Elliptical vs. Treadmill: What’s best to prep for race season?

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Ever wondered if there is any difference between an Elliptical and a Treadmill? Or if it is just marketing propaganda?

A treadmill and an elliptical essentially perform the same task that they provide you with a cardiovascular activity and help you in burning your calories while improving your aerobic capacity but that’s where the similarities end.

A treadmill and an elliptical are completely different in their approach and no matter how similar they work, there are a few differences which set them apart.

So, are you wondering which would be a better option for your home or gym? We have listed down both the pros and cons of both the equipment which will help you in deciphering which one is a better investment.

Treadmills Pros:

  • A treadmill provides you with a whole range of workout options from walking uphill to sprinting along, you just need to set the angle and the speed.
  • It is a natural equipment which allows you to perform the mainstream tasks like running, walking, etc. easily and without any complicated mechanism.
  • It is a high-calorie burner and helps you in losing your unwanted fat much quicker.
  • It helps in strengthening your bones and improving your postures which will help you a lot as you age.

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Treadmills Cons:

  • It is a wide known fact that using a treadmill could pose a serious risk to your knees and joints as it tends to put a lot of pressure on your body joints, especially if you don’t warm up or run regularly.
  • Performing a workout on a high incline could be harmful to you if you aren’t experienced enough.
  • Holding on to the handles while running could be awkward and extremely difficult for those people who would like to keep a track of their heart rate while working out.
  • Running on a treadmill can be a little hard, especially on an inclined surface which makes it a poor choice for most people.

Elliptical Pros:

  • The best elliptical doesn’t put a lot of pressure on your joints and is a perfect equipment for low-impact workouts.
  • You can train both your upper body and lower body at the same time with the help of the movable handles.
  • You can also stride in reverse in an elliptical which can help in strengthening of various body muscles.
  • An elliptical workout makes you think that you are working less, when in fact, you are working harder which results in your working out for a longer period of time and helps in burning a lot of calories.

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Elliptical Cons:

  • Most of the elliptical doesn’t come with an incline adjustment which results in less versatility than a treadmill.

Verdict:

An elliptical is a better option for all those people who have a knee problem or stiff joints as it is low-impact and can provide you a medium for an efficient cardiovascular workout without any added pressure but you won’t be able to perform a lot of variation.

It is a good way to burn more calories and have a smooth workout unlike, a treadmill, which might cause more harm than good due to all the added pressure on body joints.

Don’t believe us? See what these experts have to say 🙂

 

5 Facts about rowing races you haven’t been told yet

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Rowing if fun no doubt but if you’ve never tried it you’ll be surprised to know how tough it can be. Whether done outdoors or indoors technique, form, posture etc. are basic and you cannot get them wrong but that’s not all. With high speed winds and fluctuating currents there’s a lot more you’ll need to learn to get it right so here are some facts about rowing every newbie must know, from the experts themselves.

It always starts early

If you’re not an early morning person, I’ll make it clear, this isn’t a sport for you. Almost all of these races begin early morning. For a 10 am race you’ll need to be up and ready at about 4-5 am in order to prep up well.

Yes it’s hard to be awake while the rest are just going to sleep but if you really love the sport you’ll do it anyways.

Being the best doesn’t guarantee success

Rowing isn’t just about you. Never was and never will be. It’s a team sport so treat it like one.  Your goals, dreams, desire etc. all depend on your team. There’s no medal for an individual performance so being the best in a weak team won’t get you anything. I’d suggest getting a concept 2 rower for those days when you can’t train due to rain or snow.

Focus on training and working together as team. Communicate well with your mates. Proper coordination and communication are ingredients to success in this sport.

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You’ll eat more often

When you’re young and fit during training you’ll easily gobble down 4-5k calories each day which would be divided into 5-6 meals. Yes, it’s important to stay fueled up but this tends to get boring even though I’d hate it at times trust me it works.

The issues to this arise once you’re old and retired. Since your body’s now accustomed to that high-calorie diet so I’d be hungry often but lack training and fitness is going to result in excessive weight gain so watch out your retirement plans.

It’s going to be cold

Well, rowing is an all year round sport and in winters it’s going to get really tough. Not only is the water freezing but since the temp is going to be low you’d want to get into your race kit only minutes before the race begins.

Do it too early and your warm-ups a total bust. You hand; legs etc. are going to freeze by the time you hold an oar. Also, avoid gloves and wear socks to stay warm during your sail too.

It all comes down to the race

All these years of training, sweat etc. always comes down to those final 5-6 minutes of your race so give it your best short which is all that matters. Use your failures as motivation to train harder and get better and faster. Failures are tough but a stepping stone to success so row, row, row your boat till you cross the finish line.

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