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Tips for Choosing A Machine, by Type

Posted by Walter Rush on

To help you make the right decision, we have created a list of popular machines and reasons why you should select them.


The treadmill will burn more calories than any cardiovascular machine at the gym. If you walk briskly, you can expect to burn approximately 100 calories per mile.

Treadmills can be adapted to a variety of fitness levels by increasing the speed. You can start by walking and advance to running or simply adjust the incline.

However, if a treadmill exercise does not feel right on your lower back or knees, go for another machine.

Stair Steppers and Elliptical Machines

These machines can be a good alternative to the treadmill since they put less pressure on your joints. In addition, the calorie burn rate remains high with these machines as you are using them in a standing position.

Elliptical machines have been the go to exercise machine since they came out in the mid 90’s and for good reason. The elliptical machine reduces almost any impact to your bones, tendons, ligaments, or joints. The elliptical machine is great for entry-level exercise to expert athletes with the many variations of levels the elliptical machine offers.

Stationary Bikes

A stationary bike will offer you a workout with minor impact on the joints, which is why this machine is the top choice for people with knee pain. The impact of your body's weight is not of much concern as with the case with the treadmill, or stair stepper.

Still, be sure to adjust the bike to fit your body to avoid knee strain. Please ask the fitness professionals at Fitness Rush if you need help knowing exactly how to fit the exercise bike to your comfort level.

You should know that stationary bikes are not as intense calorie-burners as other machines. You will need to pedal more to burn the same amount of calories, otherwise burned in less time with machines such as the treadmill.

Rowing Machines

Many people think that rowing machines give them an upper-body workout and that is it. This is not true. Rowers are much more advanced when it comes to a cardiovascular workout.

Since you are using these by pushing and pulling with the legs and arms, you need coordination. Rowing machines use many muscle groups, which means that it will help you burn more calories.

The rowing machine is a great exercise tool which allows you to incorporate all of your upper and lower body muscle groups with almost zero impact to your body.

Feel free to call or email for more details on choosing the right machine for you!

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