One of my all-time most popular posts and my #1 most popular workout on WHOLEistically Fit is my Huff + Puff HIIT Elliptical Workout. Since I like giving my readers want they want, I’ve been meaning to come up with another great HIIT elliptical workout for you. This past week, I did just that!
This elliptical HIIT workout is fast-paced, intense, and done tabata style. If you aren’t familiar with tabata, Fitsugar has a great quick and dirty overview of it that’s worth checking out.
I did this workout on the Matrix A3x Ascent Elliptical on the manual setting and utilized the moving arm handlebars. I tell you this not because I’m endorsing this elliptical machine but rather because I know that elliptical machines differ and thus this information may be helpful. Depending on what elliptical machine you use, you may find that you need to increase or decrease the resistance and/or the RPM’s to get the same effect.
If you follow the basic guideline of this workout coupled with the rule of thumb for tabata style HIIT workouts (all-out effort for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, repeating this cycle 8x for a total of 4 minutes for each tabata set), you’ll have a great workout!
Please keep in mind, however, that tabata / HIIT workouts are extremely intense and require you to push yourself to your max. This type of workout is not suitable for everyone. Be sure to listen to your body and adjust this workout to suit your level.
Also, something I highly recommend for performing this type of workout is a Gymboss Interval Timer. I absolutely love mine and use it every time I work out, even if just to time my rest periods between sets. I love this product so much that it actually made my Fitness Christmas Wish List this past year. It’s great because instead of having to keep my eyes glued to the clock for this workout, my interval timer allowed me to keep my focus on my RPM’s.
I hope you enjoy this workout just as much as my other HIIT elliptical workout! Let me know what you think in the comment section and tweet me pics of your sweaty results once you complete the workout. #IHIITtheElliptical
Enough jibber-jabbering. Let’s HIIT it!
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