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A Non-Boring Elliptical Resistance Workout

This workout requires just two things: an elliptical trainer and your phone number.

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A jaunt on the elliptical is a great way to give your achy joints a break every once in awhile. Unfortunately, more often than not the workouts we do on them become utterly monotonous.

Fortunately, there are some simple tactics that can provide a boost to your elliptical workout, says local personal trainer Elizabeth Brooks. “The wide variety of inclines and resistances make it an extremely versatile and effective piece of equipment.”

Brooks shared with us one of her favorite elliptical workouts, which requires use of a ten-digit phone number—whether it’s your own or that cute guy or girl’s number you snagged at last night’s boot-camp session. “I love this workout because it’s so easy to change up your workout every time” if you choose a different phone number, says Brooks.

The 10-Digit Elliptical Trainer Workout:

1) Set the resistance on the elliptical to match the first digit of the phone number. Keep your incline at the standard setting. Pedal at a consistent pace over 100 RPMs (revolutions per minute) for 1 minute for each corresponding number. (Add a 1 in front of all the 0s and 1s that might be in your phone number.) One set is 10 minutes.

2) Repeat set for each additional 10 minutes you’d like to add.

Example: 202-599-5178

Resistance Level 2 x 1 minute

Level 10 x 1 minute (“Don’t forget to maintain the same speed as you were doing for Level 2,” says Brooks. “That’s the hard part!”)

Level 2 x 1 minute

Level 5 x 1 minute


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  • That was really so good. I must give it a try! So excited to try this out.

  • Mary O

    I found that when I used to get on an elliptical, I would get bored quickly and rarely pushed myself like I could. A friend told me about some killer elliptical workouts on iTunes. They basically have a top-notch trainer taking you through a HIIT routine for the elliptical. It’s great for weight loss and seriously kicks my butt every time, in just 20 minutes:

  • Chelsea Richards

    Hah! For some they used to pretend young like watching "Pretty Little Liars" or "Girls" during a workout just to make time fly by which works for me a lot. I do intervals as well but i have no scientific method for this but I love to put my tunes and sprint during the chorus! :D Love to switch around between the machines whenever I'm in the gym too.

  • james jane

    A Nice idea, Its really quite good workouts. Anyway i would rather suggest you an Primal movement skills that im experiencing these days from

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