Differences in Elliptical training

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    Differences in Elliptical training


    At my 24 hour fitness they appear to have two different elliptical trainers.
    One unit: There isn't the motor behind it, and when you pedal, your heel comes up like you are stepping. You can change the resistance.

    Second unit: It looks like you take a longer stride and the machine pedal kind of moves with your heel. I understand you change it like going up a hill. So, more of a "incline" change not resistance.

    Is there a significant difference between the two? One a better workout or one better for the core.

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    Elypticals are great if you want something low impact or are injured.

    Otherwise, use the treadmill. Greater caloric expenditure, more muscles used, greater core activation.

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    tough call.
    My problem is I have flat feet. The right ankle does get a bit more aggravated with jogging, although I could try jogging instead on the treadmill.
    So far, elliptical causes no problems.

    I do have orthotics, and I also have excellent shoes to reduce pronation (Asics beasts)
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    I have flat feet and pronatation issues as well. I used to use the bike a ton and the eliptical as well
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    The one with out the motor in the back is more then likely a cross trainer(like a stepper/elliptical)my personal fav.i get a higher heart rate,more of a burn(using more energy)just a tougher unit for me.
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