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Exercising on Elliptical Machines

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Elliptical machines first hit the gym scene in 1995, when the Precor EFX machine made its debut. Since then numerous other companies have come out with their own versions of the elliptical machine in commercial and home models.

Since their introduction to the market, elliptical machines have become one of the most popular machines in the history of the fitness industry. The reason is because elliptical machines give you a fat-burning, aerobic conditioning, muscle developing workout that is easy to learn, fun and entertaining. The no impact elliptical striding motion removes stress on the knees and lower extremities, making it ideal for rehabilitating injuries and safer than aerobics classes or running outdoors.

On an elliptical machine you stride smoothly in a forward or reverse motion while holding the handrails or swinging your arms at your sides. The Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer is compact and lightweight allowing you to keep it for the home or office.The foot-pedal only chassis fits handily under a desk or in a closet. Low-impact design protects back, knees, hips, and ankles. It even has an electronic monitor that tracks strides, exercise time, and calories burned.

The cross training benefits of an elliptical machine with an adjustable ramp are unattainable on any other machine. As the stride changes, the motion targets different lower body muscles, simulating activities such as hiking, cycling, running, walking and cross country skiing. Depending on the angle of the cross ramp and the direction of the striding motion, you can put slightly greater emphasis on your quadriceps, hamstrings, calves or glutes.

The fat burning potential of the elliptical machine is high to very high, but because it's self paced, you must make a constant effort to maintain your speed (rpm's). Interestingly, many people report that their level of perceived exertion on the elliptical machine is lower than on other machines at the same heart rate. In other words, the elliptical machine feels easier at a heart rate of 150 than the Stairmaster feels at 150.

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