Which muscles do I train on an elliptical?
1. Back, shoulder, and arm muscles
During a workout on the elliptical, you're moving forwards and backwards. You push and pull the grips while doing this. No more chicken fillets for you, because you'll need your arm muscles a lot for this pushing and pulling motion. You'll work out both your upper arms and your forearms on the elliptical. In addition, you're also putting your back and shoulder muscles to work when moving the grips forwards and backwards. It's not unusual to feel soreness in these muscles after a high-resistance or high-speed workout.
2. Ab muscles
When exercising on the elliptical, stability and proper posture are important. For this, you'll constantly need to contract your abs. When your back starts to act up during an elliptical workout, that's a sign your posture is worsening. When that happens, focus mainly on keeping your abs contracted.
3. Glutes and leg muscles
The movement you make on the elliptical requires you to stretch your legs out and retract them again. In addition, you'll need to apply force to the pedals to get a forward movement. While making these muscles, you activate the muscles in your upper legs, hamstrings, and calves. Your glutes, too, are lightly activated. You can also choose to move backwards on the elliptical. This movement mostly stresses your glutes.