Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Elliptical Challenge 2010

Good morning everyone! I made the obvious conclusion this morning that I would be in AWESOME shape if I did not work at all. Wouldn't we all, right?

This morning I woke up and headed to the Cape Cod Y. I did an intense 45 minute elliptical work out created by Angela. This elliptical work out had me changing the incline, resistance, going backwards vs. forward and even using my arms vs. legs. It was so much more fun than my usual: get on, bump up resistance, cool down, stop. No wonder I get bored on the elliptical!

My playlist for this 45 minute workout was:

Down (Featuring Lil Wayne), Jay Sean- 3:32
Runaround Sue, Dion-2:52
Run It!, Chris Brown- 3:50
If It's Loving That You Want, Rihanna- 3:28
Uptown Girl, Billy Joel- 3:17
Party in the USA, Miley Cyrus- 3:23
Sexy B****, David Guetta- 3:16
Evacuate the Dancefloor, Cascada-3:30
Love Drunk, Boys Like Girls- 3:47
Heaven, DJ Sammy- 3:55
Hotel Room Service, Pitbull-3:58
All the Above, Maino-5:20
Walkin' On the Moon- TheDream & Kayne West- 4:15
Beautiful Liar, Beyonce and Shakira- 3:22
Replay, Iyaz- 3:02

This playlist was perfect because it kept me pumped up and had about 2 songs at the end where I could do some stretching (having extra songs to listen to makes me less likely to skip this important part!).

Today I also followed up my elliptical workout with a 30 minute Yoga Sculpt video from Exercise TV. I love Yoga Sculpt because it's challenge and you really feel like you got a good work out at the end.

During my awesome elliptical work out I started to think about how I need to integrate more elliptical workouts into my weeks. For me, the elliptical is one of the biggest pains because I have to go all the way to the gym, and it's not a class so I get bored more easily. However, it's by far the best cardio for my knee and doing an interval elliptical work out made me see how fun it can be!

So ENTER: Elliptical Challenge 2010. For the month of January, I am going to try to do 120 minutes, or 2 hours per week of elliptical work outs. I can break it up any way I want, but I will most likely do 2, 45 minute work outs and 1, 30 minute work out.

Want to Join Me?

The Details:

1. You can create your own goal. I picked 2 hours per week because I think it's a challenge, but also allows me to continue with other work outs I enjoy such as spinning and yoga. Please just let me know what your goal IS so that I can check at the end to make sure you meet that goal :)

2. The challenge can start either this week Dec. 27th or next week Jan. 3. I am starting this week because I have some extra time on my hands, but I am going to leave the challenge open until Saturday January 2nd, so you are welcome to start on January 3. It doesn't really matter since it's a weekly goal anyway!

3. The challenge will end on January 30th.

4. If you meet your weekly minutes on elliptical goal, you will be entered to win a $10 iTunes giftcard to help you create fun work out playlists!

If you would like to join, please e-mail me at RedSoxCap10@gmail.com so I can share the google document with you. This will allow you to record your weekly time spent on the elliptical.

Throughout the challenge I will be posting fun elliptical work outs that I create, find online, or that you send me! Tis the season for setting goals, make elliptical time part of yours :)


  1. I SOOOOO need to get back on the exercise bandwagon. I have unintentionally taken a two week break and I feel awful. I am planning to hit the gym tonight when hubs plays tennis because I need to finish up my cycling kilometers! I am still 90 away, so I may not make it, but I want to get as close as possible.

    I have really convinced myself of the importance of exercise because my self confidence is totally down after this little break from good sweat sessions!

  2. That's a super cool challenge but... I don't really have access to an elliptical :P Hope you have fun with the challenge!

  3. Your workout on the eliptical sounds pretty fun! I am not a huge eliptical fan, but I guess I haven't been on one in a while. :)

  4. It sounds like a great challenge! I have a problem in getting bored on the elliptical, no matter what I do, so I would probably fail miserably at this challenge! I am looking forward to more workouts though!

  5. Wooohooo! I'm definitely doing this and have been looking for fun elliptical things ever since I found the Elliptical Pyramid the other week. I think I'm going to try to compose a big list of ones that I do/have found. Consider me entered : )

  6. GREAT challenge! I just might join you - I'm working on a spreadsheet for my training plan as I'm starting to train for another 1/2 in January and throwing some elliptical in there might be a good idea!

  7. I love your idea for a challenge, and I may try it, but no promises. I dunno, I seem to have plenty of motivation to workout, and I don't really like having to do a certain workout each day. I prefer doing what I feel up to on that particular day, you know? I LOVE the idea of yoga sculpt on Exercise TV. I didn't even know that existed, so I will definitely have to search for that!

    Good luck with your challenge, I know you will succeed :)

  8. Exercise TV is awesome. Their new site is so much easier than their old site. I love Cindy Whitmarsh and her videos on the site are pretty much awesome. Keep it up!!!


  9. you are a workout machine, girl! can't wait to watch you tackle this challenge :)

  10. you're on! i accept your challenge, ms. redsoxcap! details to come via email.
    thanks for the help with motivation!

  11. I have been doing a ton of elliptical training for the marathon. People say it is easy, but not when you crank up the resistance and go all out! I find it a better workout than running. I would do the challenge but I will be traveling most of Jan, not sure if I will have access to an elliptical! But I will do it this week and the last week of January!

  12. Great challenge! The elliptical hurts my back more than running. Weird right? So I won't be partaking, but I think it's awesome that you're putting this together for everyone :)

  13. What a fun challenge - you do such a great job of breaking your goals down into manageable chunks! Good for you! I don't have access to an elliptical or I'd totally join in your challenge!

  14. Hi! I would like to join this challenge from next week! That's when I my gym re-opens after the holidays! I love elliptical workouts and I would like to learn some fun workouts with the machine :) I'm so excited!!!!!!

  15. This is exactly what I need!

  16. I think I'm going to join you on this! Shooting you an e-mail right away!

  17. Thanks for posting your playlist. I am always looking for new songs to add to my workout play list!

  18. I am definitely interested in partaking! I shot you over an email. I've been on an exercise hiatus with the holidays and I have no more excuses! I'm looking forward to spicing up my typical elliptical routine.

  19. Fun challenge! I just posted some elliptical workouts on my blog - it passes the time so quickly. Some of them I thought were easy at first, but later in the workout I was really pushing it.

    Love the playlist too!

  20. Well hellow fellow Bostonian! Interesting idea for a challenge! I HATE the eliptical ha-ha seriously i whine worse then a three year old who missed nap time when I'm on that thing.

    However, I'm always up for a challenge, and I know my BF would be delighted to see my dust the cob webs off of the one we have at home so I think I shall join this challenge!

  21. So psyched about this! Just emailed you with my goals and realized I didn't give myself a start date haha. Though, I guess it'll start on the 3rd :) Btw, love the playlist - music is TOTALLY necessary on this monster machine!

  22. I'm in....so happy to find this challenge..really need it!

  23. I'm excited to get started!

  24. Ahh, the elliptical was my first fitness love, but I don't know if I can commit to this challenge right now because I can't stand the New Year's resolution crowd at the gym!

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