By Gianna Annunzio
Running on the treadmill can be beneficial to a wide variety of fitness goals. Not only is it a great cardiovascular workout, the treadmill also exercises the full leg and buttock muscles including the calves, quads, hamstrings and glutes. While using this machine, runners can constantly target specific areas of the body and increase the intensity of their workout by adjusting both the speed and incline of their machine. Treadmills have also been proven to activate gluteal muscles more than any other exercise machine.
Although the elliptical may be one of the strangest looking machines to operate, they provide an aerobic workout that increases your heart rate and works large muscle groups. Since these machines provide smooth motion when in use, the impact on bones and joints is significantly less stressful than working on a treadmill. Many ellipticals also have moving handles, providing the user with an additional upper-body workout. On average the elliptical burns about 13 calories per minute or 390 calories during a 30 minute workout.
3. Stationary Bikes
Many gyms have stationary bikes mixed, but the best ones for weight loss are usually found in the cycle studio. These bikes allow for adjustments to the handlebar height, position and seat position providing a more comfortable ride tailored to your specific needs. Stationary bikes are also joint friendly, providing a great cardiovascular workout while also lowering the risk of injury. While going at a moderate pace for 30 minutes, you can hope to burn about 260 calories.
4. Rowing Machine
This machine requires the use of several muscle groups. Therefore, it is an effective way to both raise your heart rate and increase oxygen intake. The adjustable resistance also lets you work up to your target heart rate. Unlike other machines, the rowing machine provides a decent upper-body workout involving the shoulder, upper and lower back muscles. Since the natural movement of rowing is low impact, it also puts less stress on the joints.
5. Stair Stepper Machine
This machine targets muscles in the buttocks, hips, calves and thighs. The effect the machine will have on the user depends on the intensity of your workout. Generally, frequent stair stepping on this low intensity machine will strengthen, develop and tone muscle.