Uh oh! It’s a question that’s been asked time and again. Which should I buy – an elliptical or a treadmill? There are advocates for each, with distinct reasons for their choices. Let’s take a look at each.
The treadmill has been around forever. It offers a simple, straight-forward way to get in an aerobic workout. Anyone who can walk can use one, and they’re especially wonderful for those who aren’t ready to do anything more than walking. You can control all of the elements of your workout, including the speed; and you know exactly what the surface will be like – no chance of tripping on a curb or broken sidewalk like you might outside.
The elliptical gives you the same amount of control over your workout as the treadmill in terms of speed and tension. It’s considered a low-impact piece of cardio equipment that doesn’t put a lot of pressure on your joints. The elliptical is also unique in that it has upper arm poles that allow you to use some of your upper back, shoulder, and arm muscles. This can definitely enhance a workout.
It really depends on your training goals. If you’re a runner, for example, you may want a treadmill to supplement your workouts on the days you can’t go outside. If you’re a runner looking for a way to cross-train, or already have a treadmill and want a new piece of equipment, the elliptical is definitely a great choice.
If you’re not a runner at all, the elliptical is the way to go. You can exert the same amount of physical force but you can also get an amazing workout without adding too much pressure to your knees, hips, and back. As long as you maintain good posture, you’ll get an effective workout.
Of course, if you’re really torn between the two you could consider the Precor AMT. Labeled an “adaptive motion trainer,” it really gives you the best of both worlds with a total body workout designed to challenge you. It’s like getting a treadmill, elliptical, and even a bike workout all in one machine.
Not sure where to start? Stop by your local Push Pedal Pull store and browse both selections. Bring your workout shoes and take a few machines for a test drive. You won’t be able to feel the difference between the machines unless you hop on and use them. Talk to us about your fitness goals and we’ll help you weigh the pros and cons and determine which piece should be the next new part of your home gym.