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Which Do You Prefer: Treadmill or Elliptical?

As the weather changes and the days shorten, I do a bit more cardio inside on a machine. 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. What about you?

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WilfredWong WilfredWong 7 years
I always prefer the treadmill because the workout seems to burn more calories and sends the heartrate to a higher level.
commonsense102 commonsense102 7 years
I prefer the treadmill.... i read an article on msn that the elliptical isn't that good of a workout b/c you use the momentum of the machine rather than your body... but it did mention if u use the elliptical on interval with strong resistance its more effective. however, on general people are more likely to use less resistance and rely on the machine too much.... just sharing 2 cents
Martinee Martinee 7 years
Elliptical... always hated the treadmill! I burn more calories in an hour on the elliptical than on the treadmill.
natasha1970 natasha1970 7 years
The elliptical is my best friend - it makes me burn twice as much as the treadmill and far more challenging. I do both (25 mins of elliptical and 20 mins of treadmill), daily before I get to weight training.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I use both. I find I get a better workout when I use both, than if I use only one.
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
Elliptical, definitely. I've only used treadmills a few times but I just can't get used to them. It's too hard getting to a speed that I'm comfortable with. Plus my family has a history of bad knees so I don't want to add any undue stress to them.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I can't run as much as I want to anymore because of an ankle injury, so I prefer the elliptical. I also use the treadmill, but not as much. If you put the resistance on "low" on the elliptical it is a pretty easy workout, but I do intervals where I change the resistance every couple minutes so my muscles really do get a good workout. I really wish I had a Precor of my own because I love the CrossRamps (plus, they last forever, so that's a bonus).
BleedLikeMe BleedLikeMe 7 years
I hate using the treadmill at the gym. I only use it when I work out at my house since that's all I've got. I'm planning on buying an elliptical soon - it's better for the back, knees and posture.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I like the versatility of the treadmill.
rockinchica88 rockinchica88 7 years
yeah mine go numb too apparently elipticals can be really bad for some women due to the amount of seperation feet panels and the womens height. I know i've had a hard time on the eliptical.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Ouch, that sounds painful, spacekat!
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 7 years
I prefer the treadmill because I have to keep up with whatever speed I set it to. On the elliptical I sometimes unconsciously slow down.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Yes, Sanveann, I actually did physical therapy when I was first diagnosed about 7 years ago, and you're right, it did help a ton! (Although, like you, it wasn't perfect.) I was at the point where I only really had problems when I had to walk up a ton of steps, like when I was in Paris (there are a lot of steps in that city). But, I'll admit, I've become really lazy about doing my PT exercises. Thanks for reminding me that it can help so much, though, I'll need to get myself into gear and either start doing my old exercises again or go back for another round of PT!
Sanveann Sanveann 7 years
Lilkimbo, I also have PFS. Did your doctor tell you that you can help improve it with PT? I'm working now to strengthen my inner thighs so that my kneecaps aren't so out of whack. They're never going to be perfect, because of the way my body is put together, but my doctor and physical therapist think we can improve things quite a lot.
2muchtv 2muchtv 7 years
I do the elliptical. I feel safer because I can increase my speed without messing with the settings or worrying about falling off. I alternate between that and running outdoors. I always mess with the settings, so that about every 5-8 minutes I do intervals (increase the resistance).
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Beth, I've found the exact opposite, that treadmills give me knee issues and ellipticals aren't nearly as bad. I have patello-femoral syndrome, so my knee caps don't move correctly and I've found that my knees hurt in the same situations as yours (weather changes, bent for a long time, going up stairs). My doctor specifically said that, while I can run if I want to, I should stick to an elliptical over a treadmill whenever possible because it's lower impact.
bethiesny bethiesny 7 years
Has anyone with knee issues had any trouble when using the elliptical? I fell while running last summer and was diagnosed with a deep bone bruise. It doesn't bother me while walking or running, just when going up/down stairs, sitting with it bent for long periods, and when the weather changes (ha). As it's getting to be winter time in NY, I am in the market for an elliptical or a treadmill. I used the heck out of an elliptical years ago, and am leaning towards going back to that for my winter training, but worry it will bother my knee. Any suggestions?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Elliptical, mostly because it's lower impact and I've had horrible knees for a while now.
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
I agree laura220. It is a great workout if you use the functions they provide. that's why i love the crossramp precor. Not only can you change the ramp that you are using, but you can increase the resistance. Try to keep up your speed on resistance 10.. it's pretty impossible and your legs are burning the whole time. You can put the ramp up really high to work your cavs and bum, almost like a stair climber. You can also do great intervals. I have two different kinds that I do throughout the week. One is a program on the machine that intervals between low and high resistance and low and high ramp elevations in 2 minute intervals, the other is something I do manually. Put it on a higher resistance. Sprint for 1 minute, go normally for 2 minutes (normal is 140-160 RPM), go backwards for 1 minute, go normally for one minute, repeat.
Merlin713 Merlin713 7 years
What? The elliptical isn't a good workout? I disagree. If you do it on the plain setting -- no, it's not a good workout. I choose hill, random, and fat burning programs on the elliptical and it's very difficult. I have even run outside a couple days later and found it to be easy compared to what I did on the elliptical. It depends who you are and if you are exhibiting the proper technique on the elliptical.
Mila_83 Mila_83 7 years
I prefer treadmill.I just feel like I got much better workout after running on a treadmill than elliptical machine.Plus,according to my heart rate monitor, after running for one hour (about 7 miles)on a treadmill I burn about 600 ccal. After spending one hour on elliptical I barely burn 350 I guess treadmill gives me greater reward as well:)
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Elliptical. If I'm going to run, I'll run outside. The elliptical definitely isn't a difficult workout, but it gets your heart rate elevated.
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