jayatl56 saidI use to inline skate and about a year into it I found my hips hurting like hell after a run. I went to an orthopedic specialist who told me that that particular motion wasn't helping the cartilage in and around my hips and in fact causing it to deteriorate. I stopped skating and within a few months I was fine. I think this elliptical might do the same thing over time (especially if you're older).
Ah, yes. I was thinking the motion was similar to inline skating.
I was also thinking ice hockey.
In fact, one of the racquetball players at my gym last year was a former college ice hockey player. What he was able to do so well was lateral skipping. Sometimes you have to place yourself in front of your opponent. I had never seen anyone lateral skip so well.
Do professional ice hockey players retire to bad hips?
Maybe this machine is good for a short warm-up and not 16 minutes minimum. It opened some of the tightness across my hip area--kind of like when I'm away from tennis for 6 months and go back to it, I love when I get flexibility and strength back in unused hip muscles.