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Get It Up, Your Heart Rate That Is: Elliptical Fun

I have been using my hubby's elliptical more than usual lately. Mommy gets her heart rate up and my girls see that Daddy can share his toys. Two good things rolled up into 40 minutes of fun!

This routine is a little busy, but it certainly entertains me and helps the time to pass quickly. I have been keeping an eye on my strides per minute (SPM) to monitor my sprint intervals. This is a great technique to use if you are without a heart rate monitor. The other two elements I enjoy spicing my routine with are: working no handed to challenge my sense of balance as well as work my core and working the backs of my legs by going backwards. Really pressing through the heel activates the backside of my legs and I love that feeling.

00:00-05:00 Level 3, Warm-up
05:00-06:00 Level 5
06:00-07:00 Level 5, Backward
07:00-09:00 Level 7, Forward/No Hands
09:00-11:00 Level 10, Hands/SPM 135-145
11:00-13:00 Level 6, Backward
13:00-15:00 Level 8, Forward/SPM 145-155
15:00-17:00 Level 6
17:00-19:00 Level 8 Forward/SPM 145-155
19:00-21:00 Level 6, Backward
21:00-22:00 Level 6, Forward/No Hands
22:00-24:00 Level 10, Hands/SPM 135-145
24:00-26:00 Level 6
26:00-29:00 Level 8, Backward
29:00-31:00 Level 8, Hands/SPM 145-155
31:00-34:00 Level 8 Forward/No Hands
34:00-35:00 Level 5
35:00-40:00 Level 3, Cool-down

I like to print this out and put the print out on the machine so I don't get lost in all of the details.


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opisnowpro opisnowpro 9 years
for me 40 minutes is too much sooo lazy! with 15 minutes Im ok ha
cstarr cstarr 9 years
question: what should I keep the crossramp at? I had at around 6 the whole workout but was using the levels as resistance....was i doing it correct? I had a great workout.
Casasailer Casasailer 9 years
I just used this and it really made the time go faster and I feel more tired than when i just put it on 12 and go for 40 mins. Thanks!
dd-sugar dd-sugar 9 years
These are much more fun than the treadmills but I do them both for more weight-bearing (bone-building) exercise. Variety keeps me going and going...
cstarr cstarr 9 years
I sure did print this out and am so glad to have something fun to do with my cardio today! thanks...
Korsgal Korsgal 9 years
I tried this last night at the gym and if you like the elliptical like I do, this workout is amazing. I burned about 500 calories in the 40 minutes and my legs are sore this morning, so I know I was doing some great toning too.
caryatid caryatid 9 years
whats the difference between cross trainers and ellipticals? arm movement? i love sprinting at the beginning of my workout to really get my heart rate going and then doing intervals of resistance (so hard!) and then towards the end seeing how many strides i've done and sprinting to get to a certain (usually random) number. yay ellipticals!
XSofieX XSofieX 9 years
ooh I'm going to do this tomorrow at the gym! I almost always use that machine but it goes VERY boring after about 20 minutes so this is great! :)
Fitness Fitness 9 years
silver4 - Yes that is an ellipitcal by Precor. The "steps" move in ellipses. This model you can adjust the ramp angle - pretty fancy. Mine at home has a fixed ramp angle of 20 degrees though.
Tutta Tutta 9 years
I love the elliptical machine! It's my favorite form of cardio when I can't get outside and ride my bike. I wonder if you could cut the times in half so you could get 20 minutes in, then 20 minutes of weights and another 20 minutes...breaking up the cardio ;)
matildaforfree matildaforfree 9 years
I love ellipticals. I don't consider them hard workouts ( I acknowledge that they are)because I use them for fun. They just remind me of being a kid and I'm able to imagine that I'm not actually working out but playing. My friends think it's hilarious because I schedule 'work out time' and then 'elliptical time' as two different things.
silver4 silver4 9 years
Is the machine pictured what you think of as an elliptical? I always thought that the ones with the rails were something different and that the ellipticals actually had a platform-step that rotates in an ellipse... Is there a difference?
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I need one at home...
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