Andrea Metcalf goes over some basic moves to make your workout more effective.
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Check Out the New Side Elliptical Audra Lowe: Lately you’ve all seen the basic treadmills, the elliptical machines but we’ve got something that can make your workout even more effective. Andrea shows us the side elliptical. It’s all in today’s Getting Fit. Andrea Metcalf: You know, I’m always looking for the newest, greatest fitness perks on the market and we have a news spin-off on the elliptical pattern. Typically, you think the elliptical moving forward. It takes out the impact of the traditional running or walking. Well, what if you were to put that into the lateral play? Well, it’s no surprise that people from Boston with the big hockey and ice skating that goes on there came up with the machine that does the elliptical in that side range of motion. And I'm at the smart workout gym in Midtown Manhattan and they actually doing classes, small group classes with this piece of equipment. I have Jillian Renaldo. Jillian, tell us some of the moves that we’re going to do on this piece of equipment called the Helix. Jillian Renaldo: Well, what you can do is you can bring it up to level to start and then what you can do is press down and out with the left foot and you can go into a surfing motion that’s works the abductor muscles of the other thighs. Andrea Metcalf: Yeah. I can feel this on the outer thighs and inner thighs. The thing I really love about this is the figure pattern in non-traditional movements. We end up now instead of going forward outside to side that can help relieves some knee injuries, back injuries and even prevent lower back pain. So, what are the movements that you guys doing in this class? Jillian Renaldo: You can take your hands on these bottom bars right here and sit back and take down into a squat. Keep those feet moving. Andrea Metcalf: I can really feel that in the glutes and I think my inner thighs too. I really feel this working. I think this will be great for someone who had a knee or hip injury because it helps spill the muscles all the way around the joint. Jillian Renaldo: Absolutely. Andrea Metcalf: Another isolated move? Jillian Renaldo: You can come back up to standing. What you’re going to do is going to bring it up to leveled. Lift the right heel up and you’re going to press down and out aching back to level with that one foot, so you’re just working one leg. These are called the “Sandy Summies”. Andrea Metcalf: Alright, so, aside from cardio, you can do some isolated strength on this piece of equipment called “The Helix”. It’s something you want to look for in your gym, the Helix which is lateral, elliptical movement. I’m Andrea Metcalf. For more information on health and fitness, follow me at andreametcalf on Twitter. Audra Lowe: Thanks a lot Andrea. And if you can’t make it to the gym, don’t worry, that’s because we have plenty of workout to do in the home including a very intense pillow workout. That’s a lot of fun. Head to better TV.com, click on the videos and check it all out.