The Benefits of Using an Elliptical Machine at Home

You enter the gym…you see all the treadmills being used. You think, “shall I wait until they are free”, or “shall I use another machine”. Most of us who use treadmills, will wait in the queue, or change our workout around, in order to fit the treadmill somewhere.

There is no need to do this, as there is another option staring you right in the face. The elliptical machine (or the cross-trainer). However, these wonderful machines have grown in reputation and so their usage is also leading to queues, especially during busy periods.

For this reason, I will be discussing the benefits of using an elliptical machine at home. We will be discussing a whole range of topics, such as how ellipticals are great for your fitness needs and how they compare with treadmills. Let’s get started!

Elliptical for Fitness

The elliptical machine is a great to have at home. It not only improves fitness, but also tones the upper and lower body. This is a great machine to use, after a hard upper body or lower body weight session. you will definitely feel the burn after 30 minutes on the elliptical.

However, if your weight session has been a little too intense, there is an option if you are feeling the burn a little too much.

If you have just trained legs, you can just use your upper body to power through the workout. Yes, of course your legs will always have a part to play on the elliptical but you can use your upper body to push that little harder, which takes slight pressure off your legs.

And vice versa. If you have had an intense upper body workout, you can grab the side handles on the elliptical and power through your workout with your legs.

Home Ellipticals are Really Easy to Use

Home ellipticals are very straight forward to set up. They usually come fully assembled and ready to use. However, some models may come with parts to clip in but more often than not, they are only the side panels. It is very easy to clip those parts in. Once this is done, you are ready to go.

Ellipticals can be stored in the smallest of spaces. There is no need to fold them up, as you can just wheel them out of the way. Most of the time they are left where they are used, as they are not bulky machines, and thus do not get in the way. 

Home Elliptical vs Home Treadmill

When it comes to these 2 powerhouses of the fitness world, there is not much between them. One of the great things is that the home versions are not big and bulky, unlike their gym counterparts. So, which one is for you?

The Elliptical

  • Less impact on the ankles, knees and hips
  • Can train the upper and lower body
  • A little cheaper
  • Option to work different muscles – most elliptical machines have the option of a forward and backward motion
  • Maintains fitness after injury
  • Arguably safer, as your feet never leave the pedals
  • Doesn’t take up too much space – easy to keep out of the way.

The Treadmill

  • Builds more leg strength
  • Better for race training
  • Burns more calories
  • Engages your abs more, as you are required to keep your body stable
  • Doesn’t take up too much space – easy to keep out of the way.

For more information on the The Benefits of Using a Treadmill at Home, please click on the link.

Feet Firmly on the Pedals

When running on the treadmill, there is a point when both feet are off the ground. Although it is for a fraction of a second, it still happens. Now, there is an advantage to this momentary flight. When the feet leave the treadmill, the core has to work harder in order to stabilize the body. However, those of you that are not used to a treadmill could easily lose your balance.

The great thing about an elliptical is, you never have to worry about where your feet are. They will always be firmly on the pedals. This is one of the reasons that an elliptical is great for anyone setting up a home gym.


Cross-train Your Way to Fitness

The awesome elliptical is, undoubtedly, one of the best machines that you can have in your home. Having an elliptical at home varies the type of workout you can do.

However there is no rule set in stone, that says you can not have more than one cardio machine. Many people are fans of numerous cardio machines, and so have more than one in their home gyms.

Ellipticals require a lot less maintenance than most other cardio machines. A quick rub down after you have used it, is all that is usually required. No lubricating belts of fiddling with other parts. It is as simple as that. This is a very important factor when deciding to invest in a cardio machine.

Remember, one of the (if not THE) most important aspects of an elliptical trainer is its ergonomics. You can pound through an exercise session without pounding on your knee joints. This advantage allows you to complete vigorous interval training sessions, without having to feel the detrimental after effects.

You can burn calories, no matter what cardio machine you use. Research has shown there is a slight difference in calories burned, between machines, however, it all depends on the work you put in. Working out on the elliptical can feel slighlty easier. This is due to a higher perceived rate of exertion.

At the end of the day, you want convenience…you want comfort…and you want to burn that weekend treat off. Most of all, you want to ensure that you are putting as little stress on the joints as possible. This is where the elliptical can not be beaten.

If ergonomics are important to you, I would definitely advise you to consider adding an elliptical trainer to your home gym. This choice will cater for all of your cardiovascular needs and will make you very happy. Cross-train your way to fitness!

For information on which elliptical is right for you, please visit The Top Home Ellipticals – The Right Choice.

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2 thoughts on “The Benefits of Using an Elliptical Machine at Home”

  1. This is very useful and informative for beginners using these types of machines at home. I have been looking for information regarding home exercise machines for a while now and been unable to find enough information to help me make a purchase and this website has really helped me to make my choices.


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