You’ve probably seen it on TV a ton of times … Tony Little and his elliptical machine called Gazelle. So is it possible to lose weight with this? Yes, but …
First, let me tell you that I love elliptical machines. I think they are much better than treadmills because they are very gentle on the joints and ligaments. Using an elliptical machine allows you to have a great low impact workout.
Second, Gazelle would be a perfect addition to anyone exercising at home.
Now the problem with most cardio machines like this has to do with how they are used, not the machines. About 98% of people also make this mistake.
So what is it?
Simply put, most people do “steady state” cardio. What that means is that they do long, slow-to-moderate-paced sessions of more than 30 minutes at a time.
Well, that is not the most effective way to burn fat.
A better way to use Gazelle for weight loss is to do HIIT … which is short for high intensity interval training.
Here is an example of how you can do it.
Using the Gazelle … get on it and start going from slow to moderate for 15-20 seconds. Easy enough. Ok, now that you’re done with that, do your best … really intense … as fast as you can. Do this for just 10 seconds.
Great! What just happened is that you did your first interval. Now keep repeating that cycle for 6-10 minutes. Then get off the machine and rest … and have a drink of water.
The amazing thing about HIIT is that it is fast and burns more fat than just jogging. The reason you burn more calories and fat is because of what is called “afterburner.” What that means is that your body (after you are done with a HIIT session) is in a state of excessive fat loss.
It has a high level of fat burning. But the best part is that you stay in this elevated fat burning mode for about 18 hours after a HIIT session. That equates to massive amounts of fat loss compared to jogging or walking … because once you’re done jogging, you’re done burning fat. No afterburner.
So … weight loss with the Tony Gazelle elliptical is definitely possible if you don’t make that mistake. So give it a try. It’s a great team.