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Which Do You Prefer: Treadmill or Elliptical?

When I hit the gym, both the treadmill and the elliptical are my go-to machines. Sometimes I prefer the treadmill if I want to work on my speed, and sometimes I want to use the elliptical to give my knees a break and work my upper body more.

Lately I've been loving the treadmill more, though, since it's more like running outside. What about you?

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nikkih86 nikkih86 8 years
I LOVE the elliptical...I get a much better work out on it than on a treadmill (which hurts my shins).
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
I'm an asthmatic so I live for indoor exercising. The controlled environment lets me push myself further. Also as an asthmatic low impact machines and sports such as the elliptical and swimming are preferred. Nothing sucks worse than having breathing problems before your muscles are actually tired.
Juicylemon Juicylemon 8 years
I read in a Shape magazine that you burn approximately the same calories if using the elliptical or the treadmill. In fact you burn less if you use the elliptical without the handles for your arms.
MarisaM2 MarisaM2 8 years
i think the elliptical is much better. Its better on your joints and its been proven to burn more calories since it works your whole body
cnes89 cnes89 8 years
they are both great for cardio, however, i hate the elliptical machine with a passion. i've been trying to get my endurance up for the past two months, so i havent been using an elliptical machine lately but will soon!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i am DEFNITELY AN ELLIPTICAL girl. i've always been happier on it and ever since i broke my knee, i feel like it's better for me since it's less impact but i still get a great workout.
0fashionqueen 0fashionqueen 8 years
They both do the job for me.
PRgopher PRgopher 8 years
Using an elliptical usually makes me feel like my stride is being cut short. I don't like that. I also like being able to set the speed on a treadmill, it pushes me to go harder.
amh amh 8 years
I *love* the elliptical. I used to call it my boyfriend. So when I'd leave for the gym I'd tell my husband that I was off to ride my boyfriend. Definitely feel more pain from the treadmill, though.
LolaMD LolaMD 8 years
I run outside but at the gym I prefer the elliptical.
jessie jessie 8 years
:tread: for sure
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
I definitely use the elliptical more, because I have lots of knee problems from so many years of dance, and the treadmill kills them; feels like running on concrete. That said, there is nothing quite as satisfying as the burn in your quads/butt after a good long treadmill workout on a steep incline. I love it. So I like both machines but use the elliptical more, for practical reasons.
Veronix Veronix 8 years
I love them both! Or, I prefer to run outside but at when I'm at the gym I like to "spice it up" with the elliptical for a change!
javsmav javsmav 8 years
I'd rather run outside, but if I have to be inside I choose the treadmill over the evil elliptical. I hate that machine.
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
I prefer the treadmill, but my apartment came with an elliptical; so I use that.
aka-Daria aka-Daria 8 years
i've used both, but these past 2 weeks i spend an hour and a half on the elliptical. treadmill sucks because i can't run [due to my knee being out of whack]...and it's just boring...when i did the treadmill i never lost weight. since i started working out on the elliptical i've lost 12 pounds and i feel like i accomplished more than i did on the treadmill. and plus my butt is starting to get a nice shape ;)
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
If using a machine, and it's not a cycle class, I love both elliptical and treadmill. I feel a stronger workout on the treadmill and I seriously hate running, but somehow like the experience of it (love/hate relationship). It's killer on my knees though. Elliptical, it feels like I am doing nothing at all, even if I work up a sweat and push myself. I love it because it's definetly easier on my joints, especially my knees which i have to take care of. I hop on the elliptical when my body says no go on treadmill. though sometimes i hate the arm handles because if i don't hold them my hands end up smacking them on their own -.- It's always good to change it up a bit. Sometimes i don't even know what machine i'm going to get on at the gym until i see what's available or what i feel in the mood for. :)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Neither. I prefer jogging outdoors.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
The reason you don't "feel" the fact that you're burning extra calories on the elliptical is because it uses more muscle groups. You're using your arms and your legs against resistance, so you're using more calories even though you don't exactly feel it. I personally love the elliptical. I hate running on a treadmill, mostly because it's SO BORING. I'd rather run outside where there's a good change of scenery.
bluesweater bluesweater 8 years
I hate elliptical. Always feel like my feet are glued to the foot pedals. I can get a good workout on either, but elliptical is like torture.
alikat07 alikat07 8 years
Elliptical every time! I've used my heart rate monitor, and I actually burn more than the elliptical records
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 8 years
i love the elliptical. i hate running, and i hate the loud "thump thump" sounds the treadmill makes. it makes me feel like i'm either going to break it or i'm that close to just slipping right off. i prefer the elliptical since it also works out your arms a bit.
CeeBee CeeBee 8 years
I like them both. I definitely feel that I get a better workout on the treadmill though, even when I have the resistance at its highest on the elliptical. The main reason I love the elliptical though is because I can actually read a magazine on it and time passes so quickly!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
I seriously do not believe the number of calories I've burnt on the elliptical. I know they are a lot higher (versus treadmill) but I definitely do NOT feel it more than I do after working out on the treadmill - and I do at least 30-45 minutes on the elliptical. I hardly ever sweat when I'm on the elliptical, even if I change up my routine, set a higher resistance, etc. The only advantage I'd see in it is that it's easier on your joints.
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 8 years
I have really bad knees, so therefore I choose elliptical.
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