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Can You Gain Muscle on an Elliptical Machine?

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Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.
Can You Gain Muscle on an Elliptical Machine?
Using an elliptical machine doesn't generate much impact to your joints. Photo Credit monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Getty Images

Working out on an elliptical machine provides one of the fastest ways to burn calories at the gym. But if your chief workout goal isn't to slim down your body but to gain muscle, the elliptical machine can still play a role in your fitness regimen. This machine won't allow you to build muscle as quickly as weight-training exercises, but it can strengthen a vast number of muscle groups throughout your body.

A Full-Body Workout

A benefit to exercising on an elliptical machine is its ability to work your upper and lower body together, provided the machine has moving handles for you to operate. Elliptical machines strengthen a long list of muscles throughout your body, including muscles in your legs, midsection, back, chest, shoulders and arms. To increase the strength-building benefit of the workout, elevate the machine's resistance level.

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