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How to Get the Most Out of the Elliptical Machine

Learn how to get the most out of the elliptical machine from certified personal trainer Max Tapper in this Howcast gym workout video.

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Hi guys. This is Max Habra again for Howcast and what we're going to do today is show you how to get the most out of an elliptical machine in the gym. All right?

Basically an elliptical is just another cardiovascular exercise similar to treadmill. And what you're going to be doing is working on your cardiovascular efficiency. So you're going to be burning calories and working on your cardiovascular system at the same time.

Now I believe that any cardiovascular, or any cardio exercise period, you should be most intense. All right. So that means burning more calories per minute is going to be the best use of your time, instead of going low intensity.

A lot of time they talk about if you want to burn body fat, to stay at 60% of your maximum heart rate. Now that's all fine and good, but if your goal is other than just body fat, or even body fat alone, your goal should be to burn the most amount of calories in the shortest amount of time. That's what I think is most important.

Your goal would then be to put you incline up, also put your intensity up and feel like you're really challenging yourself. I you're not, then you probably aren't.

Now there's different way of switching the efficiency of this exercise. If you really want just your legs to work then you can take your hands off and do it this way. Now if you want more of a total body exercise put your hands on and increase the resistance and push and pull. That way you're going to get every muscle in your leg and you're also going to your chest muscles, triceps, back and bicep muscles at the same time.

So the most efficient way to work out will be hand and feet moving at the same time. The highest intensity you can manage, and go from 20 to 30 minutes and burn as calories as possible. Get off it. Get something to eat. Go home. All right? So enjoy, stay out there, and be safe.

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