Ever since elliptical trainers hit the fitness world, manufacturers have developed 100s of different models. Some models have an incline/decline option, others have arms, and many newer ones have iPOD jacks. Virtually every model goes forward and backward, but does it really matter which direction you go?
One of my clients asked if going backward on the elliptical trainer was better for her butt. So, I decided to address it.
Although it may feel a little different than going forward, going backward or in reverse, is no more effective for toning the glutes than going forward.
This is because any type of exercise that moves your body from a bent hip position to a straight leg/hip position will train the glutes. The glutes act to extend your hips, which is exactly what happens at your hip when you go from a sitting position to a standing position.
Although resistance levels or the degree of difficulty in creating an elliptical motion on a machine can vary, the resistance level on elliptical cardio machines is not significant enough to affect the size of your glutes. That being said, a switch from going forward to backward will have a minimal effect on the overall toning of your glutes. But, switching directions does provide a little variety and can make your workout more enjoyable!
Ultimately the key to toning the glutes requires exercises that involve hip extension, like hip bridges and others provided in Fitness -True Health Tips.
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