Wondering how many calories an elliptical trainer actually burns?
This article will give you some general estimate of how many calories your elliptical workout will use up.
You'll also learn 3 ways to burn even MORE calories on your trainer to see faster results and looser jeans in no time!
- 150 pound woman, 30 minutes of elliptical exercise: 387 calories
- 180 pound man, 30 minutes of elliptical exercise: 464 - 500 calories
- 120 pound woman, 30 minutes of elliptical exercise: 310 calories
- Up to 720 calories - The number of calories elliptical manufacturers claim you can burn with a one hour workout.
>> Upper Body Arm Usage
>> Your Gender
>> Your Weight
>> Resistance Levels
>> Incline Settings
>> Style of Elliptical (Better designed ellipticals tend to give an overall better workout with more calories burned)
>> Body Composition (Muscle to Fat Ratio)
>> Time of Workout (Mornings Tend To Be Better)
#1 Build In Intervals
Building in short high-intensity intervals is a great way to ramp up your calorie burn. Try a 2 minute interval on the highest resistance setting you can go.
The main idea is to go as hard as you can for a very short time - like 1 - 2 minutes. And then rest for about 2 - 5 minutes in between intervals. This will rev your metabolism, avoid exercise plateaus and burn more calories.
#2 Stand Up Straight
Many people don't burn as many calories as they could because they lean over on the arm bars or stationary arm supports on their crosstrainers.
This shifts the weight to the machine - so the machine is taking most of the stress and you're not really working as hard as you should.
A lot of higher quality crosstrainers will have you standing straighter on the pedals and not leaning over. This can be more comfortable and it gives you a higher calorie burn overall.
#3 Change Up Your Routine
Don't just do the same-old, same-old. Change up your elliptical routine to shock your body into burning more calories.
You can do this a number of ways. Go forward and also backward. Vary the resistance. Use incline if your machine has it.
Another fantastic new way to change things up is seen on the new variable motion trainers like the Smooth Agile DMT or the Yowza Captiva.
These give you variable motions - in other words you can choose from 12 or more different elliptical pathways - from short stair climbing motions to long hurdling-type motions.
This can rocket your calorie burn into the stratosphere and you'll always have a challenge to conquer!
So those are several ways to burn more calories on your treadmill. Just remember to listen to your body and do what you can! Have fun.