Mistake 1: Bad Posture
Slouching and other poor form is capable of reducing the impact of your elliptical workouts. To create the best conditions for maximum results, engage your abdominal muscles while keeping your shoulders back and head up.
Mistake 2: Not using the handlebars
If you’re letting your arms swing freely while the elliptical handlebars free float, grab hold of them next time you workout. Using the handlebars while you workout brings the exercise to the upper body on top of your lower body—providing a more balanced workout. The more muscles you use, the more calories you can expect to burn. This type of exercise equipment already uses a lot of lower body muscles, and using the handlebars activates muscles of the arms, back, and chest.
Mistake 3: Leaning on the handlebars
While it’s beneficial to use the moving handlebars, it’s a mistake to lean your weight on the static ones during your workout. When you do this, you’re not in proper form to gain the most benefit from your exercise session. To gain the most impact from an elliptical, its best to let your legs hold your weight and to hold a proper posture. Also, focus on engaging your ab muscles to get them in on the action, and to improve your overall posture.
Mistake 4: Not inputting your data on the machine
It’s simple to start an elliptical workout by just stepping on and starting to move. But it’s worth taking a moment to put your information into the machine. It might seem like your personal information won't make a difference, but it actually does. That’s because the average elliptical machine tends to be calibrated to work with a 150 lb person. If you're not that weight, you won’t be getting the right information from the machine.