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What is an Elliptical Machine Used For?

If you’re used to traditional exercise equipment like treadmills and stationary bikes, an elliptical machine may be new to you. Elliptical machines provide a low-impact cardiovascular workout that can help you tone your muscles while you improve your fitness.

Below you’ll learn more about what elliptical machines are used for and how they can help you move toward your fitness goals.

A Workout that is Easy on Your Joints

The inventor of the elliptical machine wanted to replicate a running motion in a machine that wouldn’t stress the joints. So while the elliptical motion is similar to running, it isn’t high impact. This makes it a great piece of fitness equipment if you suffer from arthritis, knee or hip injuries, or chronic pain that doesn’t respond well to high-impact workouts.

Although using an elliptical machine isn’t the same as running, it actually has nearly the same effects. Heart rate, perceived level of exertion, and lactic acid formation have been found to be practically identical to what you’d experience on a treadmill.

The benefit of an elliptical is that it helps you achieve the same level of fitness as a treadmill, but you’ll recover more quickly because it’s easy on your joints.

Total Leg and Glute Workout

What part of the body does the elliptical work out? While it can strengthen and shape many areas of the body, it does an especially good job of strengthening your quadriceps and hamstrings. Even more than a stationary bike or a treadmill, the elliptical promotes quadriceps use and quadriceps and hamstring coordination. In addition, by pedaling backwards on an elliptical, you’ll use your quadriceps even more.

When compared to walking, elliptical workouts are much better at activating the gluteus maximus and vastus lateralis, or external hip muscles. This can be of particular benefit to runners and cyclists.

Upper Body and Core

When people ask: what does the elliptical work on your body? they’re often surprised to learn that it is a great upper body and core strengthener. Using the elliptical arms can help you tone your shoulders, chest, biceps, and triceps. If you use an upright posture, you’ll also strengthen your core.

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