Elliptical cross trainer mistakes you may be making

The elliptical trainer has become one of the most popular cardio equipment in health clubs and in home gyms. It’s a stationary equipment that combines the movements of a stair stepper and a bicycle. The unique design has the users legs moving in an oval (elliptical) pattern while the arms move the handles back and forth encompassing in a full body workout. There are instructions to follow to use this equipment correctly and If not used correctly, you will hardly notice the fat loss.

In this article we have listed the top 5 mistakes one frequently makes on the elliptical :

1. You haven’t changed your workout in months
Intervals are a great way to break up the monotony of the machine and boost your calorie burn. You can do this in one of two ways: Leave the resistance steady and change your pace (fast for 1 minute; moderate for 4) or maintain your speed and change your resistance (challenging resistance for 1 minute; moderate for 4).

2. Your resistance is zero
You might feel like a million bucks, but without resistance, you’re not going to see any result. Make sure that you’re using enough resistance to push and pull through the stride. Then, continue at a moderate pace until you feel like you’ve done all you can do.

3. You don’t change directions

Going backwards doesn’t just stop you from getting bored, it also changes which large muscle groups are working hardest. While moving forward fatigues your quads, backwards puts emphasis on your hamstrings and glutes.

4. You go until you can’t feel your feet
One of the most common elliptical mistakes is putting too much pressure on the toes, which can make your feet go numb and cut your workout short. Instead, sit back into your heels, which allows large muscle groups to work harder and gives you the stamina to go for a longer duration.

5. Your machine sounds like it’s going to take off
If you can hear the purr of the machine while you’re exercising, it means that you’re going too fast without enough resistance—which means you’re not getting the most calorie burn out of your time. Keeping a steady, moderate pace at a resistance that forces you to use your muscles will get, and keep, your heart rate up.

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