When purchasing a bulky equipment like an elliptical machine, one of the many things that you need to consider is whether it is easy to maintain or not. How many times do you plan to use such an equipment like an exercise machine?

What do you need to do from your end to ensure that it will last you for a very long time? What will happen if a particular component or part gets broken?

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It’s a little ironic because I just sent it over to my parents house two days ago (along with a really nice recumbent bike they got last year) :) I took on a roommate from school and my Mom has been wanting to use it so, now they have it. While moving it, I did learn it works much better on a solid floor (ie, the concrete garage floor) then it did on a not so solid living room floor.

A big benefit of the elliptical machine is the reduced jarring on the knees as compared to exercises like jogging or even walking. There’s a fairly popular study out which indicates that for every pound a person loses, they take four pounds of pressure off each knee so someone who dropped 25 pounds of excess body-weight would be relieving each knee of 100 pounds of extra (and unnecessary) pressure.

I was thinking a recumbent bike would have even less pressure on the knees but, an elliptical would put less pressure on the spine because there is more pressure on the spine when sitting then when standing.

I’m also thinking the elliptical machine could also be best for the pelvis.

I don’t have any study to cite for this thinking but, the pelvis is made up of three different bones (the sacrum and two iliums) and the joints between them do allow for slight movement and there’s also movements known as nutation and counter-nutation which also involves the sacroiliac joint

…now you’ve got me wondering about the beneficial effects an elliptical machine might have on the sacrotuberous ligament as well as now missing my elliptical machine … lol

At first, I wasn’t sure what I might be able to write about beyond the basic physiological benefits of exercise but, having spent some time thinking about it now, I’d say there’s probably quite a bit.


That sacrotuberous ligament is rather significant. The founder of the school I attend, Hugh B Logan, invented a technique back in 1935 which centers around the sacrotuberous ligament and the adjustment technique is
known as Logan Basic. I’ll be starting my first class of Logan Basic next week so I still have plenty to learn about it but I’m familiar with the anatomy behind the technique due to our dissections in Gross Anatomy. Who
knows, maybe Basic could be a follow up article after I learn more and the initial article would focus more on the anatomy & benefits specific to the elliptical machine.