(Closed) Stationary bike or elliptical?

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
  • poll: For weight loss, which is better for me?
    Elliptical : (24 votes)
    77 %
    Stationary Bike : (3 votes)
    10 %
    Other : (4 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 4
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I personally find the bike less boring than the elliptical. The bike, you can customize to your needs by setting the tension, standing, and changing up the speeds – the elliptical, at least to me, is very ho-hum. I can ride the bike for at least an hour before getting bored. I’m over the elliptical in 15 minutes.

    Post # 5
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    1246 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I vote treadmill.

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I love & use them all!  But I go to a gym ๐Ÿ™‚

    One warning I would give you.  I have bad knees (old sports injuries) and cheaper ellipticals really bother my knees – ironic since they are supposed to be low impact.  The expensive ones.. the good ones, like Pre-Cor (which are the absolute best) are just fine on my knees.  But a good elliptical will run you $2000-$5000 (Precor’s start at about $3000)  Good bikes are MUCH more affordable.  And cheaper ones don’t have the same effect on my joints.

    Whatever you do get one that you can customize your workout.  You can select different types of workouts and more importantly different resistance levels.  If you can’t change that, your workout could plateau.

    Hope that helps!

    Post # 9
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I vote for a bike, but I’d look for a spin bike if I were you, I find them so much better. I’m not sure if you could get one in your budget though, maybe you could look for a used one?

    Post # 11
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    108 posts
    Blushing bee

    @Statutory Grape – if you are as clumsy as you say, and you are not used to a treadmill, AVOID the treadmill and stick to running on a solid surface.

    Post # 12
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    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I feel like the elliptical works a lot more muscles, and would thus burn more calories. Can I also suggest investing in a workout DVD? I’ve been super impressed with Jillian Michaels, and I am NOT an exerciser. $15 got me her Shred dvd (but I could’ve gotten it cheaper on Amazon if I’d been willing to wait for shipping) + $15 at Marshall’s got me a yoga mat and hand weights. If you were to pair half an hour of Jillian every morning with a good solid 45-60 minute serious elliptical in the evening (while watching tv maybe?), and watch your portion sizes in your eating, I am sure you’ll see pounds melt off and muscles tone up beautifully.

    Post # 14
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Ok, I’m going to throw something wild out there–what about spending the money on a set of weights instead? I say this because in my experience, neither the stationary bike nor the elliptical really works wonders for weight loss. If you already walk and jog for 1.5 hours a day, that’s a good cardio base. All you really need is something that will work as a barbell that you can use for squats (squats are incredible for weight loss!) and cleans, and then a lighter one for bench press and upright row, and then a couple handheld weights to do curls and shoulder presses. Throw in some push-ups and sit-ups, and you’re golden. It’s amazing how weights really change your body–I speak from experience! Something to mull over, anyway… ๐Ÿ™‚

     

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    For your budget, I’d go with a stationary bike.  I think good quality ellipticals run for far more than you can afford, unfortunately.  Same deal with treadmills.  Do you have the option to go running outside?  Since if you can do that then you can go running for some super high quality cardio and spend the money on free weights or other resistance training equipment.

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