Treadmills vs. Elliptical Machines: What You Should Know

Treadmills and elliptical machines are popular and highly effective ways to work out. There are some advantages in choosing one over the other though. An elliptical machine is less stressful on your knees, hips and back than running on a treadmill. However, walking on a treadmill exerts about the same pressure on your body as using an elliptical machine.

One advantage of elliptical machines is that they allow you to work out your upper body as well as your lower body. Ellipticals can also be pedaled in reverse, allowing you to work additional muscles. If you are training for a road race, a treadmill is probably the better way to exercise. Whichever you choose, both are excellent ways to work out if used properly.

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  1. Posted by D

    I am surprised that Reliant is no longer offering the fitness program when it moves from Lincoln St…
    That was an excellent place to gain access to both machines and weight workouts.

    October 6, 2018 1:26 pm Reply
    • Posted by Reliant Medical Group

      Unfortunately, with our Lincoln Street and Gold Star Boulevard locations consolidating there is not enough space to have gym members and the design of the building does not allow us to easily observe the members so it is a safety issue as well. We apologize for the inconvenience.

      October 8, 2018 10:07 am Reply
  2. Posted by C Thibeault

    I prefer the arc trainer as I do not get shin splint pain like I did on the treadmill.

    February 14, 2017 9:58 am Reply
  3. Posted by nick ventresca

    I run a arc trainer about 3 or 4days a week in 45 min I can get 600 to 700 calories burned

    December 1, 2016 8:13 pm Reply

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