Curse you, elliptical!
November 13, 2010 7:10 AM Subscribe
Why can't I do the elliptical? I thought it was supposed to mimic running but lower impact, and I have no problem running.
posted by smackfu to Health & Fitness (17 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I recently joined a gym so I could run during the winter and maybe do some lower impact cardio. I'm no star athlete but I can do 30-40 mins on the treadmill at a decent running pace. But if I get on the elliptical on the default ramp setting with no resistance, I can only last about five minutes, and my thigh muscles are killing me. I don't get it since I thought the elliptical was supposed to be like running but low impact. Is it possible I'm doing it wrong? Or does it really use entirely different muscles?