Elliptical VS Treadmill; Summer sweat in hibernation

Posted: October 24th, 2010   |   Category: Blog

Since I always get calls and e-mails with fitness and nutrition questions, I thought I’d share them with you.

Send your questions to Trainer@marineparkfitness.com and I’ll answer it in a future post.

Q: Now that the weather is cooler, I’m not sweating as much as I was in the summer. Does that mean I’m not getting as good of a workout?

A: Nope. Your body needs to be a certain temperature to effectively do the work you want it to do. In the summer, because of the extra heat from being outside, your body gets much hotter and has to sweat more to keep your inner temperature from getting too high. Now that the temps are in the 60′s when you’re working out, your body isn’t getting hot as quickly, so you won’t sweat as much. That doesn’t mean you’re slacking off in your workout.

Q: What’s better to do, the elliptical machine or the treadmill?

A: First let’s assume that you’re not a runner, because you would definitely pick the treadmill. So if you want to get a kick ass, burn more calories than you can eat workout, you really can get it from both machines. But, you do have to know how to use them the right way.

You can change things on the treadmill like the speed and incline. On an elliptical, you can change the incline, intensity, work at different RPM’s, and move your legs backwards. The way you combine all of that will give you a certain result.

But you should know that both of them also have pluses and minuses. If you set the treadmill on a specific speed, you’re forced to run at that pace. So if you have a hard time pushing yourself, just pick a fast speed and you’ll have no choice but to run on that fast moving belt. On the other hand, you can slack off on the elliptical and no one will be the wiser. Just make a cringed look on your face so that people around you think you’re pushing it.

On the other hand, a treadmill can hold you back too! Think about this; you’re running on the treadmill at a certain speed and max incline. Your body is fit enough to handle even more intensity, but your legs just can’t move any faster. So it’s the skill of running fast that is keeping you from getting a higher quality workout. If you walked over to the elliptical, you can stride at a certain incline, RPM, and even increase the resistance to push yourself harder. Even if you can’t hold a high RPM, you can pick up the intensity and push yourself into overdrive. That’s something you can’t do on the treadmill.

Send your questions to Trainer@marineparkfitness.com.

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