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Elliptical vs. Treadmill

I love the treadmill because it trains me for running outside, but I equally love the elliptical because it's so less stressful on my joints (especially my knees). I've already quizzed you about the treadmill vs. the stationary bike, so let's see how these two compare.


Elliptical vs. Treadmill

For a 135 pound woman, how many calories does 30 minutes on an elliptical burn at 6 mph?

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Bridgitt14936523 Bridgitt14936523 3 years

Hey that's still not a bad calorie burn, either way.

myystque myystque 9 years
I prefer ellipticals to treadmills. I have the same problem on the treadmill--I find it harder to stay at intense speeds. But I alternate between fast and slow speeds when I'm on either machine.
lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 9 years
wow shows how long its been since i've taken an exam- i was like why are questions #1 and #2 the same?
ragus ragus 9 years
I alternate between the two, I prefer the Eliptical, running tends to bother my neck and I get dizzy when I get off as well.
lady_jade lady_jade 9 years
trek desk is the funniest contraption i've seen in forever. i laughed so hard when i imagined it in use.
seraphimm seraphimm 9 years
cvandoorn, I'm really fascinated by your treadmill vs. elliptical weight loss experience!! How fast were you running on the treadmill? on the elliptical?
JessieSP JessieSP 9 years
I enjoy the treadmill.
elle86 elle86 9 years
I thought overall ellipticals lead to higher calories burned (assuming you have a fast/intense workout)...
amkc amkc 9 years
When I use the elliptical I burn heaps of calories, or so it tells me. But when I did 1 hour sessions, I never seemed to lose weight. Interesting. Treadmills bother my knees majorly. I don't know what to do about it really.
aoitenshi aoitenshi 9 years
I just tried the elliptical for the first time the other day, and I'm switching to it. I think I burn more calories on it than on the treadmill, simply because I can't run for 30 minutes on the treadmill. I can't keep up my heart rate when I use it, since I tend to stop and walk when I get tired on it. When I used the elliptical, however, my heart rate was fine, and I felt like I worked harder than on the treadmill.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
i am really surprised at how many people prefer the elliptcal! to me it is torture and the treadmill is so easy.
cereal_please cereal_please 9 years
When I work out, ideally I always get on the treadmill for 30 minutes then the elliptical for 30 minutes.
emalove emalove 9 years
I've always preferred the elliptical over the treadmill.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
Fit, do you happen to know anything about this machine called the Octane? My gym has a couple, and they're like souped-up ellipticals. I like them a lot, but I think the number of calories it says it burns *must* be wrong, because in half an hour I can be well over 400! Difficulty-wise, it feels somewhere in between a regular elliptical and running on a treadmill to me.
allthingsgrow allthingsgrow 9 years
Elliptical - my knee problems prevent me from running anymore, so it's either that or the bike.
Nitrobezene Nitrobezene 9 years
I prefer elliptical
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
i use the elliptical most of the time for knee issues (i had surgery when i was 14), but i do love how absolutely exhausted i feel after a run on the treadmill.
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 9 years
I used both the elliptical and treadmill. The elliptical machine says I burn more calories than the treadmill, but the treadmill really works me out. I primarily use the elliptical because of bad knees.
AMP AMP 9 years
I never feel like I'm getting half the workout on the elliptical that I get on the treadmill. Even if my heart rate is up and I'm going hard. Treadmill is my go to fatigue inducer :)
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
My back and knees hurt when I use the treadmill. So I run alot longer on the elliptical. Therefore, I burn more calories using the elliptical.
cubby_2 cubby_2 9 years
I find that i use the elliptical a lot more.....whenever i use the treadmill, my hipjoints hurt for like two days!
JessLehry JessLehry 9 years
I love my elliptical and although I know I work harder on a treadmill, i can't bring myself to use it. Bad knees and bad ankles are my excuse, like most...
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
wow. I got them all wrong and I always pay attention to the calorie count on the machines. I guess the elliptical one over-estimates. I always get a good workout on the ellipitcal though. I play with the resistance and my speed to keep things interesting. I loooove to run but I get knee pain sometimes, so I switch it up. I usually do a 30 minute treadmill run, then finish up with 30 mins on the elliptical.
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
I recently read that the elliptical is the most inaccurate one when it comes to the calorie burned reading. For some reason I feel like i'm not doing much work on it either...I never lost weight doing 1 hour intensive sessions on the elliptical, but once I started running on the treadmill (and outdoors) the weight just started to drop off! So hmmm...
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