Master the Machine: Pro Tips to Maximize Your Elliptical Workout

Master the Machine: Pro Tips to Maximize Your Elliptical Workout

The elliptical is one of the most underrated fitness equipment when it comes to cardio workouts. It has been proven by research that people tend to think it is very boring and ineffective. However, they are excellent machines to provide full-body, low-impact workouts resulting in a toned body and better fitness.

The trick is to understand how to use the elliptical to get maximum results. You can have the Xterra Fitness Elliptical FSX-3500 and still not see 100% results if you don’t know how to use it! In this blog, we will be sharing some tips to maximize your workout.

1. Familiarize with the Machine

Understanding your elliptical machine is imperative for a proper workout. Moreover, it is also important to save yourself from injuries and discomfort. Always read the manual before using the machine.

If you are in the gym and don’t have access to the manual, ask the trainers for guidance. Never get any gym machine without prior and complete knowledge.

Hybrid ellipticals like the Slimline K8718HA Hybrid Elliptical provide versatile programs that you need to learn about.

2. Keep Your Feet Flat

To avoid any aches, pains, and injuries, it is important to have the proper body form and alignment. Everyone knows that the feet should go on the pedal while the arms should be on the bars. However, what most people don’t remember is that the feet should be exactly flat against the pedals. Proper body posture on the Pro-form USA 525 CSE+Elliptical will help you get good results.

Never stand on your toes while exercising. Clench the core tightly and keep the back as straight as possible. The spine will feel elongated and straight.

3. Use the Incline to Get Your Glutes in Action

The rule is simple: The higher the incline on the elliptical, the more your glutes need to work. The more the glutes work, the more you burn calories and tone them. Most of the ellipticals that people keep in their home gym don’t come with an incline feature. However, it is a good idea to choose the one with an adjustable incline when you hit the gym.

4. Use the Handles

The handles on the elliptical are not there merely for supporting the body and maintaining correct posture. You should push and pull the levers to engage both the upper and lower body. On the other hand, if you don’t hold on to the rails, the power will be generated from the lower body. This will activate the core.

Keep the back straight, engage the abs, and pump your arms backward and forward at a 90-degree angle.

5. Keep Off the Entertainment

You will see that many ellipticals like the Pro-form USA Elliptical 525 CSE come with an integrated tab holder. This is because fitness enthusiasts love keeping themselves busy while working out with different forms of entertainment

Our advice: Don’t immerse yourself in entertainment fully. Instead of watching the tab or TV, it is better to listen to music. Research has shown that people who exercise while listening to music makes you feel more energetic and pumped up!

Final Words

Majority of the people use an elliptical to keep a steady pace of cardio exercise. However, we seldom know that it can also be used for interval training. Always read the manual before you get on the machine to make the most of it.

At Fitness Depot Pakistan, we provide a wide range of ellipticals to target the masses. Check out our ellipticals to find the one that suits your needs. You can be a beginner, intermediate or professional, there is an elliptical for you!

Kamil Riaz

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