Ask the Celebrity Trainer: Treadmill, Elliptical, or StairMaster?

Q: Treadmill, Elliptical Trainer, or StairMaster: Which gym machine is best for weight loss?

A: If your goal is to lose weight, none of these gym machines are truly the best answer. Additionally, it’s important to clarify what most people really mean when they say they want to "lose weight." In my experience, most people want to lose fat, not weight.

The real answer to this question is to start by changing your mindset and your approach to reaching your weight-loss goal. You're not going to see muscle tone and definition in any area of your body unless you strip away the body fat. In fact, many people already have the six-pack that they desire. It’s just hiding underneath a layer of fat. That being said, the real key to fat loss is proper nutritional habits. You can work out every day of the week, but without a clean diet, the results will be minimal at best.

We have a saying in the training world: “You can't out train a poor diet.” Focus on cleaning up your diet first and then spend the majority of your training time on total-body strength training, as it’s the best way to maintain and/or build lean muscle tissue. Once you have both of these things working for you (and if you like to do cardio), supplement your strength-training sessions with some high-intensity interval training. This will give you the greatest return on the time you invest in exercise.

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