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Elliptical VS Treadmill

MountainMinimizerMountainMinimizer Posts: 41Member, Premium Member Posts: 41Member, Premium Member
Pros and cons of each? I’m looking for a living room piece. I used to love to run...years ago. Now this year, I am heavier and more achy than I ever have been. 🙄


  • NorthCascadesNorthCascades Posts: 9,381Member Member Posts: 9,381Member Member
    Elliptical if you're achey. Much lower impact.
  • Katmary71Katmary71 Posts: 1,671Member Member Posts: 1,671Member Member
    I prefer the elliptical but I don't run.
  • JthanmyfitnesspalJthanmyfitnesspal Posts: 1,997Member, Premium Member Posts: 1,997Member, Premium Member
    Other options are a stationary bike or a rowing maching. So many choices! If you can join a gym for a month you can try everything and see what you like. The best is to switch around, btw. Even if running is completely eliminated, walking on an incline is excellent exercise.
    edited November 9
  • adotbabyadotbaby Posts: 159Member Member Posts: 159Member Member
    Rowing machine is the best overall workout. I use an elliptical or treadmill too. Try each one and see what's best for you.
  • AzdakAzdak Posts: 8,154Member Member Posts: 8,154Member Member
    Overall, I feel that a treadmill is a little more versatile. It also has a basic design that will be similar across the different price points. The quality of ellipticals varies widely, as each has a different movement design. IMO there are a lot more bad ellipticals for home use than there are bad treadmills. I understand the low impact benefits of an elliptical. I would strongly encourage you to try out different models if you decide to go that way.
  • MichSmishMichSmish Posts: 1,639Member, Premium Member Posts: 1,639Member, Premium Member
    It depends which you’ll actually use consistently.

    I prefer a TM myself, much more bang for your buck, but I’m also a runner.
  • riffraff2112riffraff2112 Posts: 1,519Member Member Posts: 1,519Member Member
    I am very happy with my elliptical. I use a treadmill at the gym, and really like it but a good one seems to be way more expensive than a decent quality elliptical. So for me it came down to price. My elliptical which cost about $500 has given me 5 good years of regular use.
  • CherimooseCherimoose Posts: 5,016Member Member Posts: 5,016Member Member
    You'd be surprised how many machines end up not being used, by people who were initially enthusiastic. I suggest going to a gym for a week and spending a long time on each of the machines mentioned above, then choose the one you honestly think you'll look forward to using day after day (if any).

    Most consumer machines aren't like gym machines in terms of quality & features, and some are pretty lousy, particularly ellipticals, so make sure to read reviews on Amazon, Consumer Reports, google, etc, and also search the archives here.

    By the way, before using the rower, watch the form videos on Concept2's website. :+1:
  • cwolfman13cwolfman13 Posts: 36,942Member Member Posts: 36,942Member Member
    Not a big fan of stationary cardio equipment in general, but I find the elliptical to be an awkward and unnatural motion. It's a fine cardio workout, but other than that it doesn't really have any real world crossover. If I were to buy a piece of workout furniture, it would probably be a Peleton bike. I have a rowing machine, but it mostly sits there and I have to dust it every weekend.
  • ElizabethKalmbachElizabethKalmbach Posts: 1,118Member Member Posts: 1,118Member Member
    I like the treadmill because it's a bit more versatile. Most ellipticals have a fixed stride length that won't work well for everyone or even for the same person in different situations. (If you decide to go with an elliptical, *do* look into the stride length of the various models and not just the price.) I have a treadmill and everyone on my family can use it... apparently, down to and including my dog, which wasn't really the point of the purchase, but it's hilarious that she likes to participate.
  • MarcyMavinMarcyMavin Posts: 89Member Member Posts: 89Member Member
    Vs rowing machine. Great low impact work and quiet , which is great if you’re in the living room.
  • mburgess458mburgess458 Posts: 452Member, Premium Member Posts: 452Member, Premium Member
    My basement/home gym includes a Concept2 rower and an antique Stairmaster I bought years ago reconditioned. Used reconditioned gym equipment can be cheaper and more durable than new, home targeted stuff.

    I like the Stairmaster but if I were doing it today I’d probably go with an elliptical so my wife might use it too.
  • nytrifisoulnytrifisoul Posts: 424Member Member Posts: 424Member Member
    Expensive, but i love my Bowflex TC100. Best of both worlds if you have bad knees and can't take the impact of running on a treadmill.

    Also, it takes up a lot less room then a treadmill.
    edited November 11
  • bluffgirl67bluffgirl67 Posts: 37Member Member Posts: 37Member Member
    I use an elliptical that was bought used. Years ago I used a treadmill but it was hard on my knees. The elliptical is much easier for me.
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