Elliptical machine or treadmill?
I can't figure out the whole treadmill thing ... So elliptical it is!!
But aren't you doing the same thing? This can go on and on, but in the end, indeed, we are both wasting our time.
I prefer you go outside and walk or run. Or lift weights. The only energy expelled while working out should be your own, No electricity required.
Not so easy when you live in a state that has temperatures as high as the lowest setting of my OVEN!!
That's why I used to have a non-electrical treadmill. Figured if I wasn't powering it myself, what good was it.
Note I said "used to have."
Elliptical is more fun.
I prefer the treadmill because you aren't constantly bouncing up and down. Normally I watch tv and power-walk and run during the commercials. This I do this for long periods of time and work off a good amount of calories.
My sports psych professor was not a fan of the elliptical and made it clear when we talked about exercise & muscle physiology. The major drawback to it is that it doesn't focus on any muscle group. So it's hard to build muscle from it...Treadmill is far more effective in that respect.
Elliptical is good at burning calories while you're using it, but that's about it. Machines that actually target muscles and build muscle lead to burning calories even when you are not working out (since muscle cells consume more calories than other cells, even in a resting state).
Treadmill: I feel more in my current state. I keep making money because I'm capable, government keeps taking it away and giving it to people I've never seen and I'm in the same position. And if I stop making money I have no clue what paperwork to file so I would fall flat on my face.
So I like the elliptical and my wife likes the treadmill. By the way, those treadmills with the elliptical bars, uh... not the same as the real deal.
I prefer ellipticals. Running on a treadmill and on the ground are too hard on a lot of my joints. The less impact the better. Sadly, I'm only 19. It'll only go downhill from here.
It's easier to go backwards and work different muscles on an elliptical
Um... Swimming pool? That's where I'd rather be, but of the other two, I'm trying to learn to love the elliptical. Kinda tired of the treadmill.
Neither. I prefer my recliner:)
I have both but prefer the treadmill
Most definitely elliptical. Not only do you get a better workout by burning more calories quickly, but the treadmill hurts my feet so bad!
I hate treadmills- they just bother me. But personally i really like neither- i prefer an ergo machine
Neither. Indoor cycling/spinning all the way! It's the most efficient and fun form of cardio I have ever tried.
Treadmill makes my kneecaps hurt.
Huh, I just noticed, every state that was part of the original "Louisiana purchase", prefers ellipticals.
That is really strange- but in modern day its only by chance with so much travel
Treadmill. Every time I try to get on an elliptical I end up putting both my feet in one slot and trying to get a circle going.
Something like that.
I do the exact freaking thing! Until a couple of years ago when I rolled my ankle doing that.
All the treadmills at the gym have tvs on them... So IF you're making me choose, I might as well not be bored
I hate treadmills with a passion. Trails, roads...anything outdoors is where it's at.
Treadmills are more fun to slide on! Turn that baby up to 11 mph and then sit on it, and that is how I made a 2 foot hole in my basement wall 10 years ago
. . . And your proud of that? Was it some sort of milestone for you?
If the treadmill doesn't move uphill/downhill or something other then just go then elliptical all the way
If I'm going to run, I'll run on the track. I use the machine when I want to work out, but I want to watch Netflix at the same time.
Why not neither?
*mexican celebration music*
Elliptical. I can do what a treadmill offers by walking or running on my own.
Run in a straight line going nowhere. No thanks. I'd rather do the elliptical. It's like skiing indoors.
How is it like skiing? XC skiing maybe but not downhill.... I get wht you mean though its better than a treadmill and i live skiing
I've had very bad luck with treadmills.
Ha, meaning not achieving desired results or injury or...??
If you use an elliptical you legitimately grow a vagina.
Yeah now I have two.
Are you implying that there is something wrong with having a vagina?
Having one of those I didn't have to share with somebody else would have saved me a whole lot of trouble over the years.
Mine hasn't grown yet I guess.
Gotta love awk public convos
Bowflex Treadclimber. It's the best of both in one machine. We have one and love it!
I bought one of those about two years ago. It was a piece of shit and I returned it within 4 weeks. The belts would get too tight and stick after like 2 uses. I was so disappointed! Glad to hear you like yours though!
Both are great for cardiovascular exercises and both make me realize how out of shape I am.
I lost all trust in the treadmill when it snuck that Lego on it. Good thing I was wearing shoes...
For me and a bad ankle, less impact the better.
Really? I can't do treadmills. I run at an unsteady pace, so I'm always afraid I'll fly off.
There are times when I run that my knees hurt bad either from poor stretching or just because...the elliptical gives me the opportunity to run and tone my body more without my knees hurting. If I'm not running outside, I'm running on an elliptical inside!
The elliptical kills my knees. I have no idea why. You would think the opposite.
That should be the opposite lol
Same. I have really long legs though, so they can't fully extend when I run on one.
I'm offended, rolling out of bed isn't considered in this poll :)
I prefer the low impact of an elliptical trainer after years of abuse (training).
I like both in the winter when it's too cold or snowy outside, but as a runner, I prefer the treadmill.
This may be off on a little tangent, but has anyone used a tread-climber? If so, how is it better/worse than a treadmill?
I have. They had one at my gym. You can't actually run on it. I believe the max speed was 4 mph. I also don't think it burns that many calories. I am not a fan.
Thank you @SINGKITTY!
couple of comments above on this too
Ellipticals are more fun!
I use both but I think I work harder on the treadmill.
All the extra impact makes it feel that way, but you burn the same amount of calories on both.
I prefer running outside but if indoors, I like the treadmill better.
I feel like the elliptical just isn't as difficult as running on the treadmill, which itself doesn't feel as difficult as running outside, so I always grab a treadmill. I also wonder if the calories the elliptical gives can really be accurate... It seems far too easy to burn them. Does anyone know?
It really is accurate.
The added impact of a treadmill, makes it feel like you worked harder
It feels so much easier though, I usually don't get out of breath on the elliptical, is it just a difference in the way you're moving in each machine?
I'd love to use the elliptical if its just as effective
Yes, you're using more muscles on the elliptical.
Double your workout times and holy crap, you'll start seeing muscle definition in your thighs, calfs and abs.
Your back will feel stronger.
All around better core.
It's quite nice.
I've never been able to use a treadmill from very long. I find the design to be very hard on my body, worse than just running outside. Between these two, I'll take the elliptical.
Elliptical, if I'm going to run, which I would rather do, its going to be outside on natural terrain.
How about if you just go outside and walk!
I love my treadmill. The handbars are just wide enough so I can hang my shirts on them.
I actually would have answered neither. I prefer running outside.