What is Elliptical Trainer?

Category: Exercises

Most popular types: NuStep recumbent elliptical

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An elliptical trainer (also cross trainer or simply elliptical) is a stationary exercise machine used to simulate walking or running without causing excessive pressure to the joints, hence decreasing the risk of impact injuries.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 12 4
Improve mobility 6 6
Weight loss 4 0
Fibromyalgia 3 0
Parkinson's Disease 2 3
Emotional stress 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 3
None 3

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Elliptical Trainer

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 1
Pain in knees 1
Soreness 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently doing Elliptical Trainer

Dosage Patients
30 min daily 2
1 hr daily 1
20 min weekly 1
6 min daily 1
15 min daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Elliptical Trainer

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 2
Did not seem to work 1
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Duration

Currently doing Elliptical Trainer

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 2

Stopped doing Elliptical Trainer

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1
Usually 5
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 1
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 4
Not specified 2
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1 patient evaluation for Elliptical Trainer

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StrkL
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
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Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See StrkL's full Elliptical Trainer history

Sep 1, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Slowness)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: As of Sept 1, 2010, I am lumping elliptical together with the other aerobic exercise I do - walking, exercise bike, running.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Soreness, Fatigue

Oct 17, 2009 (Started Jan 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Slowness)
  • side effects
    Mild (Soreness, Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: Even when I was unable to walk (due to freezing, lack of balance, and poor coordination), before I got my medication adjusted, I was able to get a strenuous workout on the elliptical machine.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Soreness, Fatigue

Aug 16, 2009 (Started Jan 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • side effects
    Mild (Soreness, Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: It has much the same movements as running, but without the pounding. You can go at a high rate of movement and low resistance, or a slower rate and movement and high resistance. You can hold on to the rails, or (to help your balance) not hold on to the rails. Usually, the latter is much more tiring than the former, so you may wish to alternate. With the former, you can concentrate on endurance; with the latter, balance.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Soreness, Fatigue

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