Rage Against the Elliptical Machine
October 5, 2009 10:57 AM Subscribe
What am I not getting about the elliptical machine at the gym?
posted by Parasite Unseen to health & fitness (26 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I've recently started going to the gym, and I've fallen in love with the elliptical machines. Even on days when I don't feel like working out, I can at least find the strength to spend some time with the ellipticals. Unfortunately, I'm not sure that I understand what they're doing.
I normally do about 45 minutes on the machine. I don't flat-out jam, but I keep a pace that I think is pretty respectable. According to the computer screen for the machines, my 45 minute "run" (plus the 5 minute cool-down) burns around 650 calories. It's not just one machine that tells me this; they all give roughly the same result.
This sounds great to me, but whenever I've mentioned it to friends, they tell me that it's flat-out impossible that I'm burning that many calories during a 45 minute elliptical session (they've suggested that it's probably closer to 300 calories). Are they right? If so, what is happening that's causing the incorrect reading on the elliptical machine's computer, and how can I get a more accurate picture of how many calories I'm burning?