Elliptical – Cross Training

10 Jul

I have been going back and forth on whether or not to get an elliptical for the house.  I wanted to get something that I can cross train on.  While I like biking it has gotten hotter and it’s too hot for baby J in the buggy.  She ends up just as sweaty as I am before it’s all over with.  So I went online and started looking at elliptical machines.  I guess they are like treadmills when it comes to price.  You can get a cheaper one or you can spend a fortune on one or anything in between.

My main use for it will be to do about 30-45 minutes on it before I do weights two days a week.  I want to get my heart rate up before doing weights so that I can get maximum calorie burn.  Lately I have been doing a short 1.5 mile run before weights but I want to do something else.  I don’t want to run 5 days a week.

So after pricing the elliptical and checking out the reviews, I decided to go ahead and get one that was fairly inexpensive.  It’s nothing fancy but it will get the job done and it got pretty good reviews.  So I broke down and finally got one.  It was delivered yesterday.

Baby J thought the box needed to be more colorful.  🙂

Of course assembly was required.

The box said easy assembly.  With all these pieces I was a bit skeptical.

Baby J is a great helper.  I am handy for the most part but tend to get injured during the process.  Not sure why that is??  LOL  On this particular day I smashed my hand in between the pedal and the bar.  I thought I was going to die.  It hurt so bad I didn’t know if I broke it and I couldn’t get it out.  Oh yeah nice move V!  Then after that I dropped the wrench on my head.  Then I got pissed and went to get some real tools.  I mean seriously why would they give you this

when you really need this!

I have no idea why I didn’t think of that earlier but I didn’t and I learned my lesson on using cheap tools that come in the box.  Damn it!  Good thing this girl has tools!!

Finally I got it all put together.

I think we need to rearrange the gym a bit to make it fit more comfortably but for now its fine.  I was surprised that I could feel the burn in my legs when I hopped on it.  Even after running as long as I have you can tell it works different muscles.  I’m so excited to try this out today with my workout.

How do you like to cross train?



Posted by on July 10, 2012 in workout


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2 responses to “Elliptical – Cross Training

  1. loseitbig

    July 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I hope your hand is better. The tools they give you never are very good. I think I have a whole tool box drawer full of rounded allen wrenches that came in the box. I am too lazy to cross train. I do use an elliptical at the gym at work when I don’t get to run outside. I agree every thing hits muscles slightly different. I noticed this when I went on a bike ride over the weekend.

  2. Deb Carson

    July 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I like aerobics. Definately alot of lateral movements which uses different muscles. i hate ellipticals but would like to try the bowflex that combines the treadnill, elliptical and stepper.


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