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Mix It Up: How to Use Indoor Cardio Machines

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Has taking your routine to the gym got you going zombie on the treadmill? Revive your cardio with these lean machines.

Machines to Try


Thanks to the climb, your butt works harder than when you simply stride on level ground. "Press through the balls of your feet, and for an added challenge, try to keep your hands off the rails," says Caitlin Drap, a personal trainer at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, Connecticut. Skipping a step can further boost your butt firming, but don't sacrifice good form.

Calories burned: 576 per hour

Elliptical Trainer

Incorporating the arm levers into your workout targets your chest, back, arms, and obliques. "Keep a tall posture and always maintain a bend in your knees and elbows to prevent injury," says Annette Comerchero, the founder of ElliptiFit studio in Los Angeles. To increase your burn, crank up the resistance.

Calories burned: 512 per hour


Each stroke tones your back, biceps, and abs big time while your legs get a workout. "Think push, not pull," says Josh Crosby, a cocreator of the indoor-rowing class ShockWave for Equinox gyms. "More than half of your power comes from pushing off with your legs." Try this on a rower: Alternate 200-meter sprints at 30 strokes per minute with 200-meter recoveries at 24 spm.

Calories burned: 448 per hour

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