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Post  Nick Morris Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:25 pm

How does an eliptical translate to running? Meaning how much do I have to do on an eliptical to simulate a run (if possible).


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Post  Chris M Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:44 pm

To keep your cardio up, use perceived effort or the HR monitor and go just as long and hard effort wise as you do for a run. Some people find it far easier but some hate working the elliptical as hard as they would for an hour or so run so individual preferences will end up dictating whether you like it more or less. But shoot for the same time and effort or HR level you would be doing if you could run.
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Post  mul21 Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:37 pm

For sure I'd go by HR.
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Post  T Miller Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:27 am

You can make the elliptical as hard or easy as you want. As Chris said, I would set the resistance and cadence so that you're matching the intensity of your target running workout and make the duration the same as well. If I go over an hour I usually have to stop for a break because my feet go numb.
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Post  fostever Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:43 pm

I read an article about how the elliptical machine, even though it is low impact, puts a strain on your hip complex due to the fact that your normal footfalls when running are in a pattern in the middle of your body. The elliptical machine keeps that pattern parallel to the side of your torso which is unnatural. This should be considered if you are planning to use this as a large portion of training. As far as equivalency I'd agree with the statements of HR as a measure.
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Post  Nick Morris Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:50 pm

fostever wrote:I read an article about how the elliptical machine, even though it is low impact, puts a strain on your hip complex due to the fact that your normal footfalls when running are in a pattern in the middle of your body. The elliptical machine keeps that pattern parallel to the side of your torso which is unnatural. This should be considered if you are planning to use this as a large portion of training. As far as equivalency I'd agree with the statements of HR as a measure.

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Post  JohnP Mon Jan 21, 2013 5:13 pm

I think the newer machines are better - they let you go forward and up/down and set the intensity of each separately.
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Post  Alex Kubacki Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:44 am

The one thing about the elliptical is that you don't really get the calves. One thing I supplemented when I got injured is the bike with it all being out of the saddle. A spin bike or a regular bike hooked up to some kind of trainer. And a cage or clipless type pedals so you can pull up and not just push down. I'd do high cadence and jack up the resistance to get the HR up. And again the whole ride is out of the saddle.
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Post  Nick Morris Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:08 pm

Alex Kubacki wrote:The one thing about the elliptical is that you don't really get the calves. One thing I supplemented when I got injured is the bike with it all being out of the saddle. A spin bike or a regular bike hooked up to some kind of trainer. And a cage or clipless type pedals so you can pull up and not just push down. I'd do high cadence and jack up the resistance to get the HR up. And again the whole ride is out of the saddle.

I would much rather use the bike to keep my fitness level up. The issue is that I can feel discomfort with the bike. Everything feels alright with the elliptical.
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Post  wrichman Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:38 pm

I like the elliptical b/c you can make it as hard or easy as you want. Sometimes I use it on recovery days or after a race to get the blood flowing without any impact. You have to pay attention to which machine you use though. All are not created equal and harder to get your heart rate up. Those antelope ones (that's what I call them" can really make you work (forward, back, up, and down, yellow and black). Even the same models at the gym can vary on how had/easy each level feels. Sometimes level 13 on one machine is harder than level 13 on the machine right next to it. Annoying.
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Post  Nick Morris Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:40 pm

wrichman wrote:I like the elliptical b/c you can make it as hard or easy as you want. Sometimes I use it on recovery days or after a race to get the blood flowing without any impact. You have to pay attention to which machine you use though. All are not created equal and harder to get your heart rate up. Those antelope ones (that's what I call them" can really make you work (forward, back, up, and down, yellow and black). Even the same models at the gym can vary on how had/easy each level feels. Sometimes level 13 on one machine is harder than level 13 on the machine right next to it. Annoying.

Thanks, I'll keep that in mind Smile
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