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elliptical vs treadmill

Can someone explain? I burn 100 more calories on working out on the elliptical for 30 min (not an elliptical with arms, just the steps) than I do running on the treadmill for 30 min. Granted I don't go insanely fast on the treadmill, but I keep up a pretty decent pace. This doesn't make sense to me though since the elliptical almost feels like walking up a ramp but a treadmill gives me hardcore running. Does anyone know?

Tue. Oct 23, 11:14am

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I don't get it either

I find I burn more calories on the stationary bike than on the treadmill as well.

Could it be that the resistance on the bike and elliptical machine is greater and requires more energy than it does to move our own bodies?

Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 11:28 AM

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Ultimately, it could just be the general unreliability of the data on those machines. I wouldn't put too much stock in them. If you're really interested in the data I'd get a heart rate monitor.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 11:48 AM

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I saw a website somewhere that shows approximately how many calories you burn doing different exercises and it did show that one burns many more calories on an elliptical verses running/treadmill. If you google some searchs on the internet I'm sure you can find a similar sight. It allows you to put in your weight age, work out time, etc and will calculate how many calories you burn with each. Very cool sight. Good luck.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 12:15 PM

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One way to up the calorie count on a treadmill is to raise the elevation. Just a few degrees can up the calorie count considerably.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 12:29 PM

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uesday, October 23, 2007, 12:15 PM, what was the name of this site? This confuses me as well...

Also -- do you burn more cals on the elips w/ the arms or does it just make it easier on your legs (bc your arms are 'helping' to burn the same amt of cals..)?

Thursday, November 01, 2007, 11:45 AM

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