Question About Cardio

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  1. SoKo

    SoKo New Member

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    So, I've always wondered this and felt kind of stupid asking it.....so I'll wait for all the stupid responses.

    When I do cardio on the treadmill, I feel like I'm kicking my ass more. I am very "wore" after and I feel like it kicks my ass. When I do the elliptical I feel "ok" after. I don't feel dead and I don't feel like I got my ass kicked..even when I do HIIT on it. Looking at numbers, it looks like the treadmill burns significantly less calories than the elliptical.

    Are the numbers just wrong? I'm confused.
     
  2. MaineSucks

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    numbers arent accurate
     
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    Chuckler eekpicasso

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    I feel more asskicked on the treadmill too. I tend to think, without knowing any better, that this is because I'm working harder. Also, I can push myself longer on the treadmill than the eliptical machine because I'm super unco.
     
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    ^^^

    elliptical is like a smith machine squat while a treadmill is like a BB squat. your stabilizers aren't getting as much of a workout doing elliptical since your on a predefined path. not too mention your joints are taking a lot more of a licking on the treadmill
     
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    keep saying this.. even harder than treadmills

    and then add the extra poundage we keep gaining... it's an endless self torture
     
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    so is that the argument? joints vs. intensity?
     
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    bump up the resistance as well as the cross ramp on the elliptical.
     
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    I like ellipticals because they dont sodomize my joints and they burn a lot of calories.
     
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    it goes from 1-20, i usually warmup for 5 minutes at 10, then go up to 15 during fast time, then slow down to 10
     
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    michael FLORIDA > *

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    remember your joints are taking beating, too.. which may result in you feeling more.. "wore."
     
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    right :hs; and being a big guy i don't know if that's good
     
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    i like the elliptical, and it really helps me because its easy on my knees
     
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    I went from treadmill to elliptical and back to treadmill. After the elliptical (with good resistance) the treadmill wa a walk in the park, it didn't even feel like I was working hard
     
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    these days I do most of my cardio on the elliptical and finish off with 10min brisk walk at max incline
     
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