If you can chat on the phone while on the elliptical, then you’re not getting the most out of the machine.
“To burn more calories and target a greater number of muscles, switch up your direction and arm position,” says New York City-based trainer Amie Hoff, who created this minute maximising routine. In addition to moving forward, which emphasises your quads you’ll pedal backward to shift the focus to your hamstrings. Your upper body will get in on the action too: “pushing and pulling the levers strengthens your biceps, triceps, chest, and back,” says Hoff. “And holding your arms out to the sides sculpts sexy shoulders and engages your core to help you balance.” The result is a fat-blasting workout that – hold that phone! – truly works every muscle.
|Time (Mins)||What To Do||Resistance Level|
|0-3||Warm up: Move feet forward; push and pull arm levers||3|
|3-8||Let go of handles; continue moving feet forward||6|
|8-13||Push and pull the levers; move feet backward||6|
|13-15||Move feet forward and extend arms at shoulder height out to sides; circle arms forward||7|
|15-17||Move feet backward and circle arms backward||7|
|17-22||Move feet forward; push and pull arm levers||8|
|22-27||Move feet backward; push and pull arm levers||8|
|27-30||Cool down: Move feet forward; push and pull arm levers||3|