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Get it Up - Your Heart Rate, That is: Elliptical

The elliptical machine is one of the most popular machines for getting a good cardio work out. Maybe it is because it is relatively easy to get one for your home or maybe it is because the elliptical is easier on your knees than other forms of cardio. Whatever the reason, if you're an elliptical fan (or even if you've never attempted it), try this simple routine:

01:00-05:00 Level 5, forward -- Warm up
05:00-10:00 Level 7, forward
10:00-15:00 Level 7, reverse
15:00-20:00 Level 8, forward
20:00-25:00 Level 8, reverse
25:00-30:00 Level 9, forward
30:00-45:00 Level 5, forward -- Cool Down

Make sure to keep your heart rate up, preferably up in the fat burning zone. If you don't have a heart rate monitor, most machines have sensors that read your heart rate (and charts that show you the zones).

Fit's Tip: If this is too hard or easy, adjust the levels accordingly. The key is to keep your heart rate up and to work harder as time progresses.

Hey Guys! Get excited because FitSugar is soon going to be launching a Target Heart Rate calculator online!

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Tiger_Lily Tiger_Lily 9 years
does the reverse mode work on a different group of muscles?
alillee alillee 9 years
elliptical is my favorite..anything else makes my shins and knees hurt very bad.
minhoca minhoca 9 years
i lurrrrrrrrrve the elliptical!!
Maru Maru 10 years
i love it too!!! anyone has rutines to do on it?
la_clique la_clique 10 years
Elliptical makes my feet fall asleep. I wish I could do it!
JessNess JessNess 10 years
The elliptical makes my knees hurt so much. I know its weird but its true. I wish I could do it because every girl I see on it has a great body and thats all they do. Plus Im not a runner in any sense
DStirk DStirk 10 years
i love the elliptical but there are never free ones at my gym!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
The elliptical's my fwiend ;)
Lindsb Lindsb 10 years
This is a great guide. I love the elliptical because it is so much easier on my knees than running!
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