to whatever motion you are doing...stair-like climbing, or running...or something in between.
    It is the easiest by far on my joints and I was told it was the lowest impact cardio machine in the our gym. (Anytime FItness)
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    Nov 06, 2010 4:19 AM GMT
    So, yes...overall the elliptical machine drastically reduces the amount of stress placed on your joints compared to running on the treadmill; however, it turns it has its downsides as well.

    FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE HIP PROBLEMS (in addition to knee joint probs):

    The elliptical produces an abnormal hip flexor motion, which tends to put more stress in that area...thereby possibly exacerbating an issue in the area.

    I recently learned this while completing a preceptorship with a sports med orthopod who mentioned this fact to me!

    In general, swimming places the least amount of stress on your joints and provides an awesome workout as well.
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    Nov 06, 2010 10:06 PM GMT
    I have used both the treadmill and the elliptical. But for me the elliptical wins hands down. I think this is because-
    1. As stated in posts above, the elliptical is easy on the joints.
    2. The elliptical is powered by the user himself.
    The machine I use is the Life Fitness range, a rear-drive machinery with different levels of resistance settings. As such, I worked up to level 18 (out of 25) which is the fat-burn/cardio level.
    By typing my exact weight in pounds, in my case 210 lbs, the console reads my calorie burn rate very accurately. In a single 50-minute workout (including 5-min cool-down) I can burn off over 1,080 calories, as I did this morning.

    Instead of the treadmill, I find running much more exhilarating. I train with a partner, wherein we can talk about business and social matters (by the way, he's straight), making the run less tedious. In the summer we pass through the woods, in the winter, when it's dark, we stay on well-lit paths. Like with the elliptical, we have added distance, but unfortunately, we have no way of gauging distance or calorie burn, but on duration only, when we can run non-stop for almost an hour.
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    Nov 07, 2010 1:15 AM GMT
    If your gym has an indoor track to walk on, that would be my preferred option.
    Then again, I'm not a believer in any cardio machines. They're way too repetitive for me.
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    Nov 07, 2010 1:34 AM GMT
    moscowmikey saidAt my gym they have Precor equipment and my fav is the AMT (Adaptive Motion Transfer). It's like a free form machine..it conforms to whatever motion you are doing...stair-like climbing, or running...or something in between.
    It is the easiest by far on my joints and I was told it was the lowest impact cardio machine in the our gym. (Anytime FItness)
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    Is your gym located... in the future?!


    Haha, this looks really cool!! i've never seen one.
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    Nov 09, 2010 3:37 PM GMT
    moscowmikey saidAt my gym they have Precor equipment and my fav is the AMT (Adaptive Motion Transfer). It's like a free form machine..it conforms to whatever motion you are doing...stair-like climbing, or running...or something in between.
    It is the easiest by far on my joints and I was told it was the lowest impact cardio machine in the our gym. (Anytime FItness)
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    My gym also had this machine,
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    Nov 15, 2010 1:42 PM GMT
    with elliptical it seems like you would be much more likely to fall into just skimming along rather than actually working to exercise