Elliptical or Running??

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  1. dukedevil0

    dukedevil0 Stop looking at me, swan.

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    I've been running for the last few weeks and its been working well for me. However, I tried the elliptical yesterday and I could go for much longer. Is there any reason I should do one over the other? It seems like I get much more exhausted when running, but the elliptical seemed to work out my legs a lot more.
     
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    I like the elipticals with the hand parts, low impact on the knees and work you out pretty good if you add resistance
     
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    personally I run, how boring is sitting on a machine not going anywhere
     
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    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    lol. running on a treadmill is pretty damn boring.
     
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    dukedevil0 Stop looking at me, swan.

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    I never run on treadmills unless I have to. Outside or indoor track.
     
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    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    i'm not a fan of treadmills because i look at the clock on it constantly. :hs:
     
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    I don't see the point in running on a treadmil
     
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    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    i do it because it's right there after my workout when my heart rate is already up. i guess you could also say that it's better to run in teh air conditioning rather than outside in the heat :dunno:
     
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    your gym is located in the matrix and there is no outside of the gym?

    but god damn I could never run after training
     
  10. dukedevil0

    dukedevil0 Stop looking at me, swan.

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    sweat more in the heat :p
     
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    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    :eek3: how'd you know?

    my gym is right by a major road with no sidewalks and i also drive to the gym. plus, i wouldn't be able to record calories burned, average heartrate, distance, etc. just running outside.

    well, i don't run for all that long yet :hs: i'm going to up how far i run each time. after i run, i do incline walking to cool down.
     
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    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    :werd: but i'm sexy enough with the amount of sweat i get in the air conditioning. no need to add more than i already have :nono:
     
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    well running you can burn more calories in a shorter amount of time, so it depends on you, the elliptical is easier on the knees and stuff
     
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    Obvious answer here: if you could go for longer on the elliptical than you can running, you're not working as hard on the elliptical. In general, any machine is going to decrease your intensity since you're not as weight-bearing; even a basic treadmill set at 0% incline creates a slight downward effect so it's not the same as running outside.
     
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    :werd: running outside, even if it's on a track is MUCH harder
     
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    I tried to run on Tuesday. I woke up on Wednesday and even my shoulders were sore
     
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    well i have fucked up knees and the elliptical has much less impact vs. treadmill or track, but i run at an outdoor track every now and then
     
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    what? your shoulders were sore cos of running??
     
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    Just trolling thru and stating the obvious:

    For optimal results, switch between the two and make sure it's hard to do.

    Crank up the resistance on the elliptical if it's too easy, crank up the incline on the treadmill if it gets easy. I see too many chicks and guys using those precor machines with NO resistance.
     
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    as far as cardio goes would you say swimming is also greater than running?
     
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    not if you're trying to lose fat, you burn more calories, but swimmers tend to have a much greater appetite also.
     
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    Back when I ran Cross Country in high school I would get cramps in my neck shoulder area. Turns out my form was terriable and once I locked that down the cramps went away.
     
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    Ok, no more talking for you.
     
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    Stair climber, the one where you actually walk up steps, best workout ever!
     
  25. Phineas Q Stork

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    I think mine is more about being terribly out of shape. I made it 2 laps around a track that isn't even a quarter of a mile. Plus, I've put on 30 lbs since the last time I ran. So needless to say, my whole body was sore. I was having trouble holding up my arms during the end of the second lap. :(
     
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