Elliptical vs Treadmill
Elliptical vs treadmill, here is an article for the beginner runner on the differences of training on each one.
Basic Differences in the Machines
The main difference between an elliptical machine and a treadmill is that the treadmill runs on a belt and the elliptical runs in a circular motion.
If I were buying a piece of home workout equipment, I would probably choose the elliptical over the treadmill because I can always run outdoors, although recently I have seen elliptical machines being ridden outside like bicycles. Now that looked neat!
Elliptical vs Treadmill Workout
Both of these are a great workout. The elliptical is less torturous on the joints because you're not taking as much of a pounding.
When I'm the elliptical, I feel more like I'm doing a dance. It's a lot of fun to workout to music on the elliptical.
I also love the elliptical for when I'm tired of running and need a break, either for a few days or even in the middle of a run.
If you are a runner, the elliptical is not the ideal cross training workout because it still works out the same muscles. However I love the ellpitical for when I feel an injury coming on and need to get in a similar cross training workout without taking such a beathing ot my joints.
The elliptical is more like running on the lower levels and more like biking on the higher levels.