Elliptical machine and calories burned

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saggi2u

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Posted: 12 Nov 2011, 08:59
I usually workout on the elliptical for an hour, usually at max incline and max resistance and burn between 850-1000 calories every time. Does that seem right ? Or is it inflated and the machine is over estimating? I have Nordic track. Usually I do the same routine over and over, even if I try to do one of the programs, I tend to switch to maximum incline and resistance.
NCNOLE

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Posted: 12 Nov 2011, 09:48
That sounds ridiculously high to me!! Does your machine have you put in height and weight? Does it check your heart rate? How long are you doing it for? I know you sweat and typically have your heart rate up on those, but still.
lose 80

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Posted: 12 Nov 2011, 13:32
i can't stay on the machine that long without getting tired.Any tips on staying on the elliptical long enough withou getting tired.
DairyKing

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Posted: 12 Nov 2011, 15:05
Saggy2u; It does sound ridiculously high; more importantly it sounds harmful. If "usually" means every day at the highest incline and highest resistance, then you are probably headed for a meltdown. I don't know any marathon runners who would do that! It is possible that you would burn that many calories if you are going non-stop - if you were doing it at the recommended pace; and since most of us on here are fighting a battle with weight, I would assume that the only way you would be able to do that is at a snail's pace, and that would be inviting a heart attack. Normal routine for building strength and endurance would be like every "hard" day followed by an "easy" day, and at least one complete rest day per week. Knowing no more than I know about you, unless you are the bionic woman, I would recommend that you spend at least three of those days per week, working at between 50 and 70% of your max heart rate, and that would usually be something of a jogging type pace at minimum resistance. Even the "hard" days should be intervals of maybe 75 to 85% of your max heart rate, with easy jogs in between. Don't kill yourself, considering what I have just recommended will help you lose just as much weight, allow your muscles to heal and grow between workouts, and make the workouts a whole lot more enjoyable. I hope I don't offend you; just want to see you get there healthy!
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Neesee71

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Posted: 12 Nov 2011, 18:01
I just bought an eliptical. I started out at 15 minutes. I can't go straight thru yet but at least I work up a sweat...best thing I ever bought for myself!
DairyKing

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Posted: 12 Nov 2011, 22:30
They are great machines; they give you all the benefit of running (except the scenery) without the impact. I am just a glutton for punishment. I'm still a diehard treadmill fan, but I know that the eliptical is less harmful to the joints. Good for you Neesee71; keep it up!
" Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
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porladie

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Posted: 13 Nov 2011, 06:41
headphones ... or in front of your favorite tv show ...cover up the machine with a towel so you dont keep looking at the time...
Neesee71

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Posted: 13 Nov 2011, 06:47
I have mine in the bedroom and watch tv while I am exercising. This way my husband doesn't hear the cries of agony...lol..
stillMR305

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Posted: 13 Nov 2011, 10:00
Listening to music is the easiest distraction to take up. Being on the phone or reading like I notice some people, is a detrimental thing. Only because you can gain so much more if your body is FULLY focus on the exercise at hand.
Neesee71

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Posted: 13 Nov 2011, 10:24
What exercise do you do for your arms?
gg-girl

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Posted: 13 Nov 2011, 11:23
I think if I could stay on mine for that long it would give me about the same reading. The most I have ever done (Nordi Track power incline, sounds close to yours) is 45 min fat burner program for the whole body section & that got me around 750 calories or so...now that really kicked my butt & I was sore all over, (arms, legs & butt) the next day. I have always used the pre-programmed routines, helps keep me interested with really loud tunes (ear phones of course, my peeps got to sleep don't you know!) & a fan blowing on me!
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losin'it

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Posted: 14 Nov 2011, 08:30
When my boyfriend and I started going to the gym all I could do was 10 minutes on the eliptical.....put me on a treadmill and I can walk all day (several years ago I did the avon 40 miles in 2 days walk). I'm now up to 30 minutes on the eliptical. Then it's off to the weights, another 20 on either the eliptical or bike and several laps around the track and stretching. We go 3-4 days a week giving our bodies a chance to recoup on our off days.

I think if you do the same exercise over and over day after day your body becomes conditioned to it. You need to switch it up and do something different.

Music helps me not get bored on the eliptical!! Before you know it, you're done with your time.
stillMR305

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Posted: 14 Nov 2011, 13:17
Depends on the area of the arm, like shoulders, bis, tris..
sergioy2000

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Posted: 14 Nov 2011, 14:49
I love the the elliptical, and not sure which one you are using. I just use the ones at the gym (24 hr fitness). I like to put my workout on the cross country setting and I put in my time, age, and weight. I can do the max incline on it for 10 to 15 minutes at the most. But only on resistance of 10 (it goes all the way up to 20). The most calories I have ever burnt on there was right around 950, but like I said, thats with only 50% resistance, and the max incline on for a few minutes.

If you can do it with both settings at the max the entire time, you are one BAD dude, or dudette.
saggi2u

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Posted: 16 Nov 2011, 11:05
NCNOLE: yes, the machine takes height and weight into account. My heart rate usually is usually above 130 and much higher. I usually slow down when my heart rate number crosses my weight.
DAIRYKING: I totally understand what u r suggesting. And I know it is the right thing to do. But once I am on the elliptical, I feel that I am not working out hard enuf if I am not pushing myself. I am usually very tired at the end of it, I do not know if it's the numbers that make me feel as if I did something worth it, coz if I pick one of the standard programs and burn 3-400 calories, I feel guilty whole day that I have not worked out hard enuf. I have a sweet tooth, so by burning more calories, I allow myself a treat once in a while( no every day though).

I usually workout on the weekdays and take it easy on the weekends. LOSE 80: I usually watch a movie on my iPad or listen to some fast music while I exercise.

DAIRYKING: the words "heart attack" just opened my eyes. I never realized that I cud be hurting my body that bad. I think I will now try to stay within the recommended workout schedules.

csuc02grad

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Posted: 17 Nov 2011, 10:52
You can actually work out to the point where your body thinks it needs to start storing fat again. If your working heart rate exceeds 80% of your max for more than about 10 min your body will actually start to burn muscle instead of fat.
Burning calories is a good thing, burning them at the wrong rate too often can be bad.
jthughes

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Posted: 19 Nov 2011, 16:59
I love the elliptical also. Don't have one of my own use the gym and each cardio machine has plasma so I find it very easy to stay on longer then when I was at my other gym. I am looking into purchasing my own any pointers
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coachcj8

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Posted: 19 Nov 2011, 20:47
I have never trusted the calorie counters on the machines and my trainer even says to not trust them. I think the calorie counter on my heart rate monitor is a little high and it's set up my me exactly, heart rate training zones and all. It's good for a general idea but I always feel it's a couple hundred high.
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gondaluer

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Posted: 20 Nov 2011, 02:01
There is no way for a machine or HRM watch to be accurate across both genders, as well as all body types and fitness levels. Also metabolic rate is largely genetically determined.

I had what's called a "New Leaf" assessment, and found out exactly what my resting metabolic rate is (actually only 1215 cals per day, 1580 if you include some calories for my very sedentary lifestyle). The assessment also determines exactly how many calories I burn at what heart rate ranges (for example, between 134-144 BPM, I burn 7.9 cals per min, 4.5 of which are stored fat calories).

It's a great test, and I feel much, much better having super accurate information regarding my caloric output. No more guessing for me.
awilker

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Posted: 21 Nov 2011, 10:48
If you have a lot of weight to lose, that number could potentially be accurate. One time I did the elliptical for 70 minutes at level 12, and it said I burned 1200 calories (!!). However, I notice the calories can differ greatly from machine to machine. I usually take the number with a grain of salt.



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