Deadlifts would crush the elliptical machine - if it was a battle to see which exercise could change your body for the better.
As Men's Health said, (On page 52 of the December, 2008 issue), "Never trust elliptical machines". They quote a study that found elliptical machines over-
estimated the number of calories burned in a workout by 31%.
My buddy Lee Hayward, a Canadian meathead from out on Newfoundland, "I personally take the read outs on all cardio machines with a grain of salt,
but I always felt that the elliptical showed an unusually high number for calories burned compared to the intensity of the workout."
And I agree.
Heck, that same issue of MH quoted a Biggest Loser competitor who said the same thing.
So not surprisingly, my workout today did not include the elliptical, but did include the deadlift...
2A) Rack Pulls
2B) Side Plank
3B) 1-leg ball curl
And yes, I know that deadlifts are 1000x's harder than the elliptical, but you must push yourself and get out of your comfort zone.
Of course, you don't have to do deadlifts, but you shouldn't waste your time on the elliptical reading people magazine.
Here's a quote that will challenge you:
"If you deliberately plan to be less than you are capable of being, then I must warn you that you'll be unhappy for the rest of your lives."
And to finish off...a quick Q'n'A from my Facebook page:
Q: Is there such a thing as too much TT if I'm not sore? I think I'm becoming addicted to the slaying TT has deliverd to me :)
Yes, be careful...overuse injuries can sneak up.
Training is a stimulus applied with PURPOSE in order to get adaptation. Its not about how much you workout, but the results you get from your workouts.
And if you are new to TT, remember this:
Everyday take baby steps to improvement. Be a little better than yesterday.
Stay strong and safe,
Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS