What cardio machine best suits you? When you train a muscle group you train
with a purpose and it should be the same when it comes to your cardio. There
are different cardio machines for a number of reasons. Some target the upper
body while others pay more attention to the lower. There are many variables that can affect the amount of calories burned so there is no specific order for what is going to burn the most. The level of energy put in can differ depending on how you use the features of the equipment. Are you sprinting? Is there an incline? What is the resistance set to?
The treadmill concentrates more on the lower body and the cardiovascular
system. Be cautious of the running surface. The surface of the treadmill can vary and some can be less jarring than others so keep this in mind when making the choice of a treadmill. The impact can have negative effects on your knees, hips, and lower back.
The elliptical focuses most on the lower body, emphasis on the quads,
hamstrings, and glutes. Due to the fact that you do not have to lift your feet up, it takes less effort than say a stair stepper but it is still effective. Majority of
ellipticals have handles, giving you the option to work your shoulders and arms
but not all have this option. One of the nicest features of an elliptical is the option to adjust the resistance. One of the down sides to an elliptical is the motion not being natural with the body. You are set in a lane and there is no adjusting.
My personal favorite! The stair climber is considered a combination of strength training and cardio. This builds all the muscles in your legs. Due to the fact that you have to pick your feet up and keep up with a constant motion along with fighting a resistance, you’re going to burn two times more fat in half the time that it would take you to running.
If you want to use the most muscle groups as possible for cardio I suggest a row machine. It works your shoulders, traps, lower lats, rhomboids, biceps, and oh boy does it burn your forearms. This is a low impact machine making it great for those who are unable to perform weight-bearing exercises. The rowing motion is a natural movement making this less straining on the body. It gives you the ability to adjust the resistance to make the motion more challenging and burn more
This is the most kind to your joints when it comes to a cardio machine. If you
have knee issues, the bike is your best option. It’s one of the easier options when you want to implement interval training. It works your calves, hamstrings, quads, core, back, and glutes.
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