Best Cardio Machine & Workout
I’ve used all of the popular cardio machines found in most gyms including the treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike, and stairmaster. I wanted to share the experience I’ve had with each one over the past several months and hopefully help someone find the best cardio machine that works for them.
Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the stairmaster. Logistically speaking, using the machine makes my water bottle bounce out of the cup holder (no fat jokes, please). It doesn’t seem as if the machines (I’ve tried a couple at my gym) are designed “properly.” Overall, the stairmaster seems like a gimmick.
It’s a treadmill. Cut down the middle.
Cycling is a low-intensity workout (good for beginners) that burns few calories in comparison to its counterparts like the treadmill and elliptical machine. It probably has to do with the whole sitting thing, but don’t quote me on that.
Kidding aside, cycling is really fun. It may not burn as much calories as running on the treadmill, but after all, what does?
It’s undeniable that you can lose more calories by walking/running on the treadmill than any other machine. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of “practice” before you’re able to clock in a hard, long workout session on the treadmill.
I originally started on the treadmill when I weighed 344 pounds, but even walking on the treadmill for more than 10 minutes was a hard task to accomplish. The elliptical machine on the other hand…
I’m biased. I used the elliptical machine to help me almost exclusively lose 90 pounds. While I’m glad I eventually switched to the treadmill, the elliptical machine will hold a special place in my heart for a very long time.
I actually use the same elliptical for every workout at my gym. I’m attached.
The elliptical is a great cardio machine workout if you’re new to the gym. If you’re just starting gym cardio workouts (and are overweight) you should find the low-impact motion of the elliptical machine much easier to handle than walking or running on the treadmill.
Ultimately though, the elliptical machine will only provide resistance for so long. One day, months or maybe years from now, you’ll reach a point of diminished returns, much like I did.
Once that happens, it’s time to get on the treadmill.