Agree with this.
Don't hold the handles or arm poles at all. I try to shoot for a combination of resistance and stride rate that lets me get the most wattage without wearing out my legs to fast. I don't do my arms in a running motion, though. I just kind of hang them at my sides with a little movement. Your stride rate should be higher on the elliptical because the stride is so short, so it feels weird to do anything with your arms. It is more like cycling than running.
I have been relegated to the elliptical mostly for months and can get my HR as high for as long as a normal run. By the end, I could work out daily at HRs on the elliptical that would wear me out running everyday.
I don't understand what the problem is. If it feels like only a recovery run effort, then.... move faster. Is this not obvious?
hairy styles wrote:
thanks. When you're using the eliptical are you getting a good workout in (are you drenching in sweat) or does it feel more like doing a easy recovery run? I ask because it always feels like doing a recovery run and I usually have to compensate for this by working out on it longer. I think this is partly because it feels like the machine is doing some of the work for you. For instance, when you push down on the foot pedal on one side it actually helps move the other foot pedal on the other side.
Does anyone know if the arc trainer is different in terms of making you harder? There's another gym that has them that I'm willing to drive to but not if it's not worth the extra drive time just to get a slightly better workout in.