When it comes to working out, there’s no doubt that we have options. While having a variety of ways to exercise is a great thing, sometimes having too much to choose from can leave you in a bit of a fitness analysis paralysis.
When you step into the gym, on top of wondering whether it’s best to do cardio or strength training first, you may be wondering which piece of exercise equipment will give you the best workout. Hmm, should you work your back muscles or legs today? Should you go for the stationary bike, treadmill, or elliptical?
We asked Nike master trainer Holly Rilinger to help us make sense of this fitness decision making when it comes to choosing the right cardio exercise machine.
Which Cardio Machine Is Best: The Bike, Treadmill, or Elliptical?
“There’s no best piece of equipment, they’re all great pieces of equipment,” says Riligner. “The bike and the elliptical will provide a low-impact workout, and all three will provide a good workout.”
Choosing the right piece of equipment depends on your goals and where you’re at in your workout practice. Do you have an injury? Are you looking for a low-impact or high-impact workout? Are you looking to blast some serious calories? To know whether the treadmill, elliptical, or bike will work best for you, note these key differences in each:
“No matter what piece of equipment you use, there’s ways to make it both high- and low-intensity, and all three provide a great way to workout,” says Rilinger.