Large research groups report the effectiveness of elliptical training. One study of Journal of Sports Medicine and Fitness She found that female elliptical training gives the same metabolic and cardiorespiratory responses as other high-intensity activities such as running and climbing stairs.
However, if you are looking to lower your workout level, look no further than Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research He suggests that the elliptical requires only 60 percent of effort as a drive, which can be great for those with chronic illnesses or looking for an active recovery day at the gym.
Either way, you’ll still get a great workout: One Journal Study walking position She found that of all the common low-impact cardio-respiratory activities — including stationary cycling, walking on a treadmill, and walking over the floor — elliptical training recruits the quadriceps much more.
With the guidance of a professional, strengthening the quads is a great way for clients with knee pain or instability to find relief, and the quads are an integral part of everyday movement patterns, such as getting up and down from a chair or going up stairs.