Thursday, March 28, 2013

Viva revolution (per minute)

In my case, best divide by ten
Today's workout (treadmill): 40 minutes

Today's session wasn't tough, but it was indeed a workout. The elliptical machine provides low impact, moderately aerobic conditioning with great cardio benefit. There is a small percentage of people who despise the elliptical, while many have told me that they find it far easier than running. I've observed that the elliptical challenge varies greatly with the level of resistance I choose. Level 2 is a breeze, while level nine is a hill climb.

Owing to my hip issue (are you as tired of reading about this as I am writing about it?) I set the level at 3 and focused on keeping my "speed" above 55. I'm not exactly sure what that means, but I suspect it's revolutions per minute. I ended up at close to 2,200 revolutions by the end, so the math works. I do miss my old BH Fitness elliptical that actually displayed distance, MPH and effort expended (by watts). That's what paying 3x as much gets you. Plus construction that doesn't feel like a metal tinker toy.

At the end of my session, I noticed that my hip felt fine. Happily, that hasn't changed throughout the day. I'll assess its condition tomorrow and will hopefully be ready for a neighborhood run. I won't count on that, but it would be great to be back on the road again.


  1. So funny. My friend does the elliptical every day and didn't know what that number meant. Hers usually reads 80 and we said obviously, she's going 80 mph ;o) I now must burst her bubble.

    Hip is looking good!

    1. I would stick with the 80 MPH hypothesis. Your theory is much more interesting than mine.


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