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The Don’t List: Elliptical Workout Don’ts

We’re continuing on with our “Don’t List” series today by tackling the elliptical machine. For those who hate running or are looking for a break from strength training, elliptical workouts can offer a great way to burn calories and stay fit. However, as with any machine, it’s good to keep in mind the habits that can prevent you from getting your best elliptical workout. We spoke to Aaptiv trainer Candice Cunningham to get her tips on what not to do when you hit the elliptical. 7 Things You Should Never Do On An Elliptical Machine 1. Don’t slouch Slouching puts a lot of unwanted pressure on the lower back—something you always want to avoid when working out. Check in on your posture throughout your entire elliptical workout. 2. Don’t hold on too tight If you have moveable handles keep a loose grip and keep the focus on your lower body. Using the handles as a means to balance yourself is fine. However, once you start holding on to too tightly, you’re using the handles to relieve some …

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Aaptiv 101: Elliptical

One of the questions we’re often asked by Aaptiv newbies is how to start cardio training, especially if you’re just starting to make wellness a priority. Our answer? The elliptical. This gym mainstay may look intimidating, but they’re a great way to ease into cardio workouts. And customizable resistance and super low-impact moves make elliptical classes gentle on the body and joints. But ellipticals are also awesome for runners looking to shake up their routine, and can be a major upper and lower body challenge since the workouts attack all of your muscles. Depending on the incline and resistance levels you set, ellipticals allow you to target specific muscle groups. So, if you’re pedaling forward, you’re challenging your hamstrings, glutes, and calves; switch things up and head backwards to get your shins and quads in gear. Our trainers also recommend movable arms over the stationary ones. You’re getting your biceps, shoulders, and chest in gear, while also amping up your heart-rate. Toss that magazine you’ve propped on the monitor because you’ll be working too hard …