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Bridal Fitness on Paper - Challenging Elliptical Routine Monday, January 30, 2012 ~ 7:26 a.m.

Elliptical trainer Since we moved into our new apartment, I've been trying to take good advantage of the 24 hour gym provided in the building. It's not a huge gym, but it has some good equipment...most of it is relatively new, too. I've been working on running on the treadmill more, and following the 10k training program that I shared with you guys last week, but on one of my "Cross-training" days, I tried out the elliptical. Now, to be honest, I'm not really a big fan of the elliptical. This probably sounds crazy, because I know that this particular machine is usually one of everyone's favorites! Although when I ask them why they like the elliptical so much, most often the answer I hear is, "Because it's easier!"


Interestingly enough, this is the exact reason why I don't like using the elliptical! I use it if I'm feeling "off" that day, and I want a bit of a break. I just hate being at the gym, knowing that I've set aside the time and energy to work out, but then feeling like I'm not really do anything...like I'm not working out, really, and I didn't make the most of my time there. This is often how I feel after I've spent 30 minutes on the elliptical. However, there is one workout routine that I can do on the elliptical machine that offers me the challenge that I need. I completed it just the other day, and so today, I thought I would share it with you! Hopefully, it'll get your heartrate up a little higher and get you breathing a little bit faster the next time you get on the elliptical machine :)




Bridal Fitness on Paper - Challenging Elliptical Routine

Challenging Elliptical Routine
Level of Difficulty:
Four diamond ring rating for bridal bootcamp exercise reviews
4 out of 5 rings

Equipment:
Any Elliptical machine with moving and stationary arm handle grips

Time Commitment:
32 Minutes
Time
(Minutes)
Description Level of Resistance
(1 - 20)
0 - 5 Warm up at steady, comfortable pace (3 - 3.5 mph) 6
5 - 8 Increase resistance while maintaining steady pace (3.5 - 4 mph) 8
8 - 10 Increase resistance while maintaining steady pace (3.5 - 4 mph) 10
10 - 12 Increase resistance while maintaining steady pace (4 - 5 mph) 12
12 - 14 Increase to maximum resistance you can handle while keeping a steady pace (at least 3 mph) 16
14 - 16 Decrease resistance and reverse direction, keeping a 4 - 5 mph pace 12
16 - 18 Switch back to forward direction and lower resistance. Increase speed to at least 6 mph. 8
18 - 19 Increase resistance. Focus on using your arms to move the machine; concentrate on pulling the arm grips toward you to work biceps and front of upper arms. 12
19 - 20 Focus on using your arms to move the machine; now concentrate on pushing the arm grips away from you to work triceps and back of the upper arms. 12
20 - 22 Increase resistance slightly. Now, let go of the moving arm grips entirely and hold onto the stationary ones while you focus on moving the machine with your legs only. 14
22 - 24 Take hold of moving hand grips again. Lower resistance and maintain a steady pace (4 - 5 mph) 12
24 - 26 Maintaining pace and resistance level, reverse your direction. 12
26 - 28 Lower resistance and increase speed to at least 6 mph. 8
28 - 30 Lower resistance and slow pace to 4 - 5 mph to begin cool down. 6
30 - 32 Lower resistance and slow pace to 3 - 4 mph to finish cool down. 4

If you're curious about a specific workout and you'd like for me to review it, please do leave a comment below or feel free to send me an email at Sarah - at - apaperproposal - dot - com.


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