How to Use Elliptical Trainers

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To use elliptical trainers, start by setting the program, adjust the resistance to fit your needs, and start at a slower pace if you are a beginner. Work out on an elliptical machine for about 30 minutes with advice from a certified personal trainer in this free video on fitness and exercise.

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Hey, my name is Shaun and I'm here with the Wilmington Boxing And Fitness Center. And I'm here today to talk to you about how to use the elliptical. Here, I have one here; this one, you want to step on it, starting out. You want to set, you want to do whatever program you want to do; you want to go ahead and set that program. So, if you want to set your weight to a certain weight, that adds that resistance to the training which makes it harder for you to use; and the level that you want to workout, the harder that you want to work. So in using this machine, you want to start out; you know what the pace. If you're a beginner, you want to start out to a slower pace, just getting it going. And you want to use it for about thirty minutes, fifteen minutes to get your cardio in as a good warm up to get your blood pump up. Now if you want to add your arms into it and to build your back and arms speed, you go to the arm handles. And one of the things with the machines and if you go in at a higher intensity, you can even go come quicker as if you are running. But the benefits of using the elliptical is that it's less impact on your knees. If for someone that's older, you know, that's probably been running for awhile, they would want to use this machine instead of going back outside running on pavement 'cause that's less impact on their knees and all your knee joints. And that's how you use the elliptical trainers.

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