Author: Steve James

Elliptical Workout – Are You Doing It Wrong?

As a personal trainer that works with people from various walks of life and different stages of their development, I have seen just about every mistake made, form the rarest to the most common. It doesn’t really matter how or when the mistakes crop up. The important thing is to eradicate them as soon as possible before they become a mainstay in your workout routine.

What I love about helping people elevate is their fitness levels is that they are eager to see how their bodies react to physical exertion and the rewards that go around with it. I cannot even tell you how proud I am of the people I have helped transform their bodies because I know first-hand the amount of dedication and work it takes to reach peak physical fitness. When it comes to elliptical workouts, it is important to pay attention and ensure that you are getting it right.

There are common mistakes and there are obscure ones to look out for. Take these suggestions into consideration and you will be doing yourself a ton of favors during your training sessions.

No Resistance, No Results

In order to get the most benefit and earn the best results, you’re gonna need to add some resistance. Ensuring that you are pushing and pulling through each stride. Once you’ve found the best tension, then you should continue at a predetermined moderate pace until failure.

Don’t Be a Slouch

Your core is the most important part of your body and standing upright helps lengthen your abdominal region and gives you the opportunity to work your upper body more effectively. Even leaning on an armrest and stretching can burn calories.

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The machines these days can take your height and weight and personalize your workout, so know as much about your own body as personal to keep fatigue and hunger at bay. Your aim should be to burn approximately 100 calories every 10 minutes.

Not Changing Directions

Moving backwards isn’t just to stop boredom, but also changes which big muscle groups are exerting the most energy. Moving forward can fatigue the quads, but backwards has been shown to stimulate the hamstrings and the gluteus maximus. In order to maximize the effect, be sure to maintain knees at a 90-degree angle.

Your Workout Remains the Same

Adding intervals is an excellent way to boost the calories you burn and add another element of excitement in your workout. Escape the doldrums in a couple of ways by leaving resistance ready and switching up the pace. Another way to change up your routine is to add a juicing machine for your dietary needs.

The Pressure On Your Feet

This is one of the most common mistakes and it means that you are placing an inordinate amount of pressure on your toes. Instead of this approach, try to sit back to allow bigger muscle groups to work optimally and add stamina as you continue working out. If done effectively, your heart rate will be elevated and metabolic rate as well.

Benefits of Weight Training

Of course, most people understand the benefits that come into play once a weight training regimen has been implemented. As a trainer and instructor, my job is to help others find the best workout routine to lead them towards a healthier, more productive life. No matter what your personal fitness level may be, there are weight training exercises that you can use that will get you to the next level over time. Whether you are a beginner or you have been training for years, if you have a passion for weight training, you can reap the rewards by finding a fitness routine that is perfect for you.

It is not actually true that only experienced athletes exercise at a certain level. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Even if you are not at an advanced fitness level, that doesn’t mean you cannot benefit from the many great aspects of strength training from a workout schedule. The following are just some of the reasons why you should include strength training as part of your weekly routine:

  • Strength training improves the ability to execute daily activities and increase your daily workload. Once you’ve worked out enough, you will be able to last longer during your strength training exercises.
  • Improve your bone density once you begin a weight training routine. As we age, this becomes even more of a concern and just another reason to incorporate weight training.
  • Lean body mass also develops during strength training and is great because as we age we tend to store more fat.
  • Improve motor reflexes once your connective tissue, muscles, tendons, and more lead to greater motor performance and less susceptible to injuries
  • As you have more confidence, the quality of life makes you fitter and stronger

Getting Started

My clients first make an appointment with me and then we go over the initial steps towards creating a weight training routine. My main goal is to help clients remain focused, explain proper form and the basics of weightlifting, and what to expect in order to yield endurance and strength gains.

Putting a Program into Play

My first piece of advice for my clients is to start slowly in the beginning and then work your way up as you gain trust in your abilities and know the best way to reduce illnesses, soreness, and injuries. At first, you should start with one set, then move on to multiple as your power grows. Be sure you use the proper weight when lifting as form can be compromised with weights that are too heavy. If you cannot keep your form during a set, then you should lower the weight. Your muscles need time to recover as well, so I recommend at least 48 hours between sets between workout routines. Also, weight training can be just as fun as any other activity and can boost your metabolism in the process. Remember to keep your routine as varied as possible so you won’t get bored and stop working out. It is your mission to excel and reap all the benefits possible from weight training.

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