what's better for fat loss: elliptical or running?

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  1. goten2000

    goten2000 Tupac's Son

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    in general, what's better for fat loss? i just hate running and was wondering if an elliptical was a legit replacement.
     
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    eliptical, IMO

    40 mins eliptical 3-4 times a week, on 1 incline and 1 resistance. enter a weight lower than yours so it's more accurate. :dunno:
     
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    BimmerJustin Why would you deny yourself something you want?

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    my cardio:

    eliptical, 15-25 min/day, increasing res and inc from 10 to 18, with a 5 minute cooldown @ 8/8
     
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    If running means outside running, the doing HIIT is best. If it means treadmill, HIIT is still best. If you are doing elliptical, HIIT is harder to do, so I would label that as the least of the 3, but better than nothing. I did the elliptical for a year and saw very little loss. I did HIIT for 3 months (with EC) and dropped a TON of weight...
     
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    goten2000 Tupac's Son

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    my elliptical has a HIIT option, which i use. what is EC?
     
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    geekierthanyou Crews: DSLR, Brolie, Classic Car, Gun, Zombie, Pro

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    That's cool that it has a HIIT option.. never seen that. EC is Ephedrine+Caffeine. Either way, Ii have done HIIT in all three scenarios and outside/treadmill > elliptical (in my experience)
     
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    All I can say is I have seen much better results since I started running than I ever did on the elliptical. I have to work my ass off to get the heart rate up on the elliptical, running takes very little in comparison to get it going.
     
  8. BimmerJustin

    BimmerJustin Why would you deny yourself something you want?

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    gotta crank that incline/resistance up and keep the RPMs up. I usually stay between 155-165bpm the entire time.
     
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    I dropped a FUCK TON of weight doing the elliptical 30mins a day 4/5 days a week for a few months. After dropping the weight I've switched to running because I feel it has more application in the real world and not just at the gym :dunno:
     
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    I use a bike or a step climber for HIIT. Gets the job DONE.
     
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    I hate HIIT unless I'm outside running :hs: I always feel like I'm going to get injured on a machine :dunno:
     
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    I just think running is more rewarding, get out on the streets or on some paths and get your speed and distance up. Running is a useful skill.
     
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    It feels good to know you can throw on a pair of shoes and be able to travel 10 miles in a relatively short time.
     
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    gubment cheese New Member

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    so how much is A FUCK TON of weight? I need to lose about 30lbs. To me that's a FUCK TON.
     
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    maks Bah! t(-_-t)

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    Don't worry about running. You will end up doing nothing at all. Stick to the elliptical. Its good enough.
     
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    250 lbs February 2008 to 197 lbs February 2009
     
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    wow nice job
     
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    whatever burns the most calories (either during or over time) has the most potential for fat loss.

    so all things equal.. running
     
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    training for a marathon, i run every other day, with elitpical and leg work on the days between

    sticking to one thing can lead to burn out. so switch up ... days going for distance, or days going for speed, etc

    so typically i do:

    mo: squats + 2km eliptical high resistance
    tu: 5-10k run + upper body work out; night 5-10k run
    wed: assistance leg work, front squats, elitpical 2km HIIT
    thu: 5-10k run + upper body work out; night 5-10k run
    fri: 2km eliptical high resistance + deadlifts
    sat: 20km+ distance focus
     
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    Running is for skinny people.


    As far as fat loss...

    arc trainer > stairmaster > elliptical > treadmill > bike
     
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    :ugh::rofl::ugh:
     
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    running would be better because it uses more stabilizers muscles, which means more energy is required. of course it has its downsides, like its hard on your joints, especially if you're carrying some extra weight.

    for you, it sounds like ellipitical would be the way to go. you're more likely to keep doing things that you enjoy and find excuses to stop things you don't like to do. So if you hate running, you'd be more likely to not stick with it then you would elliptical
     
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    maks Bah! t(-_-t)

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    If you have motivation issues, then do whatever keeps you motivated.

    All things being equal, it's my opinion that running is the better of the two.
     
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    maks Bah! t(-_-t)

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    If OP really wants to run then maybe look into sprinting instead. Check out pics of sprinters vs runners.

    Sprinters body >>>> Runners body
     
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