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June 3, 2010 12:36 PM
Anyone every do this? I tried it today and hurts LOL! From what I'm gathering you're supposed to do the same amount backward that you did forward. I'm not sure I could do that noway laugh
June 3, 2010 12:43 PM
im wondering the same, I see people do it all the time and wondered.
June 3, 2010 12:44 PM
I've done it as a warm up and cool down, but not for long.

i understand its supposed to work different muscles in your legs.

i think i would prefer going forward, sometimes thats hard in itself. LOL!!
June 3, 2010 12:44 PM
I go backwards for 1 minute every 10 minutes during a 40 min workout--so 3x for 1 minute....It's good for the hamstrings!
June 3, 2010 12:45 PM
I wanted to know the same, other than working out different parts of your legs is there any other benefit to walking backwards on it?
June 3, 2010 12:48 PM
I go backwards...but it's definitely not equal to the amount I go Just depends on what course ur doing. =D
June 3, 2010 12:51 PM
I do the first half of my workout backwards (it's more difficult, so I want to get it over first!), and the second half forwards. When we bought our elliptical the manual stated that going backwards works the backs of your legs, going forwards works the front part. I need help on both, so split my workout in half.
June 3, 2010 12:54 PM
Going backwards really really works out your calves and hamstrings. When I first got on an elliptical, I did it backwards and thought "Holy crap, this is really hard!" until a trainer told me I was going backwards.
June 3, 2010 12:56 PM
Going backwards works your a$$ets so you don't necessarily have to do the same amount as going forward. I used to try backwards but then I found out it's for your butt and figured I've got enough help going forward and from running, so I just stopped doing it.
June 3, 2010 1:11 PM
Lol, I do this all the time! I find that there is less pressure on my knees when I go backwards, so when I'm going forward and they start to ache or I feel like I need a break, I go backwards instead of stopping. I always thought it was easier though, hummm ohwell
June 3, 2010 1:11 PM
I do the same amount backwards as I do forwards. Once you get used to it, it's not so bad.
June 3, 2010 1:42 PM
I like to mix it up by switching the direction, like everyone said, it works different muscles so I find it a nice break to switch it up.
June 3, 2010 1:45 PM
...I dont have an elliptical, however I cant even walk 10 steps without tripping over myself. backwards?? I so dont see that happening. lol
June 3, 2010 1:47 PM
I alternate every 5 minutes. Forward for 5 then backwards for 5 then start all over again. It breaks the monotony as well
June 3, 2010 5:52 PM
I did the crosstraining course on the elliptical today and it directs you to go forward and backward! It was hard I was sweating like a pig but I got through it! It was worth it I feel great!
June 29, 2012 7:14 PM
I just did this for the 1st time, 5 mins.

Man..I'm going to feel it tomorrow.
August 8, 2012 6:24 PM
i did this today during my cool down and i felt like the back of my legs and thighs were really worked :)
August 8, 2012 6:38 PM
Do this on a treadmill with a steep incline. Works wonders!
August 8, 2012 6:43 PM
I change my direction every 10 minutes for the hour I do the elliptical to fight boredom and work different muscles.
August 8, 2012 7:15 PM
I do backwards once in a while, it's a nice way to shock them leg muscles since going backwards hits different ones.
August 8, 2012 7:21 PM
I try to split my time on the elliptical, I normally go backwards for 3-5 minutes and then forwards for 3-5 minutes, then I repeat for like 45-60minutes depending on the day. I make sure to do it at different levels of incline too, that way it really works the muscles! It was definitely an adjustment to get used to, but now I can't imagine only going forwards on the elliptical. :)
Edited by Kalona388 On August 8, 2012 7:21 PM
August 8, 2012 7:24 PM
I do 'reverse mode' at the gym simply to break the monotony of the elliptical. Just like I do the elliptical to get a break from the treadmill. 5 minutes forward 2 minutes reverse.
April 21, 2013 9:32 AM
I just did a few mins backwards and it's given my legs an amazing breath of life! Great workout!
April 21, 2013 10:56 AM
I've done this as well. It works the different muscles, and it stops you from getting in too much of a groove -- you have to pay a bit of attention and such :)
April 21, 2013 11:02 AM
I do 30 mins and alternate 5 mins forward, 5 mins back. Great workout! :)


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