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Getting the Most From Your Elliptical Trainer

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If you like the elliptical trainer – or any cardio machine, for that matter – don’t get in a rut by doing the same workout every time. You can get more out of your elliptical trainer simply by mixing up intensity levels or try new programs.



Did you make a New Year’s resolution to exercise more? One way to stay successful is to vary your routine so that you don’t get bored. Try new workouts, different machines and unfamiliar classes at the gym. You could also change your home sessions by adding some new equipment or DVDs. Or check out the many options online for new exercises or workout plans over time. Even finding a partner with whom you can sweat will help prevent workout boredom.

If you like the elliptical trainer – or any cardio machine, for that matter – don’t get in a rut by doing the same workout every time. Alter your duration, mix up your intensity levels, adjust your stride length, pedal forward and in reverse and engage a Workout Booster if you’re on an Octane Fitness elliptical, which integrates cross training with moves like squat, legs only, etc.

You’ll enjoy better results if you incorporate variety, which is built into most equipment with a menu of workouts. Skip the Manual program and take on Interval or 5K, for instance. Monitor your customized intensity level with an interactive heart rate session such as Heart Rate interval. Or really challenge yourself with the rigorous 30:30 Interval or MMA on Octane elliptical trainers.

Also on Octane ellipticals, you can maximize your ROI with CROSS CiRCUIT, which combines cardio intervals on the machine with strength-training exercises using dumbbells or Octane’s Powerbands. This way, you fit in cardio and strength all in one efficient session, and the time flies by!

Finally, consider using an elliptical trainer that works with an app to exponentially expand your access to workout options. Octane’s SmarLink app, for example, works with an iPad® to deliver personalized workout plans of 30, 60 or 90 days designed to meet your goals, and you can alter programs along the way if necessary. Plus, simple app updates result in a whole new slew of programs for you benefit from.

Don’t avoid adding valuable variety simply because you don’t know how to use different programs on the elliptical. Ask trainers or other members at the gym to show you, check the SmartLink app or review program guides that accompany fitness equipment. An elliptical trainer is one of the best machines available, so take full advantage of all it can offer!