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  • Is a glider and an elliptical the same machine?

    I've been taking Phenblue and I like it but I want to start to exercise more so I'm going to buy a machine. I think I want an elliptical machine, but I've seen different images of these devices and I'm confused as to which one is the best to get. Is the machine that glides and the one that doesn't the same? If not, which one offers a better overall workout?

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    No, they're not quite the same. The elliptical is like halfway between a treadmill and an exercise bike. It's not too different from a ski machine but instead of sliding your feet backward and forward like you're on skis, your feet make oval-like (ellipsis) motions. This is meant to be much easier on the joints because you're making smooth motions without impact because your feet never leave the pedals. Plus an ellipsis is meant to be a more natural motion than the circle of a bike. A strider somewhat leaves your feet in pedals while your legs swing backward and forward. You don't use your knees as much and it's also low impact. An elliptical can give you a bit of strength training for your legs while you do cardio, a strider won't do that. Striders are pure cardio

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    • #3
      A glider is far, far easier on the joints, especially the knees and back. It focuses on the hips, though, and the shoulder blades. So if you're using one, go gentle on it until you know your fitness level. If you have one with adjustable tension levels, don't crank yours up too high. If you don't have adjustable tension levels, then pay attention to your speed and the length of time your'e using it.

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      • #4
        If you're looking for something that's going to give you more of a workout and you don't have problematic knees or back, I say give the elliptical a go. In the long run it's probably the machine that you will appreciate more.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Speeddemon View Post
          If you're looking for something that's going to give you more of a workout and you don't have problematic knees or back, I say give the elliptical a go. In the long run it's probably the machine that you will appreciate more.
          I agree, the elliptical can be pretty hard on your body. It has smooth motions, which means you don't get the jarring that you would on a sidewalk, but having to push off like you do can still be tough on your joints if they're already weak or injured. A strider is halfway between an elliptical and swimming. It's way softer on the joints.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Whirlybird View Post

            I agree, the elliptical can be pretty hard on your body. It has smooth motions, which means you don't get the jarring that you would on a sidewalk, but having to push off like you do can still be tough on your joints if they're already weak or injured. A strider is halfway between an elliptical and swimming. It's way softer on the joints.
            Thanks for your thoughts on this! I feel like I have a way better understanding of what these exercise machines do. For now, I think I'm leaning more toward a strider. It sounds more like something I can handle. The elipitcal sounds good...but it is a lot more money and if it's too intense, I seriously just won't use it. Actually, you know, maybe I'll head to a gym and give both machines a try before I think of buying any of them. This would probably give me the best idea of what I want and how my body feels after.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by TeensyTiff View Post

              Thanks for your thoughts on this! I feel like I have a way better understanding of what these exercise machines do. For now, I think I'm leaning more toward a strider. It sounds more like something I can handle. The elipitcal sounds good...but it is a lot more money and if it's too intense, I seriously just won't use it. Actually, you know, maybe I'll head to a gym and give both machines a try before I think of buying any of them. This would probably give me the best idea of what I want and how my body feels after.
              It's really easy to think you're fine when you're overdoing it on these machines. They're so easy to do you don't realize how much you're straining yourself. Really add gradual time to them.

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