Starting Exercising With An Elliptical Trainer

A few months ago I bought an elliptical trainer, as I knew I needed to get physical exercise.

I chose an elliptical trainer as my research told me that it would give me a “full” workout, while also being quite gentle on my knees etc.,

The model I have is the LiveStrong LS 9.9E which is supposedly pretty good:

Livestrong LS9.9E Elliptical trainerIt’s got some pretty nice features:

  • Resistance     20 levels
  • User Capacity     148 kg / 325 lbs.
  • Heart Rate     Contact Grips & Telemetric
  • Stride Length     50.8 cm / 20”
  • Frame     SixStar Certified Frame
  • Pedal Spacing     0” Q-Factor
  • Flywheel Weight     10.5 kg / 23 lbs.
  • Assembled Dimensions     190.5 x 61 x 165 cm / 75” x 24” x 65”
  • Assembled Weight     88.5 kg / 195 lbs.
  • Incline     Power, 20 Levels (5% Increments)
  • Entertainment     Speakers with MP3 / iPod® Compatibility
  • Console Display     5 Large Yellow-Green LE D Windows and Blue Backlit Display
  • Programs     Manual, Intervals, Weight Loss, Constant Watts, Incline 1, Incline 2, Random, Reverse Train, Custom

The controls are fairly easy to use. Turn it on, input your weight in kilos and choose a program and it does the rest.. Well .. you do the rest really, but you get what I mean!

Of course since I’m completely unfit using it hurts A LOT! I suspect I’ll have to start with short sessions and build up to doing a full 30 minute workout on it, as after 5 to 10 minutes my muscles are screaming.

What’s kind of cool, though, is that it shows you how many calories you’ve burnt off. What’s not so cool is that the number is so damn low!

 

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6 Responses to Starting Exercising With An Elliptical Trainer

  1. Volker July 21, 2012 at 17:15 #

    This kind of trainer is also on my training schedule. I try to go to the studio every day after work for an hour of cardio on a daily basis, and adding in another 20 minutes of muscle building circle training every second day.
    Anyway, the cardio is usually 30 minutes of warm-up on the bike with the pedals in front, and 30 minutes either on the normal bike or 30 minutes on the elliptical trainer (trying to alternate to keep it fresh). Cardio is pretty easy to do, I just put my kindle on the display and read while I train…

    So how is it like having one of these things at home? How much do you use it?

  2. Volker Greimann July 21, 2012 at 17:17 #

    This kind of trainer is also on my training schedule. I try to go to the studio every day after work for an hour of cardio on a daily basis, and adding in another 20 minutes of muscle building circle training every second day.
    Anyway, the cardio is usually 30 minutes of warm-up on the bike with the pedals in front, and 30 minutes either on the normal bike or 30 minutes on the elliptical trainer (trying to alternate to keep it fresh). Cardio is pretty easy to do, I just put my kindle on the display and read while I train…

    So how is it like having one of these things at home? How much do you use it?

    • Michele July 21, 2012 at 19:17 #

      Volker
      I hadn’t thought of trying to read, though I don’t think there’s really enough space on mine to fit a Kindle. There’s enough space for an iPod or iRiver (it’s got better music on it!)

      As for usage .. the short answer is “not enough” :)

      Michele

      • Michele July 23, 2012 at 08:22 #

        There definitely isn’t enough space for a kindle AND my iRiver (or iPhone or iPod Nano)

        • Volker Greimann July 23, 2012 at 10:00 #

          Too bad… It really helps to while away the time…