Personally, I do not believe in cardiovascular machines, and really have not used one seriously before. I am used to the traditional methods of warming up my body daily. I love jumping ropes and jogging for my warm up purposes and these have been so effective I never thought there could be a better way out. This has been my mindset and feeling and coincidentally, I was reading a research paper which confirmed my thinking and general preference for traditional methods of warming up the body. You can find all the disadvantages of using such warm up machines below:
- The monotonous and one way nature Treadmills, ellipticals, and exercise bikes do not make them very attractive to many.
- Research has proven that treadmill running may be less effective than outdoor running for various reasons such as stride abnormalities on treadmills vs natural running, slightly less caloric burn compared to outdoor running, etc.
- Mindless steady state cardio exercise while watching television or reading creates a mind / body disconnect resulting in poor results from your exercise routine
4) The expensive nature of Treadmills and elliptical does not make them unnecessary tools for warm up for all categories of household income. Certainly, there are many better options for home workouts you could spend your money on rather than wasting it on a treadmill, bike, or elliptical. There is no need to spend so much money on expensive warm up machines. I personally recommend: jump rope, bodyweight exercises, a few dumbbells, stability ball, maybe a few kettle-bells etc.
5) Treadmills and elliptical machines are just a very ineffective way to workout compared to other options. Why should you do treadmill or elliptical workouts when you can get better results by doing more interesting forms of training that actually stimulate a fat-burning hormonal response and stimulate your metabolism to a greater extent.
Below you would find my suggested traditional tools for warming up and exercising the body:
- jumping rope – great mind / body connection (try speed jumping, crosses, double jumps once you get skilled at it)
- bodyweight training – bodyweight squats, pushups, lunges, jumps, bear crawls, mountain climbers and jumpers, planks, and the list goes on and on
- kettle bell training – nothing will get your heart pounding like high repetition KB swings and snatches or clean & presses (can be done with dumbbells too, but I prefer KBs)
- outdoor wind sprinting (the ultimate for a rock hard ripped body… just look at the chiseled powerful bodies of world class sprinters, and compare that to the weakling withered physique of a typical marathoner… nuff said!)
- hill sprinting (yet another classic for a rock hard powerful body)
- Rowing machine (ok, I don’t really lump this in as a “cardio” machine like treadmills and elliptical… I think the rowing machine is actually a great full body workout that actually uses resistance)
- Sprint style swimming workouts (a more muscular workout than steady state distance swimming… I actually love the upper body pump I get from sprint style swimming) – this is the same concept as sprinting vs jogging but in a pool instead
- heavy bag punching / kicking workout, speed bag, rebound bag… all great forms of training and much more interesting than boring cardio machines (requires an intense mind / body connection)
- shadow boxing… awesome workout, but if you’re shy, this is best done at home since you’ll get some crazy stares doing this at a typical gym from people who think they’re “too cool” for stuff like that.
So if you do not have enough money enjoy the luxury of Treadmills and Elliptical Machines or visiting the gym periodically, do not worry about it. You are even better off using traditional methods of warming up and exercising. You can always count on traditional methods of exercising and warming up the body any day.