ironwill wrote:I've noticed when I run on the elliptical, I settle in with a HR bettween 155-160 which puts me in the upper half of anaerobic for my age group. Not sure if that gives me any indication, or even if that healthy, but I did see a chart somewhere in regards to VO2 max, and athletes that had incredibly high numbers. I remember Lance was way up on the list. I suppose I can do HIIT on the elliptical, can't I?
Again, I am no expert but can only go by my own experience. Yes, I believe you can do HIIT on the elliptical. It works basically the same way a treadmill would, just up your RPM's (haul %$##) for about 1 minute, then slow down to recover for a minute or two, then repeat. What I like to do is break it down to a mileage thing. For .25 mile I pick up speed and go fast enough to be really working (race pace), then the next .25 I recover and settle back into a good working pace then as soon as I begin that third .25 I go back to race pace, and recover next .25 I repeat this for 3 miles. You can break it down however works best for you. Don't forget to stretch afterwards, really important to prevent injury and soreness.