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elliptical vs. treadmill or rower?

Which one is best? Does anyone have a circut training that they would recommend with all three?

Thu. Nov 30, 9:31am

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You get a full-body workout on the erg (legs, abs, arms and shoulders) that you won't get on a treadmill or elliptical.

Thursday, November 30, 2006, 9:41 AM

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ITA. the rower is excellent for upper body cardiovascular. I would do interval training, one day elliptical, one day treadmill, and so on.

Thursday, November 30, 2006, 4:25 PM

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Mixing up your cardio will be best in the long run. Try to do all 3 each week.

Thursday, November 30, 2006, 5:04 PM

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my knees (and boobs, actually) can't handle running on the treadmill, so I stick to the elliptical
another good one is the arc trainer (if that's what it's called) - it's like a cross between an elliptical and a stair master

Thursday, November 30, 2006, 9:38 PM

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re boobs : put on appropriate sport bra or you will hurt your back

Saturday, December 02, 2006, 2:20 AM

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my trainer has me do 10 min of each: running or elliptical, then rowing, then biking....each as fast as you can...what a workout!

Sunday, December 03, 2006, 6:16 PM

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Running for large-chested women

I wear a Goddess bra that is slightly too small plus an Enell bra and, together, that does the trick to allow me to run.

Sunday, December 03, 2006, 7:51 PM

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I sell fitness equipment and am vehemently opposed to ellipticals.

You don't have to run on a treadmill to use it!!! Nor do you need to run to get a great workout. Set the incline to 12% or higher and a 4 mile an hour pace. Less impact than walking through a mall but it's an intense workout- better than an elliptical.

Ellipticals rarely ever have one's body in proper alignment. Moreover, while there is no impact on the knee, a) there is constant pressure on the knee b) many ellipticals result in users pronating their knees while on them which causes knee problems. Also, leaning forward with shoulders and hips out of allignment can cause lower back pain, and really is NOT how one should be positioned when working out. Thinking you get a better workout cuz you use your arms is kind of silly seeing as the elliptical arms are moving even if you're not holding onto them- better to be moving your arms in a natural motion against gravity on a treadmill.

The only good thing I can say about an elliptical is it's better than sitting on a couch, but that's about it.

Sunday, December 03, 2006, 9:01 PM

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to above poster, no matter what i do on a treadmill i am in bad pain, running or walking, whatever the incline it hurts. sometimes it hurts my knees, sometimes my shins, sometimes my boobs, often all three, along with the fact that i get out of breath on treadmills where i don't on an ellyptical meaning i can never do the treadmill for more than 6 min at a time. i like the ellyptical, it makes me feel like i've exercized (sweating, muscle use etc.) but doesn't leave me in pain.
i like rowers too, but i have bad elbows and knees which means i can't do it for to long.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006, 6:47 PM

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Can anyone tell me if there's a difference in noise and vibration of the eliptical versus the treadmill or a stationary bicycle? My dh is hesitant to get a treadmill - he likes to run but feels having a treadmill at home will cause too much vibration in the house.

The other thing that was making me think we should look into an elliptical or stationary bike is that both of our primary cardio workout of choice is to walk/run outside, and this would give some variety to our training.

Thanks for any advice!

Friday, December 08, 2006, 2:29 PM

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I can't afford to join a gym or buy a lot of equipment, so if I can only buy ONE of the above for home exercise -- either a treadmill or a rower (I don't like ellipticals myself), which one would be the best? I also supplement my cardio with low-impact video workouts, like The Firm. From the above, it sounds like a rower would be a better bet, but I have never used one. My knees aren't great but I can jog at a moderate pace (5.7 mph) for 30 minutes on a treadmill. I won't even try to run outside on pavement. What is the general consensus -- treadmill or rower?

Wednesday, December 03, 2008, 11:20 AM

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Regarding home equipment - it's which ever piece of equipment you will actually USE!! And not to drape clothes on :)

p.s. I wouldn't buy any equipment I've tried it and have determined this is something I love and will use often.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008, 12:58 PM

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