To incline or not...that is the question?

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    Mar 02, 2012 4:16 PM GMT
    I have a slight spare tire and up until a week ago, had been doing eliptical for my cardio after free weights. Well, a friend advised that using the eliptical doesn't burn as many calories as the treadmill and suggested I switch. So...I did...Is there really a difference? I go on the treadmill for 30 minutes but wondered is it better to go slower with a higher incline or faster at decline...Not sure if one burns more calories than the other. Any info would be much appreciated! Sincerely...Me.
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    Mar 02, 2012 4:18 PM GMT

    Mix it up. That's a rule of thumb to follow no matter what kind of workout you're doing.
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    Mar 02, 2012 4:58 PM GMT
    I go slow at a high incline with flexdeck and burn as many and oftentimes more calories as my neighbor sprinting at low inclines. I train this way because I can't jog or run given a bad back but I still lost 80lbs opting to walk at a comfortably fast rate (for me, 2.8 - 3.2) at the highest inclines and still literally worked my ass off (bonus - incline treadmill is great for glutes). Spared my back, knees and who knows what else. Figure I'm pretty cardiovascularly fit to boot since it takes a lot of sprinting to get my heart rate up and I can sprint non-stop for an hour swimming laps (where back and knees aren't an issue) at any weight.

    I'm also wild for this Precor elliptical with adaptive motion transfer (to pick it out from a lineup look for its yellow-tipped footpads) and managed to burn plenty of calories on it:

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    For more feedback on treadmills vs. ellipticals you can also review this prior thread: http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1219537/
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    Mar 02, 2012 5:27 PM GMT
    Actually, high intensity intervals on either machine would do more for your fat reduction than just running. The intensity stimulates the production of Interleukin-15 by the muscle. I-15 targets fat cells to release their fat and blocks future deposition of fat.
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    Mar 02, 2012 5:50 PM GMT
    Thanks gentlemen for the suggestions! I know diet plays an important role in this as well. I just want to make sure that I'm maximizing my workout time at the gym. :-)
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    Mar 02, 2012 5:59 PM GMT
    Caslon18453 saidActually, high intensity intervals on either machine would do more for your fat reduction than just running. The intensity stimulates the production of Interleukin-15 by the muscle. I-15 targets fat cells to release their fat and blocks future deposition of fat.

    This, if you must do cardio ^^ With HIIT you must have adequate calories else you risk burning muscle.

    Cardio isn't the most efficient for burning fat. A proper weight training routine coupled with a strong diet plan will get you better results in terms of burning fat and retaining muscle.