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Old October 5th, 2011, 07:47 PM   #1
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Hello everyone
I just purchased an elliptical and I am not sure how I should go about using it.
How many days a week and how long should I do it to start out?
I used to be in shape when I cheered and danced in high school but it's been 2 years.
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Old October 5th, 2011, 08:08 PM   #2
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HI and welcome to the boards!

I know nothing about an elliptical but I'm sure someone will come along who does! Have fun browsing and feel free to post on any post, no matter how dated they are. We are trying to get the forum running back at a good speed after some down time and we need all the good members posting that we can get! Glad to have you here!
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Old October 6th, 2011, 07:49 PM   #3
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Awww thank you so much for the warm welcome! This place seems like such a friendly place, I've been browsing on all of the threads and they are so interesting. I hope it gets up and running again ASAP
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Old October 12th, 2011, 04:02 AM   #4
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I love the elliptical! I currently don't have one of my own, but when I had access to a gym nearby, I started out with at 3x a week for 20 minutes a day. I normally set it to a cross training sort of workout (1 minute of regular paced workout then 1 minute of the highest intensity setting on the elliptical). I'm not sure what settings and whatnot your elliptical has, but I hope that gives you an idea of what to try.

I eventually moved up to 4x a week for 45 minutes a day, so don't forget to keep challenging yourself! Have fun!
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Old October 13th, 2011, 07:31 PM   #5
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I shall try to have fun!
I sometimes like to look at it.... teeheehee
10 minutes seems to be my max for now, since I am not in shape anymore, so maybe do that 4 times a week?
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Old October 14th, 2011, 02:46 AM   #6
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Four times a week sounds good to me!
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Old October 15th, 2012, 06:04 PM   #7
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3-4 times a week for 20-30 minutes/day sounds pretty good to me! I started out using the settings that it already had programmed into it (interval, fat burn, etc etc). Eventually I began making my own programs.

Good luck!
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Old October 16th, 2012, 09:34 AM   #8
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I really loved my elliptical back home... like 3/4 times a week for 20 minutes ( I started also with 10)
Rarely did more than 20 (maybe 30) but I get bored, so I always prefer being constant with 20 than doing 45 and then hatin' it for the next week.
Good luck!
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Old October 16th, 2012, 11:22 AM   #9
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I love the elliptical too! I usually do a little more than twenty minutes. I also find it seems a little harder to get going when it is on a lower resistance.
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