Aerobic Training Machines

  • HotCoach

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    Mar 18, 2010 1:32 PM GMT
    Can anyone tell me the value of using tread mills, ellipticals, steppers, or stair masters (the escalator machine)?

    What muscles do they work? And how effectively?

    They all look like something to be used in rehap or assisted living gyms.
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    Mar 18, 2010 1:52 PM GMT
    HotCoach saidCan anyone tell me the value of using tread mills, ellipticals, steppers, or stair masters (the escalator machine)?

    What muscles do they work? And how effectively?

    They all look like something to be used in rehap or assisted living gyms.


    I don't understand... your profile says you're a personal trainer and a coach. Or was your question rhetorical?

  • HotCoach

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    Mar 19, 2010 12:34 AM GMT
    I recommend these machines only to the old and infirm.
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    Mar 19, 2010 12:51 AM GMT
    for me , the treadmill is boring. all the machines make me sweat, we have 3 different types of elliptical and after i lift i spend 20 min each on 2 of them. i sweat alot and my stomach has tightened so they do something, and also they work out ur ass nicely.

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    Mar 19, 2010 2:16 AM GMT
    Well they do work out your heart. In places where you might not get the opportunity (like snow or extreme cold) to run or walk outside, treadmills are great. I have a client with bad knees and cannot do treadmill, but ellipitcal works very well for her due to gliding motion. For those who want to lose weight, the ACSM recommeds I believe about 1/2 hour of cardio at least 5x a week. These just help with fulfilling that goal.
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    Mar 19, 2010 2:33 AM GMT
    HotCoach saidCan anyone tell me the value of using tread mills, elliptical, steppers, or stair masters (the escalator machine)?

    What muscles do they work? And how effectively?

    They all look like something to be used in rehap or assisted living gyms.



    The elliptical gives a full body workout and is excellent for toning legs, butt, arm, waist. I can burn 1000 calories in 1hr & 15 minutes.
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    Mar 19, 2010 12:05 PM GMT
    HotCoach saidI recommend these machines only to the old and infirm.


    I wouldn't hire you.
  • CAtoFL

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    Mar 19, 2010 12:39 PM GMT
    djdorchester said
    HotCoach saidI recommend these machines only to the old and infirm.


    I wouldn't hire you.


    I have to agree with dj.

    Is it really possible that a personal trainer doesn't know the value of cardio or that the heart is also a muscle? Especially at age 66? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Mar 19, 2010 10:15 PM GMT
    AS part of my weight loss program, I go to the gym once a week, (it becomes too expensive if I go more frequently - it has pay-as-you-enter only).
    The machine I use I don't know the name of, but its activated by pedals as in a treadmill, and has handlebars which I push and pull alternatively in accordance with the footwork. By setting the resistance to a certain level, I can spend more than half-hour literally on a fat-burn, consuming around 750 calories.
    The muscles which benefit seems to be much of the body, but especially the thighs, arms and lower abdominal muscles. And of course, the heart.
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    Mar 19, 2010 10:17 PM GMT
    NotThatOld saidAS part of my weight loss program, I go to the gym once a week, (it becomes too expensive if I go more frequently - it has pay-as-you-enter only).
    The machine I use I don't know the name of, but its activated by pedals as in a treadmill, and has handlebars which I push and pull alternatively in accordance with the footwork. By setting the resistance to a certain level, I can spend more than half-hour literally on a fat-burn, consuming around 750 calories.
    The muscles which benefit seems to be much of the body, but especially the thighs, arms and lower abdominal muscles. And of course, the heart.



    Tee hee... does it kinda look like this?

    elliptical.jpg

    That's an elliptical. You're adorable.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Mar 19, 2010 10:39 PM GMT
    Beyond the really obvious cardio possibilities of such machines, there are skeletal muscles involved. Stair climbing is one of the most effective ways to build your glutes and strengthen your legs.

    Your profile also says you're in MA, you're a marathoner who only works out indoors because you have to, and yet you don't acknowledge the blindingly obvious point that many people can't do outdoor cardio in the winter where they live? This is highly suspicious.
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    Mar 19, 2010 10:53 PM GMT
    djdorchester said
    NotThatOld saidAS part of my weight loss program, I go to the gym once a week, (it becomes too expensive if I go more frequently - it has pay-as-you-enter only).
    The machine I use I don't know the name of, but its activated by pedals as in a treadmill, and has handlebars which I push and pull alternatively in accordance with the footwork. By setting the resistance to a certain level, I can spend more than half-hour literally on a fat-burn, consuming around 750 calories.
    The muscles which benefit seems to be much of the body, but especially the thighs, arms and lower abdominal muscles. And of course, the heart.



    Tee hee... does it kinda look like this?

    elliptical.jpg

    That's an elliptical. You're adorable.


    Yes, that's right!
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    Mar 19, 2010 10:56 PM GMT
    NotThatOld said
    djdorchester said
    NotThatOld saidAS part of my weight loss program, I go to the gym once a week, (it becomes too expensive if I go more frequently - it has pay-as-you-enter only).
    The machine I use I don't know the name of, but its activated by pedals as in a treadmill, and has handlebars which I push and pull alternatively in accordance with the footwork. By setting the resistance to a certain level, I can spend more than half-hour literally on a fat-burn, consuming around 750 calories.
    The muscles which benefit seems to be much of the body, but especially the thighs, arms and lower abdominal muscles. And of course, the heart.



    Tee hee... does it kinda look like this?

    That's an elliptical. You're adorable.


    Yes, that's right!


    Well congrats on all your weight loss... keep it up!
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    Mar 20, 2010 5:14 AM GMT
    I love ellipticals, mainly for my legs (no weights for mine, big enough already) and it helps with getting the smoke and nicotine out of my lungs and body.