Make Ellipticals Cool Again.

“Number one, like yourself. Number two, you have to eat healthy. And number three, you’ve got to squeeze your buns. That’s my formula.” ~ Richard Simmons

The Elliptical was born in 1990, now a late 20something who peaked in his earlier years. While many deem it boring, the right playlist and mentality will forever change your view of this ’90s gem. As someone plagued with occasional injuries and surgeries, the elliptical is one of my favorite low-impact, cross-training, cardio, sweat-inducing, injury recovery, variety workout machines.

When I ellipticize, I do so with the mentality of a spin class; elliptical to the beat of the song, changing the resistance to accommodate the beat while ensuring maximal effort. You will get out of it what you put in. And so, to get you on the elliptical train, here is a very special Spotify playlist handmade by yours truly. Play it straight through (no shuffle). Resistance recommendations below (use the cross-ramp however you please).

Keys to elliptical success:

  • engage your core and glutes
  • don’t lean on the machine’s arms, but rest your hands around the arms lightly while instead relying on your stomach, leg, and glute strength for stability
  • sometimes I let go of the arms and move my arms like I would when I run (good balance work)

*Resistance Recommendations:

  1. 5-6
  2. 6
  3. 12-15 (hill) – to the beat of the instrumentals
  4. 7-8
  5. Free song
  6. 8
  7. 6-8
  8. 5-7 (sprint)
  9. 12-15 (hill)
  10. 7-10
  11. 5-7 (sprint)
  12. 12-15 (hill) – to the slow beat
  13. 5 (sprint)
  14. Cooldown

*Different ellipticals will vary in how resistance feels. The key is maintaining the beat as best you can. Play around with the cross-ramp to your liking.

As Jane Fonda said, “Go for the burn! Sweat!”

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