The Lateral Elliptical #63/365

Well, today’s first is another physical challenge.  I really didn’t think it would be that much of one, but it was.  I needed a first for today and I was going to the gym.  I thought, surely there is something I can do here.  I saw a piece of equipment that I had never really paid attention to before.  It was the Lateral Elliptical.

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I decided to get on it and try it out.  The movement on it is so weird.  I looked it up when I got home.  The promo for the equipment says its “a new style of cardio equipment which exercises a wider range of muscles.”  Just what I need to do, exercise a wider range of muscles.  I think I can tell you where each of those muscles are located tonight!!

“You can move in various directions which are totally adjustable.”  Yes, you could adjust the width of your lateral movement.  There was a sign on the machine that said it had a booster for the thigh and calf muscles.  I didn’t get a picture on the machine.  I didn’t have anyone to take one and it was kind of impossible to move like that and take a picture.  Here is a quick video and you can see the crazy things this machine does.

The machine counts your steps and tells you how many floors you have climbed.  I did 10 minutes on the machine and my heart rate was going pretty good.  It says I climbed 12 floors.

This was my first time on this machine and if I can walk later this week I will try to do another 10 minutes.  I really like the workout.  It took me a few minutes to get used to the weird motion.  After I got the hang of it I adjusted the width to the maximum to see how that felt.  It was harder work.  They have 2 of the machines and I have seen them sitting empty most of the time.  Now, I know why!!

Do you have one of these at your gym?  Do you use it?  How long do you stay on it?

Happy Fat Tuesday!!! Did you indulge today?  Are you giving up something for Lent?  I am trying to make a decision on what I am giving up.  Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday.  I have never been to an Ash Wednesday service.  Maybe that will be tomorrow’s first.

My Inspiration For Doing The Year of Firsts

As you may know I am doing a first every day this year.  I read the book I Dare me by Lu Ann Cahn. Lu Ann has a website and has published a book talking about her year of firsts.  I read the book and it motivated me to try a year of firsts.  Lu Ann is at luanncahn.com and her blog has all her firsts.  She determined that a first could be something you hadn’t done in 10 years.  Here is my A Year of Firsts. Make sure to go see my guest post on Lu Ann’s blog and leave a comment.  I have also found another blogger who is participating in A Year of Firsts.  She is coming up on her 62nd birthday and so she is doing one first per week for 62 weeks.   Her blog is Bunny’s Girl.  Stop by and say hello to her I have found another person who is doing A Year of Firsts.  She also read Lu Ann’s book and was inspired.  Cindy Moore from Going Beyond is blogging about her year of firsts. Take a look a her blog.  She has done some fantastic things!!

 

 

18 thoughts on “The Lateral Elliptical #63/365

  1. Coffee Lady

    ouch ouch ouch – I cannot use these machines. With blown discs they aggravate my spinal area and cause inflammation. I can not ride a bike either anymore. I tried a couple of weeks ago and something snapped. I’ve been sore ever since.

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    1. Betty Taylor Post author

      That is one of the reasons I stopped with 10 minutes. At my age I don’t want to do anything that is going to cause real pain. I don’t want anything blown out!!

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    1. Betty Taylor Post author

      I do think this will help you change your exercise routines. Thanks for stopping by and I will be happy to have you as a regular. I hope I can give you some encouragement.

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  2. Launna

    Oh my gosh Betty… you made me laugh… I’m sorry for your pain though… the part about now you know why they are empty.. was hilarious.. and how you might try it again in a week … if you can walk, lol … I’m not going anywhere near that machine… haha

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    1. Betty Taylor Post author

      I hope I didn’t scare you away!! I’m glad you got a laugh of my pain! I have been laughing at myself. I sometimes think I am still a teenager. It doesn’t take me too long to figure out just how old I am. They always say “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. I am hoping for the stronger part!!

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      1. Launna

        You didn’t scare me away… I am not a machine kind of girl to begin with, I would rather go outside and walk hills and race my last speed… oh how I wish it was spring, I am dreaming of going out every evening.

        I do feel sorry for your pain, that can be so painful… you just told it so funny…. some people have that ability and you are one of them… you manage to make me laugh quite often, I am grateful you commented on my blog one day, that way I got to read yours too :)

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        1. Betty Taylor Post author

          I was just kidding about you laughing at my pain. I totally understand!! It is kind of funny to think about!

          I can’t wait to get outside and enjoy the weather. I like walking with my friends. I have a couple who really enjoy walking outdoors and we can catch up on all the gossip.

          I read that women who spend time with women friends are healthier. It lowers your blood pressure and your stress hormone. Men increase our stress hormone. Hard to believe isn’t it! None of us needed a study to figure that out!!

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    1. Betty Taylor Post author

      I am uncoordinated too! I hang on for dear life!! I have this vision of me laying on the treadmill with it rolling underneath me. I haven’t gotten to that point with this machine. I was too busy trying to get the feel of it to envision anything else. Oh gosh, now I am seeing a new vision of those things moving side to side and hitting me upside the head or my boobs flopping back and forth as the footpedals are hitting them!

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  3. Satia

    I haven’t been to a gym since my membership lapsed in 2006. Rob and I have talked about joining one but my being unemployed has kept us from taking the leap (for obviously financial reasons). But when I am working and we join a gym, I am going to look for this machine. I’m not sure how well I’ll do, given the vertigo and all. I’ll never know how well I’ll do on anything unless I try, right?

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    1. Betty Taylor Post author

      I say try something at least once!! I hope you find a job soon and can afford to get back to the gym. I think gym costs is one of the first thing people give up because you can exercise for free. My gym costs $20.00 a month and it keeps me exercising, otherwise I find other things to do. So far we have been able to afford it. I hope I can continue to afford it. I have been out of work for about 2 1/2 years now, but my husband is still working. If that changes I may have to come up with a different alternative.

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    1. Betty Taylor Post author

      At least is sounds like you have used it more than once. That gives me hope that maybe I can do it again! I think maybe I can become a regular! I can show up all those wimps at the gym!!

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  4. Rebecca

    I’m a big fan of the regular ellipticals, my knees are prone to injury and I always find that these machines aren’t as hard on them as other cardio activities, like running. I haven’t tried this specific type of lateral elliptical but I’d love to! The most I stay on is 30 minutes, 20 is what I usually hit.

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    1. Betty Taylor Post author

      I just may have to work up to your level to prove I can! I like a challenge!! It would take a little getting used to for me. I didn’t like the regular elliptical, but maybe I was just being lazy. I like the treadmill as long as I have something else to focus on ie: music, tv, anything but walking.

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  5. Octane Fitness

    Betty, we just came across your post about our LateralX elliptical machine and wanted to say Thank You! It’s always exciting to hear what people think of our equipment, especially when they’re experiencing the LateralX for the first time. We’re so glad you enjoyed the workout and hope you use the LateralX again at your gym. Stay Fueled and thanks again for the post!

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