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The Best Cardio Machine for Weight Loss

Cardio machines are very useful for weight loss. If you use interval training, you can get more results than you do with traditional aerobic cardio. But another story for another time. Let's see which engine burns the most calories.

Good choice: Elliptical machine.

The main reason for choosing an elliptical machine - you've got bum knees. I have worked with clients with severe osteoarthritis and we can use it for good exercise without pain.

But besides, I'm not impressed with the elliptical machine for fat loss. If you go to a gym anywhere, compare the body on the ellipse to the other machine ... most of the time, the people in the ellipse don't make it from month to month. Sorry, I don't like this.

But if you have bad knees, or if you are an exception to my experience, don't hesitate to keep shaking the ellipse!

Up next ... Bike Stationary

Bicycles can be easier on your knees, especially if you are overweight and cannot support your weight at this time.

But personally, I love a lot of bikes. Set ups allow you to do a lot of mechanical work during interval training - and that's what causes Turbulence in your muscles and allows you to improve your metabolism after training. In fact, when I started planning interval training in 2001, I used my bike exclusively.

I also think that bicycles allow you to work hard with less risk of injury. Sprinting requires extensive heating due to the explosive nature of the activity.

I recommend starting with a bike unless you are an experienced runner who knows your body well

In addition, there are three other key things about this bike.

a) Stick to the upright version where possible. When using repetitive bicycles for the interval, your hips tend to get too much and your body tries to get into awkward position in order to withstand the resistance. It's my experience. Vertical bikes are set up better for a long time.

b) For the time being, increase the resistance to your pedaling, not your pedaling speed. I don't like spinning high RPMs. I think you will get more results and do more work as you maintain RPM between 80-100 and work against harder obstacles. Forget that RPM high-spin stuff ... I think it's rough on your hips and knees.

c) When on a bicycle upright, sitting upright may be for a period of recovery or even for several intervals. Just avoid rounding up posture as it can be hard on your lower back.

And the winner is ... The Treadmill.

The treadmill can burn up to 20 calories per minute during your workout. That's a big burn, but of course the advanced fitness level can achieve that - but hopefully you meet that category now or you'll someday have consistent training and nutrition.

A few tips: Don't go crazy with the tilt (as it can cause a calf's tightness), but if you can walk more than 10mph, use a 1% bend to help offset the need for speed. The last thing you want to do is end up with a crazy video on YouTube as you fly from the tip of the treadmill to the elliptical.

So like all kinds of runs, be careful.

Honorable mention goes to ... Rowing Machines and Stairmasters ... these can be used in other machine places for variety and still work. Better yet, if you can, use your body as the best fat burning machine. I strongly recommend weightlifting for interval training. This is fun, effective, and maybe even better considering your body.


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