The Cardio Machine that Sucks

by Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS on May 17, 2009 · 2 comments

By Craig Ballantyne, CSC

S, MS
www.TurbulenceTraining.com

Recently, I was in Tampa, Florida, at a seminar. Between sessions, a physician from Georgia stopped me in the hall and said, “Hey Craig, you were right about those crosstrainer machines. I’ve had your program for a few months now and I’m getting better results with the bodyweight circuits.”

It’s always great to meet clients, and I was curious to find out how he heard of me. Turns out, he found me through Google, landing on an article I wrote about “how elliptical machines (crosstrainers) suck for fat loss”.

That’s right, I think those machines are almost a complete waste of time.

“I was using one of those machines for a long time and was wondering why I wasn’t getting any results,” the physician continued, “I’m so glad I found your program and now I’m using the bodyweight circuits from the Dumbell-Bodyweight Fusion Workout”, he added.

I told him how I wasn’t surprised. In fact, I’ve never personally known anyone to get great results with one of those crosstrainer machines. Now I’ve watched really lean people use them, but they didn’t get lean with those machines.

I know some people will be angry with what I have to say because they like exercising on the crosstrainer, but the truth is that they just don’t work as well as harder forms of interval training.

About the Author: Craig Ballantyne is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and writes for Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Maximum Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers, and Oxygen magazines. His trademarked Turbulence Training fat loss workouts have been featured multiple times in Men’s Fitness and Maximum Fitness magazines, and have helped thousands of men and women around the world lose fat, gain muscle, and get lean in less than 45 minutes three times per week. For more information on the Turbulence Training workouts that will help you burn fat without long, slow cardio sessions or fancy equipment, visit Turbulence Training for Fat Loss.

[Editor’s Comments: I know you’re going to find this hard to believe…I HATE cardio and I hate cardio machines!

I would much rather spend my time doing some very short but intense interval training. My favorite programs include sprinting and bodyweight exercises. I can get through them quickly and they are incredibly effective.

Plus, any time you are traveling or want a break from regular interval training workouts, you can use one of the 4 bodyweight circuits from the TT DB-BW Fusion Fat Loss program that you get as a bonus when you order the Turbulence Training fat burning workout routine.

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Do you own or have you ever used an elliptical machine? If so, leave us a Comment and let us know how it worked…or didn’t work…for you.]

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1 Michele May 17, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Great advice. I gravitate towards the machines and usually do the same programs. I need to mix it up anyway to keep my interest.

2 The Healthy Advice June 9, 2009 at 12:12 am

I really liked your blog!

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